Columbia's new sustainability manager, Barbara Buffaloe, met with residents Tuesday night to explain the steps Columbia is taking to become a more sustainable city.
She discussed plans for making city buildings more energy efficient and gathered input from residents in attendance.
Buffaloe's ideas include:
- An assessment of 60 of the city's facilities, which she
is hoping to have completed by the end of the year. The city will set a baseline for its energy use through this assessment.
interactive map detailing how city buildings stack up against each other in terms of energy use, with the goal of creating competition.
- A sustainability advisory board, which she hopes will help get residents involved in sustainability efforts.
Residents discussed changes to the recycling program, including eventually accepting all plastics rather than just specific types, the possibility of implementing carpools and enlarging Columbia's bus system.
What else could Columbia be doing to improve its sustainability?