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 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. The city of Columbia strives to meet or exceed Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing global warming pollution by taking actions in our own operations and community.

Areas of Focus

Internal sustainability

The 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.


The city of Columbia is fortunate to have a municipal-owned electric and water utility that is at the forefront of energy conservation programs and renewable energy procurement and production.

Sustainable Sites

The city of Columbia encourages strategies to minimize the impact on ecosystems and our natural resources.


How we get from location to location in our community has an effect on the environment.

Materials and Resources

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The City of Columbia operates a solid waste utility that is responsible for trash and recycling collection. Visit www.CoMoTrash.com to be part of the conversation on how to encourage higher rates of recycling in Columbia.

Educational Outreach