Sustainable Cleveland: 2017 is the Year of Vibrant Green Space

Friday, January 20, 2017

On Friday, January 20, 2017, the new Chief of Sustainability, Matt Gray, welcomed visitors and guest to the annual Office of Sustainability’s kick-off event declaring this year as the “Year of Vibrant Green Space” held at Cleveland City Hall in the Rotunda.

Vibrant Green Space can be defined as an accessible and active public space that connects people to place, nature and one another. This free event included local community agencies, exhibits and displays. Attendees also enjoyed a variety of foods and beverages along with free samples items. Throughout the year, the office of Sustainability’s will host special community events to highlight and celebrate the “Year of Vibrant Green Space.

As part of Mayor Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative announced in 2009, there has been an annual sustainability summit and since 2011, a Celebration Year devoted to focusing on a particular aspect of sustainability has been declared over the years. The City of Cleveland has celebrated the Year of Energy Efficiency (2011); the Year of Local Food (2012); the Year of Advanced, Renewable Energy (2013); the Year of Zero Waste (2014); the Year of Clean Water (2105); and the Year of Transportation (2016), leading up to 2017’s Year of Vibrant Green Space. The goal of transforming Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake is a ten year action plan effort.

Cleveland Division of Fire Issued 100 Tactical Ballistic Vests

January 20, 2017

CLEVELAND – Today, January 20, 2017, Chief of Fire, Angelo Calvillo, provided an update on the Cleveland Division of Fire issuance of Tactical Ballistic vests at the Cleveland Fire Training Academy, 3101 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

“The addition of the Tactical Ballistic vests is just one more tool that provides a higher level of safety for our firefighters,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

“In the world we now live these vests give our firefighters the extra layer of protection they need as first responders,” said Safety Director Michael McGrath.

This past summer the Division of Fire received its first 100 tactical vests in preparation for the Republican National Convention. Today the Division was able to issue the next 100 vests which provide every firefighter responding to an emergency a vest if the situation warrants it.

The vests provide the same level of protection as the protective vests used by the Cleveland Division of Police.

National Institute of Justice Rating of 3-A offers ballistic and blunt trauma protection and is the highest level of soft flexible armor available. The vest has multiple adjustment points for fitting the needs of every firefighter.