Cincinnati is building momentum towards an ambitious, sustainable and low carbon future. The city aims to reduce carbon emissions 2 percent annually for the next 42 years. The sustainability plan includes promoting metro ridership, educating secondary students about sustainability, conducting energy audits for local non-profits and expanding tree planting.
As part of the city’s commitment to sustainable transport, Cincinnati now has a total of 27 gas-electric hybrid busses in its fleet. The hybrids save about 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year and reduce hydrocarbon emissions by 90%.
Cincinnati’s outreach strategy has resulted in implementing over 60 of different projects thus far, including a solar photovoltaic installation at the Cincinnati Zoo and a new hike and bike trail for both recreation and getting around town.
In 2012, Cincinnati took bold action on the part of its residents by finalizing a power aggregation deal. Through this process the city extends the benefits negotiated as a giant customer to individuals and small businesses thereby saving households $130 annually - making green electricity even more attractive. Once implemented, Cincinnati will be the first major city in America to choose a 100% "green" electricity supply for its residents and small businesses.