President Obama’s leadership in addressing climate change supports Cleveland’s efforts to build a sustainable future

President Obama’s focus on climate change is critical for cities, like Cleveland, working to build a sustainable future. The global increase in greenhouse gas emissions has created social, economic, human health, ecological and security impacts for cities across the country. We thank President Obama for his leadership in advancing this issue as a priority
for our entire nation.

Although Cleveland is well positioned for a changing climate because of our access to fresh water and our temperate climate, I am committed to reducing our carbon footprint to ensure that this city will continue to be an attractive location for residents and businesses today and into the future.

The City of Cleveland, in partnership with several community and business stakeholders, is implementing a Climate Action Plan that creates shared ownership and leadership; will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; will spur economic growth and will save residents, businesses and government money. It is designed to help improve the health and quality of life for all Clevelanders and make Cleveland more resilient and attractive to businesses and their employees. On July 3, 2013, we will make the City’s draft Climate Action Plan available at for public comment.

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Climate Action Plan Public Meeting 04/14/2013

This work began when I signed the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement in 2006. Since that time, we have worked as a community, primarily through our Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, to make real and substantive progress in this effort. Together, we have designed an actionable response to climate change that will help us become a resilient community. President Obama’s action plan for addressing climate change supports our
efforts at the local level.



Frank G. Jackson, Mayor