Letter from the Director

It is an honor and privilege to be a part of our city’s momentum in creating a healthier, more livable, and more sustainable city in the coming decade.

This doesn't happen in a vacuum. We are stronger, more innovative and more effective in accomplishing our goals when we work together. Your commitments have helped make us one of the fastest-growing 2030 Districts in the nation! We have over 24 Million square feet committed regionally, 6.4M of which is in our downtown district boundary!

These last few months have been action packed. My role shifted from a volunteer to the staff Director of the Cincinnati 2030 District. Additionally,

  • Tom Schultz joined our team as a Building Data Analyst;
  • UC, NKU, and Xavier officially joined the District;
  • I attended the National 2030 District Network Summit in Philadelphia;
  • We have started collecting member data in order to generate our first annual report.

As we move into the next decade, with hope and drive to meet the challenges before us, we look ahead to new ways of collaborating with all of you. We will be introducing a sponsorship program to help us bring the support, education and resources needed to reach the goals of the District. Think about how your organization can contribute to the success of the whole.

As we move into the holiday season please consider a tax-deductible donation to Green Umbrella in support of the Cincinnati 2030 District. Your gift or pledge by December 31 will be matched 1:1 by the Duke Class Benefit Fund. We are only $12,000 short of achieving the full $50,000 match. By donating today, your money will support 2030 programming and engagement opportunities for members to achieve their 50% reduction goalsIf your organization is seeking to increase it's social impact in the Greater Cincinnati region by advancing environmental sustainability solutions, please contact me or Green Umbrella's Executive Director, Ryan Mooney-Bullock, for more information on how to take advantage of this opportunity.

Thank you all for your patience as we transition into our next chapter. We are thrilled to collaborate and learn from each other. We are grateful for the support and engagement our Members, Professional Partners and Community Partners have brought to our 2030 District.

- Elizabeth Rojas, Director of the Cincinnati 2030 District

2020 Electric Vehicle Opportunities

Photos by Joey Maiocco

In November, we partnered with Hamilton County, Donovan Energy, Smart Columbus, Electrification Coalition and EV Cincy, for a successful electric vehicle (EV) workshop for 2030 Members. Members learned about workplace EV in Columbus, and how they are situated to become one of the leading EV markets in the U.S. To expand awareness and spur EV adoption in Cincinnati, the City’s Office of Environment and Sustainability (OES) is developing a public awareness and education platform called EV CincyIt is part of the American Cities Climate Challenge, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative to help 25 cities accelerate climate change goals at the local level.

EV Cincy goals include educating 10,000 consumers about EVs, bringing 162 additional charging ports to Cincinnati, and registering 1,000 EVs in the free parking program. Keep your ears open for an announcement about an Ohio EPA funding opportunity for EV charging infrastructure. In 2020, EVCincy will host workshops, ride and drive events, and presentations. If you are interested in learning more about workplace charging or would like a demonstration, please contact Carla Walker or Sarah Fischer at evcincy@gmail.com.

Thank you to all 2030 Members & Partners


Professional Partners:

Community Partners:

Cincinnati 2030 New Year Kickoff

Date: Tuesday January 14, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: City Club Apartments - 309 Vine St.

Join Cincinnati 2030 District Members and Partners for a happy hour event hosted by 2030 District Member City Club Apartments and Professional Partner Espy Services, Inc.

More information will be distributed after the New Year.

2020 WELL Conference

Date: Tuesday January 28, 2020 from 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Cincinnati City Hall - 801 Plum St.

Bring your lunch to City Hall and join us for an informative presentation on the WELL Building and WELL Community Standards. Because we spend 90% of our time indoors, the WELL Building Standard was developed to answer the question of "How can our built environment positively impact our health?" The WELL Building Standard combines scientific and medical research with building innovation and techniques. Through a combination of 100 features, designers can start to incorporate strategies to improve occupant health and productivity. The WELL Community Standard pilot builds upon the WELL Building Standard and is a district-scale rating system that sets new benchmarks for health communities. For more information, contact Sarah Fischer.

M+A Architects Hosts Banter + Brews:
a 2030 District Conversation - Energy

Date: Thursday January 30, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: HighGrain Brewing Co.6860 Plainfield Rd

M+A Architects will host the second in its four part series "Banter + Brews" at High Grain Brewery in Silverton focusing on the topic of energy. The event is open to the public and is a great opportunity to check out one of Cincinnati’s newest brewery.

ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® Reporting

As the 2030 District begins its data collection process for calendar year 2019, we encourage members unfamiliar with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to participate in an upcoming live online training. All members looking to build familiarity with the Portfolio Manager tool should check out the Portfolio Manager 101, 201, and 301 series. For members who are commercial tenants, How to Engage Commercial Tenants on Energy Efficiency is a great resource for learning how to obtain utility bills from property owners. These webinars and more are posted on the ENERGY STAR Training webpage.

Find us online: 2030districts.com/cincinnati, Facebook, Twitter

(513) 541-1538 | 3080 Exploration Ave | Cincinnati, OH 45206


Thanks in part to the generous support of the Duke Class Benefit Fund.