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Mayor Coleman to Unveil New Green Community Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Mayor Coleman to Unveil New Green Community Plan
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The newest version of the five-year Columbus Green Community Plan will go into effect this week. Up until Dec. 17, residents had the opportunity to review the draft of the plan and offer feedback to the city and on Friday, Mayor Michael Coleman will unveil the final draft.

The plan lays out a number of goals and actions the city intends to undertake over the next five years to improve the community’s environmental impact. The draft of the document, which is still available for review online even though online commenting period has closed, lists climate change, energy, transportation, waste reduction, ecological systems, water, local food, built environments and community engagement as its top concerns.

This document will follow in the footsteps of similar five-year sustainability plans issued by Mayor Coleman’s office in 2005 and 2010. The major difference in this newest version is that Columbus residents had the opportunities to offer their opinions on the plan before its release.

Mayor Coleman will present the Green Community Plan at the Columbus Metropolitan Club at noon on Friday, alongside Erin Miller, the city’s environmental steward, Ellen Mosley-Thompson of the OSU Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and Aparna Dial, OSU’s Sustainability Director. Individual public registration for the event is $45.

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