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September 22 and 23, 2011 Public Auditorium Cleveland, Ohio

Participant Guide

Welcome to Sustainable Cleveland 2019!

Thank you for joining me at this years sustainability summit. Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is about taking actions now to prepare for a successful future. Our regional economy can be strong and resilient, with investment opportunities in growth sectors, job creation and smart use of natural resources and human capital. The work we will do over the next two days will strengthen our efforts to transform our regions economy into a sustainable economy by 2019. We have the natural resources, the people and the ideas to be successful in this transformation. Sustainable Cleveland 2019 has gained support and grown in scope, breadth and numbers since it launched in 2009. We have hundreds of businesses and organizations now engaged. Twenty-five working groups and more than 200 active volunteers are working on a wide variety of initiatives. Because of this work, integrating sustainability and economic development is becoming a model of how to prepare for the future, and cities across the country are now beginning to adopt this approach. New businesses have been created; new programs have been developed; and, new jobs have been created by focusing on sustainability. It is important that we as a broader community stay focused on this tremendous opportunity to position Cleveland for the future and that we fully support efforts to build a sustainable economy. This year we come together again to update everyone on the status of our work and ideas from the past two years, build on the programs already in progress, and accelerate the momentum already underway. We will focus our attention towards two of our main themes: energy efficiency and local foods. We will continue using our best assets, natural resources and human capital to benefit the City of Cleveland, area businesses and the 1.6 million people in this region seeking economic prosperity. I would like to thank Case Western Reserve Universitys Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, the 2011 Summit Design Team, the Energy Efficiency and Local Foods Celebration Committees and all of the participants here today for moving this initiative forward. Sincerely,

Frank G. Jackson, Mayor

Summit Agenda Thursday, September 22, 2011 Day One Energy Efficiency 7:30-8:00 Breakfast and Registration 8:00 am-12:15pm WELCOME Mayor Frank G. Jackson A Call to the Community: Support our Emerging Sustainable Economy Ronald Berkman, President, Cleveland State University INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE CLEVELAND 2019 Andrew Watterson, Chief of SustainabilitySummit and SC2019 Objectives KEYNOTE ADDRESS Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality DISCOVERY Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Ron Fry Interviews and Table Conversations -BREAKSponsored by McMahon DeGulis, llp CLEVELAND GREEN VENUES ANNOUNCEMENT WORKING GROUP SPOTLIGHT Video of Working Group Stories Speed Networking with Working GroupsChoose 3 working groups youd like to learn more about.

12:15-1:30 Lunch 1:305:00 KEYNOTE Gil Sperling, United States Department of Energy LOCAL PANEL ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY John DAngelo, Cleveland Clinic David Beach, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, PNC Smarthome Randy Korach, RPM Deepa Vedevayas, Buckeye Area CDC Kellie Rotunno, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District -BreakKEY QUESTIONS Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Ron Fry How do we take our successes to scale? REPORT-OUTS Summit Participants REFLECTIONS SC2019 Stewardship Council

Post Summit Fun

HAPPY HOUR 5-8pm The Sustainable Business Incubator working group and Gardens Under Glass invite you to a happy hour at the Galleria to celebrate the grand opening of Bio Dynamicz and browse the boutiques of the growning Eco Village. Located at 1301 East 9th Street, just east of Public Auditorium. Refreshments provided by Caf Sausalito.

Summit Agenda
Friday, September 23, 2011 Day 2, Local Foods 7:30-8:00 Breakfast and Registration 8:00-12:00 WELCOME

FRAMING OPPORTUNITIES & PAINTING THE LOCAL PICTURE Morgan Taggart, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition and OSU ExtensionOverview of Food Policy and Recent Successes in Local Food

LOCAL FOODS PANEL-Celebrating the success we have as a region Carlton Jackson, Tunnel Vision HoopsSeason Extension Entrepreneur Sholande Anderson, Green Corps, Botanical GardenThe Youth Perspective Mansfield Frazier, Chateau HoughVacant Land, Employment, and Urban Ag Alex Beauchamp, Food and Water WatchThe 2012 Farm Bill Karen Small, Flying FigLocal Food from a Chefs Perspective Jodi Berg, CEO of Vitamix Vitamixs action around whole and local foods

-BreakPAIRED INTERVIEWS Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Ron Fry Creating a Local Food Economy OPEN SPACE SET UP Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Ron Fry

Lunch: 12:00 1:00 1:00-5:00 KEYNOTE Woody Tasch, Slow Money "Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Matter."

OPEN SPACE -Working Break-


Post Summit Fun

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Seeing Climate, Seeing Change Heidi Cullen, Ph.D., Climate Central Friday, September 23 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Natural History 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, Ohio A discounted ticket price of $5.00 is offered to Summit participants. Show your name badge at the Museum admission desk to receive your discount. -ORGOODTIME CRUISE Continue the celebration aboard Clevelands own GOODTIME III, departing from the East 9th Street Pier at 6:00 pm, returning to dock at 8:00 pm. Tickets: $10.00. Please be prompt as the ship sets sail at 6:00 pm sharp!

Appreciative Inquiry Summit

The WHOLE SYSTEM participatesa cross-section of stakeholders in academia, business, civil society, and governmentpeople and groups that care about and have a stake in Clevelands economy and future. This means more diversity and less hierarchy than is usual in a working meeting, and a chance for each person and stakeholder group to be heard and to learn other ways of looking at the task at hand. TASK FOCUSED a summit is task-focused, not simply an educational event or a conference. We are here to leverage all the strengths and talents that exist within our community in order to build our vision and plan of action for accomplishing our summit taskto build an economic engine to empower a green city on a blue lake. Future scenarios are put into HISTORICAL and GLOBAL perspective. That means thinking globally together before acting locally. This enhances shared understanding and greater commitment to act. It also increases the range of potential actions.People SELF-MANAGE their work, and use DIALOGUE and INQUIRYnot problem-solvingas the main tool. That means helping each other do the tasks and taking responsibility for our perceptions and actions. COMMON GROUND rather than conflict management is the frame of reference. That means honoring our differences and then discovering areas for action where we have strong common ground. APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY (AI) To appreciate means to value, to understand those things worth valuing. To inquire means to study, to ask questions, to search. AI is, therefore, a collaborative search to identify and understand an organizations or a regions strengths, the greatest opportunities, and peoples aspirations and hopes for the future. COMMITMENT TO ACTION Because the whole system is involved, it is easier to make rapid decisions, and to make commitments to action in an open way that everyone can support.

The AI 4-D Cycle

To Build an Economic Engine to Empower a Green City on a Blue

2011 Summit Task

To Build an Economic Engine to Empower a Green City on a Blue Lake

Our Objectives:
Build and Amplify Momentum and further inspire progress of all involved citizens, government, businesses, work groups, households, institutions and nonprofits. Celebrate Success and Accelerate Progress of SC2019 working groups. Take Action to scale-up energy efficiency in the Cleveland Region. Co-Create a vision and plan for local food in the Cleveland Region. This will be done by:

connecting people and ideas, aligning the productivity, celebrating achievement, being inclusive of new ways, assets and values, sparking hope that furthers investment, honoring hard work and accomplishments, assuring reach and depth of connection and experience, recharging and renewing, re-imagining and transforming, having appreciative, positive interactions and co-creating a community aspiration and action.

Energy Efficiency Keynote Speakers

Nancy Sutley Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality
Nancy Sutley is the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In her role as Chair, she serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to the President. The Council on Environmental Quality coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. In addition, CEQ oversees Federal agency implementation of the environmental impact assessment process and oversees the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, which works to promote sustainable environmental stewardship throughout the Federal Government. Prior to her appointment, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the city of Los Angeles, California. She represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 20032005. Sutley also worked for California Governor Gray Davis as Energy Advisor, managing state and federal regulations, legislative affairs, finances and press relations. She served as Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations in the California EPA from 1999-2003. She advised on water and air pollution policy, and established budget and legislative priorities. During the administration of President William J. Clinton, Sutley worked for the EPA as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and special assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C. Sutley received her Bachelors degree from Cornell University and her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Gil Sperling Senior Policy Advisor U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Gil Sperling currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to that, he served as the Program Manager for the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program (OWIP) at DOE, with a budget in excess of $11.6 Billion. At DOE, Gil has been charged with transforming legacy programs into current, market responsive efforts that support large scale energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Through his national public outreach, Gil facilitates the grantees successful implementation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiatives. Specifically, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has been tasked by President Obama to administer $16.8 Billion in funding including $5 Billion for Weatherization Programs, $3.1 B for State Energy Programs, and $3.2 B for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Programs. Mr. Sperling served in private practice for more than twenty years before joining DOE, providing regulatory, corporate, and finance related services for companies developing power and related energy projects in the U.S. and overseas. While in private practice, he served for eighteen years as General Counsel to the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and as Senior Energy Policy Advisor for INFORM, Inc. In the mid 1980s, Gil served as Senior Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power, chaired by Congressman Edward J. Markey, and to the Subcommittee on Transportation and Hazardous Materials, chaired by Congressman Tom Luken, both were Subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Energy Efficiency Panelists

David Beach, Director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute,, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
David Beach is the director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute, the sustainability center of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The Institute was formed in 2007 from the merger of the Museum and EcoCity Cleveland, a nationally recognized center of thought and practice about urban sustainability. The Institute promotes the design of ecological cities that are good for people and nature. Its staff has expertise in the fields of green building, city and regional planning, transportation, watershed planning, energy, carbon footprint analysis and planning to mitigate climate change. Among many other projects, the Institute originated the Cleveland EcoVillage development, helped to develop the City of Clevelands Office of Sustainability, and was a key participant in the development of Ohios Lake Erie Balanced Growth Program, an innovative planning framework linking regional land-use planning and water quality. In 2008, the Institute received the states Ohio Lake Erie Award. The Institute also maintains the popular website, the interactive online home of the sustainability community in Northeast Ohio. The site is helping to spread the word that Cleveland is truly becoming a green city on a blue lake. David Beach has been writing and speaking about the environment, neighborhood development, and regional planning issues for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

John DAngelo, Senior Director of Facilities, Cleveland Clinic

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John DAngelo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University in December 1987 and was appointed an Ensign in the United States Navy where he served in various locations and retired in 2007. His current position with the Cleveland Clinic gives him the opportunity to further develop professionally through his responsibility over in house and outsourced Facility Directors managing a portfolio of 203 buildings at over 23 million square-feet in fourteen Northeast Ohio counties, two Southeast Florida counties, and Las Vegas. John DAngelo has earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in Ohio and Wisconsin, and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Healthcare Engi-neering, American College of Healthcare Executives, International Facilities Management Asso-ciation and Association of Energy Engineers. He has earned his Measurement and Verification Professional certification, Chairs the U.S. DOE Hospital Energy Alliance, and participates in several local and State energy committees and working groups. He is also a board member of Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts. John is the past President of Northern Ohio Society of Healthcare Engineering

Randall J. Korach, President of RPM Building Solutions Group, Inc.

Randy Korach is President of RPM Building Solutions Group, Inc., the construction industry platform of businesses for RPM International. It is a $1.2 billion collection of businesses including Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing, Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance, Weatherproofing Technologies Inc. (WTI), Tremco illbruck International (Europe), Tremco Barrier Solutions and The Euclid Chemical Company. He also serves on the boards of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and United Way. He is a member of the Ahuja Medical Center Leadership Council and a member of the Mayors Advisory Council for Sustainable Cleveland 2019. He is a membership of Leadership Cleveland (Class of 2006) and Cleveland Bridge Builders (Class of 2004).


Kellie Rotunno, Director of Engineering & Construction. NEORSD

After more than 20-years of environmental engineering practice in the private sector, Kellie Rotunno joined the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in 2008 as the Director of Engineering and Construction. She is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and registered Professional Engineer in both Michigan and Ohio. Since joining the District, Ms. Rotunno has incorporated sustainable design thinking into several key initiatives, including renewable energy generation from the incinerator of the regions biosolids, and the innovative application of green infrastructure in the Combined Sewer Overflow plan. She is spokesperson for the Sustainable Water Council, an member of the Water Environment Federation's Sustainability Community of Practice, and a technical resource to the Urban Water Sustainability Council.

Deepa Vedavayas, Associate Director for Development, Buckeye Area Development

Ms. Deepa Vedavyas is the Associate Director for Development at the Buckeye Area Development of Cleveland. Ms. Vedavyas serves as a lead coordinator of neighborhoods planning and development efforts. She heads the neighborhoods sustainability initiatives, marketing initiatives, works closely with merchant association, reports to funders, organizes volunteers through community partners, organizes outreach education speakers, oversees the internship program, and social media sites. Ms. Vedavyas is also the Project Manager for historic Moreland Theater and coordinator of the citys Storefront Renovation Program (SRP) for the neighborhood. She joined BADC in March 2008. Ms. Vedavyas holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture (B.Arch) from Adhiyamaan Engineering College, India and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P) from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Her commitment to sustainability has led her to pursue a graduate course in Environmental planning at CSU, complete eight month training on Sustainability Implementation through E4S and be certified as a LEED Green Associate. Ms. Vedavyas is a recipient of several awards including, Whos Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2007 and T. Edward Temple Scholarship Award for being Outstanding first year student of the program in 2006. Deepa received a study abroad scholarship to Germany in 2006. She is also a recipient of national awards in India including the Best Citizens of India Award in 2008, Rashtriya Gaurav Award, Certificate of Excellence and Glory of India Gold Medal in 2007. Ms. Vedavyas resides in Beachwood with her husband and a 7 year old daughter. She enjoys traveling, dancing, singing, tennis and participating in volunteer activities at the shelter and childrens hospitals."


Key Messages and Themes: Energy Efficiency


Local Food Keynote

Woody Tasch Founder and Chairman of Slow Money
Woody Tasch is Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. Tasch is Chairman Emeritus of Investors' Circle, a nonprofit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $145 million to 220 sustainability minded, early stage companies and venture funds. For most of the 1990s Woody was Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission related investing. He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, he has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions. In 2010, Utne Reader named Woody one of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World. His new book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" is published by Chelsea Green.

Framing Opportunities & Painting the Local Picture

Morgan Taggart, Co-Convener, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition & Program Specialist at the OSU Agricultural Extension
Morgan Taggart has been a Program Specialist in Agriculture and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) in Cuyahoga County since 2005. She is the co-convener and a founding member of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition (FPC). Morgan provides leadership to the FPC, its members and four working groups; Health and Nutrition, Land Use, Local Purchasing and the Food Policy Research Working Group. She works with diverse stakeholders and policy makers to inform municipal, county, and organizational policies that impact the local food system. The FPC has been recognized nationally for its work in developing zoning laws to support urban agriculture, creating municipal policies that support local food purchasing, and supporting Food Assistance Programs at farmers markets throughout Cuyahoga County. She was a three year member of the Healthy Foods Access Task Force of the Ohio Food Policy Council convened by Governor Strickland at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Morgan has over 13 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and food systems and has worked for several farms, food processors, and as an educator at agriculture training centers throughout the U.S. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Earlham College is currently pursuing her Masters in Urban Planning, Design, and Development at Cleveland State University.


Local Food Panelists

Alex Beauchamp, Central Region Director, Food & Water Watch Alex Beauchamp is the Central Region Director at Food & Water Watch. In this role, Alex plans and coordinates organizing campaigns with organizers across the Midwest focusing on the farm bill, the campaign to ban fracking, and various campaigns opposing the privatization of water. For the last two years, he has focused extensively on working with coalition partners and volunteers to push for a more sustainable farm policy in Ohio and to convince Senator Brown to stand up for good food programs at the federal level. Before coming to Food & Water Watch, Alex worked for two and a half years on electoral and environmental campaigns in Colorado. He is a graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota.

Jodi Berg, CEO Vitamix As the president of Vita-Mix Corporation since 2009, fourth-generation family member Jodi L. Berg is tasked with taking the world leader in high-performance blending equipment, for home and commercial use, to a whole new level. Berg has directed both the Household and Commercial Divisions after joining the company in 1997 to establish their International Division. The company that once only dabbled in international sales is now a recognized leader in global business strategy and leadership, recipient of the 2010 Presidents Export Award and enjoying distribution in more than 80 countries.
Prior to Vita-Mix, Berg held management positions within the world-renowned hospitality companies of The RitzCarlton Hotel Company and Marriott Corporation. As a certified quality auditor and director of quality and training for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Berg traveled the globe to train companies and government officials on the leadership practices from this leading hotel chain and of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Vita-Mix maintains its leadership position by delivering innovative blending solutions, while holding strong to the passion, integrity and family values on which the company was founded. Bergs experience in sales, marketing, quality and customer service, coupled with a passion for blending and a commitment to a family legacy, have been a great combination for upholding and enhancing Vita-Mixs industry-leading position. She is a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization), Nafem (North American Association of Equipment Manufacturers), WFF (Womens Foodservice Forum), and Nodec (North Ohio District Export Council); and she was listed as one of the 150 Names to Know in Northeast Ohio by Crains Cleveland Business in 2010. Her favorite ways to give back is to help develop emerging leaders through motivational presentations and coaching. She received her bachelors degree from Bowling Green University and her masters degree from Washington State University

Mansfield Frazier, Writer, Editor, Publisher and Chateau Hough Mansfield Frazier is a writer, editor and publisher whose home is in the Cleveland neighborhood of Hough, which he shares with his wife Brenda and their two dogs, Gypsy and Ginger. In 2010, the non-profit they operate, Neighborhood Solutions, Inc., built The Vineyards of Chteau of Hough, on a three-quarter acre site in their community with a grant from the Re-Imagining Cleveland Project. His writings appear weekly on, and the Cleveland Leader, and by-weekly in the Cleveland Free Press and Neighborhood Voices. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to the national online publication The Daily Beast.


Carlton W. Jackson, Co-Founder, Tunnel Vision Hoops Carlton W. Jackson is a co-founder of Tunnel Vision Hoops, LLC, designers, fabricators and installers of high tunnel hoop houses for urban garden farmers. In addition, Jackson, a native of Northeast Ohio, is a co-founder of GROWHIO, a product of Local Food Task Force Sustainable Cleveland 2019, which markets and promotes local food consumption. Jackson continues to enjoy collaborating with organizations such as Bioneers Cleveland, Saving Cities, NEO Food Web, and EcoTuesday, using his years of corporate marketing and sales management experience to help further their community-oriented goals. Jackson can be reached via email at

Karen Small, Chef at the Flying Fig Karen Small opened the Flying Fig in 1999. She and the restaurant have received numerous accolades and have been featured in many local as well as national publications such as the New York Times, Esquire Magazine and Continental Airlines magazine. In November 2007, The Fig was featured in Gourmet Magazine as one of the top 100 farm to table restaurants in the country. The same month, the restaurant was featured in Food and Wine Magazines column about Cleveland. In April of 2008, Food & Wine again featured the restaurant on its Last Bite page A staunch supporter of sustainable agriculture & small family farms the restaurants menu revolves around local food stuffs and continues to passionately produce the best dining experience possible.

Sholande Anderson, Cleveland Botanical Gardens Green Corps Participant Sholande Anderson is homeschooled in Cleveland, and is a second-year Green Corps employee working at the Slavic Village Learning Farm. She thinkgs Green Corps is a beautiful experience and it has taught her to look differently at things, like foods and the way she judges them, sewer pollution, littering and the importance of keeping the environment clean.


Key Messages and Themes: Local Food


To strengthen and support all aspects of Northeast Ohio's local food economy through branding, marketing and collaboration.

What is at stake/why is this important?

Our industrialized food system comes at the great expense of taste, freshness, farmers income and our dwindling energy resources. Our food travels on average 1,500 miles from where it was grown to our homes. Consequently, 73 cents of every retail food dollar goes to distribution and only about 7 cents goes to growers. Only 1-5% of the estimated $9.2 billion Northeast Ohians spend on food goes toward local food. Shifting some of this remaining 95-99% to local food will:

Decrease money spent on distribution Reduce our reliance on fossil fuels Increase support for local growers Increase support for our local economy Result in more fresh, tasty and healthy food for our families And much more! Read more about the issues at

Progress and activities since last years summit

Completed, a comprehensive and informational website for buying, eating and learning about local food in Northeast Ohio Managed a $65K ODA grant in collaboration with 7 area farmers markets encompassing a vendor assistance (incubator) program, education series and marketing campaign designed to promote the availability of local produce at these markets Developed the local food guide distributed at this years summit Created a farmers market recipe blog: Issued fall, spring and summer local food newsletters to more than 400 subscribers Attended multiple consumer events, such as Burning River Fest, to promote local food and the Growhio brand Developed an informal board of advisors

Future steps
Create a business plan Formalize an advisory board of 5-8 members and establish funding mentorship Solicit operational and program support funding Execute a Northeast Ohio buy/eat local campaign Execute a pilot restaurant award/cross-support program Execute a follow up ODA grant collaboration

Contact: or Gwen Fort at


The Water Sustainability Council promotes clean water, responsible public stewardship of our waterways, and sustainable lakefront development.

What is at Stake?
Northeast Ohio was built on the water resources residents readily take for granted today: Lake Erie, and the Cuyahoga River. After decades of neglect, we reached a tipping point in 1972 when pollution choked our river and a fire sparked an environmental revolution. Citizens, local organizations, and officials took steps to protect and rejuvenate our waterways, and they are better for it. But as we look to the future, Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River must be more than passengers on the journey; they must be drivers if our destination is sustainability and prosperity. As members of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, the Water Sustainability Council is dedicated to bringing attention to our waterways, the opportunities they hold, and the stewardship they require.

Activities and Progress

Since our last summit, weve seen two major accomplishments: the Regional Sewer District's combined sewer overflow 25-year control program, Project Clean Lake, was officially adopted, which has set a course for us to improve water quality, reduce beach advisories, and protect public health. Also last year, the water group and established the Freshwater Innovation Alliance.

Future Steps
Now, we look to the future, and we hope youll join us. To better focus our vision moving toward the Year of Water in 2015, the Water Sustainability Council will reconvene shortly after this year's summit. We will meet TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 from 5 to 7. We want your ideas to help us set our goals and bring our message of clean water and sustainability to Northeast Ohio. Check for our flyer and RSVP at or

Kellie Rotunno Director of Engineering & Construction Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (216) 881-6600


Tunnel Vision Hoops

Mission & Vision
To improve the lives of farmers, families, and communities by providing products and services that support, develop, and encourage local food systems. Vision: A food system that supports individuals, families, and communities in their pursuit for purpose, meaning, and happiness.

What is at stake?
The current lack of skill and knowledge in food production and preparation in our culture is more profound than any previous generation in human history since the invention of agriculture; the result is a population that relies almost completely on other people, often in distant places, to grow, process, and deliver food to their neighborhoods. Increasing our capacity to produce food year round, and near to where we live, isn't just a helpful way to utilize vacant property and underutilized farm land, it is vital to building food secure communities. It also makes economic sense. 97 cents out of every food dollar leaves the State of Ohio, and 16 to 20% of that leaves the country. Producing food locally creates jobs in food production and processing. Growing food throughout the winter gives local farmers the opportunity to generate income every season of the year. This hopefully allows farmers to improve their well being, re-circulate money in the local economy, and lead happier less stressful lives.

Progress & Successes

Since last year's summit, Tunnel Vision Hoops has designed, manufactured, and installed hoop houses, greenhouse benches, and other agricultural aids at private and publicly funding farms throughout Northeast, Ohio. To date we have installed 14 hoop house systems, retro-fitted hoop houses, and installed greenhouse benches that aid in local food production. We have also made a point to participate in speaking engagements whenever possible, and have had the opportunity to speak at Akron and Youngstown's Market Gardener Training Program educating attendees on year round growing. Our work has been facilitated by our incubator group, LaunchHouse, that provides office and manufacturing space for TVH. LaunchHouse is located in Shaker Heights, OH.

Future Steps
We have developed our backyard greenhouse and will be promoting it in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History throughout the next 15 months. We will continue offering hoop house installation services for farmers, gardeners, and home owners Within a few months we will begin publicly offering all of our hoop houses in DIY kits We will launch a new website that offers our products and services to a wider audience

Key Contact
Todd Alexander -


Sustainable Design, Materials and Manufacturing


Cleveland Early College High School E Club

Purpose The Cleveland Early College High School E Club aims to eventually grow healthy, organically grown produce to replace the processed foods in the school cafeteria by the year 2019. Successes The high school students broke ground and planted their school garden this year with the help of OSU Extension and the Summer Sprout program. The students planted greens, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and much more. Future Steps The students would like to continue to expand their garden and to start introducing their harvests into the school cafeteria. How to Get Involved The E Club would like to engage partners from University Circle to help them expand their garden and to reach their 2019 goals. For more information, contact the Early College High School.


Collective Upcycle is a roaming boutique that pops up in empty retail spaces in Cleveland (specifically in Cleveland neighborhoods) for a limited amount of time. Our purpose is to: Build economy and community among local artists who specifically reuse/reclaim/repurpose materials in their artwork. Elevate the act of reusing (the kid brother of recycling can get hidden in recyclings shadow) and especially creative reuse; the act of transforming leftover/waste materials into something original that adds value to the leftover material (also known as upcycling).

What is at stake/why is this important?

We live in a synthetic world. Homemade, local, and repurposed materials are more important than ever. They reduce landfill/waste, they give us context, they inspire us, they demonstrate that buying new does not need to be default, and they support artists that live right here in this region.

Progress and activities since last years summit

After last years summit, Trish Supples & Nicole McGee partnered together to accept an offer that came right here at the Summit by Rev. Tracey Lind of Trinity Cathedral to utilize an empty storefront in Trinity Commons for selling art. Trish & Nicole created a locally-flavored holiday pop-up gift shop that was a whopping success. The second iteration of the pop-up fell under McGees leadership and changed its name to emphasize its commitment to reused/upcycled materials. Collective Upcycle popped up for 20 days in Detroit-Shoreways Gordon Square Arts District in June and further demonstrated that this is a business model with a following. It featured thirty artists who reuse materials (glass, paper, fabric, wire, wood, yarn, vinyl flooring, bike chain, and more). We have since developed a shop-keeping leadership team, created a lovely logo that you see here, and started an email list of supporters who promise to follow us wherever we pop up. Its pretty exciting work and we welcome new artists who reuse materials to send us an email and introduce themselves.

Your future steps

Next up: Collective Upcycle holiday shop. Stay tuned for what neighborhood we select, when we open, and a list of additional artists and their reuse medium at

Key Contact

Link to Creative Brief:


Advanced Energy Generation

Expand the regional green economy by developing synergies with regional clean energy businesses, public sector, nonprofits and academia, and to promote and advance sustainable energy generation.

We are focusing on the best that Cleveland has to offer in order to develop a Center of Excellence for Clean Energy Production and Research to fill a local and global need: Ohio may have more solar potential than Germany Ohio is 2nd nationally in solar energy industry manufacturing Ohio is recognized internationally as the "Fuel Cell Corridor" NEO is a center for fuel cell research Energy consortiums such as PVIC, OFCC, UCEAO, energy institutes, and NASA Ohio is home to 21,250 manufacturing operations, with Cleveland ranked #10 Ohio leads the nation in general-purpose machinery production, and is #2 in metalworking machinery production 160,000 organizations, with hundreds of them renewable power-related

Member Successes
Bold Alternatives has installed more than 300kW of Solar systems here in NE Ohio Dovetail Solar & Wind installed over 1MW of Solar systems in Ohio, along with a couple of 2.4kW Wind systems, including at Tri-C East. Parker Hannifin had developed a prototype Vehicle Energy Recovery System, using hybrid hydraulic technology to improve fuel efficiency, with results of up to 70% improvement in MPG on delivery vehicles and refuse trucks. Parkers Energy Recovery System has now moved into extensive field testing, and it is doing very well. It is also in commercial application in another form in Texas. The Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District has shown the regionalism approach to assisting in financing energy projects in Greater Cleveland. In the first true collaborative effort between the City of Cleveland and First Suburb communities, the Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District (AED) was established in 2010. The AED is a type of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program that will finance the purchase and installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on commercial and industrial properties in Northeast Ohio. AEG Members: Over 150 regional renewable power-related companies, academic energy institutes (including Case), sustainable business leaders, NASA, LEEDCo, City, County, utilities, CSN, Nortech, and nonprofits.

Future Steps
The AEG will focus on the following projects: Hydrogen fuel/power from Lake Erie water (target: hydro-

gen station); Policies that promote renewable; and additional projects such as Architecture 2030 projects, City of Cleveland Advanced Energy Special Improvement Districts support and Community power: Spring Road Landfill solar, Bratenahl, other. Co-Leads: Linda Sekura, & Stefanie Spear,

Leveraging leaders at all levels in a city-wide well-being initiative helping Clevelanders learn how to think differently (flexibly, positively, expansively) using positive psychology, the science of success and happiness.

What is at stake/why is this important?

Building SOcial and eMOtional capacity within Clevelanders will help this town collaborate and innovate -- showing the world something big about consciousness and transformation. It all start's with an individual's decision to do the mental calisthenics it takes to build a psychological muscle around positivity (It's not that you either have it or you don't.)

Progress and Successes

We have run 60 Learning Labs all around town, reaching 1,000 Clevelanders - in businesses, schools, community groups, parks, living rooms -- giving people snippets of positive psychology and a call-toaction to become change agents within their social networks.

Future Steps
To continue developing a (r)evolutionary business model which bakes SOMO into existing organizations and projects around town as an essential ingredient: taking what's good and making it better by adding some scientifically-proven tools and techniques towards flourishing.

Louis Alloro ( & Adele DiMarco-Kious (

Vital Neighborhoods

The mission of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Vital Neighborhoods working group is to cultivate sustainable neighborhoods of choice where residents are engaged, empowered, enlightened, resilient and self-reliant.

Whats at Stake?
In order for sustainability to be successful, people have to join together and everyone has to make a contribution. Sustainability has to be inclusive and this working group strives to reach as many people as possible in all Clevelands neighborhoods at all socio-economic levels.

Accomplishments and Successes In 2011, Vital Neighborhoods is piloting a residential sustainability challenge. As part of 2011, the Year of Energy Efficiency, the working group will offer a residential energy efficiency challenge to encourage individual action at the household level as well as to create an opportunity for neighbors to work together on the block club level to make their community more efficient. In October, the Green Your Block Energy Efficiency Challenge will begin by recruiting participants in block clubs citywide. The desired outcomes are that residents learn the importance of energy efficiency and will take action to reduce household energy consumption by changing incandescent bulbs to CFLs, installing a programmable thermostat and by installing a low flow showerhead. Future
During each Celebration Year leading up to 2019, the Vital Neighborhoods Working group intends to issue a call to action to residents and neighborhoods to take actions to be more sustainable that are aligned with that years focus. If you are a concerned resident, or work with the community, consider getting involved!

Contact Fred Collier,


Engage 1.6 Million

To engage the entire population of Cleveland and its surrounding communities in the SC2019 effort.

What is at stake/why is this important?

In order to be successful, SC2019 must include the whole population. The people who live and work in Cleveland need to feel like SC2019 is meaningful to their lives and they need to feel like their voice is relevant and important to the initiative.

Progress & Activities

In order to fully engage individuals and organizations need identify their own interests and priorities and need to have the means to act upon those. We want them to become nodes for the transmission of ideas and action in both directions between their local group and the larger, more formal Sustainable Cleveland project. To do this they need ways to explore and define what sustainability means for them and how the themes of the Celebration Years are applicable in the most local sense, and they need to be able communicate their concerns to the larger community. We seek ways to bring the general population into the sustainability movement by listening to their needs and helping them to identify what sustainability means to them, and we urge the other work groups of SC2019 to keep community engagement in mind as they go forward. We have drafted an Engaging Sustainability Toolkit to be used by organizations and community groups to identify needs, concerns, and actions on the local level. It includes strategies from Appreciate Inquiry, Community Based Social Marketing, and community organizing, as well as action ideas and resource guides.

Future Steps
We would like to bring in more engaged thinkers to contribute insight and expertise to the toolkit and to consult with groups who need help implementing it. If you are interested, please contact us! We seek to partner with other SC2019 workgroups to bring our eye for engagement to their work.

Toni Thayer Nancy King Smith


Green Dots

Mission and Vision

Green Dots wants to help Cleveland residents connect the dots to opportunities for education, training, and employment so that they can save money and make money in the new sustainable economy.

What is at stake/why is this important?

Sustainable Cleveland will not be sustainable if the benefits of the new green economy do not reach the residents of Clevelands neighborhoods.

Progress and activities since last years summit

held monthly meetings in Cleveland neighborhoods; made the decision to focus our initial efforts in the Buckeye-Woodland-Shaker Square area collaborated with Cleveland Public Power to distribute information about energy efficiency and pass out energy efficient light bulbs at three community events at Cleveland schools; partnered with Buckeye Area Development Corporation to inform residents about opportunities to receive free rain barrels and compost bin hosted presentations about ZeroLandfill, Cleveland Botanical Gardens Buckeye Learning Farm, MetroHealths Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative, the Rice Branch Librarys Learning Garden and the Buckeye Area Development Corporations sustainability initiatives. created a Sustainability Table at the Rice Branch Library featuring an actual rain barrel on display as well as brochures and other educational material from Cleveland Public Power, Buckeye Area Development Corporation, GoodCents, Buckeye Learning Farm, and the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability facilitated a connection between participants in the Buckeye Area Development Corporations (BADC) Summer Youth Workforce Program and Marvetta Rutherford, who enlisted the youths participation in the creation of the Rice Branch Library Learning Garden and the Imperial Memorial Peace Garden; made additional efforts to connect with neighborhood youths by hosting representatives from the Network for Neighborhood Success and the Youth/Next Generation working group of SC 2019.

Your future steps

We will continue to pilot our work in the Buckeye-Woodland-Shaker Square area and to build partnerships with other organizations that can offer sustainability resources to the residents in our pilot area. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with any other working groups that are interested in making sure that the benefits of Sustainable Cleveland reach Cleveland residents.

Key Contact
Kevin Kay (216) 367-2234


Community Kitchen Incubator

Vision and Purpose

Working with Ohio City Incorporated to fill the much need gap in the local food economy and establishing local food infrastructure by establishing a shared, licensed kitchen incubator as part of the Ohio City Fresh Food Collaborative Initiative. This facility would provide entrepreneurs with a place to process & package their crops and value-added products and receive business supportive services and food and small business education curriculum provided by Tri-C Community College.

In summer of 2011, Ohio City Incorporated received the final feasibility study for the Ohio City Community Food Incubator (OCKFI) and will continue to focus on a specific site for this project. Ideally, the facility could open in a permanent home in 12-24 months and a temporary home within 6-12 months. Securing a building and funding will be the groups critical next steps. Pre-development funding has been secured to move forward on evaluating the potential to renovate and existing building in Ohio City.

By 2019, the Community Food Incubator will be in its 5th year of operation and be financial stable.

How can other people get involved? What will accelerate your success?
Others can assist by engaging potential tenants and collecting necessary data to ensure prospective tenant would be able to occupy OCCFI. Outreach and participant in a discussion to determine management team and structure. Community support and funding will allow this project to continue on a path to open within 12 24 months.


Green Building Working Group

The Green Building Working Group represents over 20 civic, non-profit and private organizations. Mission: create new opportunities for green living wage jobs, provide real savings and healthy environments in homes and businesses and provide a tangible positive environmental effect in furthering a Green City on a Blue Lake Goal: retrofit 25% of the regions building stock and achieve 20% reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by expanding green building resources and expertise and advocating for green building and energy efficiency commitments.

What is at stake?

Our environment: Buildings account for nearly half of the countrys energy consumption and CO2 emissions annually Our economic future: Green construction is expected to support 8m jobs between 2009 and 2013 Our health: Indoor air quality can have 2 to 5 times more pollutants than outdoor air yet we spend 90% of our time indoors Social equity: Low-income households pay 4 times as much of their monthly income on utilities as does an average U.S. household Our community: Our region has underutilized building stock that can be retrofitted to revitalize our region and reduce our carbon footprint

Building Performance Link Map of Green Buildings

Progress and Activities

Year One: Advocacy for stronger state building codes and the inception of the Northeast Ohio Regional Energy Alliance Year Two: Support for the Cleveland Green Building Standard, advocacy and education resulting in outreach to the first suburbs, the formation of the Emerald Cities Cleveland Council, and the creation of the BP Link tool to help educate and grow market understanding

Future Steps

Invite over 30 organizations to help launch the BP Link with their energy, water, waste data and stories Further our outreach to the first suburbs and advocacy statewide Move forward on implementation of Energy $aver program and create residential market rate retrofit demonstration in one of the inner ring suburbs Emerald Cities Cleveland is working to gain support from Cleveland's anchor institutions for President Barack Obamas Better Building Initiative (BBI), and is encouraging municipalities within the county to join the effort as well. BBI seeks to make commercial buildings in the U.S. 20 percent more energy efficient during the next ten years and includes a $100 million Race to Green competition for state and local governments.

For more information contact Michele Kilroy at 30

Year-Round Food Production

Community Greenhouse Partners Rendering

Mission and Vision

We eat 365 days a year, so we should grow food locally 365 days a year. Year-round local food productions makes farming more economically feasible for farmers and easier for citizens of Greater Cleveland. Successes

What is at Stake?
Urban Agriculture/Local Food is an economically viable, socially just, job creating engine that has the potential to improve nutrition and reduce many health care expenditures created by an unhealthy industrialized food system. Urban Agriculture/Local Food can help Northeastern Ohio eliminate food deserts and malnutrition, as well as, improve the quality of life throughout our cities and beyond.

Future Projects
There are numerous projects happening in Cleveland to extend the growing season that incorporate hoop houses, greenhouses, indoor hydroponics and aquaponics among other exciting initiatives.

How to get involved

Volunteer, donate materials, fund an initiative or start your own project.

Key contact
Tim Smith:


Labs for Advanced Energy Commercialization

Purpose or Mission Enhance Commercialization of Advanced Energy in Northeast Ohio

What is at Stake? Improving the visibility of the regions advanced energy research labs and targeted networking activities can increase the volume and productivity of advanced energy commercialization.

Activities and Progress Built a prototype website

Future Steps Build and launch the website, develop ongoing website content, and host networkdevelopment activities to promote Advanced Energy commercialization



To develop SECUR (Social Entrepreneurship Creating Urban Revitalization), an online platform connecting citizens interested in investing in Cleveland to opportunities to invest in socially and environmentally responsible Cleveland businesses.

Progress and Activities

The group has conducted a feasibility study to determine the unique risks involved in micro investments in the urban core. They have reached out to the financial industry and the technology community to inform their strategy. SECURs plan will allow citizens to make micro-investments in local social ventures in the urban core. These investments will be transferred to financial partners who will make loans or grants to qualifying businesses. The group has determined that financial education is a key component to the success of their aims. SECUR has met regularly to create the business model and organizational structure of the organization in order to create marketing material for committee member recruitment; the organizational structure; the creation of a SECUR catalogue and completion of the business plan.

Future Steps
Finalize organizational structure and recruit committee members. Create a Micro-finance enterprise in an online . Take the plan from paper to reality with the help of investors in order to grow green enterprises in Cleveland.

Sudhir Raghupathy, Stephanie Howse,

To help businesses and organizations discover the economic, environmental and social benefits of waste reduction practices

Zero waste - there is no garbage. There are no landfills. There is no "away". All materials remain part of a closed loop system. In nature, nothing is wasted. Material from one organism becomes food for other organisms, maintaining the closed loop system. By mimicking the natural world, we identify new opportunities for triple bottom line success. Waste is a cost - costs to handle, dispose of, and mitigate future risks. Not to mention the fact that you bought something that you are throwing away. However, looking at waste as an unsold by-product, as a potential raw material for another business inspires innovation. Designing for the life-cycle of products (cradle to cradle) instead of cradle to grave linear design creates new business opportunities for those with an eye to see the possibilities. Waste is a business opportunity.

32 local businesses and institutions have pledged to move toward zero waste in their operations, and additional organizations are participating in our workshops and learning programs to develop realistic goals toward significant waste reduction.

Future Steps
Moving forward, we are encouraging more businesses and organizations to declare a zero waste intent supported by a sound strategy that will reduce their waste stream. In 2019, we envision at least 1,000 Northeast Ohio organizations committed to zero waste or significant waste reduction in their operations.

How to get involved

Consider joining the Zero Waste NEO Network, a growing network of leaders from all sectors who are interested in the value and benefits of zero waste business strategies. Zero Waste efforts inspire innovations that lead to cost savings, revenue opportunities, and reduced environmental and societal impacts- all important characteristics of a sustainable economy. Additionally, the Zero Waste Core Team is always open to new members that can help to advance our regional waste reduction efforts. Visit the zero waste practitioner online community at


Vacant Land Group 2011

The vision of the 2019 ReImagining Cleveland Vacant Land group is to form an Emerald Tapestry that connects all neighborhoods with green space, biking/walking paths and clean waterways. Our goal is for every acre of vacant land to be brought back into productive use to capture stormwater, grow healthy food and re-connect Clevelanders with their natural environment.

What is at Stake?
The reutilization of vacant land in the City of Cleveland and the region provides numerous opportunities for revitalization: urban agriculture, energy generation, economic development, stormwater control, neighborhood stabilization, and greenspace creation. The reuse of vacant land is both an economic development driver and vehicle for creating neighborhoods that retain and attract diverse residents.

The most significant sign of progress is the growing consortium of non-profits, public agencies, City of Cleveland municipal departments and grassroots community leaders that have joined together to offer funding, programs and technical support to the City-wide vacant land reuse agenda. Over the past several years the vacant land reuse agenda has celebrated much success.

Many of our members have participated in the ReImagining Cleveland Coordinating Committee, the NEORSD Green Infrastructure Community Advisory Committee and have served in the Citys 8 Vacant Land Working Groups. National press coverage of ReImagining Cleveland in print, radio and television 52 new grassroots gardens and parks have been created throughout Cleveland as part of the Reimagining Cleveland Vacant Land Reuse Pilot Grant Program Outreach and design underway for large scale vacant land reuse projects Nationally recognized policy changes from the City of Cleveland making it easier for people to access vacant land and water for community greenspace and agriculture projects 2011 kick-off of Reimagining Cleveland Round 2 which is focusing on stabilizing our neighborhoods by using vacant land for yard expansions and to create strategic greenspaces The 2011 first annual Cleveland Garden Walk featured 45 ReImagining Cleveland gardens throughout the City

Future Steps
The Reimagining Cleveland Coordinating Committee will work to grow the vacant land reuse movement by supporting grassroots community groups and individuals as they reclaim vacant land in their neighborhoods planting gardens, building parks and restoring our watershed. The consortium will continue to advocate for policy change that makes reusing vacant land easy and accessible for all. They will continue to offer workshops and technical assistance for Clevelanders ready to create change in their neighborhoods.

More Information
To find out whats happening in your neighborhood, read and hear local success stories, and find out how you can get involved visit


Drink Local. Drink Tap.

The Mission
"Our mission is to create societal change at the level of the individual through education and the arts to reconnect people to local water around the globe."

EVERY drop in the bucket counts. YOU can be a WAVEMAKER!

Drink Tap. Kick the bottled water habit. Learn more by watching our video on the home page of our website. Volunteer. Make a commitment to do something BIG. Volunteer at a beach cleanup, start your own, or clean up the streets near your workplace, school, or neighborhood. We all live downstream! Invite Drink Local Drink Tap to your school, business, or community group. We can help you become WAVEMAKERS with us and share our adventures and experience in Africa! Our partner, Katie Spotz may even be able to join in the fun! GIVE BACK. Schools, businesses, and community groups can sponsor or get creative in fundraising to help others get access to safe drinking water. Download our WAVEMAKER kits for schools: RELEASING FALL 2011! Donate direct to help support our annual work to reconnect people to water near and far!

Drink Local. Drink Tap. hosts the World Water Day Celebrations ANNUALLY in Cleveland (since 2010) DLDT is 501c3 through The IAP ( DLDT has annual Platinum sponsors: Affinity Consultants DLDT is on their 2nd film production with a third film in the works DLDT went to Africa for 30 days in 2011 DLDT has GLOBAL and LOCAL partners

DLDT is looking for committed volunteers, corporate sponsors, and strong partners to continue our work locally and globally.
(Pictured: Director of DLDT, Erin Huber in Mulajji Village, Uganda-Africa July 2011; Kibera Slum, Nairobi July 2011; Stokes Central School World Water Day work with DLDT Spring 2011) Photos by: Elbee Studio and Erin Huber


Sustainable Business and Business Incubators

Our Sustainable Cleveland 2019 group, Sustainable Business and Business Incubators, has made significant strides since ramping up efforts at last year's SC2019 summit. Under the dedicated leadership of Vicki Poole ( a committed core group of volunteers have worked hard to develop, define, and manifest our core mission: Advancing an inclusive place that generates opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship, where individuals and organizations are empowered through meaningful engagement, collaboration and education for sustainable living and enterprise. Key progress items since last year's summit have included clearly defining our mission, vision and values, laying out key organizational roles and tasks, growing our volunteer base, attracting five new businesses (Biodynamicz, ,Fra Angelica, Encore, Mixed Greens, and The Manufacturing Mart ) to the Galleria at Erieview, home to Gardens Under Glass Resource Educational Center. EcoTuesday, a networking forum for sustainable business leaders, has found its home in the Resource Center every Fourth Tuesday. We have engaged many diverse community stakeholders to raise awareness and add new value to our work. We have been featured in many media sources globally and locally - most recently CBC Magazine. Future steps include development of new programming and curriculum, scaling up our indoor food production to supply more vendors and continue to drive revenue, developing a green food court, and helping new entrepreneurs implement sustainable practices. This is all very important for the attraction and support of sustainable businesses and Cleveland's economic development through an inclusive and collaborative approach. One of our most important needs at present is finding committed and passionate volunteers that share the good values and intentions of our existing core team. We offer a unique opportunity for these special folks to learn invaluable skills while serving in important roles of responsibility to help drive our mission to stimulate a sustainable Cleveland economy by providing optimal support for grassroots entrepreneurial ventures. Come join us!

Cleveland 2030 District

Create sustainable districts in the Cleveland region where all new buildings and major renovations shall be designed to meet an energy consumption performance standard of 80% below the regional average for that building type in 2019, with the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutral and net zero energy buildings by the year 2030.

What it at stake?
Energy consumption is measured in Quads (quadrillion BTUs). One Quad equals the delivered energy of 40 1000megawatt power plants (i.e. 40 large nuclear power plants), or approximately 75 500-megawatt conventional coal plants. The U.S. currently uses approximately 100 Quads of energy annually. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that, over the next 25 years, U.S. energy consumption will increase by 34 Quads (34%). The world (including the U.S.) uses approximately 400 Quads of energy annually. EIA projects that, over the next 25 years, world energy consumption will increase by 276 Quads (62%). In an environment where global fossil fuel reserves are dwindling and the remaining large reserves are concentrated in just a handful of countries, it is a national imperative that we apply our intellectual and financial capital toward hyper-efficient building practices and alternative energy generation strategies in the interest of political and economic security. We have the knowledge and the tools (and as a consumer of approximately 1/4 of the worlds energy, the responsibility) to meet this challenge and rapidly transform the way we create buildings. The only thing on which we currently fall short is the will to make it happen. We believe the people of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have a unique opportunity to rebuild the regional economy while becoming leaders in the growing national movement toward sustainable building practices.

Our major accomplishment to date is a partnership with Architecture 2030 a national movement to accelerate energy conservation and reduction in carbon emissions in the building sector. We have identified four distinct areas within Greater Cleveland where we hope to create sustainable building districts:

Downtown Cleveland University Circle 271 Corridor Rockside Road


Key Contacts
Scott Colosimo, Cleveland CycleWerks Kathleen Dorsey, Haley & Aldrich (Vice Chair)

Jenita McGowan, City of Cleveland Linda Sekura, NASA Contractor

Margaret Hewitt, Hewitt Consulting Patrick Manfroni, Panzica Construction Jon Reidy, studioTECHNE|architects (Secretary) Don Rerko, ka Architecture (Chair) John Selby, NASA David Simons, LEED Professional/Activist Bill Splete, Tech Built Structural Insulated Panels Laura Steinbrink, Humanitys Loom


Sustainable Transportation Action Team

To inspire and galvanize community support and investment in actions that create a sustainable transportation system.


Mode Share/Shift Access Emissions reductions (CO2, NOX, etc.) Community health Amount of dollars spent/share of dollars spent Transportation spending as a percentage of household (CNT)

The purpose of the Sustainable Transportation Action Team (STAT) 2019 is to create a city-wide transportation system where non-motorized modes are on equal footing with car-based travel in terms of cost, efficiency, trip-time, and energy consumption. Ideally, we will strive to create an integrated system where any citizen, regardless of age, income, or ability, can seamlessly choose mode combinations (bike, walk, bus, rail, car/bike share) for any trip, whether for business or pleasure.


Significantly improved receptivity to bike and ped accommodations by ODOT Abbey Rd. & Lorain Carnegie enhancements Completed Downtown Bike Station (Bike Rack) Complete & Green Streets Ordinance

Vision for the Future

A public transportation system seamlessly integrated with car and bicycle sharing systems to offer true real time information to customers Towpath Trail fully realized as a north-south spine with spurs to connect to adjacent neighborhoods Completion of 50 miles of on-street bicycle highways to stitch together Clevelands neighborhoods and provide connections to suburbs

Get Involved
STAT2019 meetings are generally held bi-monthly, at a downtown location. Visit for more information.


SC2019 Stewardship Council

Harriett Applegate, Executive Secretary, North Shore AFL-CIO Rebecca Bagley, Executive Director, Nortech David Beach, Executive Director, Green City Blue Lake Institute Ronald Berkman, President , Cleveland State University Aparna Bole, Sustainability Manager, University Hospitals Paul Clark, Regional President-Northern Ohio, PNC Bank John Colm, Executive Director, WIRE-NET Toby Cosgrove, President / CEO, The Cleveland Clinic Mike Dungan, Interim Executive Director, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability Margie Flynn, Principle, Brown Flynn Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District Randy Korach, President, RPM John Lawyer, Associate Vice President, Campus Planning & Facilities, Case Western Reserve University The Very Rev. Tracey Lind., Dean of Trinity Cathedral Mark McDermott, V.P., Ohio Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners David Nash, Founder, Corporate Sustainability Network Joe Roman , Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Partnership Baiju Shah, President, BioEnterprise Kevin Snape, Vice President of Sustainability, Cuyahoga County Community College Mark Sniderman, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Barbara Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University Loree Soggs, Building Trades Council Steve Standley, Chief Administrative Officer, University Hospitals Morgan Taggart, OSU Extension and Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition Convener Eddie Taylor, President/CEO, Integrated Consulting Jerry Sue Thornton , President, Cuyahoga Community College Christina Vernon, Sr. Director, Sustainability & Environmental Strategy, The Cleveland Clinic Tomas Zenty, President / CEO, University Hospitals Ann Zoller, Executive Director, Parkworks


2011 Summit Design Team

The SC2019 Summit begins with a design team, consisting of representatives from SC2019 working groups, external AI professionals and a cross section of other stakeholders. The 2011 Design Team created the format for the working group spotlight, targeted outreach to broaden summit participation, planned and implemented the SC2019 Orientation and created the sector mix targets. Thank you to the individuals who volunteered their time to make this years summit a success!

Louis Alloro Jeffrey Anderle Trisha Brown Mark Chupp Gary Conkol Herb Crowther Rachel Downey Ifeoma Ezepue Gwen Forte Dorcus Johnson Adele DiMarco Kious A. De'Angelo Knuckles Rick Krivanka George Lenzer

Susan Nelson Matthew Pietro Sudhir Raghupathy Jon J. Reidy Rockette Richardson Teju Sanusi David Simons Kalita Smith Andrew Smyser Robert Stockham Morgan Taggart Deidra Walton James B Wilson


Energy Efficiency Celebration Committee

Diane Coleman Herb Crowther Rachel Downey Paul Ettorre Joyce Burke Jones Aaron D Knuckles Marc Lefkowitz Mark McDermott Mandy Metcalf Anand Natarajan Sue Nelson Karen Ormiston Jennifer Parker David Simons Kareemah Williams

Local Food Celebration Committee

Brittany Barski Kate Bosche Joe Cimperman Amanda Dempsey Ifeoma Ezpeue Joyce Hairston Barbra Lewis Peter McDermott Leah Santusuosso Ashlew Shaw Maurice Small Karen Small Morgan Taggart


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