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The Nature Conservancy Supports City of Columbus Effort to Establish Energy and Water Benchmarking

Ordinance 0452 would provide the necessary data to improve energy efficiency

Dublin, OH

On Monday, March 16, Columbus City Council is expected to vote on Ordinance 0452, which would establish energy and water consumption benchmarking.

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Bill Stanley, Ohio State Director for The Nature Conservancy:

 “The Nature Conservancy in Ohio commends Mayor Andrew Ginther for his recent announcement of a goal to have the City of Columbus be carbon neutral by 2050.  This is a bold, yet achievable, goal that needs to be addressed through multiple steps. One important step is to pass an energy and water benchmarking ordinance that is being considered by Columbus City Council.  This ordinance would create an aggregated energy and water consumption reporting requirement for commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings in Columbus. 

According to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) 2018 City of Columbus Greenhouse Gas Inventory, “buildings represent 58% of Columbus’ emissions”.  This ordinance will help raise awareness of energy and water consumption through data and transparency. This awareness can drive better operations of buildings through more sustainable practices and energy efficiency.  While it will take more leadership at the federal and state levels of government to address climate change, we appreciate that leaders like Mayor Ginther are showing the way at the local level in Columbus. We encourage the members of Columbus City Council to pass this ordinance.  If adopted, Columbus will be the first city in Ohio to have an energy and water benchmarking ordinance.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.