Mayor Benjamin is working hard to protect Columbia's unique natural beauty and resources so our children and grandchildren can enjoy them for generations to come.
Energy efficient lights now illuminate city buildings and electric car charging pods are encouraging greener ways to get to work. Over $110 million has been spent on improvements to and rehabilitation of our water, sewer and stormwater systems to protect our waterways and drinking water.
The Southern Fried Fuel initiative has recycled nearly 400 gallons of used cooking oil and the E-waste Recycling Program has kept over 13 tons of electronics out of our landfills.
- We have invested nearly $320 million in rebuilding our water, sewer and stormwater systems.
- We have launched exciting new green infrastructure projects using modular storage for flood control in Shandon and utilizing PAVE-DRAIN pervious pavement in Rosewood.
- We have updated our stormwater ordinance, developed a regional Sustainable Energy Plan and cut sewage spills throughout the city by half.
But there is so much more to be done. There was a time when Columbia was known as "The Garden City of the South." Mayor Benjamin believes, if we work together, it can be once again.