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Energy Efficiency And Green Building

The City of Cleveland is committed to green buildings because they provide safe, affordable and healthy environments for residents and workers. A key part of green building is energy efficiency, which lowers operating costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

By instituting energy efficiency and conservation initiatives in City facilities, operations, and vehicle fleets, we are saving taxpayer money and taking the right steps towards carbon neutrality. Through education, policies, and programs, the City empowers employees, businesses, and residents to take action to be more energy efficient.

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Green Building Tax Abatement
Residents and developers seeking tax abatement for residential projects must meet Cleveland Green Building Standards found in the Green Housing Handbook. A roster of professionals known as Green Raters can provide assistance and confirm that the project meets the standards. Additional information is available at 216.664.3442 weekdays, 8 am to 5 pm. -more

Cleveland 2030 District and Better Buildings Challenge
In 2012, The City of Cleveland joined the Cleveland 2030 District and the Better Buildings Challenge. The 2030 District works to create a coalition of building owners, service professionals and community stakeholders working together to rapidly transform the built environment of the city through large-scale reductions in energy use, water use and GHG-emissions. The Better Buildings Challenge, a White House and Department of Energy initiative, supports building owners by providing technical assistance and proven solutions for energy efficiency. As part of the Challenge, the City of Cleveland has committed to reducing its building energy usage 20% by 2020, using a 2010 baseline. 

City of Cleveland Sustainable Municipal Building Policy
In 2013, the City of Cleveland adopted a Sustainable Municipal Building Policy is expected to yield savings by efficiently managing energy, water, waste, and stormwater at City facilities, while improving the employee and visitor experience. The policy requires that green building practices are incorporated into the siting, design, construction, remodeling, repair, maintenance, operation, and deconstruction of all City facilities.

Office of Sustainability
Jenita McGowan, Chief
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 227
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2455
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Mission Statement


The Office of Sustainability leverages Cleveland's wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. To lead by example, the Office develops and implements policies and practices with City departments to embrace a culture of sustainability.

City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability