We are committed to improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland by strengthening our neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing the diversity of our citizens, and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, raise a family, shop, study, play and grow old.
Office of Sustainability ￼
The Office of Sustainability was established in May 2005 to help the City save money and reduce its ecological footprint. ￼
Mission: The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability leverages Cleveland’s wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. To lead by example, the Office develops and implements policies and practices with City departments to embrace a culture of sustainability.
Vistion: The Office of Sustainability will lead and empower Cleveland to be a global leader in urban sustainable living, commerce, operations, and community.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
By instituting energy efficiency and conservation initiatives in City facilities, operations, and vehicle fleets, we are saving taxpayer money, and taking the right steps towards carbon neutrality. Through education, policies, and programs, the City empowers employees, businesses, and residents to take action to be more energy efficient.
Renewable and Advanced Energy
Renewable and alternative energy is vital to the revitalization of Cleveland’s economy. The City is becoming a leader in advanced energy generation by collaborating with public, private, and institutional leaders to develop wind, solar, waste-to-energy, and other technologies.
The City of Cleveland is committed to building green. The City has adopted a Sustainable Municipal Building Policy that requires LEED Silver certification for new construction and efficiency requirements for “fix it first” projects in existing buildings. In addition, developers that receive financial support from the City are required to adopt green building principles, while residential projects must build according to the Cleveland Green Building Standards to receive property tax abatement.
The City passed a Complete and Green Streets ordinance in September 2011 to provide safe and desirable travel for pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and motorists, while incorporating best practices in green infrastructure. Working with the Complete and Green Streets Task Force, we are developing a toolkit to effectively implement this policy.
Supporting the Local Economy
The City is leveraging its purchasing power to encourage companies to be more sustainable while boosting our local economy. The City adopted a Local and Sustainable Purchasing ordinance, which provides a 2-4% bid preference for companies that source products locally and/or are certified as a sustainable business.
Local food is a big focus for the City, which now has more than 250 community gardens and urban farms. We engage businesses, residents, schools, and social service and community development organizations to support this growing movement.
Community Health and Environment
The City understands that a strong, resilient economy requires a healthy community and environment. Tackling water quality helps sustain a dependable supply of clean, safe drinking water. And creating walkable communities also improves public health. The City is addressing these topics and others, such as stormwater, greenhouse gas management, local foods, sustainable transportation, and green space planning.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
The City saves money and natural resources by decreasing the waste generated through its own operations and within the larger city limits. This includes both residential and commercial waste reduction and recycling programs.
The Division of Waste Collection continues to expand the Mandatory Automated Waste Collection Process, reaching about 95% of households by the end of 2015. As a result, the City diverts thousands of tons of waste from the landfill each year and saves over $1 million annually through waste disposal cost avoidance and recycling.