Source: River City News
By: Staff Reporter
NKU Joins UC, XU in Cincinnati 2030 District
Northern Kentucky University joined with the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University in becoming regional members of the Cincinnati 2030 District.
By choosing to do so, each university commits to the 2030 District goals of 50 percent reductions in energy and water consumption, and transportation emissions.
The region's three largest universities collectively possess 152 buildings with 17.1 million square feet.
With their membership in the 2030 District, the local initiative has a total footprint of 24 million square feet across the region.
“These institutions symbolize the benefits of setting goals that help achieve higher levels of innovation,” said Elizabeth Rojas, the new director of the 2030 District. “The relationship between our universities and the 2030 District is mutually reinforcing: ensuring our largest institutions continue to uphold their role in the community as they simultaneously foster our future innovators.”
For all three universities, the commitment is part of larger long-term sustainability efforts.
“Joining the 2030 District shows NKU’s support for sustainability and that we are dedicated to our commitment to being carbon neutral by 2050,” said Tiffany Budd, NKU’s sustainability operations coordinator. “Being a member of the District will provide NKU with external partnerships and resources that will allow us to more readily advance our sustainability goals while in turn contributing back to the group with our own resources.”
Beyond working with each university’s building portfolios, the 2030 District will gain access to a research base for collaboration across district members and partners.
“The 2030 District is a flexible, long-term framework for addressing the environmental impact of the built environment in our community,” said Dr. Amanda Webb, assistant professor at UC’s Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering & Construction Management whose research informed the District’s initial phase focused on benchmarking energy and water consumption data in downtown Cincinnati’s commercial buildings.
All three institutions agree that the greatest opportunity of membership is the educational engagement opportunities for students.
“It is a particularly important statement to our students and the greater Cincinnati community that all three major institutions of higher education have joined the District initiative,” said Dr. James Buchanan, XU professor and executive director of The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.
In its inaugural year, the Cincinnati 2030 District has accepted twenty-six members including developers, commercial building owners and tenants working to advance the bold sustainability goals of the 2030 Network.