Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, Briana Rice
For the second year in a row, Greater Cincinnati has been ranked the most sustainable metro area in the nation by Site Selection Magazine.
The 2018 ranking was based on corporate practices, as well as their contribution to people, communities and the planet.
Green Umbrella, Cincinnati's region sustainability alliance, has begun work to help keep this top ranking by leading the creation of a 2030 district within the city.
What are 2030 Districts?
There are 20 active 2030 Districts across the US with the goal to create a model for urban sustainability by getting property owners within the district to reduce their building's energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions by 50 percent by the year 2030.
“These shared goals (energy, water, transportation and health) will help attract and retain top talent, advance us toward achieving shared goals and help each member save money in the process,” said Chad Edwards, founding member of the 2030 Working Group and architect at emersion DESIGN.
While the immediate plans are for the Downtown business district, in the future, 2030 Districts are plotted for Clifton/Corryville, Covington, Newport and Bellevue.
How much will this cost?
Green Umbrella is initiating this movement completely separate from local government.
Currently, the organization is seeking sponsors and outside funding, but once the program is implemented, the involved businesses will pay an annual membership fee to the bill.
What will it take for Cincinnati to get a 2030 District?
"The planning process started seven months ago with interested folks to discuss if this would work in Cincinnati, if it would have an impact. We were promoted to Prospective 2030 District status in June now we're in the mode of official recruitment status," said Ryan Mooney-Bullock, Executive Director of Green Umbrella.
In order to establish an official and national recognized 2030 District, 10 property owners, or 10 million square feet of commercial space or 10 percent of the total commercial square footage within property boundaries must commit to being a part of the district.
"Just as a point of reference, there is over 12 million square feet of lease-able commercial space in just the 25 largest commercial properties downtown," Mooney-Bullock said.
Green Umbrella hopes to have a nationally recognized 2030 District by the end of 2018.