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 by offering eligible residents $50 reimbursements once they purchase an approved rain barrels, compost bin or native plants and trees.

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. *Not all participants will qualify. Rebates are limited to one reimbursement per eligible household per year. Rebates are based on your tax district which may be different than your postal address.

We understand that the rebate process can be time-consuming, so this year we have partnered with 4 local retailers who will offer an immediate rebate when you purchase an eligible item from their store. The 4 local retailers offering immediate discounts are:

  • City Folk Farm Shop (offering rebates on native plants & compost bins)
  • Kurtz Bros Westerville location (offering rebates on native trees)
  • Rain Brothers LLC (offering rebates on rain barrels)
  • Scioto Gardens (offering rebates on native plants and native trees)

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, assembled or planted item, and your voucher. Once we receive this information we will mail you a reimbursement check up to the eligible amount. 
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