City Club Discusses Cleveland’s Role in a Green Future

Tue 7/23 2 noon

On Tue 7/23 @ noon-1pm join City Club members and friends in a panel discussion on Cleveland’s green energy efforts in this climate crisis. 

Despite Trump abandoning the national dialogue around climate change, local municipalities and individuals are still in the fight. Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, cities decided to step up. 

Mayor Frank Jackson is just one of nearly 200 mayors making up the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a group of climate-concerned leaders who have agreed to meet certain standards and goals. One of those goals is to power Cleveland with 100% renewable electricity by 2050, which is just one facet of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in the same time. 

In addition to those infrastructural changes, Cleveland is investigating, if not implementing, alternative energy sources such as solar and wind. Energy efficiency and conservation on an individual basis, and investing in more sustainable transportation, are also avenues to be considered. 

Panelists will discuss how Cleveland is doing so far — what kind of initiatives are in progress or in planning, and how are they contributing to the larger goal? Those in the conversation will include:

David Beach, the former director of GreenCityBlueLake Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; 

John Mitterholzer, the Senior Program Officer of Environment at the George Gund Foundation; 

Heather Taylor-Miesle, the executive director of Ohio Environmental Council; & moderated by Rick Jackson. 

Even if you can’t make it, the forum will be streamed live here.

[Written by Jenna Thomas]

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