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Sustainable Cleveland 2019
"Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is about using our best assets, natural resources, and human capital to benefit the City of Cleveland, area businesses and the 1.6 million people in this region. The benefits we seek are economic prosperity for businesses and individuals and an improved quality of life in the region, while at the same time minimizing our impact on the environment. By holding this summit now, we are taking advantage of both the current economic challenges and the growing emphasis on green technology and sustainability."
-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on the genesis of Sustainable Cleveland 2019
The SC 2019 initiative has gathered thousands of Clevelanders to build a collective vision for a sustainable future. The city's vision: Cleveland will become a model of sustainability and become a leader in the emerging green economy over the next 10 years through the efforts of Sustainable Cleveland 2019.
Cleveland's first Chief of Sustainability, Andrew Watterson, describes the annual sustainability summits: Using Appreciative Inquiry we discovered the strengths of Cleveland and our region, we dreamed the possibilities of the future, created designs and prototypes of how to realize this vision, and we made a commitment to work towards this shared destiny.
In just three years, Watterson says, the SC2019 initiative charted progress in:
- Policies, projects, entrepreneurs, and land in productive use in the City of Cleveland supporting the emergence of a robust and resilient local food economy.
- We have come together as a region to create LEEDCo and develop an actionable plan to place wind turbines on Lake Erie.
- We have created local and sustainable purchasing incentives at the City and more businesses are following suit with preferences towards local purchasing.
- We are building separated bicycle and pedestrian access on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge through the successful Access for All Campaign that emerged from the 2009 summit participants.
- We have passed a green and complete streets ordinance and are expanding infrastructure throughout Cleveland to improve bicycle access.
- We came together as a community to create a coordinated bicycle advocacy organization that has a seat at the table for our local policies with Bike Cleveland.
- We attracted the International Public Markets Conference in celebration of the West Side Market’s 100 year anniversary during the year of local food.
At the 2012 Summit, current Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan told the hundreds of participants that the city continues to set Goals and will establish Metrics for Success. Goals for the Year of Local Food, for example, include
- Community food hubs, distribution points for local food in the city and suburbs.
- 100 miles farm to fork
- Food waste to energy (the city is pursuing a waste incinerator)
- Cleveland serves 25% local by 2030
Metrics came about at the urging of the Steering Committee and community, and will attempt to answer, how do you know you are growing a sustainable economy, that you are creating a green city on a blue lake? That you are on your way? They'll be published on a dashboard on the SC2019 web site, and include:
- Number of sustainability jobs
- Helping region’s ecoonoy grow more businesiess in NEO adopting sustainability practices
- Economy of NEO is stronger
- Fewer people using cars to commute (single passenger car commuters)
- Are vacant lots being transformed in to assets (tracking brownfield acres cleaned up, restoring health to soil)
- # of water advisory days
- Air quality by year
- # of renewable energy facilities and megawatts per year
- Participation in 2019
- That people are healthy
- Sector diversity
- How many people are working on this
- Local and national media coverage
The framework for moving toward success are Celebration Years—the community focuses on moving the sustainability agenda forward successively in each of these topics until the year 2019.
- 2011—Energy Efficiency
- 2012—Local Foods
- 2013—Renewable Resources & Advanced Energy
- 2014—Zero Waste
- 2015—Clean Water
- 2016—Sustainable Mobility
- 2017—Clean Green Spaces
- 2018—Vital Neighborhoods
- 2019—The Year of People
GreenCityBlueLake Institute is an active participant on the Steering Committee and a number of the working groups, including Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Mobility and Local Foods.
We are integrating sustainability not only into the City of Cleveland's everyday municipal operations, but also into our residents' lives and the priorities of our corporate and institutional partners.
- Mayor Frank G. Jackson
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