Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman last week unveiled his Green Memo II, a continuation of the mayor’s original Green Memo released in 2005. Green Memo II sets out the mayor's green development goals for the next five years. Its highlights include:

  • Creation of a Green Business Incubator in partnership with Sci-Tech, Tech Columbus, The Ohio State University and Battelle to encourage entrepreneurship in the green job industry.
  • Establishment of the Green Switch program, a $1 million low-interest revolving loan fund to assist businesses in energy efficiency building renovations.
  • Launch of the Green Columbus Fund, a grant program to incentivize the development of green buildings and redevelopment of small brownfield sites such as abandoned gas stations.