Columbus nonprofits embrace sustainability, learn about grant funding

Representing 10 nonprofit organizations in the Columbus, Ohio area, attendees of the Direct Energy and ThisWeek Community News Reduce Your Use For Good workshop listened attentively as three panelists discussed sustainability best practices. I had the honor of moderating the wonderful panel consisting of Karen Ferris, founder of Big Green Head LLC; Erin Miller, Environmental Steward, City of Columbus, Get Green Columbus and; David M. Scott, shareholder/litigator, Luper Neidenthal & Logan, and board vice-chair, U.S. Green Building Council – Central Ohio Chapter. They shared tips on how to build a culture of sustainability in the workplace, some easy and cost-effective ways to maximize energy efficiency and how they hurdled challenges in their respective organizations when implementing sustainable practices. Because as we all know, old habits die hard.

We were also graced by April Kasun’s presence. She is with the Office of Energy and talked about nonprofit grant opportunities for larger greening/sustainability projects.

This last note is to all nonprofits in Direct Energy service areas (please note: you do not need to be a customer): Applying for a $2,500 Reduce Your Use For Good grant is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Visit to learn how!

This post was written by Andrea Romo, External Relations Specialist for Direct Energy in Pittsburgh, PA.