Summit 2013
Together, We’re Building a Thriving Green City on a Blue Lake

Summit Day 1 video

This short film captures Day 1 of the 2013 Summit

Summit recap video

This short film captures both days of the 2013 Summit

The 5th Annual Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit was held October 3-4 at Cleveland Public Auditorium in Downtown Cleveland.  As we approach the halfway milestone of this ten-year initiative, we are charged with taking stock of our accomplishments and outcomes, gauging our progress, honoring the work of many, and charting the course for the next five years.

Sustainable Cleveland is a community of people from every walk of life working together to reshape Cleveland into a vibrant livable city with thriving businesses and a flourishing natural environment.

Summit Media Stories

Mayor Jackson’s oped on the energy efficiency and renewable energy standards
Plain Dealer on the CAP and private sector leadership
Plain Dealer cover story on the CAP
WCPN Sound of Ideas – Toward a Sustainable Northeast Ohio
Summit 2013 in the Huffington Post


Chuck Kutscher (video part 1, part 2 & part 3, pdf)
John Montgomery (video part 1 & part 2, pdf)
David Cooperrider and Ron Fry (video, pdf)
Jennifer Hirsch (video, pdf)
Jenita McGowan (video, pdf)
Matt Gray (video, pdf)


“Cleveland Taking Climate Action”

This film premiered at the  Summit. It highlights how everyday people are taking action at home, at work, and in their community to make a thriving and healthy Cleveland.

Watch the video.



Darlene Beiter: Selling Tomatoes at the Kentucky Gardens



In 2013, we conducted a Sustainable Cleveland Photo Contest. Six winners were announced at the 2013 summit. A four member jury combed through more than 125 entries and selected these six as the best of the best not only for their artistic quality, but how they tell the story of sustainability in Cleveland. To view the six winners and other photo contest entries, please click here.




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We honored four sustainability heroes in three categories at the 2013 Summit:

  • Up and Coming Sustainability Hero: Devo Bavishi, owner of Ace Taxi service
  • Sustainability Champion: Elle Adams of City Rising Farm
  • Sustainability Pioneer: David Nash and Lisa Hong, founders of the Corporate Sustainability Network

    To read more about the nominees, please click here.


    Other Summit Materials

    Summit Workbook
    Working Group Report Out Template
    Summit Worksheet

    Keynote Speakers

    The City of Cleveland is pleased to announce two dynamic keynote presenters during the Summit on the topics of Advanced and Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Conscious Capitalism.

    John Montgomery, Author of Great from the Start, is a frequent speaker on sustainable business, benefit corporations and venture capital at such forums as the Future Salon, TEDx, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. John transforms public and private corporations for success in the new economic paradigm where corporations not only optimize profits for shareholders but also provide a material positive impact on society and the environment.

    Chuck Kutscher, National Renewable Energy Lab, is a Principal Engineer and Group Manager in the Center for Electricity, Resources, and Building Systems Integration. His projects have included the design and construction of a solar cooling test laboratory; production of NREL’s solar industrial process heat design handbook; modeling of advanced power cycles and cooling systems for geothermal power plants; and development of transpired solar air collectors, which won an R&D 100 Award and a Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award. He is editor of the 200-page ASES report, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S., and writes a monthly column on climate change for SOLAR TODAY magazine.  He recently received the 2008 Colorado Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Individual Award.


    Green City Sponsors
    Cleveland Airport System
    World Wildlife Fund


    Blue Lake Sponsors
    Key Bank


    Insulator Sponsors
    Cleveland Clinic
    Fairmount Minerals
    University Hospitals


    Sherwin Williams
    The Lubrizol Corp.
    Medical Center Company


    Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District
    Baldwin Wallace University
    McMahon Degulis, LLC
    Monte Ahuja College at CSU
    Cuyahoga Community College
    Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium