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Welcome to Ecolodgical's flagship project.



Guided Growth of Sustainable Hotel Operations in Ohio's Capital City

Project Overview

Columbus, Ohio is experiencing transformative growth fueled by local entrepreneurship, public investment, and a strong sense of place.  Demand for lodging in the city and throughout Central Ohio is at an all-time high, giving rise to a wave of new hotel development.  In recognizing this momentum, along with the hotel industry's unique challenges in balancing profitability and eco-friendliness, Ecolodgical: Columbus, OH was born.  Our goal is to support Columbus' vibrant hospitality industry by cultivating local expertise in environmentally sustainable property operations.


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Why Columbus?
Columbus Ohio Short North Arts District Street Retail Experience
Downtown Columbus Ohio Scioto Greenway
Umbrella Girl in Schiller Park

Dynamic growth in Columbus...

#1 Fastest Growing City in the Midwest

New York Times

"52 Places to Go"

#1 Rising U.S. City for Startups

Nat'l HQ City of 15 Fortune 1000 Cos.

Winner of $50M Smart City Grant


Home To...

  • 13%+ population increase in the last decade

  • Largest city in Ohio, top 15 in the United States

  • 3rd-largest state capital in the United States

"With a revitalized riverfront and booming downtown, Columbus is already one of the nation's fastest growing cities.  The ultracool Short North Arts District offers access to the city's notable business, but don't skip Italian Village and German Village, where innovators and dreamers have opened destination shops and bars."

Forbes Magazine recognized Columbus, OH for its strong talent pool, innovative business climate, and robust venture capital activity.

Including Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, L Brands, Huntington Bank, and American Electric Power.  Continued economic growth brought record low office vacancy rates to Columbus in 2019.

Columbus won the U.S. Dept. of Transportation's Smart Cities Challenge, a national competition for leading nation-wide tech and transportation innovation.  The $50M of grant money became $500M+ of total funding via financial support from corporate leaders in Columbus' private sector.

  • 140,000 students, including 60,000+ at The Ohio State University

  • 3 highly ranked professional sports teams

  • 5 nationally recognized hospital systems

  • 2 world-renowned research institutions

has supported strong lodging industry fundamentals...

Revenue Per Available Room

3.0% average annual growth for 30 years

City Tourism Revenue

5.2% average annual growth in past 5 years

Airline Passenger Volume

6.2% average annual growth in past 5 years

Local Tourism Economic Impact

Record-breaking years in 2018 and 2019

and given rise to wave of new hotel supply...

3,000+ new hotel rooms delivered recently or coming soon, including Ohio's first 1,000+ room hotel.

making now a critical time to build

local expertise in sustainable lodging operations.


(at no cost)

Ecolodgical: Columbus, OH is currently seeking 2020 participants.  Do any of the following describe you?  Let's get started.

  • Local hotel owner

  • Local hotel operator

  • Other hospitality industry members

  • Sustainability professionals

  • Just a big fan of sustainable hotels

Now not the right time?  No worries - we'd still love to hear from you.  Ask us how you can get involved as a Local Leader, and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive monthly updates.



For Owners and Operators

» Receive focused sustainability consulting from local professionals at no charge
» Unlock operational expense savings and ROI opportunities at your hotel to boost your bottom line
» Improve your property’s eco-friendliness by reducing waste, resource consumption, and utility use
» Establish your hotel and your team as leaders and innovators in the Columbus hospitality market

For the City

» Build local expertise in sustainable hotel operations strategies with opportunities to scale

» Boost local climate resilience and reduce strain on infrastructure and utility providers

» Gain local support and buy-in for sustainability initiatives at the city or state level

Additionally, we are excited that this project will help to amplify the impact of Sustainable Columbus, the City of Columbus’ American Cities Climate Challenge initiatives, and the City of Columbus' recently adopted building energy use benchmarking ordinance.


To learn more about these initiatives or to enroll in automated benchmarking with AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas, you can visit the Sustainable Columbus website.

Local Leaders

Local Leaders

Anecdotes and advice from Columbus leaders as they pursue their sustainability goals.

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