Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit


Recap from the 11th Annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit


Celebrating 10 Years. Building the Future.

Thanks to all who joined us for the 11th Annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit on October 16, 2019. Over 500 residents, local businesses, and sustainability leaders from all walks of life participated in this continuing effort to develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region.


The 2019 Summit marked the Culmination of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 10-year initiative. We honored the many people and organizations that have gotten us this far, while also building off this foundation for even greater progress. The Summit included remarks from Mayor Frank Jackson, keynote presentations, recognition and awards, facilitated discussions on key priorities going forward, and much more:


  • Circular Economy - Addressing recycling challenges while also laying the groundwork to become a national leader in the circular economy through reuse, sharing, repair & remanufacturing.
  • 100% Renewable Energy - Transitioning toward 100% renewable electricity while fighting poverty and creating opportunity.
  • Trees & Green Spaces- Providing access to trees and vibrant green space for all Clevelanders.
  • Vision Zero & Sustainable Transportation - Advancing safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation throughout Cleveland.
  • Clean Water - Building off the success of Cuyahoga50 to create greater access to our most valuable asset...water.
  • The Movement - Looking Beyond 2019, what's next for engaging Clevelanders in sustainability and climate action.


We had five dynamic keynote speakers this year presenting on various topics such as transportation, circular economy, and climate change.


Transportation Keynotes

 Dr. Richard Ezike, Senior Policy Associate with the Urban Institute

 India Birdsong, General Manager & CEO of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority 


Circular Economy Keynotes

 Michael Waas, Global Vice President of Brand Partnerships with TerraCycle

 Nik Engineer, Executive Lead of North America Operations with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Climate Change Speaker

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Communications Director with the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance  


Summit Recap


Media Coverage




We thank the Summit sponsors not only for making this event possible but for being critical partners in sustainability.


              Blue Lake Sponsors



               Lake Erie Sponsors

                                 Cuyahoga Sponsors

Community Sponsors