We’re greener than we seem


Greater Cincinnati is on the leading edge of the green movement – maybe not in showy ways like curbside composting or light rail, but in the green you don’t see.

Cincinnati is the largest city in the country to get all of its electricity from alternative energy sources, and it has the third-most homes certified under the U.S. Green Business Council’s Leadership in Engineering and Design standards. The region is also a leader in LEED-certified schools.

“This is a happening place,” said Brewster Rhoads, executive director of the Green Umbrella. “We’re turning Mark Twain’s adage on its head. In many ways we are 10 years ahead, particularly compared to other Midwest cities.”

How to Create Green Building Marketing Communications

ChuckLohreGreen Building Marketing

Green Building products and services marketing communications are more educational and brand focused. The marketing cycle stages are the same: audience, investigation, comparison, negotiation, sales and follow up. The Green Building movement has a passion and an involvement which is shaping the industry. The people that are receptive to Green marketing believe that Green products and services are better than others. Consumers select the standard that they believe in: The U.S. Green Building Council, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with their product certifications, Department of Energy (DOE) with their Energy Star Certifications and many other organizations are being adopted as trusted brands by the public.


Press Conference Dec.11 – City to Incentivize Higher Levels of ‘Green’ Building

ChuckLohreCity of Cincinnati, Kinsman Residence, LEED for Homes

The City of Cincinnati leads the region with the most energy-efficient buildings. With the most generous tax abatement in the country for LEED Certification, the City encourages residents and commercial developers to build ‘green.’ To incentivize people to invest in the most energy-efficient building they can afford, Councilmember Laure Quinlivan sponsored changes to the city program’s structure.

Here is a Green Building – Fire Station No. 51, City of Cincinnati

ChuckLohreCincinnati Fire Station No. 51, City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Green Building Signage Project 

The first City of Cincinnati LEED Gold Project
5800 Hamilton Avenue, College Hill, OH 45224

In 2007 the City of Cincinnati made a commitment to construct all new city buildings to LEED Certification.

The Green Learning Station of the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati will showcase a proposed Green Building signage project in a display at Park+Vine Nov. 30 – Jan. 24, 2013. An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Park+Vine, 1202 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

The Fire Station No. 51 is one of the buildings that are part of the Cincinnati Green Building Signage Project. The following are some of the sustainable features of the building.

Cincinnati Bike Share – Study Recommends 35 Bike Share Stations Downtown, Uptown

ChuckLohreCincinnati Bike Share

The City of Cincinnati has completed a feasibility study identifying the best way to implement a successful bike share program in the city. The study recommends 21 station locations in the Downtown/OTR area, and 14 stations in the Uptown area.

Station locations were determined through an analysis of potential demand based on where people live, work, play and shop, and the desire to travel between these places. Public input through a collaborative mapping website also played a significant role in determining the recommended station locations. The stations with the most public support included those at Washington Park, Fountain Square, Findlay Market, the Purple People Bridge, Union Terminal, and Government Square.

City’s Green Roots Beginning to Flower – Green Umbrella Summit – May 3, 2013

ChuckLohreCincinnati Fire Station No. 51, City of Cincinnati, Civic Garden Center, CPS Clark Montessori, EarthConnection, Green City of the West Poster Show, Moerlein Lager House, Times Star Building, UC Joseph A. Steger Student Center

Green Learning Station Flower Signage Idea Germinating in Cincinnati – Green City of the West

The eight poster show will be on exhibit at the Green Umbrella Summit May 3, 2013. Then it will move to another of the venues illustrated on the posters.

The Queen City and environs are gaining national attention for green and sustainable efforts. An idea from the Green Learning Station of the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati will identify greater Cincinnati’s stock of green buildings.

Thanks to some recent green-sky thinking, area residents and visitors should be able to point to the major buildings exemplifying sustainable energy and environmental design that are part of Cincinnati’s green building movement. The area will be “blooming” when a proposal to “plant” exterior signs in front of these sites becomes a reality. The project (Cincinnati Green Building Signage Project) is just another way the Queen City (and the city that sings) is moving forward as the Green City of the West. Beyond attracting architectural tourists (believe me, these folks exist), the colorful, eye-catching signage project will go the distance in promoting healthy environments – good for the planet and its people.


City of Cincinnati Master Plan – Sustain Section Highlights

ChuckLohreCity of Cincinnati

Sustain –

Steward resources and ensure long-term viability.
Our resources are what set Cincinnati apart from other cities in the region. Maintaining, developing, and preserving these resources is paramount to the viability of our urban ecosystem.

Our Goals

1. Become a healthier Cincinnati.
A. Create a healthy environment and reduce energy consumption.
B. Decrease mortality and chronic and acute diseases.
C. Make sustainable access to fresh, healthy food a priority in all neighborhoods.

2. Preserve our natural and built environment.
A. Protect our natural resources.
B. Preserve our built history.

3. Manage our financial resources.
A. Better coordinate our capital improvement spending.
B. Spend public funds more strategically.


Green Homes Summit Sept. 14, 2012

ChuckLohreU.S. Green Building Council Cincinnati Chapter

Preserve, Restore, Revitalize – USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter, AIA Cincinnati, and Over-the-Rhine Foundation Cincinnati collaborate to present the 2012 Green Homes Summit. Presentation seminars will be held on September 14th, at Emanuel Community Center in OTR, Cincinnati, OH. Summit includes: Keynote Speaker, Workshops, All-Day Tradeshow, and Green Homes Tour for Homeowners, Builders, Architects, Government Officials, Realtors, Lenders, and anyone related to the residential building industry. The conference will focus on residential green strategies with an added focus of urban revitalization and historic preservation.