Cleveland Climate Action Plan: Building Thriving and Healthy Neighborhoods

Created: 11/24/2013 -


Taking action around climate change—reducing greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time planning for adaptation and resilience—integrates many of the sustainability initiatives we are working on in municipal government and as a community. The Cleveland Climate Action Plan is designed to build off of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Action and Resources Guide and the annual sustainability summits.

The Cleveland Climate Action Plan (CAP) contains an overarching GHG reduction goal of 80% reduction below baseline emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 16% reduction by 2020 and 40% reduction by 2030. Goals will be achieved through the implementation of the 33 actions outlined in the plan. These actions are split into 6 focus areas all with the aim of reducing Cleveland’s climate impact and preparing the City for the changing climate of the future. Goals are designed to be bold yet achievable.

Goals will be achieved through implementation of the 33 actions outlined in the plan, split into 6 focus areas:

  • Energy Efficiency and Green Building;
  • Advanced and Renewable Energy;
  • Sustainable Mobility;
  • Waste Reduction and Resource Conservation;
  • Land Use and Clean Water; and
  • Community Engagement and Public Health.

Published On


Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Reduce local climate or related change
Reduce non-climate stressors
Invest in / Enhance emergency services planning and training
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Sociopolitical Setting