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Opinion: Columbus Climate Action Plan Not in Line With Climate Science

Cathy Cowan Becker Cathy Cowan Becker Opinion: Columbus Climate Action Plan Not in Line With Climate Science

Last December, the city of Columbus released the first draft of its long-awaited Climate Action Plan. The plan discusses not just how to adapt to a rapidly changing climate, but also how to keep the climate crisis from getting worse by lowering our carbon emissions.  That’s critical because cities are responsible for 70% of the […]

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Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Trees are one of the most important and efficient tools available to any city hoping to mitigate the hazards of climate change, and Columbus does not have enough of them. Only 22% of the city is covered by tree canopy—less than Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. But with the introduction of the city’s new Urban […]

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LTE: Columbus Has the Opportunity to Lead on Clean Energy

Rob Dorans Rob Dorans LTE: Columbus Has the Opportunity to Lead on Clean Energy

Climate change is real. We have all watched in horror as wildfires this summer that continue to ravage the west coast, exacerbated by extreme temperatures and drought. We have also seen record-breaking hurricanes hit coastal states in recent years. While these weather events may seem distant, Central Ohio is also impacted by the effects of […]

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OSU Gets Approval to Build Combined Heat and Power Plant

Brent Warren Brent Warren OSU Gets Approval to Build Combined Heat and Power Plant

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved a proposal from Ohio State University to build a combined heat and power plant on its main campus. The natural gas-powered facility, which was opposed by the Sierra Club and several other environmental organizations, will be located on about one acre of OSU-owned land at the northeast corner […]

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Concerns Raised About Proposed Power Plant on OSU Campus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Concerns Raised About Proposed Power Plant on OSU Campus

Several local environmental organizations are sounding the alarm and trying to raise awareness about a power plant proposed for the campus of The Ohio State University. Officially known as the Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP), the facility would have a capacity of 105.5 megawatts, power that would be generated – for the first decade […]

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Urban Forestry Plan Needs Public Input

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Urban Forestry Plan Needs Public Input

Tonight, Columbus residents will be able to make public comments regarding the city’s long-term Urban Forestry Master Plan. Columbusites are encouraged to visit Wyandot Lodge between 6 and 8 p.m. to offer input on the city’s plan to reduce air pollution, stormwater damage and the urban heat island effect through the long-term planting of trees […]

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Columbus Among 105 Global Cities to Score an “A” in Climate Action

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Columbus Among 105 Global Cities to Score an “A” in Climate Action

In its 2019 Cities A List report, CDP Global has listed Columbus among cities earning an “A” rating for their work to stem climate change. The nonprofit organization, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, works worldwide to encourage companies and governments to reduce their carbon emissions. CDP graded cities on leadership, management, awareness and disclosure, […]

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