City of Cleveland Recognized for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The United States Department of Energy has recognized the City of Cleveland and other area organizations for their leadership in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, the City of Cleveland has achieved 5 percent energy savings across 4.5 million square feet of building space and is on pace to meet a city-wide goal of 20 percent energy savings by 2020.

City of Cleveland Chief of Sustainability, Jenita McGowan

Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

With support from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the city is executing its Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan by engaging municipal employees and demonstrating lead-by-example strategies for the broader community. Today, the Energy Department and city officials toured the City of Cleveland’s Better Buildings Challenge showcase project, Fire Station #1, to observe key energy upgrades that have resulted in 12 percent energy savings.

“Fire station #1 is an excellent example of what we are attempting to accomplish citywide,” said City of Cleveland Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan. “As a Better Building Challenge partner, we have seen an overall 5 percent energy reduction in municipal facilities since 2010. This achievement highlights our commitment to additional energy reduction improvements and the wise use of our resources.”

As the headquarters for the city’s Fire Division and the first fire station to undergo energy upgrades, Fire Station #1 serves as a model for future energy retrofit projects at fire stations across the city.

Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Cleveland area partners including the city, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Cuyahoga Housing Authority and Forest City Enterprises have committed to reducing their energy use by 20 percent across their entire building portfolios over the next decade. By making energy efficiency upgrades to facilities across the city and demonstrating practices that can be replicated in the future, these partners are helping to save money and energy, while also making the city more sustainable for future generations.

Maria Vargas, Director, Better Buildings Challenge, DOE

Maria Vargas, Director, Better Buildings Challenge, DOE

“Better Buildings Challenge partners in Cleveland are demonstrating that reducing a building’s energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions offer tangible benefits to help save money by saving energy and protect the environment,” said Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “These partners are also leading efforts to increase greater energy efficiency that can be replicated across the U.S. to create more sustainable communities.”

Department and city officials will also tour the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Better Buildings Challenge showcase project, the R Tomsich-Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute Building, which has achieved more than 40 percent energy savings as a result of LED lighting installation, daylighting building automation, and modular, flexible office spaces. Since 2010, Cleveland Clinic has reduced energy use by 9 percent across its entire building portfolio by installing LED lighting and incorporating efficiency design standards in operating and laboratory spaces.

Representatives from the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and Forest City Enterprises were also in attendance today. Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, the seventh largest housing authority in the country, is working closely with the city to improve the energy efficiency of its multifamily housing buildings, performing $200 million dollars of construction projects within the city. Forest City Enterprises, a commercial real estate company headquartered in Cleveland, is making upgrades and implementing strategies to save energy in over 40 million square feet of offices in cities across the nation.

Solaronics, Gas Infrared Tube Heater

Solaronics, Gas Infrared Tube Heater

As a cornerstone of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Challenge  is aimed at achieving the goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public sector leaders across the country to save energy through commitments and investments. More than 200 organizations are partnering with the Energy Department to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade.

Across the country, Better Buildings Challenge partners are deploying energy efficiency projects at more than 9,000 facilities, with more than 2,100 buildings improving efficiency by least 20 percent, and another 4,500 by at least 10 percent, compared with their baseline years.

Denison Avenue Rehabilitation Project

Today, work commenced on the Denison Avenue rehabilitation project. This project will reconstruct Denison Avenue between Ridge Road and West 25th Street, and along West 62nd Street from Denison Avenue to Barberton Avenue.


In addition to the pavement rehabilitation, the project will include the installation of a Cleveland Public Power underground power line duct bank, utility relocations, pavement reconstruction and resurfacing, curb sidewalk and driveway repairs. Advance notice signs will be posted to advise traffic of the detour.

The construction cost is $9,068,852.93. This project is scheduled for completion in December 2015. Additional traffic notices will be issued as work progresses.

Grand Opening of the Central Neighborhood Clinic

Care Alliance Health Center hosted a community open house today to celebrate the grand opening of its state-of-the-art, $10 million Central Neighborhood Clinic located at 2916 Central Avenue in Cleveland.

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In a effort to improve the quality of life and simultaneously address health disparities, the Care Alliance recently unveiled the Central Neighborhood Clinic, a modern facility that will deliver affordable, high-quality care in the heart of Cleveland’s Central neighborhood.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland (Ward 5) toured the new facility and gave brief remarks at the Central Neighborhood Clinic celebration.

“The Care Alliance Clinic in Central will provide a wide array of health care options for the residents of Cleveland who otherwise would not have access to affordable, quality health care,” said City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I am pleased that they have chosen to open their fourth and largest stand-alone clinic here.”

The mission of the Care Alliance is to provide high-quality, comprehensive medical and dental care, patient advocacy, and related services to people who need them most, regardless of ability to pay. Each year, Care Alliance serves over 10,000 Clevelanders, most of whom are chronically ill, homeless or living in or around public housing.

The Central Neighborhood Clinic will officially open to the public on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Appointments can be made by calling (216) 535-9100

Max Hayes High School Establishes Apprenticeship Program

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), union representatives and the private sector came together to sign a historic public-private construction collaboration agreement that will dramatically increase the diversity in Greater Cleveland construction projects and establish an apprenticeship program for students at Cleveland Metropolitan School District Max Hayes High School.

web IMG_1035Mayor Frank G. Jackson and District CEO Eric Gordon joined employer and union representatives and diversity advocates for a signing ceremony Tuesday at the offices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, a metropolitan area chamber of commerce.

The plan expands upon an existing “community benefits agreement,” negotiated two years ago to increase the numbers of local and minority workers employed on construction projects in the City of Cleveland. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District, which is set to embark on a half-billion dollars’ worth of construction and remodeling, has adopted the agreement.

Mayor Jackson’s initiative to utilize community benefits agreements on construction projects has resulted in economic benefits for Cleveland businesses, workers, and residents.

This new MoU agreement provides students from Cleveland’s Max Hayes High School’s skilled trade the opportunity to be trained and guided into apprenticeships on projects in Cleveland. In addition, the agreement will allow unions to provide class instructors and guide students into apprenticeship programs to help them land a job.

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The Max Hayes program will open this fall, which will coincide with the opening of a new Max Hayes High School at West 65th Street and Clark Avenue in Cleveland.


Phase I: Lorain Avenue Rehabilitation Project

On Monday, March 9, 2015, weather permitting, work will commence on the Lorain Avenue rehabilitation project.


Approximately 1.8 miles of Lorain Avenue from West 150th Street to West 117th street will be completely rehabilitated.

In addition to the pavement rehabilitation, the project will include new curbs, sidewalks, driveways, ADA compliant ramps, bus pads, catch basin replacements, a traffic signal system upgrade, streetscaping, and a waterline replacement.

Two-way traffic will be maintained, with a minimum of one lane in each direction. On street parking restrictions will apply. Phase I of the rehabilitation project will begin March 9, 2015 and is expected to be completed by November 30, 2015.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in December 2016. Additional traffic notices will be issued as work progresses.

Downtown Cleveland partners announce traffic and bus changes during renovation of Public Square will go into effect March 9

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Downtown Cleveland partners involved in the renovation of Public Square have announced the maintenance of traffic plan that outlines changes to traffic and transit routes during construction of the square, which will begin March 9.

Public Square Traffic Reroute

Public Square Traffic Reroute

During the renovation of Public Square, Ontario Street and Superior Avenue within the square will be closed to all traffic. The surrounding Public Square Roadways and Rockwell Avenue will offer access to bus traffic and local vehicular traffic only.

“The City of Cleveland has participated in an in-depth traffic analysis and worked with multiple partner agencies to produce this maintenance of traffic plan, which will go into effect on March 9and last for the duration of the project,” said City of Cleveland Chief of Regional Development Edward W. Rybka.

“We recognize there will be an initial learning curve; however we believe that this traffic plan will have the smallest impact on our commuters.”

“As Downtown continues to grow as a destination to live, work and play, improvements are being made to our infrastructure, streets and public spaces,” said President and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance Joe Marinucci. “These projects will continue the momentum we are currently experiencing and create a sustainable foundation for the future of Downtown Cleveland. We’re excited to see this momentum take physical shape in the renovation of Public Square.”

During construction (March 2015 – June 2016), changes include:

  • Only RTA and necessary property access around Public Square (including valet, garage access, etc.)
  • Bus stops, shelters and bus layover areas reorganized to accommodate full Public Square closure
  • All bus routes and transfers remain within one block of Public Square
  • The HealthLine stop across from Tower City stays open

Find map and additional information here.

The maintenance of traffic plan was created with frequent and in-depth agency coordination from the City of Cleveland Division of Traffic Engineering, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).

Other projects breaking ground soon include infrastructure improvements and road resurfacing to enhance the appearance and usability of Downtown Cleveland. Careful thought has been put into alternate routes for vehicular, transit and pedestrian traffic, so that Downtown Cleveland continues to be accessible for those who live, work and visit. Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA)’s website,, will be a resource for updates on the latest construction information and closures.

A briefing regarding all project activities is anticipated to be held on Friday, March 6, 2015. Details to follow.

The transformation of Public Square is one of several improvement projects happening across Downtown Cleveland slated for completion by June 2016.

Click here for Public Square Media Kit


City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Update – Sunday, March 1, 2015

The City of Cleveland has been conducting snow removal operations overnight and will continue to throughout the day. Currently, the Department of Public Works has 38 pieces of snow removal equipment in city streets with a focus on servicing mains and secondary-mains during snowfall. At approximately 4:00 pm, the Department will increase its fleet size to 60 pieces of equipment. At midnight, the fleet will contract to 40 pieces of equipment to service thoroughfares for the Monday morning commute.  The goal of the Department of Public Works is to service all city streets within 48 hours after snowfall ceases.

Note: An emergency snow parking ban will go into effect at 12:00 pm (noon) today for the city of Cleveland.

Key points to remember:

  • A parking ban is in effect. As a result, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on city streets with posted red and white signs UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • The City of Cleveland is requesting voluntary compliance from residents who park on streets that are not included in the ban. Parking off street, whenever possible, helps ensure that plows can service the entire width of the street – curb-to-curb.
  • Bridges and hills will be salted as needed.
  • If you must travel, use caution, allow extra time, and remember not to “block the box” at intersections.
  • If you live with or near an elderly person, regularly check on these vulnerable citizens to ensure that they are warm, fed, and safe.

For more information and a list of cold weather tips, click here.