Environmental group awards Columbus an ‘A’ for climate action


Beth Burger - The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)



The city of Columbus has been recognized for its efforts to combat climate change.

CDP, a London-based nonprofit group formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, recently placed the city on its “A” list for its action on climate change. The city has been submitting data since 2014, but this is the first year that the group awarded grades.

The group evaluated more than 850 cities around the world and issued “A” grades to 105, including Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Cities must have a citywide emissions inventory, set emissions-reduction goals, publish a climate action plan and complete an adaptation plan that specifies how the city will cope with environmental hazards.

“Forward-thinking local governments are acting immediately to protect their citizens and economies,” Katie Walsh, head of cities, states and regions for CDP North America, said in a statement.

Columbus’ citywide emissions actually have increased by 2.3% since 2013 as more people move to the area, according to data released in November. The goal was to reduce emissions by 20% by this year.

The city, in coordination with Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, released an adaptation report in 2018. Recommendations included establishing a network of cooling centers, modernizing the electricity grid to increase its resilience, and working to reduce localized flooding and sewage backups.

“Ninety-plus-degree days and intense rains are not merely inconvenient but can be life-threatening,” Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said in a statement.

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Beth Burger

The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

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