Columbia sustainability manager pushes green agenda

Barbara Buffaloe

Columbia TMs new Sustainability Manager Barbara Buffaloe wants to lead her city TMs efforts toward a greener, more sustainable future.

"I will be looking at sustainability issues throughout the city," Buffaloe said, That TMs related to energy, building designs and energy conservation. Eventually, I will look at other action plans throughout the city.

Buffaloe, 29, is Columbia TMs first sustainability manager. The Department of Energy approved more than $1 million in a 3-year block grant for Columbia to start its sustainability office. Buffaloe said her main goals are to complete an energy assessment of all city-owned buildings and then retrofit them to achieve greenhouse gas, energy and other reduction goals.

I don TMt really like the naming of something as 'green'," Buffaloe said. "That seems to be getting into a fad or a trend. It TMs more about thinking about our everyday behaviors and how to make less of an impact on our environment.

Buffaloe has a long list of experience working with sustainable and renewable energy projects. Buffaloe plans to use that experience to make Columbia as energy efficient as possible.

You can read KRCG TMs Mark Slavit TMs entire article with Barbara Buffaloe in this month TMs edition of Inside Columbia Magazine.