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The City of Cleveland launched a 10-year initiative in 2009 to transform itself into a "Green City on a Blue Lake." With the goal of making the region attractive to young professionals, this administration seeks at every turn to reduce carbon emissions, expand green spaces, increase bike access, and improve the health and wellbeing of its residents -- all while fostering sustainable economic growth. 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.


Chris Bond, Farm Horticulturist at CWRU Squire Valleevue Farm empties the waste brought in for composting

Giving food scraps a new purpose

The concept of saving compostable food from landfills, and instead putting it to good use, is a notion that is starting to catch on in Northeast Ohio.

The Cleveland Tree Plan

Replanting the Forest City

Cleveland's tree canopy has declined significantly since it was dubbed The Forest City in the 1820s. Slowly, but surely, area activists are working to once again bring the city true to its nickname.

The Cuyahoga

Metroparks, partners quietly exalt and nurture the fragile Cuyahoga

The Cuyahoga River's watershed extends south to Stark County. While the infamous fire of 1969 has faded, the river is still troubled, but efforts both natural and beautiful are underway to turn the tide.

The Eastside Greenway Project

Eastside Greenway envisions future connections

The ambitious Eastside Greenway project will take years to accomplish, but leaders are taking small steps to connect Cleveland's eastern suburbs through trails and corridors.

The Year of Clean Water Kickoff held on January 23rd, 2015

Social entrepreneurs making waves in Northeast Ohio

Now in its seventh year, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 held its annual summit this week with the Year of Water. These social innovators are taking the theme seriously.
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Green Founders

jeff battershell

jeff battershell

City: Lakewood
Meet Jeff Battershell, founder of Keepin’ it Fresh, an embroidered product company that focuses on water conservation and the brewery industry.
ann king

ann king

City: AsiaTown/St. Clair Superior
Meet Ann King, founder of BORROW Rentals, a custom rental house for unique furniture and accessories in Cleveland with four employees. 
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.
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