City of Cincinnati Adopts Updated Green Plan

Plan addresses climate change and furthers City’s commitment to environmental sustainability

CINCINNATI – The City of Cincinnati has adopted the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan (GCP) to make Cincinnati more sustainable, equitable, and resilient. The 2018 GCP marks the third update to the plan, which has helped establish Cincinnati as a national leader in sustainability and an attractive destination for businesses and individuals.

“The 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan presents a high impact plan for addressing climate change and furthering Cincinnati's commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Mayor John Cranley. “Despite efforts to dismantle environmental regulations, we will continue to fight climate change and prove that global problems can and do have local solutions.”

The 2018 GCP includes 80 strategies to reduce Cincinnati’s carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, with focus areas that include energy, food, transportation, and waste systems.

“The updated Green Cincinnati Plan provides a bold, progressive vision to continue charting a course as a sustainable and equitable city,” said Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld. “If we follow this comprehensive blueprint, it will benefit our economy, our health, our ability to attract talent, and of course the environment that we'll pass along to our children.”

Hundreds of residents and businesses participated in over 30 public meetings, contributing more than 1,400 recommendations for consideration. The final goals and recommendations were selected as the highest impact, most feasible ideas.

“A lot of work has gone into the development of this plan. Now we shift focus to implementation – where the real progress will be made,” said Larry Falkin, OES Director.

OES is actively seeking community partners to help lead implementation of the plan recommendations.  To read the full plan and find out how to become involved please visit GreenCincinnatiPlan.com or contact Oliver.Kroner@cincinnati-oh.gov.

Full Statement from Mayor John Cranley on Green Plan

“Climate change is upon us and threatening our future. The environmental, economic, and personal consequences of climate change are devastating and far-reaching. Temperatures are increasing and sea levels are rising. This is happening because of human-made carbon emissions, which causes more greenhouse gases to build up in the atmosphere. Changes in temperature and seasons adversely affect the life cycle of plants and animals. Natural disasters triggered by climate change result in human migration and displacement. The threat of climate change is here now and it poses a serious threat to our future. We have to do our part to slow or stop it.

“In Cincinnati, extreme weather events are becoming more common. So far this year, we've experienced record rainfall, flooding, sewer-backups and landslides. Cincinnati also faces serious air quality challenges. Now more than ever we need to improve our public health, local economy, and quality of life through sustainable efforts.

“As global citizens, we have to reduce our carbon footprint. As Cincinnatians, we have an obligation to build a more sustainable climate for our citizens' well-being.

“When the U.S. became the only nation to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, I joined the Compact of Mayors and signed the pledge to commit the City of Cincinnati to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Furthermore, I've committed a plan to add solar panels at Lunken Airport, water works, and other city-owned facilities to provide 25 megawatts of renewable energy. This $50 million project will be the largest onsite municipal solar project in the country. It will reduce the City's carbon emissions by 25,000 tons annually, which is the equivalent of removing 5,000 cars from the road, planting 600,000 trees or keeping 24 million pounds of coal in the ground per year. It will also save ratepayer dollars.

“The 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan presents a high impact plan for addressing climate change and furthering Cincinnati's commitment to environmental sustainability. Despite efforts to dismantle environmental regulations, we will continue to fight climate change and prove that global problems can and do have local solutions. We owe it to our kids and grandkids to do our part to combat climate change. We must champion environmental stewardship and live up to our moral responsibility to care for this earth.”