Carl B. Stokes made history in 1967 as the first Black mayor of a major U.S. city. While the important racial aspect to his tenure made national headlines, it also overshadowed his many progressive environmental policies. Join Tri-C in a virtual presentation that examines Stokes’ work as mayor within the larger context of environmental justice.
In 2018, the City of Cleveland became the first city in Ohio to commit to powering itself with 100% clean energy. Building off our Cleveland Climate Action Plan, Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced his commitment to combat climate change by transitioning Cleveland to 100% clean and renewable energy sources by 2050.
At the heart of this goal is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 80% over a 2010 baseline by 2050. To help us achieve this critical goal, our core team developed the Cleveland’s Clean and Equitable Energy Future report, an action-oriented roadmap the City can follow for a successful implementation of the 100% clean energy transition by 2050.
In this meeting, the City of Cleveland’s Chief of Sustainability, Jason Wood, will provide an overview of the report and the various pathways the City could pursue to achieve its goal of 100% clean energy, while also generating millions of dollars of public benefits, including utility bill savings and reducing energy burden for residents, the creation of green jobs, and public health benefits for Clevelanders.
Sustainable Cleveland Manager, Cathi Lehn, will also provide updates on Circular Cleveland and upcoming events.
Interconnected problems have interconnected solutions. In this panel, hear from community leaders on the ground about the real and existing barriers to growing an equitable tree canopy and how some communities/neighborhoods are working extra hard to address the challenges to meet the goal through local grants and community-grown solutions.
Divya Sridhar, Manager of Climate Resiliency and Sustainability, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Erica Burnett, Director of Community Building and Engagement, Famicos Foundation
Samira Malone, Neighborhood Planning Project Coordinator, MidTown Cleveland
Councilman Blaine Griffin, Cleveland City Council, Ward 6
Veronica Walton, Executive Director, Food Depot to Health
Join us for a Park Bench Chat bringing together leaders in the movement to put our cities to work for community, social justice, health, and climate resilience.
This Earth Month, Trust for Public Land President and CEO Diane Regas will be in conversation with Dana Bourland, vice president of the Environment Program at The JPB Foundation and author of Gray to Green Communities: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crises; and designer, urbanist, and spatial justice expert Liz Ogbu, founder and principal of Studio O, which, in partnership with communities, leverages design to catalyze and sustain social impact.
Cities only cover two percent of the earth’s surface, but they are home to 85 percent of the population. And in America, our cities need work. With its long history of prejudiced policies, our housing system is both a symptom and a cause of persistent racial disparities. And residential buildings in the U.S. account for 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, making housing one of the key drivers of climate change. During this Park Bench Chat, Regas, Ogbu and Bourland will discuss how thoughtful, collaborative design can lay a foundation for a more just and equitable future. They’ll also discuss a new model for cities that prioritizes climate resilience, health, and access to quality parks and green space. And they’ll share tactics for ensuring public spaces enable social connection and cultural expression.
Electric Vehicles (EVs), coupled with the clean energy transition, hold the promise of greening mobility and achieving a zero-emissions vehicle future in the binational Great Lakes region, the home for the global automotive industry, representing a significant economic and environmental opportunity for the region and an important response to the ambitious climate change and sustainability priorities outlined in the new Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership. However, there are major policy, infrastructure, and supply chain implications that must be considered on a regional, cross-border basis, including the responsible sourcing, manufacturing, use, and recycling of next generation batteries that are critical for the operation of EVs.
Cynthia Williams, Global Director, Sustainability, Homologation and Compliance at Ford Motor Company
Thomas Van Heeke, Policy Lead, Mobility and Climate Change at General Motors
Steve Christensen, Executive Director at the Responsible Battery Coalition
Gregory Keoleian, Ph.D. Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor of Sustainable Systems; Director, Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan
The discussion will also include a summary of the “Green Principles” for managing the full lifecycle of electric vehicle (EV) batteries to help guide environmentally responsible EV battery manufacturing, use and end-of-life management. The principles, developed by researchers at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability under sponsorship from the Responsible Battery Coalition, represent a comprehensive set of recommendations to guide mobile battery deployment and technological development from an environmental perspective. Additional research focuses on application of the principles for end users.