Mayor Frank G. Jackson celebrated Arbor Day in the sunshine at a tree planting at Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy in the Glenville neighborhood on Friday, April 27. At the event, Cleveland Metropolitan School District students and staff – joined by volunteers and staff from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Holden Forests & Gardens – planted trees around the school.
In 2009, Mayor Jackson founded the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative to prepare Cleveland for the future – an opportunity to build a sustainable and equitable economy. Each year leading up to 2019, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability focuses on a different sustainability theme. Last year was the Year of Vibrant Green Space, 2018 is Vital Neighborhoods, and 2019 is the Year of People. The Arbor Day event brings all three themes together – trees are critical to creating vibrant green space, neighborhoods and the health of the city’s residents.
In 2015, the City and its partners launched the Cleveland Tree Plan. Since then, the City has worked with about 40 member organizations of the Cleveland Tree Coalition to implement this plan. One goal of the plan is to reverse the trend of tree canopy loss. Cleveland’s current canopy is 19 percent. Mayor Jackson’s goal is to increase the tree canopy to 30 percent by 2040.