Watch as the Mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley, talks about the cities involvement in the 2030 District.

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We are an Emerging District, but we still need your help to launch!


Cincinnati is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sustainable regions, having recently been ranked as the Most Sustainable Metro Area by Site Selection Magazine for the second consecutive year. Green Umbrella, the region’s sustainability alliance, is working to make sure Cincinnati keeps this top rating for many years to come by leading the development of the Cincinnati 2030 District.

2030 Districts – a national model for urban sustainability – are made up of property owners and managers who make a collective commitment to reduce their buildings’ energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions by 50% by the year 2030. The Cincinnati 2030 District is a collaborative effort to create a network of healthy, high-performing buildings in Cincinnati. Property owners will not be required to achieve the goals of the District by legislative mandates, or as individual buildings. Rather, we will do so collectively because full participation in the District brings collaboration, shared resources and innovative solutions that will lead to cost savings, healthier buildings and a more livable, desirable city. This, in turn, helps Cincinnati attract and retain a high caliber workforce, new entrepreneurial talent and economic development.


The 2030 Districts are a national model for urban sustainability. Each District is comprised of developers, property owners and managers who make an aggregated commitment to reducing their building’s energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 50% by the year 2030.


Reduction by 2030


There are 20 active Districts in the US and Canada, with Cincinnati looking to become the 21st.


To understand what success in the Cincinnati 2030 District could look like, our neighbors to the east provide a perfect example. The Pittsburgh 2030 District has seen tremendous success since its founding in 2012, saving $85.4M in energy and water costs, while avoiding 434,400 metric tons of CO2-e. In 2017 alone, Pittsburgh member properties saved $3.9M in water costs and $22.7M in energy costs.

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2017 Progress Report Pittsburgh 2030 District, 2018


With 2030 Districts, everybody wins. The building owner, its occupants, the city, the tri-state and ultimately the nation and our future.

“The Cincinnati metro region is taking its national leadership role very seriously by creating a fourth category of 2030 goals centered on health and wellness in the built environment. 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. It is a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) win.”   – Chad Edwards – founding member of the 2030 Working Group and architect at emersion DESIGN


This new sustainability brand will help our region attract and retain a high caliber workforce and entrepreneurial talent by focusing on their wants and needs – transportation solutions, healthy spaces and sustainable communities.


By collaborating under a unified set of aspirational goals and metrics, we can achieve bold and visionary sustainability initiatives that will help us and our planet.


Through education and deployment of achievable and scalable high-ROI solutions – particularly in the energy, health and water spaces – property owners can save money, increase your property value, and gain a competitive advantage.


Cincinnati’s most important asset is the health of its people. By improving the health of our buildings, we are actually improving the health of our community.

“Those who design, plan, build and govern cities wield great influence over the basic components of a healthy life for its citizenry. The types of infrastructure and urban design needed for a healthy city are the same types of infrastructure and design required for a resilient, low-carbon city.”

Health as the Pulse of the New Urban Agenda World Health Organization: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Quito, October 2016

We will work with district partners and local institutions to develop an urban-scale health metric we can use to improve health and wellness outcomes for our city.


Cincinnati has taken the lead as it pertains to sustainability. Protecting our region for the future means doubling down on this, and a 2030 District is just the first of many steps that will help us reach our collective goals.

Using levels recorded in 2006, Cincinnati’s goal is to reduce Green House Gas Emissions (GHG’s) by 84% by the year 2050. How are we doing?


More sustainable buildings can lead to lower operating costs & higher asset value over the life of the structure.


By starting with our Central Business District we will leverage our largest property owners that will have the biggest impact in our city. These Founding Members have the opportunity to help craft how the district works and operates per our regions specific needs.

“Districts are the best scale to accelerate urban sustainability and resilience – small enough to innovate quickly yet large enough to have a meaningful and continuing impact.” – NYC 2030 District

  • Phase 1 Working back with the Webb Research Lab out of the University of Cincinnati, we have determined that our Central Business District accounts for 14% of finished square footage, and 33% of commercial square footage. In addition, there are 111 LEED certified buildings as well as 31 Energy Star buildings.
  • Future Phases Once the district is formed, we will work towards expanding into the surrounding areas including Uptown and across the river.
  • Click here for a full look at our proposed map. 


We are the Cincy 2030 Working Group. We represent both small, medium and large organizations. Public and Private sector. Specialists and advocates, who are not only proud of our home town, but are seeking to help evolve it for the 21st century.

What started as seven has quickly grown to 27, we’ve raised $310,000 from dual funders, and have recently been adopted by Green Umbrella.

Looking to get involved? See below for more information.





Looking to get involved? Below are 2 resources that help get you started.

We have broken up our membership into 3 distinct categories.


  • Property owners & managers
  • Report building energy, water & transportation data on a confidential basis

Professional Partners

  • Vendors or service providers
  • Help District Members achieve 2030 targets

Community Partners

  • Governmental, institutional, or civic organizations
  • Provide resources & support

Are you interested in becoming apart of the Cincinnati 2030 District? Please fill out the form below and someone will respond shortly.

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