Cincinnati is already preparing for 2030
Recently, President Joe Biden pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by at least 50% by 2030. It’s an ambitious goal on which a visionary group, the District of Cincinnati 2030 has been working for over two years now, with lessons that could help the entire region respond to the climate change crisis.
The District of Cincinnati 2030 brings together property owners and managers, developers and commercial tenants in the urban core to reduce energy use, water use and transportation emissions by 50% of their buildings over the years. next nine years. Many climatologists believe it is important to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 if we hope to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Elizabeth Rojas, District Director of Cincinnati 2030
So far, our 39 members have committed over 300 26 million square foot buildings to the same goals President Biden proposed. Our members include some of the region’s largest employers, as well as small and medium-sized businesses who believe that environmental sustainability is good for workers, their business, and the community as a whole.
They take stock of how they are using energy, water and transport to find both small gains and big solutions to reduce consumption and emissions, such as switching to LED lighting, the purchasing power of green sources and the installation of EV chargers.
District 2030 is part of a national network of 23 cities that targets energy and water consumption in urban business districts. Our first progress report shows that we are on the right track to meet our goals. It is estimated that the urban built environment generates 75% of annual greenhouse gas emissions, with buildings alone responsible for 39% of all emissions.
This work is particularly important in Ohio, which is the sixth largest emitter of carbon dioxide emissions among U.S. states due to reliance on coal and natural gas, but also eighth in the country for jobs in the United States. clean energies.
Of course, it’s not just energy consumption that is important for the health of buildings: we also believe that well-managed buildings promote the health of their occupants. That’s why the District of Cincinnati 2030 is proud to be the first district in the network to launch an effort to make buildings healthier for the people who work there by improving air and water quality; provide access to natural light, nutritious food and ergonomic work environments; and the elimination of harmful chemicals and building materials.
Our guide to occupant health will be published in the coming months. We worked with The Health Collaborative and the International Well Building Institute to ensure the Occupant health pillar targeted health challenges specific to our region, and we are excited about the potential of the project.
The District of Cincinnati 2030 is an initiative of Green Umbrella, the regional alliance for sustainability. Green Umbrella is hosting the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit May 12-14, this year with the theme “Accelerating Action: The Road to 2030”. The summit will feature healthy buildings and a wide range of sessions on how to respond to the climate crisis and create a stronger and more resilient region.
The summit is open to the public. To learn more, click here.
We hope you will join us in finding ways to meet the challenge of 2030.
Elizabeth Rojas is District Director for Cincinnati 2030.