REGISTER today for the 2015 Summit to be held on September 16th & 17th at Cleveland Public Auditorium.

Announcing Summit Keynotes

Naomi Davis, Founder of Blacks in Green

Naomi Davis, Blacks in Green
We are pleased to collaborate with Enterprise Community Partners to bring Naomi Davis to the Summit. Davis is the Founder of Blacks in Green, an award-winning economic development organization based in West Woodlawn, Chicago with a national network. BIG serves as a bridge and catalyst among communities and their stakeholders in the design and development of “walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play villages” within black neighborhoods. BIG’s walkable villages are designed to increase household income, by increasing the rate at which neighbor-owned businesses are created and sustained, thus keeping resident money active locally, supporting community self-interests, and preserving the heritage of a place. These designs reduce pollution  and poverty and increase prosperity.

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Director of Research and Co-Founder, 5 Gyres Institute

Marcus Eriksen,Ph.D., 5 Gyres Institute
Marcus Eriksen received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2,000-mile, 5-month journey down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft. His experience on the river led to a career studying the ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing 35,000 miles through all 5 subtropical gyres to discover new garbage patches of plastic pollution in the Southern Hemisphere. His first book, titled “My River Home” chronicled his Mississippi River experience paralleled with his tour as a Marine in the 1991 Gulf War. The experience of war, sailing across the gyres with diverse crews, and long rafting voyages, have led to a strong conservation ethic worth fighting for. Marcus researches and educates on plastic pollution in our waterways, including in our own Lake Erie.

Vote for your Favorite Innovation Sessions!

Help shape Cleveland’s 7th annual Sustainability Summit by voting for a 2015 Summit Innovation Session when you register for the Summit! Innovation Sessions are highly interactive, 45-minute workshops developed and hosted by working groups, community members and organizations  looking to advance our transformation to a thriving green city on a blue lake.

The Innovation sessions will begin the design portion of the summit and prepare participants for the action planning to follow. Sessions should engage and inspire summit attendees to work toward solutions to help Cleveland thrive and become more resilient, efficient and sustainable.Based on feedback from Summit registrants, the organizers will select from amongst the top ranked proposals. In some cases, we may ask proposers to combine sessions.

The Sustainable Cleveland Awards-Nominate or Apply!
Do you know an organization or an individual who has led a project or practice in the last year that demonstrates leadership in climate action?  If so, then nominate them for a Sustainable Cleveland Award!  Learn more about the Award and how to nominate an organization or individual here.

The Summit will be September 16-17, 2015 at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Register NOW!

Registration Fees
Early Bird Rate: $30, ends July 26th
Regular Rate: $40, ends September 1st
Late Rate: $50, ends September 14th

A Quick Look at the Agenda

summit agenda

Click here to access the Summit 2015 sponsorship form or contact the Jenita McGowan at jmcgowan@city.cleveland.oh.us for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

A special thank you to the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University.





Green City Sponsors
Cleveland Airport System

Blue Lake Sponsors
Cleveland Clinic
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Insulator Sponsors
Key Bank
University Hospitals
Sherwin Williams

Conserver Sponsors
Fairmount Santrol
Parker Hannifin
Cleveland Water
Cleveland Thermal
The Davey Resource Group
Whole Foods Market

Additional Sponsors & Partners
Enterprise Community Partners
Cleveland Water Alliance
Cleveland Cavaliers
Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
Cuyahoga County Community College
Brown Flynn
Trinity Cathedral
Cleveland Water Pollution Control
Cleveland State University Monte Ahuja College of Business, Center for Sustainable Business Practices