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Cleveland Carbon Fund

Founded in 2009 the Cleveland Carbon Fund is the first community-based carbon reduction fund in the United States. The Cleveland Carbon Fund invests in local community projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spark economic development in Cleveland.

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The Fund’s founding partners include the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Foundation, George Gund Foundation, and the GreenCityBlueLake Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

We are committed to reducing carbon emissions and marketing the Fund to ensure its growth and success. The Fund’s Advisory Committee includes the founders and two community partners, BrownFlynn and Forest City Enterprises, both of which have worked to support the fund and help it grow.

Individuals and corporations are encouraged to calculate their carbon footprint on the Fund’s website and make a tax-deductible donation to the Fund. Donors can be assured their contributions are making sustainable, positive change in Cleveland area neighborhoods. The money collected goes to implementing local projects that reduce the overall carbon emissions of the Cleveland area.

Learn about recent carbon reduction projects in Cleveland area neighborhoods

  • CFL replacement program - replacing incandescent lightbulbs with CFLs in two Cleveland neighborhoods, Detroit-Shoreway and Slavic Village
  • Home weatherization kits - funding for home weatherization kits
  • Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc.’s Heritage View Model Block Sustainability Program will outfit homes in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland with energy efficient CFL light bulbs, low-flow shower heads, and sink aerators.
  • Bike Cleveland’s Creating a Mode Shift will challenge and equip commuters across the region to choose biking as their preferred method of commuting to and from work.
  • Tremont West Development Corporation’s Residential Composting Program will shed light on the amount of food waste that can be diverted from landfills with a strong back-yard composting program in Tremont.

Learn more at Cleveland Carbon Fund

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