2013 is the Year of Advanced and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Cleveland, and this video illustrates that solar, wind, geothermal and other technologies work in Northeast Ohio.

Dear Friends,

In autumn 2009, the City of Cleveland hosted the first Sustainable Cleveland Summit and announced an ambitious plan to transform Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake in just ten years. Sustainable Cleveland is a community of people from every walk of life working together to reshape Cleveland into a vibrant livable city with thriving businesses and a flourishing natural environment. It's a resource that offers information and actionable tools so you can make smart, sustainable choices at home, at work and in your community. Sustainable Cleveland has gained support and grown in scope, breadth and numbers since it launched in 2009. We have hundreds of businesses and organizations now engaged. Working groups and more than 200 active volunteers are working on a wide variety of initiatives.

Because of this work, integrating sustainability and economic development is becoming a model of how to prepare for the future, and cities across the country are now beginning to adopt this approach. New businesses have been created; new programs have been developed; and, new jobs have been created by focusing on sustainability. It is important that we – as a broader community – stay focused on this tremendous opportunity to position Cleveland for the future and that we fully support efforts to build a sustainable economy.

With four years of work behind us, and six more to go, we are taking an in-depth look at the actions necessary to reach our goals. The Civic Commons is one of the major tools we are using to get input from stakeholders, share successes and challenges and to provide resources for individuals, communities and organizations. Please visit Sustainable Cleveland to learn about more ways to get involved. Also, save the date for the next annual Sustainability Summit, taking place on October 3-4, 2013.

We are committed to sustaining this work until 2019 and beyond. We look forward to Clevelanders from all walks of life sharing in the benefits of a sustainable Cleveland.

Jenita McGowan

Jenita McGowan
Chief of Sustainability


Sustainable Cleveland
Online hub for Sustainable Cleveland 2019

Sustainable Cleveland News

City Hosts Complete and Green Street Typology Workshop | Sustainable Cleveland
February 04, 2013 http://sustainablecleveland.org

On Wednesday, January 24th, the City of Cleveland Complete and Green Streets Task Force hosted a 4-hour workshop with stakeholders to gather input on the Street Typology for City streets. Street typologies further define streets by relating them to the adjacent land use and their function for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit.

Cleveland Launches a Bike Share Study | Sustainable Cleveland
February 04, 2013 http://sustainablecleveland.org

Over the next 6 months, Cleveland's Bike Share Task Force will be taking a look at the feasibility of bike sharing and reviewing recommended business models for operating a system in the city.

Cleveland Public Library and LAND Studio publish Food Talk | Sustainable Cleveland
February 04, 2013 http://sustainablecleveland.org

LAND studio, in partnership with Cleveland Public Library and Agnes Studio, has produced a cookbook comprised of recipes from 40 Clevelanders. The Cookbook was created to highlight a focus on community, sharing, and the importance of food as it relates to culture and the history of Cleveland.

ZeroWasteNEO has reorganized and is now focused on ZeroWaste Events | Sustainable Cleveland
February 04, 2013 http://sustainablecleveland.org

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management district is now running the ZeroWasteNEO website, www.zerowasteneo.org. Look for changes coming soon. The group has now reorganized and consists of 17 core members. We meet monthly. The group has decided to focus our attention on developing best practices for zerowaste events.

Supporting SB 221 Key to Creating a Sustainable Cleveland | Sustainable Cleveland
February 04, 2013 http://sustainablecleveland.org

When the Office of Sustainability was established in 2005, the City of Cleveland established sustainability as a priority and a decision making framework. Over the past seven years, we have developed policy, programs and initiatives to meet our goals of quality of life, resource efficiency and cost savings, including the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative-a ten-year effort to design and develop a sustainable economy for Cleveland.