Cincinnati 2030 District Releases Building Progress Report and Grants Funds to Member Upgrades

January 08, 2021 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Press Release For Immediate Release  

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Rojas, elizabeth@greenumbrella.org 513.633.5823
Director, Cincinnati 2030 District

Cincinnati 2030 District Releases Building Progress Report and Grants Funds to Member Upgrades

Cincinnati -- The buildings in Cincinnati’s central business district and uptown areas are making better-than-expected progress toward measuring and reducing their carbon footprint, according to the Cincinnati 2030 District’s first-ever building Progress Report.

The Cincinnati 2030 District 2019 Progress Report includes aggregated energy data from participating member buildings falling within the Central Business District and Uptown, the District’s defined geographic boundaries. The District, which supports building owners and managers in making bold reductions to their buildings’ carbon footprint, aggregates and uses the data as a benchmark for cutting emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Across the Greater Cincinnati region, property owners and managers from 197 buildings voluntarily reported their building’s energy data as part of their commitment to make the needed reductions.

“This is significant,” said Elizabeth Rojas, Director of the Cincinnati 2030 District, “because our members and leaders are committed to making these reductions. This is evident not only by the high percentage of organizations sharing their data, but also that we are on track to achieving our energy goal, even as a fairly new district. This showcases Greater Cincinnati as a leader in sustainability.”

According to Architecture 2030, the urban built environment is responsible for 75% of annual global GHG emissions. Buildings alone account for 39%, and in Cincinnati, that number is nearing 60% according to the City’s Office of Environment and Sustainability. Ohio’s carbon dioxide emissions rank 6th in the U.S. because of reliance on coal and natural gas. Reducing energy use in buildings decreases carbon dioxide emissions by lessening our need to burn carbon-emitting fuel sources.

Measuring energy usage of the nearly 300 properties committed to the District is the first step toward reaching the goal of a 50 percent reduction in emissions. Armed with usage data, building members and partners collaborate to design and implement creative strategies, best practices and verification methods for measuring progress towards a common goal. Professional and Community Partners in the areas of engineering, design, construction, building analytics, transportation, renewables, EV charging, water conservation and building health all support building members in reaching their goals.

In addition to benchmarking member performance, the District will fund member projects that increase their energy efficiency. Leveraging funds from the Duke Class Benefit Fund, the District announced four winners of its Business Incentive grant. Selected through a request for proposal process, awarded business owners received a combined $65,000 in 1:1 matching grants for energy efficiency upgrades. Projects were selected based on the percentage of energy reductions anticipated and contract value awarded to the District professional partners contracted for the work. The recipients and partners selected are:

● Cincinnati Art Museum with CMTA and Siemens

● Mercantile Center with Johnson Electric

● Our Lady of Grace with PRO Lighting and Solar, and Paff Electric

● Sleepy Bee Cafe with Melink Corp.

Both the District Progress Report and the Business Incentive grants support the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan, which found that the two largest sources of emissions in the region are in the commercial building and transportation sectors. Establishing a 2030 District was a key goal set forth in the Green Cincinnati Plan because it had the highest potential for emissions reductions. The 2030 District name stems from the belief that drastic changes to the sources and methods of our energy consumption are required by 2030 to stave off the worst possible effects of climate change. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 212 is a proud sponsor and a trusted partner of the 2030 District.

To learn more about becoming part of the solution to decrease our region’s carbon emissions and secure a sustainable future for all our community members, visit 2030districts.org/cincinnati or email Elizabeth Rojas.

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