Mayor Coleman Vows More 'Green' For City
During his last year in office, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman vows more focus on the environment. Coleman unveiled his "green" blueprint Friday at the Columbus Metropolitan Club. Coleman says his interest in environmental city policies began ten years ago when the Big Darby watershed was threatened by over-development. Since then he helped launch curbside recycling, Scioto River restoration and conversion of city cars and trucks to cleaner burning fuels. "Today we're here to announce 'Green Memo 3'" Coleman says past and future efforts are designed to make the city more environmentally friendly. That includes more efforts to change how city residents get around. "More bike lanes and sidewalks, we've got to go there. Expansion of Co-Go bike share,"says Coleman. Coleman's plan also calls for bidding out electricity purchases to get better city rates and establishment of a loan fund for commercial and industrial buildings to make energy reduction improvements. In all, the plan contains 178 recommendations.