City of Cleveland Kicks Off 2013 Sustainability Summit – The Year of Advanced & Renewable Energy

CLEVELAND – On October 3rd and 4th 2013, Mayor Frank G. Jackson will welcome more than 400 local business leaders, government officials, non-profit leaders, students and educators, to his fifth annual Sustainability Summit: Sustainable Cleveland 2019. The two day event will be held at Cleveland Public Auditorium on Thursday, October 3rd and Friday, October 4th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Sustainable Cleveland 2019 was founded in 2009 by Mayor Frank G. Jackson to build a thriving green city on a blue lake. Each year leading up to 2019, Cleveland focuses on one of the key areas fundamental to a sustainable economy — 2013 is the Year of Advanced and Renewable Energy. The Summit will focus on implementing the City’s recently finished Climate Action Plan that was co-created by more than 50 businesses and organizations.

The City of Cleveland is pleased to announce two dynamic keynote presenters during the Summit on the topics of Advanced and Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Conscious Capitalism: John Montgomery, Author of Great from the Start and Chuck Kutscher from the National Renewable Energy Lab. To register for the 5th Annual Sustainability Summit click here.


Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Stakeholders


5th Annual Sustainability Summit for Sustainable Cleveland 2019


October 3rd and October 4th

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Public Auditorium

500 Lakeside Ave

Keynote Speakers: The City of Cleveland is pleased to announce two dynamic keynote presenters during the Summit on the topics of Advanced and Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Conscious Capitalism.

John Montgomery, Author of Great from the Start, is a frequent speaker on sustainable business, benefit corporations and venture capital at such forums as the Future Salon, TEDx, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. John transforms public and private corporations for success in the new economic paradigm where corporations not only optimize profits for shareholders but also provide a material positive impact on society and the environment. He works with boards of directors and senior management teams to develop governance architecture using the approach outlined in his book, Great from the Start: How Conscious Corporations Attract Success. This customized architecture supports the corporation’s heroic purpose and values, and ensures continuity of culture. In addition, he combines the best of traditional business and management consulting practices to create implementation plans that impart the new skills and behaviors necessary to embody a triple-bottom line approach to business.

Chuck Kutscher, National Renewable Energy Lab, is a Principal Engineer and Group Manager of the Thermal Systems Group in the Center for Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration. His projects have included the design and construction of a solar cooling test laboratory; production of NREL’s solar industrial process heat design handbook; modeling of advanced power cycles and cooling systems for geothermal power plants; and development of transpired solar air collectors, which won an R&D 100 Award and a Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award. He currently leads NREL’s parabolic trough R&D activities. He served as Chair of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) during 2000–2001 and was General Chair of the SOLAR 2006 national solar energy conference. He is editor of the 200-page ASES report, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S., and writes a monthly column on climate change for SOLAR TODAY magazine. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he recently developed and taught a course entitled, “Climate Change Solutions.” He received the 2006 Charles Greeley Abbot Award, the highest honor given by ASES, for “outstanding contributions in the research and development of solar thermal technologies.” He recently received the 2008 Colorado Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Individual Award. He has published more than 70 papers and chapters in several books and has served as an Associate Editor for the journal Solar Energy.

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Contact: Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability at or 216-664-2405.