COLUMBUS CELEBRATES SUSTAINABILITY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
ISSUE 1 WIN AND TOP ENVIRONMENT RATING FROM INTERNATIONAL
Nov. 16, 2020: Two developments are keeping the City of Columbus
as a national and regional leader in sustainability.
The City of Columbus is celebrating overwhelming voter approval
of Issue 1 in the recent November election, enabling the City to
move forward with establishing an opt-out community-choice
aggregation powered 100% by clean, renewable energy. The city is
also celebrating an “A” rating from the Carbon Disclosure
Project, an international organization that ranks cities and
companies on their sustainability efforts.
These actions are evidence of the priority Columbus Mayor
Andrew J. Ginther has placed on climate action in order to
protect our local environment and to keep city neighborhoods
strong and vibrant.
“The results of the election are clear – clean energy,
addressing climate change and its ability to impact public
health and so many aspects of our daily life - matters to the
people of Columbus.” Mayor Ginther said. “Now we get to work on
implementing and delivering on an Ohio-based, 100% clean energy
On Nov. 3, Columbus voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 1 with
about 76 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns
from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Passage of the issue gives the City the authority to implement
an opt-out electric community-choice aggregation program. The
City has committed to the program being powered by 100 percent
clean, renewable energy sources by 2022, which will help the
city reduce greenhouse gas production that can contribute to
“While Ohio’s state legislature continues to impede the growth
of the renewable energy sector, local cities and communities
like Columbus are stepping up to lead the way,” said Randi
Leppla, VP of Energy Policy for the Ohio Environmental
Council Action Fund. “Thanks to Columbus voters, we’re now one
step closer to 100% renewable energy, cleaner air and cleaner
water, and a healthier future for all who call this great city
home. We look forward to working with the city through the
public hearing process to complete the aggregation plan.”
The next step for the City in the implementation process is to
become a certified governmental aggregator with the Public
Utilities Commission of Ohio, and to approve a Governance and
Operations Plan for the program that will be filed with the PUCO.
Columbus City Council will hold two virtual public hearings on
the Governance and Operations Plan, as well as next steps in the
aggregation process at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17 and 4 p.m.
on Thursday, November 19.
In addition to Issue 1 passing, the City of Columbus is
celebrating its “A” rating from CDP Global for its
sustainability efforts and its work to stem climate change. CDP
Global is an international organization that works to encourage
companies and governments to reduce carbon emissions. In 2019,
105 cities worldwide made the “A” list.
To score an “A,” a city must have a city-wide emissions
inventory, have set an emissions reduction target, have
published a climate action plan and completed a climate
adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate
hazards now and into the future.
Columbus has been recognized for its actions to develop robust
climate change strategies, to track and limit and reduce
emissions, to assess and mitigate climate risks and to report
this information in its disclosures to CDP.
View the CDP Report at: https://www.cdp.net/en/cities/cities-scores
Mayor Ginther has set an ambitious goal for the Columbus
community to be carbon neutral by 2050. To do so, the city
continues to develop a Climate Action Plan to guide the
city and Columbus community in this effort. This plan is
expected to be done by summer of 2021 and is currently gathering
community input and feedback.
For more information on the development of this plan, and how
you can get involved, visit: https://www.columbus.gov/sustainable/cap/.