The City of Cleveland Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2018


When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, it became clear that leadership from local government, businesses, and civic institutions is needed now more than ever. To re-affirm our commitment to climate action, the City of Cleveland, along with 400 other "Climate Mayors" across the country formed a bipartisan network of climate leadership through meaningful actions in their communities. Representing 48 states and 74 million Americans, the Climate Mayors coalition reflects U.S. cities’ commitment to climate action and mitigation. (see video). 

Since the first Cleveland Climate Action Plan (CAP) launched in 2013, the City has seen progress towards its sustainability goals. 

  • Carbon pollution has been reduced and water and air quality have improved while the economy has grown.  
  • The City has been recognized for supporting solar and wind energy.  
  • Over 70 miles of bike infrastructure have been installed and a bike share program started.
  • The Cleveland Climate Action Fund supported over 50 resident-led, neighborhood-based projects.
  • Dozens of organizations have implemented the Cleveland Tree Plan.
  • Destination Cleveland reported that the number of Clevelanders who would recommend the city as a place to visit has more than doubled.  


Click here for Cleveland Climate Action Plan 2018 Update.



The CAP 2018 update is the framework and guiding implementation plan of sustainability and climate action throughout the City of Cleveland. Five focus ares several cross-cutting priorities that identify objectives, goals, and specific actions needed to build a thriving and resilient City: 

  • Energy Efficiency and Green Building 
  • Clean Energy 
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Clean Water and Vibrant Green Space 
  • More Local Food, Less Waste 

Through climate action, Cleveland can cement its place among world leaders on climate change. These measures will help preserve a healthy planet for generations to come and drive investment in local businesses and infrastructure that will allow the City to thrive. 

*The CAP is updated on a 5-year cycle, new release expected in 2023. 


The Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan

The Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan (SC-MAP) focuses specifically on municipal operations within the City of Cleveland. The purpose of the SC-MAP is to accelerate progress in a more coordinated manner through City divisions and departments by helping to identify opportunities that advance sustainability through operations.  

The City of Cleveland is compliant with the Global Covenant of Mayors


The City of Cleveland has been recognized for its commitment to advancing climate action in three key areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, identifying and adapting to the risks associated with climate change, and increasing access to clean and affordable energy.


Cleveland’s commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors connects us with the broadest global alliance committed to city climate leadership, building on the pledges of over 10,500 cities and local governments from six continents representing more than 900 million citizens worldwide.


CAP 2018 Snapshot Summary & List of Appendices


Cleveland Climate Action Plan 2018 Update Snapshot Summary

Appendix A: Racial Equity Tool

Appendix B: Green Jobs/Workforce Development Analysis

Appendix C: Climate and Social Vulnerability Analysis 

Appendix D: City of Cleveland Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Appendix E: Climate Action Implementation Plans

Appendix F: Corporate Environmental and Social Governance Analysis

City of Cleveland Greenhouse Gas Inventory (2010-2018) 

City of Cleveland Gross Domestic Product Trends (2010-2018)


For more information about the CAP, you may contact our office via email at [email protected]