Cleveland 2013 Climate Action Plan : Building Thriving and Healthy Neighborhoods

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Office of Sustainability convened a 50-member Climate Action Advisory Committee with representatives of leading organizations from the commercial, industrial, educational, government, and non-profit sectors to inform and create Cleveland's Climate Action Plan (CAP). 33 actions are outlined in the plan, within 6 focus areas including: 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.

The Plan is primarily focused on mitigation, containing an overarching greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal of 80% reduction below 2010 emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 16% reduction by 2020 and 40% reduction by 2030. A number of adaptation strategies are also included in the Land Use and Clean Water, and Community Engagement and Public Health focus areas.

The Land Use and Clean Water goals are to:

  • Increase Cleveland’s population density from 4,800 to 6,000 people per square mile by 2030
  • Plant 75 new acres of trees within the City by 2020 and 150 new acres by 2030
  • Reduce effective impervious surface in the city 10% by 2030
  • Install stormwater control measures on all redevelopment projects

The Community Engagement and Public Health objectives are to:

  • Engage every Cleveland neighborhood in climate action, beginning with the two EcoDistricts and Greater University Circle
  • Demonstrate a measurable improvement in climate change resilience related to all key impacts, especially for our most vulnerable populations
  • Achieve attainment or maintenance status for all measured criteria pollutants
  • Integrate adaptation into all relevant plans at City and County levels

Building on the Climate Action Plan, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress initiated a project in 2015 to improve climate resilience in four Cleveland neighborhoods. See that report here.

Other actionable strategies include conducting climate change vulnerability assessments and integrating projected impacts into existing plans. Specifically, asset-based community development (ABCD) is recommended as a strength-based methodology for sustainable development. The key principles of ABCD are to 1) support communities to discover what their assets are, 2) to discover what they care about enough to act on and 3) discover how they can act together to achieve those goals.

The Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan (SC-MAP) also completed in October 2013 is focused specifically on municipal operations. The SC-MAP, in conjunction with the community-wide CAP, enables the City to lead by example while reaping the many known benefits of sustainability derived from increased efficiencies, reduced operating costs, and enhanced services.

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability plans to convene key stakeholders every three years to review and revise the Climate Action Plan.


Publication Date: October 2013

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  • City of Cleveland, Office of Sustainability
  • City of Cleveland, Ohio

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