Columbus GreenSpot

GreenSpot Backyards
Conservation Program

The GreenSpot Rain Barrel program is expanding to GreenSpot Backyards in 2015 with the ambition of encouraging residents to “go beyond rain barrels”. 

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 are expanding our program to include $50 rebates for eligible residents.

Not all participants are eligible for each rebate. Rebates available are based on your tax district.
*Your tax district is not the same as your postal address
*

To find out if you qualify, verify your address online through The Franklin County Auditor. For other questions, please call (614) 486-9613.


Eligible Tax Districts
 Rebates Available
 Quantity
 Franklin County
 Rain Barrel
  1 Rebate
 City of Columbus 
 *Must be Columbus Tax District  
 Rain Barrel, Compost Bin, Native Plants
  2  Rebates
 *Must be on 2 different items 
 Unincorporated Franklin County
 Rain Barrel, Compost Bin, Native Plants
  1 Rebate  
Participating Municipalities:
  • Bexley
  • Canal Winchester
  • Gahanna
  • Hilliard
  • New Albany
  • Obetz
  • Reynoldsburg
  • Upper Arlington
  • Westerville
  • Worthington 
 Rain Barrel, Compost Bin, Native Plants 
 1 Rebate

 

Partnering Communities

Columbus Franklin County Bexley Canal Winchester Gahanna Hilliard New Albany Obetz Reynoldsburg Upper Arlington Westerville Worthington Franklin County Columbus

 Step 1:

Register as a GreenSpot! Why join? For a couple of really good reasons, actually. One, it's a small thing you can do to make a big impact on the health and future of Columbus. Two, it couldn't be easier.

It's simple, really. It takes just three key commitments to making your home a greener place: Conserve Energy, Conserve Water, and Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Within each, you decide which lifestyle changes fit you and your home best.

Ready to get green?

Make Your House a GreenSpot!





Step 2: Participate Online or Visit Us In Person!

Take the Online Course and Quiz

The GreenSpot Backyards Online Course offers a fast and easy way for you to participate on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home.          
  1. Watch a presentation with a focus on residential use of rain barrels, rain gardens, composting, native plants and lawn care.
  2. Take a short quiz on what you've learned at the end.
  3. Once you pass the quiz, your information is sent to Franklin Soil and Water to verify what rebates you qualify for. 
  4. You will be emailed or mailed a voucher with rebate information and approved items for your district.
  5. Purchase an approved rain barrel, compost bin, or native plant(s) depending on your eligibility. Mail or email your voucher with a copy of your receipt and a photo of your installed item(s) to us.
  6. We'll process your rebate and contact you. 
  
      Begin the Online Course Now 
 



~Or~
 

Register for a Local Workshop

The GreenSpot Backyards In-Person Workshops are free for any to attend, and offer information, interaction, and answers to your questions.
  1. Register for a workshop either online or print & mail in the registration page to our office (address is on form).
  2. We will verify your information & rebate eligibility and contact you to confirm registration.
  3. Attend the workshop of your choice (dates & location are on form). At the conclusion of the workshop you will receive a voucher. If you didn't pre-register, you will receive a certificate of attendance for you to mail in and receive a voucher.
  4. Purchase an approved rain barrel, compost bin, or native plant(s) depending on your eligibility. Mail or email your voucher with a copy of your receipt and a photo of your installed item(s) to us.
  5. We'll process your rebate and contact you. 

 
         Easy Online Registration


     or Print & Mail Registration Form 




    Resource Guide

    Frequently Asked Questions



    Other questions can be answered by Franklin Soil and Water staff by calling or emailing us below: