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Celebration Points

Working Groups

Every year leading up to 2019, Cleveland will focus on one of the key areas fundamental to a sustainable economy. The SC2019 Celebration Points are designed to be accessible to all members of the community- households, neighborhoods, businesses, and institutions can all participate, either collaboratively or independently. Listed below are the various celebration points and their associated working groups. Additional information regarding SC2019 celebration points and working groups, can be found here.

Key Areas of Focus for SC2019:

2011- Energy Efficiency
2012- Local Food
2013- Advanced Energy and Renewable Resources
2014- Zero Waste
2015- Sustainable Water
2016- Sustainable Transportation
2017- Clean Green Spaces
2018- Vital Neighborhoods

Cross-Cutting Groups

Communications Resource Group
Mission: SC2019 Communications Resource Group captures and distills the sustainability narrative of the Northeast Ohio region. We have created the tools and the environment to promote compelling stories that inspire action and urgency among a diverse population.

Engage 1.6 Million
Mission: Create a campaign that engages the entire region (individuals, families, schools, businesses and others) in creating a green city on a blue lake, through common messaging, one-on-one interactions, social networking, the education system and community organizing.

Healthy Connections
Mission: Greater Cleveland is a place that all citizens can thrive. Health is central to all the work in Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and should be addressed by all the work we do. Clean air, safe, vibrant communities, economic vitality, health access, health literacy, successful school systems all support the 70% of health determinants that are upstream of the healthcare provider system.

Institutional Partnerships
Mission: Have established partnerships with a broad range of institutions in and beyond Cleveland proper, who are enthusiastically participating in Sustainable Cleveland 2019.

Public Compact
Mission: To draft "The Cleveland Commitment: A Promise for Our Region’s Sustainable Future". This pledge can be read and signed by individuals, businesses and groups.

Social Compact
Mission: Foster formal and informal connections built on trust, open-mindedness and transparent communications to create continuous (as opposed to episodic) community engagement on SC2019 and other issues that matter to our region; and to establish a framework for personal sustainability.

Sustainable Businesses and Business Incubation
Mission: To support, educate and foster the growth of sustainable businesses by leveraging existing assets and adding new values.

Youth/Next Generation
Mission: Youth are emerging as the next generation of sustainability

Details on the Key Areas of Focus for SC2019


SC2019 2012: Local Food

John Hay High School- Fresh Food In School
Mission: John Hay High Schools E-Club and supporters have a community garden that provides food and puts it in the school cafeteria. We educate our peers on the benefits of local healthy food. We support this initiative through education, our community garden and local partnerships.

Local Foods (consisting of Growhio, Community Kitchen Incubator Project and 10,000 Farmers sub groups)
Mission: Urban Agriculture/Local Food can help Northeastern Ohio eliminate food deserts and malnutrition and improve the quality of life. The cities of Cleveland and Youngstown are each sitting on 3,300 acres of vacant land that could be producing over $600* million in fruits and vegetables per year by 2019 while creating as many as 25 to 30 thousand* meaningful jobs in an urban environment.

Long-term Agriculture
Mission: The City’s master plan incorporates agricultural uses and targets areas for these uses. Vacant land is inventoried to test for contamination and feasibility. A land trust is established to take title and oversee access for generations of farmers.

Sustainable Micro-Enterprise
Mission: We will establish model sustainable agriculture microenterprise applicable to urban, suburban, and rural sites that can be replicated across Northeast Ohio.

Year-round Local Food
Mission: By 2019, there will be five million square feet of new controlled environment agriculture in Northeast Ohio using sustainable best practices for food production.

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We are committed to improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland by strengthening our neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing the diversity of our citizens, and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, raise a family, shop, study, play and grow old.

– City of Cleveland