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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. 

The fifth annual Sustainability Summit was held October 3-4, 2013 in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium.  Photo slideshows for October 3rd and October 4th are available.

The Sustainable Cleveland website has a recap of the Summit, including videos and presentations. more >>

The 6th Annual Summit will take place on September 17th and 18th, 2014!


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.

  
    In The News     
    Climate Action Plan     
    EECBG     
    Getting Involved     

Getting Involved

There are many simple things which can be done at home or at work to save money and be more sustainable.

What Clevelanders Can Do At Home

  • Participate in Sustainable Cleveland 2019!
  • Practice water efficiency - add low flow toilets, waterless urinals, etc. to reduce water consumption
  • Add a rain barrel to capture free water from the roof for plants
  • Install a rain garden – native plants might not need chemical sprays
  • Decrease or eliminate the use of pesticides and fertilizers – use eco-friendly options if necessary
  • Pick up pet waste –  it affects water quality
  • Water the yard, not the storm drain – sweep yard and sidewalk debris instead of hosing it down the storm drain
  • Compost food scraps and yard debris whenever possible
  • Use green cleaning products instead of chemicals, which pollute water
  • Round up unused medication – Take it to the next hazardous waste round-up, not the toilet
  • Plant trees – they beautify the city and provide support in managing stormwater
  • Unwanted oil and grease should not be dumped into sinks or storm drains
  • Turning down the thermostat by one degree in winter cuts heating bills about 3%, and turning it up one degree in summer cuts air conditioning bills around 5%.
  • Replace refrigerators with ENERGY STAR qualified brands.
  • Washing clothes on the cold setting can save up to 40% of associated energy costs
  • Dishes can be air dried to save energy – over 80% of a dishwasher’s energy use is for heat


What Clevelanders Can Do At Work

  • Participate in Sustainable Cleveland 2019!
  • Take reusable items like cups, plates, and utensils to work.
  • Save energy by shutting down the computer before going home.
  • Use both sides of paper when printing – save toner and electricity.
  • Carpool, use public transportation, or ride a bike to work.
  • Meet via telephone, conference call or other forms of communication to save energy and time.

Many more simple steps to taking action at home, at work and in the community may be found on the SustainableCleveland.org website.

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

P: 216.664.2455
F: 216.664.2378 
Ohio Relay: 711


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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