Random Facts & Tips
Clothes dryers typically use almost 1000 kilowatt hours of energy each year.
Tip: When shopping for a new dryer, choose one that has a moisture-sensing feature and shuts off automatically when clothes are dry.
Sustainability efforts on Facebook?
Office of Sustainability:
701 E. Broadway
2nd Floor City Hall Addition
Columbia, MO 65201
Barbara Buffaloe, LEED AP
What is “Sustainability”?
A community is sustainable when it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Rockefeller Foundation has issued a challenge for 100 Resilient Cities to lead the way in how communities plan and adapt to changes. Application map is located here.
Current sustainability efforts in the city of Columbia
- 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.
- Sustain Columbia: See how the City of Columbia has taken a proactive approach to reduce our carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, urban planning and sustainable architecture to preserve the city for future generations.
- Renewable Energy: Read through Columbia Water and Light’s Renewable energy report.
- Rental Energy Efficiency report by MU Truman School of Public Affairs
- Energy Efficiency: Visit Water & Light’s programs that help to increase your energy efficiency and read get some conservation tips.
- City Green: The District: The City of Columbia has received a grant from the US Environmental Protection Office (EPA), Climate Showcase Communities.
Through the City’s Grant titled, “City Green: The District” the City will work cooperatively with downtown businesses
and building owners to reduce energy usage and the associated greenhouse gas emissions.
- Stormwater Management: Find contact information, outreach, education, construction, new development, and resource information about the City’s storm water management program; including the following projects:
- Storm Drain Mural Project: Innovative project to raise awareness on our stormwater drains and where the water drains to (hint: it's not a wastewater treatment plant.)
- Rain Barrels for sale: The City of Columbia Public Works Department have partnered with Rain Water Solutions Inc ® to provide customers the opportunity to obtain complete rain barrel kit at a greatly reduced price.
- Local Food Production: Columbia is committed to increasing food security and access to fresh, healthy and local foods. Here are some examples of how the City supports local food production:
- Garden plots are available for rental at Fairview Park, 1001 Fairview Road, with access to plots off of Westport Road. Try out your "green thumb" on one of our 25' x 50' non-irrigated garden areas.
- Unite4Health Community Garden: Employees from multiple city departments partnered with Community Garden Coalition members to utilize vacant land west of the Health department for a community garden. The garden provides benefit to the neighborhood and WIC participants.
- Columbia is host to many farmer's markets and food stands. Three are located on city-owned property for part of the year (April - October):
- Non-Motorized Transportation: Click here and you will be transported to GetAbout Columbia’s website with information about more sustainable transportation including cycling courses, maps, ways to get involved, and upcoming events.
- Columbia Transit: The more people who ride the bus, the fewer cars we have on the road. It's a simple equation that results in reduced emissions in our community (not to mention congestion!). Visit the Transit webpage or view the DoubleMap app to see where your bus is and when it's coming to pick you up!
- CoMo Connect Project: Click here to learn about a strategic and innovative proposal by Columbia Transit to provide a sustainable transportation system that fosters a livable community.
Materials and Resources
- Recycling: Learn about Columbia’s recycling program as well as drop off sites, curb-side recycling, and additional recycling resources.
Communications and Community Events
The Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability (OS) was implemented in FY 2010 to further implement Resolution 160-06 A endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and to set forth a road map for sustainability in the community. As part of that overall plan, it was felt important to have a department and staff dedicated to spearheading all of the sustainability efforts for the community. This will ensure that all areas of the local government and community are working together to reach the same goals guided by this department and staff.
The City received a Department of Energy ARRA Stimulus Block Grant in the later part of FY 2009 with funding for a Sustainability Manager and start up costs for the Office of Sustainability. This department administered the 3-year block grant; planning, directing, coordinating a business plan, integrating short and long term sustainable comprehensive action plans, resource conservation, and related sustainability programs and operations to advance a more sustainable, vital and well planned future for Columbia.
- Energy assessments of 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.