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Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Wants You to Get Involved!

In autumn 2009, the City of Cleveland announced an ambitious plan to transform Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake in just ten years through the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative (SC2019).

Through the City’s Annual Sustainability Summits held every fall, we work to strengthen our community’s impact with new initiatives and by building new connections and strengthening old ones.  The work of building thriving and healthy neighborhoods does not happen however on just one day.  The work of Sustainable Cleveland is carried out every day of the year through the efforts of SC2019 Working Groups formed during the Summits.

We have hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations now engaged with more than 200 active volunteers working on a wide variety of initiatives.  Examples of some of the Working Groups formed are: Vital Neighborhoods, Zero Waste NEO, Forest City, Year of Clean Water, Local Food, and many more.  To learn more about the Working Groups and how you can get involved at home, at work or in your community, visit the Sustainable Cleveland website or contact Cathi Lehn, the Sustainable Cleveland Coordinator at clehn@city.cleveland.oh.us or 216-664-2421.

Please join the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability this January for two events open to everyone interested in transforming Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.  The kickoff for the SC2019 Year of Zero Waste will be held on January 10th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda.  Also, the Sustainable Cleveland quarterly meeting will be held on January 28th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Great Lakes Brewing Company.  Everyone is invited to come learn more about what’s happening in our City and how you too can get involved.

So you may ask yourself: “Why is it called Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and not Sustainable Cleveland 2020 or 2030?”

The year 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Time magazine article on the burning of the Cuyahoga River.  The City will be ready to welcome the world as it looks at Cleveland 50 years later and proudly present a Green City on a Blue Lake.

~ Submitted by Cathi Lehn, Ph.D., Sustainable Cleveland Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability


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