An Interview with Rebecca Mellino

Our own Program Manager Rebecca Mellino currently serves on the Board of Green Columbus, a non-profit organization that has engaged with the central Ohio community to contribute more than 100,000 hours of green citizen service to date. Green Columbus has organized Columbus’ Earth Day celebration and service activities since 2007.

I recently spoke with Rebecca about her impressive work with the organization and her dedication to making the planet healthier, even outside of the office!

How long have you been involved with Green Columbus, and in what capacities?

I started attending Green Columbus’s Green Drinks happy hours in 2015 and was voted onto the Board in July 2017.

Why did you join the organization?

I joined Green Columbus as a way to network with the sustainability community in Columbus. The happy hour events host guest speakers who talk about Green focused work they are doing in Columbus or around Ohio. Past speakers have discussed topics like: Smart Columbus, homesteading, community gardening, Tree Stewardship, and beekeeping. The happy hour events dedicate some time to a formal presentation by experts on these topics and Q/A and informal discussion among attendees for how it relates to Central Ohio.

What does Green Columbus do and plan to do for the community?

In addition to hosting the monthly Green Drinks events, we host the city’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Earth Day Columbus is the largest volunteer-led Earth Day service effort in the US. This includes a week of on-site volunteer opportunities leading up to the annual Celebration in downtown Columbus. The week of volunteering occurs at over 100 different sites around Central Ohio where volunteers can help plant trees, remove trash, work in a community garden, or another activity to help green a service site.

For this year’s Earth Day, I have gotten to see more of the behind the scenes planning and partner support from the many corporations, nonprofits, schools, and other community groups who actively work to help the natural environment in Central Ohio. It has been a very fulfilling and uplifting experience to work with people who have the share my values on taking care of our environment. An added benefit of all of this work being local is enjoying cleaner and healthier neighborhoods and parks.

Learn more about Green Columbus and their upcoming Earth Day Celebration here.

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