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NKU Joins the Cincinnati 2030 District for Urban Sustainability


Northern Kentucky University underscores its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by joining the Cincinnati 2030 District, which is part of an international network of cities developing a new model for urban sustainability. NKU is the first organization in Kentucky to join this collective.

The 2030 District cities collaborate on common goals to reduce building energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 50% by 2030. Facilitated locally by Green Umbrella, the Cincinnati 2030 District provides private-public partnerships and resources to help advance sustainability goals. The Cincinnati 2030 District is also focused on increasing occupant health by 50%, in addition to the overarching district goals. The organization’s commitment to sustainability aligns with NKU’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.


No Mow Zone

NKU established "no mow zones" around campus in 2017.

“Our sustainability strategy has six main goals, one of which is to ‘expand external partnerships that inform NKU sustainability efforts and strengthen our regional impact.’ This partnership shows our support for sustainability and that we remain dedicated to our 2050 commitment,” said Tiffany Budd, sustainability operations coordinator at NKU. “It’s an honor to be a member of an exceptional cohort of like-minded organizations with a collective goal of creating a more efficient and healthier environment for all generations to live and work in our community.”

NKU has implemented many sustainability efforts across campus, including establishing an on-campus community garden, providing alternative transportation methods and creating ‘no mow’ zones to return areas of the campus back to its natural state. NKU also partnered with CMTA on an energy performance contract that will reduce energy use and save the university over $386,000. For more information about sustainability initiatives at NKU, visit here.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit