Sustainability + Environment

Global Shapers’ Kwame Botchway named as a delegate at World Economic Forum
Kwame Botchway will represent Global Shapers Cleveland Hub later this month in Switzerland as a delegate to the 2022 World Economic Forum.
How the distributive leadership model gets more done for environmental justice
Black Environmental Leaders Association and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub have seemed to figure out a way to get more done with fewer people—approaching the work from a distributive leadership model—where everyone is a leader in the fight for environmental justice. Meet five of those leaders and their motivations behind the work they do.
 
Watering the world: Drink Local Drink Tap celebrates World Water Day on March 22
To recognize World Water Day, Drink Local Drink Tap is hosting a virtual event focused on this year's groundwater theme. 
Landing a reboot: CycleWerks co-founder transitions into launching a new e-bike breed
Scott Colosimo launched his e-bike career with Cleveland CycleWerks in 2009, but now he's on to bigger and better things with the LAND District—a new business and a new generation of transitional vehicles. 
Two local organizations partner to preserve 29-acre endangered species habitat in Ashtabula County
After an 18-year effort to acquire 29 acres in Ashtabula County, the Museum of Natural History and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy collaborated to acquired the property that is home to many at-risk wildlife species. 
Black Environmental Leaders and Global Shapers collaborate to fight environmental injustices
The Black Environmental Leaders Association (BEL) and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub, have partnered to advance environmental justice in some very intentional and unique ways.
All aboard! RTA launches new high-tech, low emissions HealthLine bus fleet today
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is introducing 16 new environmentally-friendly passenger and buses with the latest in tehcnologies along the HealthLine.
Cool beans: Cafilia keeps it local by serving up coffee subscriptions
Aleksandra Brankov is all about supporting local business, and she loves her Northeast Ohio coffee shops and cafes. So, she developed her subscription-based coffee company, Cafilia, so customers can bring in their reusable travel mugs and get their locally-brewed cups of joe with no cash involved. 
Reforestation run: Holden Forests & Gardens wraps up a busy season of planting trees
In February, Holden Forests & Gardens launched the People for Trees campaign with the goal of planting 15,000 trees by 2025 to save Northeast Ohio’s dwindling tree canopy. As planting season comes to a close, Holden is on the fast track to reaching that goal.
These trees grow in CLE: Groups record, track remaining pre-1796 Moses Cleaveland trees
Only about 70 of the 273 known Moses Cleaveland trees recorded in the city remain—including tulips, sycamores, beeches, several kinds of oaks, a hickory, and a silver maple. Tree advocates working to restore our tree canopy are using the remaining Moses Cleaveland trees to inspire residents to plant their own tree legacies.  
Go Green! Recycle your technology devices to save the gorillas on World Gorilla Day
This coming Friday, Sep. 24 is World Gorilla Day, so MCPc and the Metroparks Zoo are teaming up to encourage people to come to the zoo and drop off their unused electronics to save the gorillas.
Only the Freshest: Fresh Fest returns for second year of multicultural fun, music, activities
Fresh Fest Cleveland returns to Rid-All Farm and Otter Park this month, with a free multicultural festival that includes a farmers market, art installations, hands-on activities and workshops, food and drinks, art vendors, health and wellness activities, and a kids zone filled with fun for the whole family. 
Editorial: Green city on a brown lake? Let’s pour our relief funds into our natural resources
Brittney Hooper shares her thoughts on Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, and the history of environmental efforts to preserve our assets.  
A natural connection: Cleveland nonprofit prepares students for future environmental careers
Expanding on Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Outside initiative, local nonprofit Organic Connects partners with the Cleveland Metroparks to help urban youth connect to nature.
What you need to know about Cleveland’s new opt-in recycling program
After a year-and-a-half hiatus, curbside recycling is coming back to  Cleveland and residents have until October to opt in to the program.
 
HELP is planting the seed for a hydroponic greenhouse in downtown Euclid
Euclid's HELP Harvest Greenhouse will teach life and employment skills by providing both paid employment and on-the-job training in growing hydroponic crops and fresh produce.
River Rally: Canalway Partners to celebrate Cuyahoga River this weekend
Canalway Partners is celebrating the progress of the Cuyahoga River and the recreational lifestyle that clean water provides with the Cuyahoga River Rally this weekend. 
eNEO2050: NOACA to discuss its transportation and infrastructure plan for an equitable future
NOACA will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss the draft of its eNEO2050 plan—which aligns future transportation and environmental planning initiatives with a focus on equitable access in land use, housing, jobs, health, and economics.
 
Cuyahoga County Healthy Tree Canopy program awards funds for more than 4,000 trees
Cuyahoga County will invest $950,000 into the region’s tree canopy by funding 25 tree projects funding its Healthy Tree Canopy Grant Program.
Environmental injustice: Exploring the practices that fuel health and wealth hardships
The Cleveland Bar Association recently hosted a panel discussion examining the historic and continued environmental justice concerns that have fueled ongoing health and wealth impacts in city neighborhoods.