Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets and host to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), host to the 2015 NHL Fan Fair, are committed to sustainability. The two venues are now designated GreenSpots within the City of Columbus.
“We congratulate the NHL, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena, for joining our efforts towards making Columbus a green community that is beautiful, healthy and prosperous. Welcome to the GreenSpot family,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman.
The City of Columbus launched the GreenSpot program as a way to recognize area residents, businesses and community groups who are working to use resources in a responsible manner that will conserve and protect them for future generations.
Designated as GreenSpot locations, Nationwide Arena and the GCCC pledged more than 35 sustainable actions including:
• Conserving and protecting water by keeping loading areas and dumpsters clear of litter, by watering only when necessary and by installing water efficient fixtures;
• Conserve energy by performing an energy audit, converting to energy efficient lighting, turning off equipment when not in use and performing regular maintenance on HVAC systems;
• Reducing waste by establishing a recycling program, performing a waste audit, tracking their waste and purchasing supplies in bulk;
• Informing and engaging their employees and customers about opportunities for green efforts and actions; and
• Greening transportation by installing bike racks, encouraging employees to walk or bike to meetings, encouraging teleconferences and providing special parking for lower emission vehicles.
GreenSpot is a fun way to learn about sustainable actions, product discounts, and events. Touting more than 10,000 homes, business and nonprofit members, GreenSpot provides a way for making green commitments. Created by Mayor Michael B. Coleman in 2008, the program continues to grow with a GreenSpot Kids, GreenSpot Backyard Conservation, GreenSpot Business Initiative, and GreenSpot Neighborhood programs. Learn more at www.ColumbusGreenSpot.org.