This post is written by Tad Dritz, spokesman for Earth Day Columbus.

On this bicentennial year, Columbus has much to be proud of and the city is getting ready to notch another biggest/best honor – Columbus has the highest volunteer turnout for Earth Day in the NATION!

Columbus Earth Day

Since 2007, Columbus has been a trendsetter on the annual day recognizing the natural environment. That year, the nascent non-profit, Green Columbus began organizing Earth Day. The theme for the first year was A Year in a Day, the goal was to encourage 500 volunteers to put in four hours each (2000 hours = 1 person-year in one day) at community service projects across Central Ohio. More than 1,300 volunteers heard the call and put in 3,900 service hours! Through the years, the volunteer turnout has swelled to 3,300, outpacing the Earth Day volunteerism of any other metro area!

For 2012, the theme is Root Down, and the message is focused on connecting Central Ohioans with the local environment, both natural and man-made. Connections with nature will be fostered by participation in dozens of volunteer work-sites, during the weekend of April 14 & 15. The following Saturday (April 21) will feature a celebration at Columbus Commons, in the middle of downtown Columbus. The celebration will entertain and inform attendees about the benefits of shopping local and using alternative transportation (bike & bus), and much, much more. Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's a whole lot to get excited about.

To make, or strengthen, your connection to Central Ohio, come put your Root Down with The Nature Conservancy and thousands of others by registering at