On September 17th and 18th, Mayor Frank G. Jackson hosted the 6th Annual Sustainability Summit at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Nearly 500 participants designed and developed action plans on a variety of topics to create a more thriving and resilient Cleveland region including:
- Leveraging sustainability assets, progress and strengths to advance business
- Advancing the people-centered development potentials of the Vital Neighborhoods Movement
- Leveraging renewable energy for jobs and economic transition
- Benefiting from the quality of life of walkable cities with sustainable transportation
- Leveraging the economic and environmental dimensions of clean water
- Preparing for resilience and readiness in the face of climate change
- Advancing the opportunities to turn waste into wealth
- Building off of our competitive advantage in the local food sector by connecting in our regional assets through B2B matchmaking activities
Annie Leonard, creator of The Story of Stuff. Leonard, named one of Fast Company’s 1,000 Most Creative People in Business, is an international expert on sustainability, consumer products and environmental health. With a vision for change, Leonard’s documentaries transform the complex issues of consumer products into understandable challenges.
John Cleveland, Executive Director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC), spoke about how the GRC aligns the resources of key sectors to share ideas, monitor progress and engage stakeholders in implementing Boston’s Climate Action Plan. The GRC uses a data driven action oriented approach to focus the commercial and industrial sectors to accelerate the City’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Watch John Cleveland’s presentation here and view his powerpoint here.
Sustainable Cleveland Heroes:
We honored three new sustainability heroes at the 2014 Summit:
- Up and Coming Sustainability Hero: Erica Robinson of Famicos Foundation
- Sustainability Champion: Linda Zolten Wood of the Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project
- Sustainability Pioneer: Ed Aghajanian of EZ Brite
To read more about the nominees, please click here.
Other Summit speakers:
Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby
Sustainable Cleveland Stewardship Council Panel
Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability, gave an overview of Sustainable Cleveland and a recap of the work that has been completed to date.
A special thank you to the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University.
The Lubrizol Corporation
The Sherwin Williams Company
Case Western Reserve University
The Medical Center Company