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Circular Economy and Fashion Recap

   “For fashion, a circular economy means ensuring that products (apparel, footwear, accessories) are used more, are made to be made again, and are made from safe and recycled or renewable inputs”. - Excerpt taken from Vision for a circular economy for fashion - Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2018) Read more

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

Have you taken on new sustainability habits this year? Or maybe you began your journey with research before deciding what steps you'll take next? Either way, we salute you for your curiosity and ambition to take the first steps to living a little more greener. To help inspire your journey, we'd l... Read more

Tree Planting 101: Finding the Perfect Tree & Planting Spot

    April is all about our planet’s stewardship, from Earth Day to Arbor Day and now for the first year ever - National Native Plant Month. Many organizations have tree sales and giveaways in April, so this is a perfect time to discuss tree care. There are a few things to be aware of before you ... Read more

What is 100% Clean and Renewable Energy?

  One of the goals of our Cleveland Climate Action Plan includes reaching 100% of electricity demand from clean, renewable energy by 2050. In the environmental world, this is sweetly shortened to 100RE. To help us achieve this goal, we released Cleveland’s Clean and Equitable Energy Future report... Read more

Cleveland’s climate goal progress recognized by Global Covenant of Mayors

  In 2015, the City of Cleveland committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) to work towards achieving our climate goals. As Cleveland implements its climate commitments, our progress is recognized by a system of GCoM badges shared with the global community. In 2020... Read more

Gardening Season is Upon Us

"It’s April! Time to get outside and get dirty!"   We recommend you taking our team member Patti D.'s advice!   After a seemingly endless 2020, the lengthening days and warmer temperatures are triggering the urge to get in the yard and clean up the gardens. Wait, what? We *shouldn’t* get down and... Read more

Women's History Month: Celebrating Women of the Past, Present, and Future

Throughout the month of March, we celebrated Women's History Month by sharing the lives and stories of women from the past, present, and future leaders in sustainability. Read more

CSA Programs in Cleveland

The past year has been – to say the least – interesting. We’ve all navigated real life changes. Spending time cooped up in the house, encouraged to social distance instead of participate in group activities like grocery shopping, dining out and even gardening. We are now searching to find a new w... Read more

Black History Month: Highlighting Black Sustainability Leaders

  Throughout the month of February, we've celebrated Black History Month by highlighting Black Sustainability Leaders who have worked to create a greener future for our planet and our local communities. With a wide range of sustainable careers, backgrounds, and expertise including youth employme... Read more

Circular Economy in Cleveland

    Late last year, the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress announced the launch of Circular Cleveland, a two-year initiative to develop and implement circular economy strategies and programs in Cleveland. The Circular Cleveland initiative is being funded by a $476,000 grant fr... Read more

Building a Circular Cleveland

Our current economy is based on a take-make-waste model. In this linear model, raw materials are collected, transformed into products and ultimately discarded as waste, mainly ending up in a landfill once they have been used by the consumer.    According to the EPA, in 2018, about 146.2 million t... Read more

Waste Awareness During the Holidays

  During the holiday season, food and gifts contribute to a high increase in household waste. According to the Ohio EPA, Americans throw out 25% more trash and 33% more food than any other time of the year. That amounts to 25 million extra tons of garbage that goes into landfills, creating more g... Read more