Today marks the 44th 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 celebrates Earth Day all year round through Sustainable Cleveland 2019! This year, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is celebrating the “Year of Zero Waste.”
While the term “waste” generally has a negative connotation, this focus area represents diverse economic and environmental opportunities for Cleveland. By reducing the amount of waste the city produces and sends to landﬁlls, Cleveland can improve human health through the elimination of hazardous waste, protect and increase property values and quality of place, as well as save business, government, organizations and the community money.
Additionally, innovative ways of dealing with waste can create new business and employment opportunities through either the re-use and recycling of products or the creative design of innovative products or processes that allow for “waste-to-proﬁt” or “industrial symbiosis” models.
To learn more about getting involved at home, at work, and in your community on zero waste, click here.