Marc Lefkowitz | 02/18/10 @ 3:28pm
- It's official-the city of Cleveland will host the second Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit from September 22 to 23, 2010 (location TBD). On Sept. 24, the city will have a Sustainable Cleveland 2019 public day. Stay tuned for more details about this important follow up to the 2009 summit.
- The Cleveland Commitment is an inspiring new vision for Cleveland. Written by the Public Compact Group at the SC2019 summit, its ambitions include, "Strengthen our economy, community and long-term security through sustainable practices that produce local food and energy, provide accessible transportation, promote community health, and support education for all." Read the entire pledge here, and then consider signing it (the group plans to present it to the mayor).
- In his weekly email, Cleveland Sustainability Chief Andrew Watterson congratulated the 2019 Transportation Work Group for organizing this cool music video. It sings the praises of a citizen and 2019 Transportation-led effort for ODOT to wrap their minds around an alternative vision of an Inner Belt bridge with a multi-use path. The project also got the attention of The Plain Dealer editorial staff this week.
- Watterson was also on hand at last Thursday's 2019 Green Building 'retrofits' sub-group meeting. Watterson offered to plug the 2019 group-which has an ambitious goal of energy retrofits for 130,000 city buildings-into an official city program that would direct $10 million in Stimulus funds to pay for energy efficiency retrofits and even some solar energy pilot projects. If the competitive Stimulus grant is won, Watterson said the city is planning to set up a revolving loan fund and a Special Energy District so that homeowners can pay back loans on efficiency work with the savings they see on their bill. "We're awarding a contract on the retrofit ramp up," said Watterson, referring to a pilot phase of retrofitting 100 homes. "What about this team work with the team from the city that's picking the consultant to make sure it aligns with the 2019 group's goal?" The consultants are contracting with Shorebank, and will tap $500,000 in Stimulus funds the city already has set aside for this program.