Let’s not kid ourselves – 2017 was not all roses for sustainability. The U.S. federal government has been busy rolling back environmental legislation at a furious pace, including the Clean Power Plan, and the U.S. is now the only country on Earth that has backed away from the Paris Climate Agreement.
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The expansion of parks and natural areas, community gardens, urban farms, green roofs, landscaped boulevards, bike paths, trails, schoolyards, recreational areas, and other public open green space in Cleveland were all celebrated during 2017, the Sustainable Cleveland Year of Vibrant Green Space.Read more
Looking to the Sun and Catching the Wind: Generating Green Jobs in Northeast Ohio
CAPTION: WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY ALONG THE LAKE IN FRONT OF THE GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER
Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature. Mark will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sustainable Cleveland Summit.Read more
Integrating equity in city climate action planning has been prioritized in a few cities across the country, most notably to date Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California. Other cities, like Seattle, have led efforts to increase equity in programs, policies and procedures across city operations for many years. Learning from some of these examples while creating a plan best suited for Cleveland neighborhoods is an over-arching goal for the Office of Sustainability.Read more
In 2013, the City of Cleveland led a year-long process to develop the Cleveland Climate Action Plan (CAP), which outlined 33 actions to move our city towards emissions reductions and more climate resilience through measures in six focus areas. In 2017, in accordance with the commitment to update the CAP every four years, the Office of Sustainability has focused on doing just that, however, with a different approach.
Now in its 9th year, Mayor Frank G. Jackson's Sustainable Cleveland Summit is back and better than ever. Presented by the Cleveland Foundation, the 2017 Sustainable Cleveland Summit will take place September 27th and 28th at Cleveland Public Auditorium. It will bring together people from all walks of life to help design Cleveland's sustainable future. The Summit provides an opportunity to work across sectors, foster collaboration, and learn about recent innovations.
REGISTER HERE before September 11th before prices go up. You can register for both days or either day.
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Established in 1997, the Pollinator Partnership (P2) is the largest 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the health, protection, and conservation of all pollinating animals. P2’s actions for pollinators include education, conservation, restoration, policy, and research. Financial support for P2 comes through grants, gifts, memberships and donations from any interested party. P2‘s policies are science-based, set by its board of directors, and never influenced by any donor.
With the US government pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord and many nations closing their doors on immigrants, environmental and social challenges are rapidly turning into private sector risks and opportunities. Businesses are being called to take on the additional jobs of solving economic, social and environmental challenges—as well as prospering financially. A growing number of businesses now see that combating the world's challenges can be a driver for increased economic prosperity while also actively improving the environment and society: we call it flourishing enterprise.Read more
Back in 2014, Sustainable Cleveland launched the “I am Sustainable, Cleveland” poster campaign to highlight how local businesses and organizations are serving as sustainability leaders. For our third installment in the Sustainable Business in Cleveland series, we revisit some of those leaders and feature many new faces, each of whom are embedding sustainability into their operations.Read more