Internal Sustainability

City Hall sculpture with plantsThe City of Columbia is committed to “walking the talk”. If we are to encourage our customers to be good stewards of our resources we must also be good stewards of our resources. Here are some of the ways we accomplish this goal:

  • Energy assessments of most City-owned facilities were conducted in 2010. Some of the suggested improvements include replacing lighting with more efficient fixtures, re-commissioning HVAC systems, and improving HVAC controls for optimum efficiency.
  • Retrofit improvements of City-owned facilities based on the recommendations of the Energy Assessments. Columbia currently realizes over $100,000 in annual energy savings from these improvements.
  • Better Buildings Challenge: The City of Columbia joined the US DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge in 2012. The City’s goal is to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020.
  • LEED-certified buildings: Many new facilities within the City of Columbia operations have pursued, or are pursuing LEED certification status with the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
  • Green Clean Institute, Silver EHS Certification: the City of Columbia was the first municipality to earn the Silver EHS Certification. This certification was awarded after maintenance staff took coursework and passed certification testing to ensure they were using procedures, products and equipment that promote environmental stewardship.