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Columbus Council To Study Carbon Footprint

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Columbus City Council is set to approve a contract aimed at helping the city reduce its carbon footprint. 

The $180,000 study is meant to help Columbus leaders chart a more sustainable course. Council member Emmanuel Remy explains the consulting firm Arup USA will be looking into the city government’s emissions.

“All of our buildings, all of our vehicles that we use,” he says. “And we’re trying to figure out how we get to the point where we’re reducing our greenhouse gas emissions essentially.”

Remy expects the study to recommend ways to incorporate solar or wind power to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

"You know, nothing's off the table as they look at what our facilities generate what can we do to again, mitigate our carbon footprint," Remy says.

The effort comes after Mayor Andrew Ginther signed on to the Global Covenant of Mayors in 2017. The initiative brings together cities around the world working to reduce the effects of climate change.

Nick Evans was a reporter at WOSU's 89.7 NPR News. He spent four years in Tallahassee, Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.