Virtual Meeting: The Columbus Climate Action Plan and the Role of Small Business

The Ohio Sustainable Business Council and Simply Living are hosted a virtual discussion about the Columbus Climate Plan and the role of small business and entrepreneurs. Speakers included Alana Shockey, assistant director of sustainability for the city of Columbus, and David Celebrezze, coordinator for Columbus GreenSpot.

Thank you to our presenters and attendees. Watch the recording from March 25, 2021.

Take the survey and contribute ideas to the plan at https://forms.gle/xiEZLaNaXMtrRyoVA​ Comment by March 30, 2021

Presenters:

  • Alana Shockey, Assistant Director, Sustainability, City of Columbus
  • David Celebrezze, City of Columbus Green Spot Coordinator, City of Columbus Columbus Green Spot https://www.ColumbusGreenSpot.org
  • Cathy Cowan Becker, Executive Director, Simply Living
  • Mayda Sanchez, Director, Ohio Sustainable Business Council, https://osbcouncil.org

Who should attend? Businesses, entrepreneurs, the self-employed and residents are invited to attend.

The City of Columbus is drafting a Climate Action Plan to serve as a roadmap to meet the 2050 carbon neutrality goal and realize community-wide benefits. The city wants your input on the draft. Join us to learn where there may be opportunities for small businesses. We have gathered a few questions to get us started. We look forward to your thoughts and ideas.

On saving energy, water, & money at home:

— Would the Plan include promotion/lists of businesses that provide services that enable residents to save resources at home?

— What incentives are available to residents and businesses to install resource saving improvements?

— Can small businesses that provide these services be able to participate in any incentives and share them with their customers?

On supporting safe, affordable, sustainable transportation options:

— Will the City include policies that lower burdens for small businesses that provide more sustainable transportation options.

— Will there be incentives or lowering of barriers for electric vehicles, scooters, etc.

On creating thriving neighborhoods, businesses, and clean energy jobs:

— We have innovative small businesses that already contribute to increased neighborhood resilience or mitigate the effects of climate change. Are there any elements in the plan that would enable these businesses to do more?

— Does the current draft plan include lowering of barriers to community solar projects or rooftop installations?

— Are there any incentives for landlords (commercial and residential) to install solar?

— Community gardens and urban farms create green space, sequester carbon in the soil and provide food security. Are there any new considerations/incentives for those entities in the draft plan?You won’t want to miss this lively and informative discussion.

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