Renewable Cincinnati

Mayor John Cranley’s plan to power Cincinnati using only renewable energy starting in 2019 got a major boost last week when billionaire philanthropist and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg awarded the city $2.5 million through Bloomberg Philanthropies, which includes the value of some technical expertise, to power city-owned facilities with renewable energy as well as accelerate energy efficiency programs for commercial and residential buildings.

 

Approximately 60 percent of Cincinnati’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings and 30 percent from transportation, but Cranley announced two new participants — Procter & Gamble and Fifth Third Bank — committed to reducing their buildings’ energy and water use as well as their transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

 

“I’m confident that the gravitas of those institutions will inspire through peer pressure additional members,” Cranley says.

 

To read more about regional and national clean energy plans, visit the Cincinnati Business Courier.

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