Green Spot

Community Backyards
Conservation Program

Welcome! Franklin Soil and Water, together with our partners, continues to promote stormwater education with a focus on rainwater harvesting and infiltration. Keeping rain where it falls and using it as a resource keeps our watersheds healthy and safe. We continue to promote the use of rain barrels and rain gardens, while introducing residents to backyard conservation practices, including composting, using native plants and trees in your landscape, and responsible lawn care maintenance.

The GreenSpot Community Backyards program is available to City of Columbus residents, participating municipalities, and Franklin County residents who register to be a City of Columbus GreenSpot member.  The rebate program does re-start each year, giving residents that participated and received a rebate in 2015 an opportunity to explore another conservation method in their backyard year after year.

Continuing with the $50 rebate program we rolled out last year, we are now offering $100 rebates on native trees to eligible households.* Not all participants will qualify for each item rebate and some restrictions will apply. Rebates are limited to one reimbursement per address per year. Eligible rebates are based on your tax district. *Your tax district is not the same as your postal address. 

We understand that the rebate process can be time-consuming, so this year we have partnered with Scioto Gardens, Rain Brothers, LLC. and City Folk Farm Shop to offer immediate rebates.  Residents can find program-approved native plants and trees at Scioto Gardens, rain barrels at Rain Brothers, and compost bins and native plants at City Folk! If you don't find what you need at one of the local participating retailers, you can purchase an approved item from any retailer, local or online, and send in a reimbursement request to receive your rebate. All we need is a copy of the receipt, a photo of the installed item, and your voucher.

To find out if you qualify, please call (614) 486-9613 or continue below to find out more information on how to participate!

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Partnering Communities

Greenspot Rain Barrel Project Conservation