A Word from the Director

As a community we are faced with many challenges which are disproportionately affecting our Black and Brown community members. We recognize the importance of growing a culture of racial equity and inclusion within the sustainability space. Black lives and voices do matter, and they are essential for solving the challenges facing our world. 

Through our parent organization, Green Umbrella, we are examining our mindsets and practices to do better as an organization, and to provide a better space for inclusion within the sustainable building community. We are utilizing Equity in the Center as a model to address these topics and we invite others to do the same. This resource is available to anyone and is sculpted to level-set the language and understanding around systemic racial inequality.

Another opportunity to engage in the conversation of environmental justice is to join us at the 2020 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, which will feature a keynote, plenary and breakout sessions relevant to racial equity and environmental justice. The event kicks off tomorrow evening and runs August 5-7.

All around, I’m encouraged by the engagement and leadership of our Members, Professional and Community Partners.  Our impact teams and volunteers are working rigorously to build support for the Members. In a time of rebuilding of our economy, our community and our health, I want to take a moment to thank all of those that are helping Cincinnati be one of the fastest growing and most active Districts nationally.

Elizabeth Rojas, Director, Cincinnati 2030 District

an initiative of Green Umbrella

Member Spotlight: CAC Leading the Way!

The Contemporary Arts Center’s leadership in our community comes from the many environmental exhibitions held at the facility, their data collection, and most importantly, their willingness to share their story! As the first Founding Member of our District, the CAC offers the story of their journey to meet the ambitious goal to reduce energy use by 50% by 2030. 

"Joining the 2030 District gave the CAC a way to demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Although, the goals are lofty the requirements to get started are easy."  - Chuck Lohre

Chuck Lohre, CAC Trustee and volunteer, and Dave Gerding of the CAC graciously shared a step-by-step guide to the process of reporting their energy and water. You can find it linked on the CAC's profile in our District Library.

Do you have a story to share with the Cincinnati 2030 District Community? Send your stories, no matter how big or small, to elizabeth@greenumbrella.org.

Partner Spotlight: Red Bike Pro 2030

The Red Bike Pro 2030 membership program for business, was created in partnership with the Cincy 2030 District to help you meet your commitment to reduce transportation emissions by 50% by the year 2030, while offering you healthy, sustainable and FUN way to get around town!

Your organization can offer full or partially subsidized annual memberships to Red Bike Pro 2030, giving your group access to 59 stations and hundreds of bikes all year long. Employees will be happier and more productive with active transportation exercise!

Email support@cincyredbike.org to sign up today!

Cincinnati 2030 District Updates

Health Metrics Coming Soon! We are excited to share that we have been working on the first 2030 District Occupant Health Goals. In the next couple months, we will host a virtual meeting for the members to learn more about the goals. If you want to be involved in shaping the Health Goals for the District, please email elizabeth@greenumbrella.org for more information.

Member & Partner Virtual Get Together this Fall We are happy to announce that we'll host a Fall Cincy 2030 District virtual get-together. It may be a while until we see everyone in-person, so please be on the look out for the invite in the coming weeks! 

Have you shared the District Digest with your employees or tenants? The District Digest is here for all Members and Partners as wells as their staff. Share the 2030 District journey with your group. Receiving this email as a forward? Subscribe today.

Announcing: Duke Class Benefit Funding for 2030 District Members! We are soliciting requests for project proposals (RFP) from the Building Members for funding. The goal of this grant is to encourage projects that are focused on reducing energy consumption and incorporate our Professional Partners from our Cincinnati 2030 District network. Email elizabeth@greenumbrella.org with questions.

The Cincinnati 2030 District is one of the fastest growing Districts nationally! Do you want to be a larger part of our story?  Let’s keep up the momentum! We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities for any organization that wishes to support the programs and services of the Cincinnati 2030 District as we journey together towards our 50% goals. Email elizabeth@greenumbrella.org for more information.

We need your data by August 12! If you have not already done so, please let us know what you need. Our goal is to provide the firs Cincinnati 2030 District report by the end of the year. Email Tom@greenumbrella.org for support in sharing your data. 


Thank you to eleven members that have already started sharing their data!


SustainableCincy Virtual 6-week Pre-Accelerator program

Green Umbrella and the Cincinnati 2030 District are proud contributors to SustainableCincy, a virtual 6-week pre-accelerator program for early-stage startups with innovative solutions to the challenge of sustainability in the Greater Cincinnati region. The program represents a partnership between Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub, Cintrifuse, HCDC, and the Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation. 

SustainableCincy is designed to help entrepreneurs in sustainability develop a viable business model, path to scale, and funding strategies. The program’s impact areas align with 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Applications are open through August 14th. To learn more, visit www.sustainablecincy.com or contact Program Manager Josie Dalton at josie.dalton@flywheelcincinnati.org.

Energy News Network: 40 Under 40

The Cincinnati 2030 District is a proud partner of the 6th annual Energy News Network ‘40 Under 40’ awards program, which highlights emerging leaders and innovators from across the U.S. who work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

Do you know a strong emerging leader and/or innovator? Nominate them today! The program is open to all who are under 40 at the time of their nomination. Nominations close August 7.

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Cincinnati 2030 District in the News:

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Cincinnati 2030 District is an initiative of Green Umbrella, Greater Cincinnati's regional sustainability alliance.

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