Cincinnati 2030 District releases report of emissions reductions in Cincinnati buildings

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Source: Highland County Press

December 16, 2022

The Cincinnati 2030 District has released its 2021 Progress Report, which details the efforts and successes of District Building Members who voluntarily commit to cut emissions from energy, water, and transportation and improve the overall health of the buildings they occupy.

Members of the Cincinnati 2030 District are working to reduce emissions in these categories to take local action towards global goals of 50-percent carbon reductions by 2030 to slow the rate of climate change. 

The report can be viewed at https://www.2030districts.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Cincinnati%202030%20District%202021%20Progress%20Report.pdf.

For calendar year 2021, building members showed a 31.5-percent reduction in energy from baseline, putting the District within striking distance of the 2025 target reduction of 35 percent. A free building walk-through program helped building owners identify opportunities to reduce energy costs and emissions. Since the program’s introduction, the 2030 District has “walked through” almost 200,000 square feet.

For water, reporting members achieved a 31.1-percent reduction against their own building’s data. Some are achieving this by implementing innovative solutions and products, while others are simply updating older fixtures. 

For commuting, the Cincinnati 2030 District, in partnership with OKI Regional Council of Governments, compared the results from their first commuter survey, (sponsored by Metro SORTA), with a 2015 OKI baseline. Members saw a reduction of 20.8 percent in commuting emissions, which were bolstered by the increase in remote work.

Ninety-two percent of those surveyed reported that their commuting miles are made in single occupancy, combustion engine vehicles. However, there is significant interest in electric vehicle incentives from employers and improved bus service to provide lower-emissions options. 

Four organizations received Impact Awards for achievements in energy, water, transportation and occupant health. Those include Pepper Construction for energy, the Cincinnati Art Museum for water, The VA Medical Center for transportation emissions reductions and Fifth Third Bank for occupant health improvements. 

“We are proud of the work our members have done since 2020 to reduce emissions related to energy, water and transportation in their buildings. By benchmarking their buildings, and making improvements toward energy efficiency and renewable installations, they are leading the way for our region to hit the targets,” said Elizabeth Rojas, Director of the Cincinnati 2030 District. “The work they have done assessing and tackling low-hanging fruit positions them to take advantage of incoming tax incentives to go even deeper in meeting their environmental goals.” 

The Cincinnati 2030 District’s mission is to create a network of healthy, high-performing buildings to decarbonize Greater Cincinnati. It is an initiative of Green Umbrella, Greater Cincinnati’s environmental collaborative, uniting people and organizations passionate about improving the region’s environmental health. The District’s Marquee Sponsor is The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW Local 212.