Being “green” is omnipresent these days and Central Ohio is no exception. In late 2006 a group was started in Worthington by a group of residents who wanted to make the environment a priority. Sustainable Worthington grew and the feeling behind it has spread to other, neighboring communities. The priority is to make changes that are good for today and even better for tomorrow. In a Columbus Dispatch article by Ann Fisher points out that “one tree in an area with a climate such as central Ohio’s can remove as much as 7,000 pounds of carbon in its lifetime, according to the Nature Conservancy Web site.” Throughout Ohio communities are coming together. Fisher points out that “22 central Ohio counties, cities, villages, townships and agencies such as COTA and Franklin County Metro Parks have joined the Green Pact of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The pact includes a commitment to more-sustainable public spaces.” Fisher goes on to list a variety of projects that are taking place in Central Ohio.
Among local projects:
- Powell maintains two large prairie gardens in Meadowview Park in the Ashmoore subdivision. The parks department spends about $500 a year on native wildflower and grass seeds to maintain the gardens, said spokesman Jeff Robinson.
- New Albany‘s service department is working with the state to design a sustainable prairie in the two interchanges it manages along Rt. 161, said village spokesman Scott McAfee. “It is appealing because it would be less costly to maintain, less mowing, and would produce fewer carbon emissions,” he said in an e-mail.
- Westerville‘s new City Green Team will begin to consider similar options next week, when the group meets for the first time, spokesman Adam Maxwell said.
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