Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan, Cleveland, Ohio

Jurisdiction Name: Cleveland
State/Province: OH
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 385,525
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: plan
Year: 2013
GFC Topic: community food connections
Keywords: compost, composting, design guidelines, economic development, economic viability, environment, environmental projects, environmental quality, environmental sustainability, organic, plan, resilient, sustainability, urban, waste
Adopting Government Department(s):

Cleveland City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Cleveland City Green Team
Support Entity(s):

Cleveland Office of Sustainability

Funding Amount: $716,572 over three years (2009-2012)
Funding Sources: United States Department of Energy (EE Conservation Block Grant Program)
Policy Outcome(s):

This plan outlines efforts to be taken by the City of Cleveland to increase the sustainability of its municipal operations in five primary areas: design, construction, and maintenance; energy; transportation; water; and materials management and purchasing. While each area has its specific goals and indicators, these efforts are overall meant to increase the viability of organizations and communities, improve organizational efficiency and decrease costs, enhance social services, and preserve natural resources. Additionally, the report points to changes that may be implemented to jointly increase municipal efficiency and sustainability of city services such as transportation, waste management, water consumption, and so on. In regards to food systems planning, the plan outlines a compost program for city buildings. This effort is in tandem with waste reduction and recycling programs at city buildings, allowing for a comprehensive sustainability strategy. The city plans to pilot the program before launching it city-wide, and later plans to partner with other organizations, such as food service, to increase the overall sustainability through the use of compostable containers. The city hopes the sustainable action plan will aid in the development of a sustainable economy, increase resiliency against climate change, and serve as a model for other cities.

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