Our History

Amy Ceccoli, former Simply Living board member, and her husband Mike Pope stand in front of a greenhouse they built from discarded windows.
Amy Ceccoli, former Simply Living board member, and her husband Mike Pope stand in front of a greenhouse they built from discarded windows.

Our History

Simply Living was established in 1992 after 20,000 people attended an Earth Day event at the Park of Roses in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. The founding members believed that social change and environmental responsibility depend upon us and our lifestyles. Recognizing creation’s sacredness and participation in its life-sustaining renewal, they reached out to anyone looking for how to become the change we seek for the world.

Today, Simply Living also pushes for systemic change through policy and collective action as a way to address the climate and ecological crisis, and increase sustainability and equity in our community. Cities are responsible for 70% of carbon emissions globally, so our local community is the most important venue for co-creating solutions we need for the future we want to see.

Whether we are organizing for individual or collective change, Simply Living's core mission has always been to provide community education for a more sustainable and equitable world.

Our Initiatives

Simply Living's current and ongoing initiatives include:

  • Our annual Sustainable Living and Garden Tour
  • Expanding EcoChallenge discussion courses to the workplace
  • Creating a local Sustainable Business Directory.

Some of the major past and ongoing initiatives from our 30-year history include:

  • Organizing a series of discussion courses on various aspects of sustainability through EcoChallenge, formerly Northwest Earth Institute.
  • Sponsoring the local Transition Town movement, which spawned a series of sustainability organizations in Central Ohio such as Sustainable Delaware, Sustainable Westerville, Sustainable Grandview, and more.
  • Launching Support Ohio Local Economies, with community partners Local Matters (eat local), Small Business Beanstalk (buy local), Kemba Financial Credit Union (bank local), and ECDI (invest local).
  • Launching community radio station WCRS, which has since spun off other stations such as WGRN and local stations in Spanish and Somali.
  • Serving on the board of Clintonville Community Market, which operated from 1997 to 2015. We sold thousands of sustainability-related books.
  • Supporting community gardens such as Dianne Kadonaga's Sunny Glen Garden, Julialynne Walker's Bronzville Grower's Market, and Paula Pann-Nabrit's Charles M. Nabrit Memorial Garden.
  • Incubated numerous organizations in Central Ohio including Local Matters, Yoga on High, No Child Left Inside, Keep Wayne Wild, and more.

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