Climate Action Plan

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Climate Action Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the Cleveland Climate Action Plan (CAP): Building Thriving and Healthy Neighborhoods. The global increase in greenhouse gas emissions has created social, economic, budgetary, health, ecological and security impacts for cities across the country, prompting local governments to plan differently for the future.

CAP cover

Click here to download the CAP At a Glance 

Click here to download the full Climate Action Plan (CAP)

Click here to download the September 2015 CAP Progress Update (Note: prints as legal size, 8.5”x14”)

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability convened a 50-member Climate Action Advisory Committee with representatives of leading Cleveland organizations from the commercial, industrial, educational, government, and non-profit sectors to inform and create the Climate Action Plan.

The Cleveland Climate Action Plan contains an overarching greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal of 80% reduction below 2010 emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 16% reduction by 2020 and 40% reduction by 2030. The goals are designed to be bold yet achievable.

Goals will be achieved through implementation of the 33 actions outlined in the plan, split into 6 focus areas:

  • Energy Efficiency and Green Building;
  • Advanced and Renewable Energy;
  • Sustainable Mobility;
  • Waste Reduction and Resource Conservation;
  • Land Use and Clean Water; and
  • Community Engagement and Public Health.

While Cleveland is relatively well positioned in the face of climate change because of access to fresh water and a temperate climate, we still face many impacts that put environmental and human health at risk. Projections depict a climate in Cleveland more like Oklahoma by mid-century, including many more high heat days, more intense storms, and more frequent drought conditions. The actions are designed to improve Cleveland’s resilience to these changes as well as reduce carbon emissions.

Many institutions, companies, neighborhoods, and individuals in Northeast Ohio are already embarking on efforts to reduce their GHG emissions associated with energy use, transportation, solid waste and other areas. While reducing GHG emissions is a driving force for many of these efforts, there are many other benefits. In fact, even if climate change was not a factor, taking the actions laid out in this plan would still make sense from an economic, environmental, and equity perspective; climate change adds urgency.

This plan provides opportunities for Clevelanders now, and into the future. Implementing the actions in this plan will strengthen our economy, clean our environment, and improve the health and wellness of Clevelanders. Whether it’s planting trees, building green, creating healthier transportation options, or reducing waste and recycling, we can increase the livability of our neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for all Clevelanders.

City leadership must also include a focus on the City’s municipal operations. The Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan, in conjunction with this community-wide Climate Action Plan, enables the City to lead by example while reaping the many benefits of sustainability.


Cleveland Climate Action Fund

Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit

City of Cleveland Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data, 2010-2011 

Carbon Disclosure Project – Cleveland is a Top 10 reporting city globally!

Public Outreach Meeting – April 11, 2013

All photos credit: Ruggero Fatica/City of Cleveland Photographic Bureau.

Members of the Climate Action Advisory Committee

ArcelorMittal, Summer Paris
Bike Cleveland, Jacob VanSickle
Burten, Bell, Carr Community Development Corporation, Jeffrey Sugalski
Case Western Reserve University, Stephanie Corbett
Cisco Systems, Ali Ahmed
City of Cleveland – City Planning, Fred Collier
City of Cleveland – Cleveland Public Power, Ivan Henderson
City of Cleveland – Economic Development, Tracey Nichols
City of Cleveland – Port Control, Kim McGreal
City of Cleveland – Public Health, Chantez Williams
Cleveland City Council, Matt Zone and Tony Brancatelli
Cleveland Climate Action Fund, Lyndy Rutkowski and Michele Kilroy
Cleveland Clinic, Jon Utech
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Brian Lynch
Cleveland Foundation, Lillian Kuri
Cleveland Metroparks, Bethany Majeski and Nancy Hughes
Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Hollie Dellisanti
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Linda Warren
Cleveland State University, Constantin Draganoiu
Cleveland Thermal, Jim Kavalec
Cleveland Water Alliance, Bryan Stubbs
Corporate Sustainability Network, Dave Nash
COSE, Nicole Stika
CMHA, Larry Davis and Tina Brake
Cuyahoga County Board of Health, J. Meiring Borcherds
Cuyahoga County Community College, David November
Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management, Mark Christie
Cuyahoga County Soil & Water Conservation District, Janine Rybka
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Dennis Hamm and Veronica Dickerson
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Sasha Ottoson-Deal
Dominion East Ohio, Ty McBee
Eaton Corporation, Steve Fesko
Enterprise Community Partners, Mark McDermott and Elizabeth Richards
Environmental Health Watch, Kim Foreman and Mandy Metcalf
EPA, Brooke Furio
Fairmount Santrol, Beau Daane
Forest City Enterprises, Jill Ziegler
Generation Foundation, Thomas Morley
GreenCityBlueLake Institute, David Beach
Gund Foundation, John Mitterholzer
Key Bank, Andrew Watterson and Kristel Smith
The Medical Center Company, Todd Gadawski
Cuyahoga Land Bank, Lilah Zautner
NOACA, Grace Gallucci and Joseph MacDonald
Nortech, Bill Hagstrand
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells
Oberlin Project, Cullen Naumoff
Parker Hannafin, Rick Taylor
RPM Building Solutions (Tremco), Cindy Cicigoi
RTA, Maribeth Feke
University Hospitals, Aparna Bole and Matt Pietro
WireNet, Kareemah Williams