Cleveland's Not Sustainable? Not So Fast

Despite claims that Cleveland, Ohio, doesn't care about sustainability, the city is actually pressing hard in this department. At the recent EcoDistricts Summit, Future Cities spoke with Jenita McGowan, Cleveland's Chief of Sustainability, about the city's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, and how Cleveland is encouraging the community to get involved with sustainability efforts.
Monday, December 23, 2013 08:00 EST | 8
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12/27/2013 1:13:02 AM
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Re: Cleveland's Sustainability Story
Exactly, Mary. I think some people have this perception that processing such data will require such huge investments, that they give up even before they get started.

12/26/2013 4:25:58 PM
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Re: Cleveland's Sustainability Story

That's the key concept here!,

If Cleveland is able to show just that, it will not only overcome what the media has typecasted it, but it'll also became an example on how to move forward towards a "greener" future.



Many countries like Taiwan are examples of getting away of such types of typecasting

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
12/23/2013 3:17:27 PM
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Definitions, please
How is it that McGowan or the City of Cleveland are defining sustainability? Zero carbon footprint? Mandatory recycling of paper, glass, and plastics? Creative re-use of refuse? Incentives for more efficient transport and energy use? Solar incentives or plans for community garden space? There are lots of ways that sustainability can be interpreted by both citizens and local businesses.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/23/2013 3:09:59 PM
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Re: Cleveland's Sustainability Story
City data there for the taking; it's up to cities to determine that they're willing to take advantage of it. IMO, it may not be as expensive an endeavor as one might think.

12/23/2013 12:29:21 PM
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Re: Cleveland's Sustainability Story
I look forward to it Nicole.  Since "data" is the new 'knowledge' I am very interested in digging deeper into the subject.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/23/2013 12:07:37 PM
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Re: Cleveland's Sustainability Story
Cool fact, piratejulie! You'll hear more from Jenita later this week or next about how Cleveland is using data to make progress with its sustainability goals.

12/23/2013 11:44:46 AM
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Cleveland's Sustainability Story
As part of Cleveland's yearly meeting on Sustainability issues, they "map" attendees.  In doing so, stakeholders are from many different areas of the city.  That strikes me as a very wise approach to "data!"

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/23/2013 10:30:36 AM
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The unexpected
Great update on a city that indeed has a bad rep for a lot of things lately -- Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame notwithstanding.

Seriously, the fact that Cleveland now has a dedicated sustainability chief is good news on its own.

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