join us on our
race to zero

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The Grand Rapids 2030 District (GR2030) is a city-wide initiative where public and private sectors are coming together for these common goals: carbon drawdown, increased marketability, and community vibrancy.

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why buildings, transportation, and water?


of energy-related global CO2 emissions are from buildings


Nearly 40% of global energy-related CO2 emissions are from the construction and operation of buildings. It is expected that globally, the floor area of buildings will double by 2060- that’s equivalent to adding another New York City to the city-scape every month.

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of energy-related global CO2 emissions are from buildings


The transportation sector accounts for 24% of direct CO2 emissions from combustion of fossil fuels, with passenger road vehicles being the highest emitter at 3.6 gigatons as of 2020. Three-quarters of these transportation emissions can be attributed to road transportation (passenger vehicles and trucks carrying freight). With this in mind, the International Energy Agency expects global transport to double by the year 2070.

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In the United States, water-related energy use is at least 521 million MWh a year - equivalent to 13% of the nation’s electricity consumption. Water-related energy usage accounts for 5% of the nation’s total carbon emissions - annually, the energy contributed to the treatment, movement, and distribution of water throughout the nation produces about 290 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

metric tons of carbon dioxide is produced through water-related energy use.

where does grand rapids fall in the race to zero?

Grand Rapids Carbon Map (2019)
Grand Rapids Carbon Map (2019)

Grand Rapids commercial and industrial building and transportation data for 2019

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million metric tons of carbon from energy use

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metric tons of carbon from building water use

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 metric tons of carbon from transportation emissions

That's a total of

1.5 million

metric tons of CO2e in Grand Rapids from commercial & industrial energy, transportation, and water consumption.

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equivalent to

1.8 million

acres of Michigan forests 

let's decarbonize grand rapids together

To get to 50% emission reduction by 2030, we need to reduce 68,000 metric tons of CO2e per year.

we've got the tools & resources for our community to collectively decarbonize our city

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introducing nZero

a GR2030 member exclusive carbon tracking platform

Member building owners and managers can measure their carbon in real-time through the Grand Rapids 2030 District at absolutely no cost. 

Using the nZero r platform, building owners can measure their dynamic scope 1 and 2 emissions in real-time. This GR2030 District tool streamlines carbon reporting for ESG reporting, compliance, and measuring the progress of sustainability pledges. 

"How do I fit in?"

the grand rapids 2030 district is an informational hub to make data-backed decisions for all groups of people, including:

  • building owners
  • contractors
  • energy managers
  • developers
  • building managers
  • nonprofit organizations
  • property managers
  • building professionals
  • policy makers
  • carbon accountants
  • climate change advocates
  • anyone interested in carbon data
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as a part of the Grand Rapids 2030 District, you will:

Gain access to reliable, relevant, and trusted information & resources.

Influence the creation of local solutions that align with your business model

Partipate in peer-to-peer storytelling and local engagement

Attain knowledge of evolving technology

we have the resources

whether you are interested in designing a net zero building, E.H.Zero resources, or even financing options for a project we have the tools for you to make informed decisions. 

Zero Carbon Resource Library

E.H. Zero Initiative

Healthy Buildings Resource Hub

reach out

Grand Rapids 2030 District

146 Monroe Center St NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503