2015

Save the date! Summit 2015 will be September 16th & 17th.

Announcing Summit Keynotes

Naomi Davis, Founder of Blacks in Green

Naomi Davis, Blacks in Green
We are pleased to collaborate with with Enterprise Community Partners to bring Naomi Davis to the Summit. Davis is the Founder of Blacks in Green, an 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, 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.

Propose an Innovation Session!
Help shape Cleveland’s 7th annual Sustainability Summit by proposing an Innovation Session! 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. Click here for more info and to submit a proposal.

Sponsors:
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.

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

Additional Sponsors
Enterprise Community Partners