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Monday, February 6, 2023

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City of Columbus

Columbus, OH

Andrew J. Ginther


Pledge Summary

Columbus is a city in central Ohio with a population of roughly 906,528. The city has a strong commitment to sustainability and has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has committed to saving the monarch butterfly by signing the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and engaging residents in creating more pollinator habitat throughout the city. The main arms of this initiative are the Columbus GreenSpot program and programs within the Recreation and Parks Department along with dozens of community partnerships.

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.