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Council Member Laure Quinlivan, green building consultant Paul Yankie and green education advocate Chuck Lohre presented on Cincinnati’s success building LEED at a conference in Chicago on September 9, 2013.
The U.S. Green Building Council's regional Greening the Heartland conference and exhibition in Chicago featured the presentation "Cincinnati's LEED Property Tax Abatement: How? Why? Results?"
The three green activists shared the secret to Cincinnati’s success as the city with more LEED certified buildings per capita than any in the region.
The secret is the smart 15-year LEED property tax abatement that Cincinnati Council passed in 2007 and tweaked in 2012, sparking the rehabilitation or construction of 184 LEED-certified buildings. Cincinnati has a total of more than 500 LEED certified residential units.
The LEED levels of the City of Cincinnati’s 184 green buildings are:
Platinum – 6
Gold – 25
Silver – 84
Certified – 69
Council Member Laure Quinlivan built a LEED Gold home in 2011. In 2012, she authored a change to the city’s tax abatement to incentivize higher levels of green building. Chuck Lohre’s office is LEED Platinum.
Cincinnati’s program is one of the most progressive in the nation and is responsible for millions of dollars in residential and commercial investment during the recession that would otherwise not have occurred. Commercial buildings receive a 12-year, 75% property tax abatement for LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications.
Videos in the presentation illustrate how residential and commercial projects were built in Cincinnati versus other communities, and the benefits to the city including increased property taxes on the land, construction jobs, construction material sales, income tax generating residents, commercial jobs and revitalized neighborhoods.
The presentation is available in long or short versions for Cincinnati community council and other civic meetings, professional association events and municipalities.
Contact Chuck Lohre, 513-260-9025, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuck Lohre, email@example.com, President, LEED AP
Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy, LEED Platinum Headquarters, http://www.green-cincinnati.com
126A West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7535
877-608-1736, 513-961-1174, Cell 513-260-9025, Fax 513-961-1192