Events

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Earth: A Return to the Forest City

     

    During the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, the international community pledged to limit Earth's warming by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels. It's widely considered an ambitious goal — but one with a potential efficient, inexpensive, and natural solution: invest in trees and forests.

     

    Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide, which can slow climate change, absorb rainwater, aerate soil, and reduce energy use through reduced heating and cooling in homes and businesses. But climate change, invasive insects, disease, and development has destroyed much of the urban tree canopy in the United States —including here in Cleveland.

     

    In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Cleveland had more than 220,000 street trees, earning the nickname "The Forest City." In the last 70 years, Cleveland's tree canopy has decreased substantially; today, only 19 percent of the city is covered by a tree canopy with both higher- and lower-income neighborhoods affected.

     

    Several initiatives are underway in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to increase the number of trees and the economic, environmental, and health benefits they provide. How quickly do trees impact the effects of climate change? Will these initiatives be enough? And, can Cleveland reclaim its title as "The Forest City?"

     

    REGISTER: HERE

    Public Square in Cleveland, OH
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    Neighborhood Revitalization: Can Planting Flowers Revitalize a Neighborhood

     

    A neighborhood with flowers, thoughtful gardening, and neat landscaping surely creates a beautiful place for people to admire, and helps our natural habitat thrive, but what if planting flowers and gardening served people beyond its beauty?

     

    On June 25, FutureHeights will host a panel of speakers that will discuss the macro level social implications that gardening, planting flowers, and beautification can have on a neighborhood, or in some cases, an entire community.

     

    The forum will host a panel of speakers that consider questions such as: Can planting flowers revitalize a neighborhood? What positive impacts have other communities seen as a result of thoughtful and deliberate beautification? Can gardening help alleviate crime and safety concerns? What message does thoughtful and thorough gardening and beautification send to people outside of that neighborhood or community? What are exciting local examples of gardening for neighborhood revitalization in the community?

     

    FutureHeights invites all members of our community to attend this free event on Tuesday, June 25, 7pm at The BottleHouse Brewing Company, 2050 Lee Road.

     

    REGISTER: HERE

    The BottleHouse Brewing Company in Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 06:30 PM

    City of Cleveland 2019 Rain Barrel Workshops

     

    In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff, help residents save money, and engage Cleveland youth, the Summer Rain Barrel Program provides City of Cleveland residents with rain barrel systems free of charge. At the workshop, you will learn more about the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Stormwater Management Program and Individual Residential Property Credit; learn how to properly care for your rain barrel; see how rain barrels are assembled; TAKE HOME A FREE RAIN BARREL!

    In order to participate, you MUST:

    • Be a homeowner within the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) and Cleveland Division of Water (CWD) service area;
    • Agree to all Terms and Conditions stated in this Eventbrite registration form;
    • Complete rain barrel installation following the workshop by installing the downspout diverter and properly connecting the rain barrel.

     

    REGISTER:  HERE

     

    For questions regarding the workshops please call Brittany Montgomery at 216-664-2455

    **This workshop is for residents within the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Cleveland Division of Water Service Area only. One rain barrel per address/workshop attendee.For questions pertaining to the Stormwater Fee or Fee Credit, please call NEORSD Customer Service at 216-881-8247.

    Urban Community School in Cleveland, OH
  • Friday, June 28, 2019 at 08:30 AM

    Green Infrastructure Grant Program Workshop

     

    The workshop will provide an overview of our Green Infrastructure Grant program and offer experts and resources to help you understand your opportunities and expectations.

    Topics will include grant eligibility, contracts, project evaluation and criteria, reimbursement, and sample successful projects. We will also offer a tour of the stormwater control measures featured on-site at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek.

     

    REGISTER: HERE

  • Friday, June 28, 2019 at 09:30 AM

    Summer 2019 County Greenprint Training (Introductory)

     

    This summer, County Planning will offer two County Greenprint training sessions at the Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters, an introductory session and an advanced session.

     

    The County Greenprint is a great tool to assist nature and sustainability enthusiasts, as well as planners, service directors, city council persons and interested citizens in planning for and protecting our greenspaces. Find out how the Cuyahoga County Greenprint can help with tree plantings, riparian setbacks and other conservation strategies which enhance our natural quality of life.


    Greenprint training sessions are open to all. Participants will learn how to use the mapping tool, access best practices and create basic customized maps. Visit our Greenprint training page for a complete list of training opportunities. For questions, contact Elaine Price at 216-443-3721 or eprice@cuyahogacounty.us.

     

    In addition, County Planning created a video tutorial covering the basics of using the Greenprint. If you're planning to attend the training session, we recommend that you prepare by watching this training video as an introduction and orientation for the class.

     

    REGISTER: HERE

  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 03:00 PM

    Summer Art Garden 2019

     

    A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. LA COSECHA GALERIA is proud to present its annual “Summer Art Garden” event series which will commence on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 3:00PM to 10:00PM, located at 5404 Storer Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102. Featuring the original artwork, poetry, performances and music. Along with the art building opening, we are extending an invitation to those interested in having a space next door at the “Summer Art Garden” music festival to display or exhibit.

     

    La Cosecha Galeria - Literally translated means, “The Harvest Gallery”, but metaphorically it has a much deeper meaning. To make use of what is available, in the area, the fruit at hand. Instead of looking elsewhere for sustenance, to grow and feed off our own talent. In 2002 the first Latino owned and managed art gallery in the greater Cleveland metropolitan area was born, La Cosecha Galeria (The Harvest Gallery). But it stood for much more; it was an understanding, a union, an opportunity to display an identity. The ability to open the doors to other artists as an outlet to what is possible. Well received by the community, who until then were starved for a place to showcase their culture and artistic abilities. It always held a warm place in their heart and a revered memory for those that worked with them.

     

    We continue our tradition of encouraging artists to express themselves in ways unthought-of previously. Dedicated to the propagation of all art forms, supporting local, international, emerging or established artists and community arts programs. Now planning an ongoing schedule of exhibits, competitions and produce editions of wide format of events that focus on the benefit of the artists, local businesses, sponsors, and the social community.

     

    Learn more: HERE

    La Cosecha Galeria in Cleveland, OH
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life (Flats/Downtown)

    Please join the Sustainable Cleveland Plastic Reduction Working Group to learn more about the issue of plastic pollution and discuss ways to reduce your use of single use disposable plastics. Learn about simple and innovative everyday actions to lessen your dependency on single use plastics. Everyone, no matter what age, can take steps to make a difference.

    During this conversation, we will answer questions such as:

    • What can be recycled in Cuyahoga County and why does it keep changing?

    • What are some of the local initiatives around plastic pollution and how can we learn more?

    • Has Cuyahoga County banned plastic bags?

    • What role does plastic play in your life?

    • What resources are available to help me understand the issue of plastic pollution? How can my family and I get more involved?

    The mission of the Sustainable Cleveland Plastic Reduction Working Group is to educate the residents of northeast Ohio about plastic marine debris, especially in our waterways and encourage them to take small, meaningful steps to reduce single-use plastics.

    Members of the Working Group include Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, Bay Village Green Team, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, ODNR Old Woman Creek NERR, Ohio Sea Grant, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Share the River, several concerned citizens of Northeast Ohio, and more.

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    This Common Ground conversation is one of three Plastic Surgery conversations being offered during Common Ground.

    Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life-East side will be hosted by the Sierra Club at Fairhill Partners from 1-3pm and will discuss legislation and Plastic Free July. Register here.

    Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life-West side will be hosted by Lakewood residents Jason Weiner and Kris Williams from 4-6pm at Distill Table and will focus on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle..Register here.

     

     

    REGISTER FOR JUNE 30TH: HERE

    Greater Cleveland Aquarium in Cleveland, OH
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Creating Equitable Teaching Environments

     

    This conversation will explore the role environment plays in creating an equitable classroom. We will discuss how changing the classroom environment and using active learning strategies can create a more engaging learning environment that promotes the success of every student.

    Light lunch will be provided.

     

    REGISTER: HERE

  • Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Stories of the Cuyahoga River

     

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park invites you to a conversation around the Cuyahoga River. Fifty years ago this June, the river caught fire for the last time. This year we reflect on the past, celebrate how far it has come, and consider what the future holds. We hope you'll join us as Park Ranger Arrye Rosser shares the story of the river. Then we'll ask you to give thought to the following:

     

    My enviroment was...

    My environment is...

    My environment will be....

     

     

    Enjoy a boxed lunch and smores around the campfire at this Common Ground Conversation.

     

    REGISTER: HERE

  • Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life (East)

    Please join the Sierra Club to discuss how legislation is shaping plastic consumption and the way we use plastics. Learn about the commitment of Plastic Free July, the fourth R - Refuse, and preparing for upcoming changes at the local and state level.

    During this conversation we will answer questions such as:

    • What can I do to reduce or eliminate my dependency on single use plastics?

    • How can I prepare for the Cuyahoga County plastic bag ban?

    • What role does plastic play in your life?

    • What resources are available to help me understand the issue of plastic pollution?

    The Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club was established 50 years ago and represents more than 25,000 members and supporters. The Chapter advocates for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public transit. We proudly defend Ohio’s forests, state parks, and nature preserves. We preserve water resources by advocating for green infrastructure, factory farm regulation, and protections for Lake Erie and watersheds throughout the state. Finally, we promote Ohio’s transition to a 21st-century economy through the creation of good-paying, long-standing green jobs.

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    This Common Ground conversation is one of three Plastic Surgery conversations being offered during Common Ground.

    Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life-Downtown will be hosted by the Sustainable Cleveland Plastic Reduction Working Group at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium from 10-12pm and will focus on the issue of plastic pollution and discuss ways to reduce your use of single use disposable plastics

    Plastic Surgery: Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life-West side will be hosted by Lakewood residents Jason Weiner and Kris Williams from 4-6pm at Distill Table and will focus on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle..

     

     

    REGISTER: HERE