Urban Arts Space and Sustainability

We are GREEN!

OSU Urban Arts Space is proud to make environmentally responsible decisions whenever possible. Hoping to serve as an example for other arts organizations, we have incorporated sustainability as a unique facet of our gallery's mission.  We work to facilitate the promotion of creative dialogue about the environmental needs of our community, while actively generating cooperative solutions.

The Space is housed within one of the largest LEED gold-certified buildings in the nation, the historic Lazarus Building in downtown Columbus.  

How do we stay GREEN?  Here are just a few ways...

  • All paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, and steel products are recycled.
  • Lights, computers, and printers are turned off every night.
  • Recycled content paper is used for our daily operations.
  • Staff and guests are encouraged to ride the bus or bike to the Space.
  • All paint used for the gallery is labeled low-VOC or no-VOC.

The Lazarus Building's Rooftop Garden

Urban Arts Space and the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation partner to offer tours of the Lazarus Building rooftop gardens the first Fridays of the month from May through October.  The tours begin at Urban Arts Space, where guests will get an inside look at the current exhibitions and learn about the many green aspects of the organization.  The tour concludes with a trip up to the beautiful green roof with Lazarus Building Manager Robert Turrin. You can reserve your spot on our Rooftop Garden tours page. Special arrangements can be made in advance to accommodate larger groups, but are only available during the week.

To learn more, check out Water Works, an interactive infographic about the Lazarus Building retrofit and the benefits of sustainable development.

More GREEN events housed at the Space can be found on our Events Calendar.

LEED Certification

The historical Lazarus building, built in 1909, was completely remodeled in 2007 to become one of the nation's largest rehabilitated LEED Gold Certified buildings.  What does this mean?

  • 75% of construction and demolition debris was recycled.
  • Installation of energy efficient windows & daylight harvesting.
  • Establishment of low-flow plumbing & gray-water system and recycled paper products in the bathrooms.
  • Use of non-toxic adhesives, sealants and paints throughout the building.
  • Utilizing recycled finishes - such as bamboo flooring, recycled plastic baseboards, and recycled glass terrazzo.