Friday, January 10, 2014 the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability will kick-off the “Year of Zero Waste” in the rotunda of City Hall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. It’s the halfway mark for Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Mayor Jackson’s ten-year effort announced in 2009 with the goal of transforming Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake. Businesses and organizations will be available with information and resources on local and regional zero waste efforts, including solutions for homes and businesses.
As part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland initiative, 2014 has been designated as the Year of Zero Waste. Throughout the year, the Zero Waste celebration committee will be working to highlight all the great work already in progress in our region to reduce the volume of materials ending up in landfills. The “Year of Zero Waste” will focus on the idea of dramatically reducing the amount of waste created by re-purposing materials that otherwise would have been disposed.
“I’m excited to kick off the Year of Zero Waste in Cleveland. We have good momentum from government, business and residents around waste reduction and recycling and we look to 2014 to engage even more people to reduce waste at home, at work and in their community,” said Chief of Sustainability, Jenita McGowan. “Projects such as the Collinwood Bioenergy, Detroit Shoreway’s bicycle composting pilot, the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s Backyard Composting program, zero waste events such as the City’s Sustainability Summit and others set a great foundation for the year.”
Each year since 2009, there has been an annual sustainability summit and since 2011, a Celebration Year devoted to focusing on a particular aspect of sustainability. So far, the City of Cleveland has celebrated the Year of Energy Efficiency, (2011), The Year of Local Food (2012), and the Year of Advanced and Renewable Energy (2013).
The event is free, and no registration is necessary. Please note that a photo ID is required to enter City Hall.