Environmental Tour de Columbus

Hey Everyone! This week, I’d like to take the time to highlight two places that I was able to visit this past week. As you all know, I am working with the Godman Guild this summer to assist with the summer KEYS employment program. Well, I am working with the 14 and 15 year old students who are taking their time this summer to learn about sustainability and environmental issues. As part of the program, we traveled to the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to visit their facility and learn a little more about their environmental initiatives. For those of you who may not know exactly what SWACO does: it is a municipality in central Ohio that collects the county’s solid waste and constructs landfills to store the waste in. SWACO’s facility is located just south of Columbus next to I-71.

 

It was very cool to visit the SWACO facility because I have learned so much about the facility during my fellowship this summer and in classes at OSU as well. The tour of the facility consisted of a short presentation and a grounds tour. It was amazing how many environmental initiatives that SWACO was a part of. Most of the time we don’t think about what organizations like SWACO are doing for the environment because of what they do as a business.

 

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The other place that I was able to visit this past week was the City of Columbus’ tree nursery. The nursery is located near SWACO off of I-71, and contains approximately 45 acres of land dedicated to raising trees. Most city governments in the state of Ohio just order trees from nurseries when they plant them on public property; however, the City of Columbus is one of the few exceptions and raises their own trees. We met some city employees at the nursery to discuss partnering with them on a new program that Green Columbus is implementing. As part of our Tree Stewardship program, we are facilitating trainings on the planting and pruning of trees to certify individuals as tree stewards. The employees seemed very eager to work with us as they are always pushing forward the tree agenda!

 

Both facilities that I was able to visit this week were both educational and insightful. I am so grateful for the opportunities like this that the Columbus Foundation Summer Fellowship has given me the chance to be a part of.

 

Until next time,

Jake

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