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.