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Sustainability

Photo Bob Perkoski
Photo Bob Perkoski
When Mayor Frank Jackson created the cabinet-level position Chief of Sustainability, he illustrated in very certain terms his commitment to turn Cleveland into a "Green City on a Blue Lake."

With the goal of making the region attractive to mobile professionals, this administration seeks at every turn to reduce carbon emissions, expand green spaces, increase bike access, and improve the health and well being of its residents all while fostering sustainable economic growth.

But why wait for City Hall? Numerous philanthropic and commercial enterprises are hard at work pursuing green-minded ideas. Sustainability is about more than installing CFLs; it is a way of looking at everything from food and art to architecture and transportation with an eye towards the future. Paying heed now to the triple bottom line ensures that tomorrow's generation will have the opportunity to do the same.

Initiatives like the Evergreen Cooperatives seek to create living wage jobs by leveraging the buying power of the city's largest medical, educational and cultural institutions. Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and University Hospitals alone spend over $3 billion per year on goods and services. Local farms and farmers markets are tapping into a $7 billion per year food budget that would otherwise be served by out-of-state producers.

Sustainability Features

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can't get enough of

In Cleveland’s ever-evolving social media community, there is a wide variety of contributors to the civic dialogue. We've complied a list of some of our favorite voices -- a mix of up-and-comers and seasoned vets from different corners of the web who are using their blogs, podcasts and Twitter feeds to give the city a voice.

the urban dwelling: for those building nests in the city, creativity is the theme

Creativity is a unifying theme for many who elect to make their home in the city. From an airy Tremont loft with city views to what just might be the greenest home in Cleveland, Fresh Water takes a look at some of the coolest dwellings to pop up in urban 'hoods.

what cities like cleveland can learn from memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced "lean urbanism." Cleveland should take heed.

national roundup: cincy's beer boom, cleveland's new leaders, toronto's female founders

Issue Media Group publications such as Yonge Street in Toronto, High Ground in Memphis and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

small projects, big impact: how ventures small in scale can reap big rewards

Sometimes a single effort makes a thousand-fold difference. The theory holds true across the North Coast: From one small business that transformed Cleveland's image on the international stage to a silent flock of gleaming blue birds, the 216 is home to projects that while small in scale reap big rewards.
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Sustainability Founders

bill ayars

bill ayars

City: Cleveland

Meet Bill Ayars, co-founder of Perspectus Architecture, a full-service planning and architectural design firm in Shaker Square with eight principals and 36 employees. 

alec mcclennan

alec mcclennan

City: Emerging Neighborhoods

Meet Alec McClennan, founder of Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, a Cleveland landscaping company with 25 employees.

deej lincoln

deej lincoln

City: MidTown

Meet James "Deej" Lincoln, founder of Reclaimed Cleveland, a retail and custom furnishings company in Midtown.

carlton jackson

carlton jackson

Meet Carlton Jackson, co-founder of Tunnel Vision Hoops.

tim smith

tim smith

City: MidTown

Meet Tim Smith, founder of Community Greenhouse Partners.

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