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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. Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is a 10-year initiative that engages people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region.
Mayor Jackson's 6th Annual Sustainability Summit was held on September 17-18, 2014 at Cleveland Public Auditorium.  Over 500 local business leaders, government officials, students and residents worked together to help build a thriving green city on a blue lake.  The Sustainable Cleveland website has a recap of the 2014 Summit, including pictures, videos, presentations and more. >>

The 2015 Annual Sustainability Summit will take place on September 16-17, 2015.

To lead by example, the Office of Sustainability develops policies and programs to embrace a culture of sustainability.

Working with City departments and key external partners, the Office implements projects in the following areas, resulting in cost savings and sustainability benefits.

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The City of Cleveland is wrapping up $4.5 million in energy efficiency and conservation projects funded by federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds. These projects are moving Cleveland toward Mayor Jackson’s sustainability goals.

  • Cleveland Energy$aver was a collaborative pilot between the City, Cleveland Housing Network and Cleveland Action to Support Housing (CASH) that offered 150 Cleveland residents incentives, rebates and financial assistance to make energy efficient and weatherization updates to their homes.
  • The Downtown Recycling Pilot Project included the purchase of 70 recycling stations placed throughout downtown Cleveland.
  • The Lake to Lakes Bike Trail betweeen the Shaker Lakes area and University Circle was finished in Fall 2012.
  • The Bike Rack, partially funded by the EECBG program, opened in September 2011 in downtown to provide cycling commuters with a locker room, bike storage, and repairs.
  • The City completed HVAC Upgrades at 14 fire stations to provide more energy efficient infrared heating in the apparatus bays and garages.
  • Housing Deconstruction pilot for 22 properties on the City’s list for demolition prevented usable building materials from going into landfills.
  • Energy Audits were performed for 25 of Cleveland Public Power’s commercial and industrial customers. Audits revealed annual projected energy savings of 26,575 MMBtu that could be realized if all recommended measures were implemented.
  • Lighting Retrofits were implemented at 16 City facilities (health centers, police stations, fire stations, recreation centers) across Cleveland to install more energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs, with anticipated annual savings of more than 3 million kilowatt hours.
  • Building off of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Action and Resources Guide completed in 2010 with EECBG funds, the City completed the Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan and the citywide Climate Action Plan.
  • The LED Street Lighting Pilot will determine which types of LED technology provide the best value (cost, energy savings, etc.) to the City.
  • The City purchased and implemented an Energy Data Management System (EnergyCAP) to better manage utility consumption and costs, while tracking reductions and cost savings resulting from energy and water efficiency projects.
  • A solar thermal domestic hot water (DHW) heating system was installed at the Collinwood Recreation Center.

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