Environmentally conscious Clintonville may be on its way to having bragging rights on the subject, but the steps needed to formally become a GreenSpot Neighborhood have been put on hold by an injury timeout.
At the Clintonville Area Commission meeting July 5, neighborhood liaison Katherine H. Cull raised the prospect of the panel leading a push for achieving the GreenSpot distinction.
Founded in 2008 by former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, GreenSpot is a place where people in Columbus go to learn about living and working greener and commit to doing it -- in their homes, businesses and communities, according to the initiative's website: Columbus.gov/GreenSpot.
Clintonville would join the ranks of the Discovery District, Sawmill Place Area and German Village in doing so.
Cull told commission members she would have David Celebrezze, the city's GreenSpot coordinator, provide a briefing at the Aug. 2 meeting.
However, Cull said, she had offered Celebrezze's appearance before finding out he has a knee injury and won't be available for the next meeting, but he might be able to attend the following meeting Sept. 6.
"Certainly a lot of people in Clintonville already do these things," CAC Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt said. "It's just a matter of making sure enough people know about the effort and take the time to make the pledge."
"I think Clintonville would be the perfect neighborhood for this," Cull said.
"GreenSpot Neighborhood is a great way to bring together residents and businesses to make commitments that are unique for your neighborhood, commitments that help everyone live and work a little greener," the website states. "Benefits of being a GreenSpot Neighborhood include receipt of best practices for environmental and financial benefits, support from the city to develop your plan, and recognition from the city through GreenSpot social media and two GreenSpot Neighborhood signs installed at entry points to your neighborhood."
Becoming a GreenSpot Neighborhood involves contacting the program's coordinator, bringing together businesses, community groups and individuals, developing and implementing an action plan and reporting on the successes and challenges involved.
"After one year the GreenSpot coordinator will determine if your neighborhood is ready to be designated a GreenSpot based on progress made toward stated goals and an ongoing commitment to sustainability," the site adds.
Wetherholt said organizing all of Clintonville into a single movement might be a daunting task.
"That's a lot of people to get involved," she said. "It might be easier to go street by street."
Wetherholt said CAC members might consider recruiting people within their districts to help lead GreenSpot efforts.