(Originally posted HERE on ColumbusUnderground.com)
COTA is turning a little bit greener today as they introduce six new hybrid-electric buses into their fleet. The hybrid buses will feature a distinct design and color scheme that will help them to stand out from the standard vehicles.
“COTA is committed to making environmentally responsible choices that ensure our business practices support healthy, livable communities,” said Bill Lhota, COTA President and CEO. “Sustainable actions taken today will protect the environment for the future.” (more…)
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SustainLane.com has come out with it’s annual rankings of sustainability in America’s 50 largest cities. Columbus finished an embarrassing 50th (dead last) in 2006, but is now up to 30th, earning praise for the Bicentennial Bikeways Master Plan.
Columbus scored pretty well in street congestion (14th), but not as well in transit ridership (39th) or city commuting (35th). Other areas that could use improvement include Planning and Land Use (38th), Tap Water Quality (41st), Solid Waste Diversion (34th), and Green Building (34th). I’m not sure how they decided Columbus was the 39th worst for natural disasters. Are there really that many tornados?
Columbus is a veritable Phoenix rising from ashes as the city shoots up a full 20 spots from its rank as dead last in 2006. Cities looking for sustainable inspiration need look no further than the Buckeye state. Columbus just adopted a master bike plan that will add a thousand bike racks and 500 miles of paths and trails to the city by 2028. Columbus resident and cycling advocate Doug Morgan hopes the city will usurp the title of “Bike Capital of the US” from other better-known cycling cities like Portland and Seattle. With the city’s flat terrain and relatively nice weather, it might actually give those front-runners a cycle for their money! Bicycling Magazine ranks Columbus as one of the five cities to watch in the future, and SustainLane will keep its eye on the city as well.
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