The Cleveland Climate Action Fund (CCAF) announced today that it is awarding over $20,000 to five neighborhood-led projects that will help reduce carbon emissions and encourage collaboration in the community. The CCAF provides free educational climate action workshops that utilize a Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit and offer competitive grant opportunities for projects that advance neighborhood priorities while also furthering Cleveland’s climate action goals.
“These projects are a great step toward making climate action real and beneficial to Cleveland’s neighborhoods,” said City of Cleveland Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan. ”The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability looks forward to continued collaboration with the Cleveland Climate Action Fund in order to support and empower Cleveland residents to lead innovative projects that reduce carbon pollution and build vibrant neighborhoods.”
Grants totaling over $20,000 will be awarded to fund the following five projects:
- Cleveland Youth Landscaping, Glenville: Cleveland youth will be hired and trained to provide landscaping and snow removal services to the Glenville neighborhood. Funds will be used to purchase landscaping equipment that does not produce emissions, such as non-gasoline mowers, to reduce air pollution and use of fossil fuels.
- Community Composting, Detroit Shoreway: Pilot project for a comprehensive, community-wide composting initiative with the Gordon Square Farmers Market and Rust Belt Riders. This project will engage business owners and residents to better understand the impact of food waste and provide participation vouchers. Compost will be collected and dropped off via bicycles and will be used in community gardens. Funds will be used for vouchers for businesses and residents as well as additional equipment thereby reducing landfill waste and increasing fertile soil.
- The Grocery, Ohio City: This project will support monthly educational community workshops, materials for community gardens, purchase of seeds and chickens, and materials for a chicken coop and a hoop-house to enable food to be produced year round to encourage eating local, healthy foods free of packaging and preservatives. Local food reduces the emissions from food transportation and logistics.
- Hough Biocellar, Hough: This project will fund the installation of a solar panel array to power the Biocellar and vineyard at Chateau Hough. The Biocellar is a learning environment for people interested in crop propagation, local food production and healthy eating in the Hough neighborhood.
- Urban Community School: Funding for this project will be used to install a set of 10 solar panels that will provide approximately 3,120 kWh/year of energy at the school’s satellite location providing 96% of annual energy costs. UCS will also build a hoop-house to be used as part of its new Learning Garden and Production Farm that is being created in partnership with the Cleveland Botanical Garden and The Refugee Response.
The CCAF is a key strategy in advancing the City of Cleveland’s Climate Action Plan, which emphasizes that a citizen-centered approach is needed to align climate action with the assets, capacities and priorities of Cleveland residents. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability received grants from the Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation and Partners 4 Places to revitalize, re-brand and align the CCAF with the city’s Climate Action Plan.
About the Cleveland Climate Action Fund: Founded in 2009 the Cleveland Climate Action Fund is the first community-based carbon reduction fund in the United States. The Cleveland Climate Action Fund invests in local community projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spark community engagement in Cleveland.
The Fund’s Advisory Committee is composed of local community non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic organizations: Arcelor Mittal, BrownFlynn, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cuyahoga County Land Revitalization Corp., Enterprise Community Partners, the George Gund Foundation, KeyBank, Neighborhood Connections, and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. For more information about the Cleveland Climate Action Fund, visit www.clevelandclimateaction.org.