Climate Action Plan
The Earth’s temperature is rising because people are adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, mainly by burning fossil fuels. These gases are called greenhouse gases (GHGs).
Vehicles driven, entertainment choices, foods eaten, business travel, products purchased... each of these everyday activities contributes to the 6.82 billion metric tons of GHGs that Americans emit each year. Warmer temperatures are causing other changes around the world, such as melting glaciers and stronger storms. These changes are happening because the Earth's air, water, and land are all linked to climate.
Experts predict Ohio will experience hotter summers, stronger storms, increased flooding, threats to agriculture, and a reduction in Lake Erie water levels. The implications for local natural, social, and business environments are compelling reasons for change.
The City of Cleveland led a community process to create a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to not only reduce GHG emissions, but also plan for changes in the climate that will affect Clevelanders. The CAP lays out 33 actions that will reduce GHG emissions in Cleveland 16% by 2020 and 40% by 2030. The Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit helps neighborhoods and residents take actions to advance their neighborhood goals while also furthering Cleveland's climate action goals.
Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan
The Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan (SC-MAP) also completed in October 2013, is focused specifically on municipal operations. The SC-MAP, in conjunction with the community-wide CAP, enables the City to lead by example while reaping the many known benefits of sustainability derived from increased efficiencies, reduced operating costs, and enhanced services.