City of Cleveland Celebrates Earth Day All Year Round

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, which began on April 22, 1970 and is widely regarded as the beginning of the modern day environmental movement. The City of Cleveland is dedicated to advancing the mission of Earth Day by implementing environmentally friendly policies that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To do this, Mayor Jackson created Sustainable Cleveland 2019 a 10-year initiative that engages people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region.

In 2009, Mayor Jackson initiated Sustainable Cleveland 2019 with an Appreciative Inquiry Summit attended by a group of diverse, dedicated individuals with vast knowledge, experience and vision for Cleveland’s sustainable future. The summit is a two-day interactive Appreciative Inquiry Summit with large-group interactive change methods, small group work sessions, and expert-led panel discussions.

This year’s Summit will take place on October 3rd and 4th, 2013. At the Summit and throughout 2013, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 will celebrate the Year of Advanced and Renewable Energy. Substantial job growth for Cleveland can result from a focus on renewable energy, as renewable energy creates four times as many jobs per megawatt of installed capacity as natural gas and creates 40% more jobs per dollar invested than coal-fired plants.

In addition to the Sustainability Summit and focusing on efforts in the field of advanced and renewable energy, the Office of Sustainability sponsors programs and supports efforts to leverage Cleveland’s wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. Some of these efforts include:

In addition to the Sustainability Summit and focusing on efforts in the field of advanced and renewable energy, the Office of Sustainability sponsors programs and supports efforts to leverage Cleveland’s wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. Some of these efforts include:

Bike Share – This Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00 pm the City of Cleveland will hold a public meeting to discuss the implementation of a Bike Sharing program. 

Climate Action Planning – The City of Cleveland is leading a community process to create a Climate Action Plan to not only reduce GHG emissions, but also plan for changes in the climate that will affect Clevelanders. This action plan is expected to be completed in June, 2013.

Green Building Policy – The policy requires that green building practices be incorporated into the setting, design, construction, remodeling, repair, maintenance, operation, and deconstruction of all City facilities. This citywide policy is expected to yield savings by efficiently managing energy, water, waste, and storm water, while improving the employee and visitor experience.

Complete Streets Typology Public Meeting – On April 10th, the City of Cleveland presented the public with an opportunity to give feedback and perspective on the proposed classifications and priorities for the new look of Cleveland’s streets.

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Sustainable Cleveland 2019 at EarthFest 2013

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About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

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