New Albany’s commitment to the environment and preserving its rural roots and heritage are evident everywhere, from the wetlands on the learning campus to the 900 acres of green space that The New Albany Company preserved during development. The master plan thoughtfully protects many of the area’s natural features and open spaces, resulting in, on average, only one structure per acre. The preservation effort is further reinforced by the establishment of Sustainable New Albany, an organization spearheaded by The New Albany Community Foundation to encourage environmental stewardship and green initiatives that protect the environment.
Working with the City of New Albany, Plain Township and Columbus Metro Parks, The New Albany Company helped establish a 1,000 acre MetroPark in northern plain township. Beginning in 2003 with land donations and acquisitions, the MetroPark is now home to preserved woods, fields, hiking trails and a dog park – all within a short car or bike ride to all New Albany residents.
The Rocky Fork Metro Park includes running trails, horse trails, a shelter house and a playground. A partnership between New Albany, Plain Township, Franklin County Metro Parks and the City of Columbus,
In addition to these preservation methods, the City of New Albany is committed to enacting eco-friendly policies and sustainable practices. Taking a long-term view, the Village’s investment in brick roads is designed to reduce maintenance expenditures common with asphalt surfaces. Nearly 75% of its fleet of vehicles runs on bio-diesel fuel and recycling in municipal facilities has led to a 45% reduction in waste. Additionally, traffic lights are being converted to LED bulbs, old asphalt is recycled as berm on roadways and the Village received a “Smart Community” designation by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission for diverting 30% of waste from the community.