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Welcome to Sustainable Cleveland's 2020 Virtual Summit! We're excited to spend the next few days with you talking all things sustainable in our quest to transform Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake.

Since 2009, Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland initiative has engaged more than 15,000 people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region. Over the past ten years, Sustainable Cleveland has supported collaboration and action to make Cleveland a greener, cleaner place to live, work, and play for all. From improved water and air quality to increases in bike infrastructure and clean energy, Sustainable Cleveland has come a long way... but we know there's much work to do.

We're excited to celebrate the many people and organizations that have gotten us this far, and build off this foundation for even greater progress. The Summit will include remarks from Mayor Frank Jackson, a keynote presentation from Dr. Julian Agyeman, facilitated discussions on key priorities going forward, and much more. Through the 2020 Summit we will:

  • Celebrate Cleveland’s progress in sustainability since 2009
  • Share stories of collaboration and action inspired through the Sustainable Cleveland initiative
  • Recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses leading by example to advance sustainability in Cleveland
  • Feature keynote presentations focused on creating a more sustainable and equitable economy
  • Advance Cleveland Climate Action Plan priorities that require community-wide action, such as reaching 100% renewable electricity, trees, access to vibrant green space, sustainable transportation, clean water, and creating a circular economy
  • Continue charting our collective path forward for continued engagement in sustainability and climate action

We thank the Summit sponsors not only for making this event possible, but for being critical partners in sustainability. 


SUSTAINABLE CLEVELAND 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMIT FULL SCHEDULE  


Wednesday, October 14, 2020


9:30am - 9:35am Mayor Frank Jackson's Opening Remarks
Sustainable Cleveland 2020 Virtual Summit- Opening remarks from Mayor Frank G. Jackson

9:35am - 10:15am State of Sustainable Cleveland
The City of Cleveland's Chief of Sustainability, Jason Wood, provides an update on sustainability progress in Cleveland and opportunities to scale up success.

10:15am - 10:45am Participant Networking: Get to Know Your Fellow Summit Attendees
Participants will have the opportunity to network with each other through the Hopin platform to get to know fellow Summit attendees.

11:00am - 12:00pm Keynote Presentation: Dr. Julian Agyeman, Tufts University
In this dynamic keynote presentation, Dr. Agyeman will outline the concept of 'just sustainabilities' as a response to the 'equity deficit' of much sustainability thinking and practice.

He will explore his contention that who can belong in our cities will ultimately determine what our cities can become. He will illustrate his ideas with examples from urban planning and design, urban agriculture and food justice, and the concept of sharing cities.

For Dr. Agyeman's full bio, please visit: https://julianagyeman.com


12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Break


12:45pm - 1:45pm


Conversation with Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julian Agyeman
Dr. Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University will join participants after lunch to continue the conversation from his keynote presentation focused on Just Sustainabilities in policy, planning, and practice. 
 
Our keynote speaker will be available during this session to answer your questions. 


Film Screening of Toxic and Panel Discussion
The film "Toxic: A Black Woman's Story" will be shown followed by a panel discussion. In this short film, viewers are invited on a journey of perspective transformation. Follow Nina in this day-in-the-life drama, and see the world through the eyes of a successful black woman who must navigate an unjust world while trying to protect the world she has created for herself and her family. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the intersections of racism, health equity, sustainability, and community perception. 
 
Presenters: 
  • Katrice D. Cain, Racial Disparities & Health Equity Program Director, First Year Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University
  • Frances Mills, Director of Community Health Initiatives, City of Cleveland Office of Minority Health
  • Danielle Price, Director of Community Health Engagement, Government & Community Relations, University Hospitals


2:00pm - 3:00pm 


Greater Cleveland Water Equity Partners: Supporting an Equitable Water Future
Ensuring that all people have access to safe, reliable, and affordable water and wastewater systems is the cornerstone of a sustainable and prosperous community. Join the Greater Cleveland Water Equity Partners to learn more about their journey as a collaborative group representing water utilities, non-profit organizations, and community leaders working to improve water equity in Cleveland. 

Representatives from Cleveland Water and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will provide background on the partnership, discuss key water equity issues in Cleveland, and share ways they are working to address these issues in partnership with the community.
 
Presenters:
  • Constance Haqq, Chief Administrative Officer, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Alex Margevicius, Commissioner of Water, City of Cleveland


Energy Efficiency in a Brave New World
Energy Efficiency is the cleanest and cheapest energy source. In addition to direct financial and positive climate benefits, it comes with other co-benefits such as health, jobs and safety and with equitable outcomes if implemented right.  Find out how Energy Efficiency (EE) can continue to play an important role in people’s lives during this COVID pandemic and beyond. 

We will also brainstorm what it would mean to reinstate or accelerate statewide energy efficiency mandates, post HB-6.  Cindy Cicigoi, Executive Director with the Cleveland 2030 District will provide her keen insights on what this all means for the commercial sector here in Cleveland. We will also provide a regional perspective on how a stronger EE standard can help position Ohio to be a leader in the clean energy economy. 
 
Presenters: 
  • Cynthia Cicigoi, Executive Director, Cleveland 2030 District 
  • Anand Natarajan, Energy Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland 
  • Nick Dreher, Policy Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) 


The Circular Economy: Everything Goes Around
A circular economy designs out waste, reuses materials, and regenerates nature.  Mark Fisher will further define these principles and provide some examples.  Walt Willis from SWALCO will introduce his agency in Illinois and how the circular economy is being applied in Lake County.

Presenters:
  • Linda Warren, Sr. VP of Placemaking, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • Mark Fisher, CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region
  • Walt Willis, Executive Director, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Illinois
  • Aleksandra Brankov, Founder, Cafilia


3:15pm - 4:15pm 


Urban Drawdown Initiative: Capturing Carbon, Creating Opportunity
For cities to meet our carbon reduction goals, we cannot rely on carbon emission reduction strategies alone. Carbon sequestration, especially through the capture and recycling of organic material, is a key way cities like Cleveland will meet their climate action goals. 

Brett KenCairn, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Resilience with the City of Boulder, Colorado and Director of the Urban Drawdown Initiative (UDI) will provide an introduction to UDI and share innovative ways cities are treating carbon as a resource, not a burden. Marc White/Randy McShepard of Rid-All Green Partnership and Daniel Brown of Rust Belt Riders will highlight local efforts and opportunities to scale up organic waste diversion and reuse in Cleveland.
 
Presenters:
  • Daniel Brown, Founder, Rust Belt Riders 
  • Brett KenCairn, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Resilience, City of Boulder, Colorado and Director, Urban Drawdown Initiative 
  • Marc White, Founder, Rid-All Green Partnership 


LEED for Cities: How Ohio Municipalities are Measuring Sustainability Progress 
How will Sustainable Cleveland know when we’ve become a “green city on a blue lake?” While Cleveland has made big strides in sustainability over the last 11 years, it is important to establish metrics that help us measure this progress and support continued success. In early 2020, the City of Cleveland joined the US Green Building Council’s second cohort of cities to pursue LEED for Cities certification. Like the LEED platform for buildings, LEED for Cities provides a framework for cities to credibly track progress toward overall sustainability objectives and allows for comparison by and among communities around the world. 

In this breakout, Sustainability Manager, Deepa Vedavyas, will provide an introduction to the LEED for Cities platform and how it aligns with existing efforts in the City. Representatives from the City of Cincinnati and the City of Shaker Heights, which both recently received certification through LEED for Cities will also join the conversation and share how they are using the platform and certification process to inform future sustainability and climate action work.

Presenters:
  • Oliver Kroner, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati
  • Michael Peters, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Shaker Heights
  • Deepa Vedavyas, Sustainability Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland


Air Quality in Cleveland: A Panel Discussion
Air quality may mean different things to different people within a city or neighborhood. Factors like where you live, your age, your race, your health, and your occupation can significantly impact what comes to mind when you think of air quality. In this panel discussion, you will hear different perspectives on air quality in Cleveland, and learn more about how local agencies and organizations are helping to monitor and improve the air we breathe. 

Presenters:
  • Tim Kovach, Air Quality Planner, Northeastern Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency
  • Whitnye Long-Jones, Community Engagement Organizer, Ohio City Inc.
  • Christina Yoka, Chief of Air Pollution and Outreach, Cleveland Department of Public Health 


4:15pm - 4:30pm Day 1 Closing Remarks
Description: TBD



Thursday, October 15, 2020


9:30am - 10:30am 


Sustainability and Seniors: It Never Gets Old 
If you are getting older in a city that isn’t accommodating to the unique needs of seniors, you may find it more challenging to age in place. The City of Cleveland’s Department of Aging, through their Age-Friendly Cleveland Plan, is working to address the needs of older adults to successfully age in place. 

Join the Department of Aging for an informative and interactive breakout highlighting the international network of communities, the Age-Friendly Cleveland Plan, and Cleveland’s efforts to make our city more age-friendly. Participants will also have an opportunity to provide input on strategies to include in the 2021-2023 Age-Friendly Cleveland Plan.
 
Presenters and Facilitators:
  • Meredith Baumgartner Hand, Aging Services Administrator, Age-Friendly Cleveland
  • Mary McNamara, Director of Aging, City of Cleveland
  • Natoya Walker Minor, Chief of Public Affairs, City of Cleveland


Plastic Pollution in our Great Lakes
An estimated 10,000 tons of plastic pollution enter the Great Lakes each year.  As a consequence, microplastic particles are found in Great Lakes surface water, sediments, and fish.  This contamination extends to our local sportfish and drinking water.  This talk will review what is known about plastic in our Great Lakes and offer some science-based solutions.

Presenters:
  • Jill Bartolotta, Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant
  • Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto


Vision Zero Cleveland: Safe, Sustainable Streets for All
In 2018, the City of Cleveland and Cleveland City Council established the Vision Zero Task Force, working to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries. The initiative brings together government, relevant agencies and community stakeholders to design safe, healthy and equitable mobility. Anne Tillie, Research and Policy Analyst for Cleveland City Council, will provide an overview of the Vision Zero Task Force and share updates on efforts currently underway. Robert Mavec, Commissioner of Traffic Engineering, and Matt Moss, City Planner, will highlight recent investments and initiatives led by the City of Cleveland which support safe and sustainable transportation for all.
 
Presenters:
  • Robert Mavec, Commissioner, Traffic Engineering, City of Cleveland
  • Matt Moss, City Planner, Planning Department, City of Cleveland
  • Anne Tillie, Research and Policy Analyst, Cleveland City Council


10:45am- 11:45am


Parks for People: Creating Access, Elevating Equity
In 2017 Mayor Jackson joined the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national initiative to ensure all residents live within a half-mile, or a 10-minute walk, of a clean, safe park. In Cleveland, 83% of residents have walkable park access. As we work to close the gap and create park access for all residents, it is critical we engage the community around future park investments to ensure the parks truly meet community needs. In this breakout, Jessica Gift from the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects and Sean Terry from the Trust for Public Land will share highlights on how the City of Cleveland is optimizing park investments and utilizing creative ways to engage the community around parks, even during a pandemic.
 
Presenters:
  • Jessica Gift, Manager of Parks and Recreation, Research and Planning, Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, City of Cleveland
  • Sean Terry, Interim Director, Trust for Public Land, Ohio Office


Food (in)Security: Combating Hunger & Local Food Access

While Cleveland is known for its strong food culture, unfortunately, many local families face challenges in accessing fresh, nutritious food. During a pandemic, these challenges are only intensified. In Cleveland, we are fortunate to have a number of dedicated local leaders working to reduce hunger, support our local food system, and increase opportunities for vulnerable residents. Join representatives from Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE), Garden Valley Neighborhood House, and Refugee Response to learn more about their amazing work to increase access to healthy, local food- before, during, and after the pandemic.
 
Presenters:
  • Patrick Kearns, Executive Director, Refugee Response
  • Wyndi Moore, Food Access Raises Everyone
  • Jan Ridgeway, Founder, Garden Valley Neighborhood House
  • Morgan Taggart, Director, Food Access Raises Everyone​


Meet & Greet: Youth Sustainability Leadership Program (YSLP)
This Meet and Greet is for YSLP students only - direct invitation link has been provided.


11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch Break


1:00pm - 2:00pm 


Why It Is Crucial for Black Representation In Sustainability
Join Raina Turner-Greenlea from the Sustainable Community Solutions Network for an informative and interactive breakout session. Attendees will walk away with a culturally relevant perspective of sustainability, why we need more representation of Black/African people in this space, and increased awareness of Black Sustainability practitioners and the Black Sustainability Network. Learn how you can support their work and the planet at the same time.

Presenters: 
  • Raina Turner-Greenlea, Founder, Sustainable Community Solutions Network


Grassroots Initiatives Combatting COVID-19
Hear from a number of grassroots groups working to combat the effects of COVID-19 in their communities. Panelists will discuss how they've helped reduce social isolation, provided food, and also how they've supported neighbors in other ways. And learn how you might access funding and personal protective equipment (PPE) to do something similar in your neighborhood, town, or city. 

Presenters:
  • Tom O’Brien, Director, Neighborhood Connections
  • Reverend Gordon Martin, Prince of Peace Outreach
  • Hollie Baker, Bumper Crop Farm
  • Dawn Arrington, ioby (In Our Back Yard)


Electric Vehicles in Northeast Ohio: Back to the Future!
As the demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, it is vital for Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and the state, to be at the forefront of this shift to cleaner on-road transportation, and regain lost ground. Join the City of Cleveland’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in this breakout session to hear from and interact with clean transportation experts in the region. City of Cleveland’s Energy Manager, Anand Natarajan, and Energy Analyst, Elizabeth Lehman will share the City’s progress on its Climate Action Plan’s sustainable transportation initiatives. Andrew Conley from Clean Fuels Ohio will provide an update on the Electric Vehicles (EV) landscape across the state, and share best practices from cities that are on the cutting edge of this transformation.

We will also provide an overview of NOACA's latest regional EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) siting plan. Finally, we will collaboratively brainstorm bold actions that we can various stakeholders in the region must take, to accelerate the adoption of EVs, such as investment, policy shifts and implementation of best practices.

Presenters:
  • Andrew Conley, Consulting Services Director, Clean Fuels Ohio
  • Elizabeth Lehman, Energy Analyst, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland
  • Anand Natarajan, Energy Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland


Recycling in Cleveland: We Want to Hear from You! 
As the City of Cleveland updates its curbside recycling program, it is important we hear from our residents. During this breakout we will provide status updates on the program evaluation and opportunities for participants to give input on what they would like to see in future waste reduction and recycling programs. While this breakout will primarily be geared towards the City of Cleveland residents, all are welcome to join, learn more, and share your feedback.
 
Presenters:
  • Kristin Hall, Director of Sustainability, City of Cleveland



2:15pm - 3:15pm 


Cleveland's Green Gold: Our Trees
The Cleveland Tree Plan was approved by the City in  2016.  Since that time the City has lost some of its tree canopy while moving forward with its partners to increase it.  In this session, we will hear from the Cleveland Tree Coalition and the Chief of Sustainability on the progress made and future plans. 

Presenters:
  • Elizabeth Grace, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Sandra Albro, Holden Forests and Gardens
  • Courtney Blashka, Holden Forests and Gardens
  • Jason Wood, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland


Getting to 100% Clean and Renewable Electricity in Cleveland
In 2018, Cleveland became the first city in the State of Ohio to commit to powering itself with 100% clean and renewable electricity by 2050. As part of this commitment, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is working collaboratively with local partners to develop an Equitable Clean Energy Implementation Plan that will arm Cleveland residents, stakeholders, and decision makers with the information to transition to 100% clean electricity in an achievable and equitable manner. This plan will incorporate a wide range of locally designed energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy solutions while supporting workforce development and addressing energy burdens. Join members of the project team to learn more about the plan and provide your input for the future of renewable electricity in Cleveland.

Presenters:
  • Matt Cox, Founder, Greenlink Analytics
  • Divya Sridhar, Manager of Climate Resiliency and Sustainability, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • Deepa Vedavyas, Sustainability Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland


Listening Session: 10-Year Housing and Investment Plan
The City of Cleveland recently launched a 10-Year Housing and Investment Plan to develop a blueprint for housing options and investment tools which will retain and attract residents to Cleveland’s neighborhoods. The goal is to provide every Cleveland household with the opportunity to obtain housing in the private market, and to use housing programs to assist where needed. Residents, stakeholders, and City officials and staff are invited to join the 10-Year Housing and Investment Plan engagement team in a virtual listening session about housing initiatives that are working in Cleveland and which ones could work better.

Presenters:
  • Kirby Date, Principal, KMDate Community Planning, LLC
  • Claudia Aiken, Director of the Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP), University of Pennsylvania


3:30pm - 4:30pm


Youth and Sustainability: The Future is Green
At its core, sustainability is all about making things better for future generations. However, as we start to see the environmental, economic, and social impacts of climate change today, our youth are becoming increasingly aware of the threats they are expected to face in their lifetime. 

Many young people find themselves frustrated with leaders and elected officials who do not support policies and programs to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Fortunately, in the Cleveland region, there are a number of motivated youth stepping up, taking action, and demanding change. Join this breakout session to learn more about how local young people are taking charge of their future to fight climate change and create a better world for all.

Presenters:
TBD


Community Organizing and Engagement: How You Can Get Involved!
Hopefully, during the 2-day Summit participants have generated ideas for their community or workplace and are now seeking resources to help move their ideas forward. In this session, Ty Olson will introduce representatives from organizations from across the region offering resources for ways for residents to get involved.   

Presenters:
  • Tyler Olson, Program Manager, Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies, Tri-C
  • JP Graulty, Program Manager, Community Innovation Network, CASE
  • Chris Alvarado, Executive Director, Slavic Village Development
  • Erika Brown, Community Network Manager, Neighborhood Connections
  • Rachel Ciomcia, Executive Vice President, Cleveland Leadership Center
  • Jeremy Taylor, Director of Community Involvement, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization



4:40pm - 4:50pm Closing Remarks
Description: TBD



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Schedule

· Stage
Mayor Jackson Opening Remarks
Sustainable Cleveland 2020 Virtual Summit- Opening remarks from Mayor Frank G. Jackson
· Stage
State of Sustainable Cleveland
The City of Cleveland's Chief of Sustainability, Jason Wood, provides an update on sustainability progress in Cleveland and opportunities to scale up success.
· Networking
Participant Networking: Get to Know Your Fellow Summit Attendees
Participants will have the opportunity to network with each other through the Hopin platform
· Stage
Summit Keynote Presentation: Dr. Julian Agyeman, Tufts University
In this dynamic keynote presentation, Dr. Agyeman will outline the concept of Just Sustainability in policy, planning, and practice.
Kristin Hall Jason Wood Julian Agyeman
· Sessions
A Film Screening of Toxic and Panel Discussion
The film "Toxic: A Black Woman's Story" will be shown followed by a panel discussion.
· Sessions
Conversation with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Julian Agyeman
Dr. Julian Agyeman will join participants after lunch to continue the conversation from his keynote presentation.
Julian Agyeman
· Sessions
The Circular Economy: Everything Goes Around
The definition of a circular economy will be shared and an example from Lake County, Illinois will be given.
· Sessions
Energy Efficiency in a Brave New World
This session will answer the question: What does energy efficiency look like after Ohio House Bill 6 and during a pandemic?
· Sessions
Supporting an Equitable Water Future
Join the Greater Cleveland Water Equity Partners to learn more about their journey to improve water equity in Cleveland.
· Sessions
LEED for Cities: Measuring Sustainability Progress
Cleveland, Cincinnati and Shaker Heights representatives will share how they are using the LEED for Cities platform to inform future work.
· Sessions
Urban Drawdown: Capturing Carbon, Creating Opportunity
Urban Drawdown Initiative and ways cities are treating carbon as a resource, including efforts to scale up organic waste diversion in CLE.
· Sessions
Air Quality in Cleveland: A Panel Discussion
Panelists will discuss local efforts to monitor and improve the air we breathe.
· Sessions
Sustainability and Seniors: It Never Gets OId
Cleveland Department of Aging will highlight the Age Friendly Cleveland Plan and efforts to make Cleveland more age friendly for seniors.
· Sessions
Vision Zero Cleveland: Safe, Sustainable Streets for All
Vision Zero Task Force shares efforts currently underway, with recent initiatives to support safe and sustainable transportation for all.
· Sessions
Plastic Pollution in our Great Lakes
This talk will go over what we know about plastic in our Great Lakes and some science-based solutions.
· Sessions
Food (in)Security: Combating Hunger and Increasing Local Food Access
Hear from organizations helping to combat hunger before, during and after a pandemic.
· Sessions
Parks for People: Creating Access, Elevating Equity
Highlights will be shared on how we are optimizing park investments and utilizing creative ways to engage the community around parks.
· Sessions
Meet & Greet: Youth Sustainability Leadership Program
This Meet and Greet is restricted to YSLP students only.
· Sessions
Recycling in Cleveland: We Want to Hear from You!
Status updates on program evaluation and opportunities for participants to give input on future waste reduction and recycling programs.
· Sessions
Grassroots Initiatives Combatting COVID-19
Hear from a number of grassroots groups working to combat the effects of COVID-19 in their communities.
· Sessions
Why It Is Crucial for Black Representation in Sustainability
Representation matters, in this session we discuss how you can support Black/African people in the Sustainability space.
Raina Turner-Greenlea
· Sessions
Electric Vehicle Adoption and Best Practices
Hear from clean transportation experts & learn City of Cleveland progress on its Climate Action Plan sustainable transportation initiatives.
· Sessions
Getting to 100% Clean and Renewable Electricity in Cleveland
Learn more about Cleveland's goal to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2050, while reducing energy burdens and promoting job creation.
· Sessions
Listening Session: 10-Year Housing and Investment Plan
Join the 10-Year Housing & Investment Plan team to discuss housing initiatives in Cleveland and ways to improve future programs.
· Sessions
Cleveland's Green Gold: Our Trees
The Cleveland Tree Plan was approved by the City in 2016. In this session, we will hear about progress made and future plans.
· Sessions
Youth and Sustainability: The Future is Green
Join our youth to learn about how they are taking action towards sustainability and climate action in the region.
· Sessions
Community Organizing & Engagement: How You Can Get Involved!
Tools and resources for residents looking for ways to get involved in their community will be introduced.

Speakers

Kathryn Kwiatkowski

Case Western University

Jonathan Steirer

Global Shapers Cleveland

Raina Turner-Greenlea

Founder, Sustainable Community Solutions Network

Nick Dreher

Policy Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

Wyndi Moore

Food Access Raises Everyone

Julian Agyeman

Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University

Rachel Ciomcia

Executive Vice President, Cleveland Leadership Center

Christopher Alvarado

Executive Director, Slavic Village Development

JP Graulty

Program Manager, Community Innovation Network, CASE

Ty Olson

Program Manager, Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies, Tri-C

Claudia Aiken

Director of the Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP), University of Pennsylvania

Kirby Date

Principal, KMDate Community Planning, LLC

Divya Sridhar

Manager of Climate Resiliency and Sustainability, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Matt Cox

Founder, Greenlink Analytics

Jason Wood

Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

Courtney Blashka

Holden Forests and Gardens

Sandra Albro

Holden Forests and Gardens

Elizabeth Grace

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Kristin Hall

Director of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

Elizabeth Lehman

Energy Analyst, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

Andrew Conley

Consulting Services Director, Clean Fuels Ohio

Gordon Martin

Reverend, Prince of Peace Outreach

Tom O'Brien

Director, Neighborhood Connections

Morgan Taggart

Director, Food Access Raises Everyone​

Jan Ridgeway

Founder, Garden Valley Neighborhood House

Patrick Kearns

Executive Director, Refugee Response

Sean Terry

Interim Director, Trust for Public Land, Ohio Office

Jessica Fox-Gift

Manager of Parks and Recreation, Research and Planning, Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, City of Cleveland

Anne Tillie

Research and Policy Analyst, Cleveland City Council

Matthew Moss

City Planner, Planning Department, City of Cleveland

Chelsea Rochman

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Jill Bartolotta

Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant

Natoya Walker Minor

Chief of Public Affairs, City of Cleveland

Mary McNamara

Director of Aging, City of Cleveland

Meredith Baumgartner-Hand

Aging Services Administrator, Age-Friendly Cleveland

christina yoka

Chief of Air Pollution and Outreach, Cleveland Department of Public Health

Whitnye Long Jones

Community Engagement Organizer, Ohio City Inc.

Tim Kovach

Air Quality Planner, Northeastern Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

Deepa Vedavyas

Sustainability Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

Michael Peters

Sustainability Coordinator, City of Shaker Heights

Oliver Kroner

Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati

Marc White

Founding Partner, Rid-All Green Partnership

Brett KenCairn

Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Resilience, City of Boulder, Colorado, and Director, Urban Drawdown Initiative

Daniel Brown

Founder, Rust Belt Riders

Aleksandra Brankov

Founder, Cafilia

Walter Willis

Executive Director, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Illinois

Mark Fisher

CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region

Linda Warren

Sr. VP of Placemaking, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Anand Natarajan

Energy Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland

Cynthia Cicigoi

Executive Director, Cleveland 2030 District

Alex Margevicius

Commissioner of Water, City of Cleveland

Constance Haqq

Chief Administrative Officer, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Danielle Price

Director of Community Health Engagement, Government & Community Relations, University Hospitals

Frances Mills

Director of Community Health Initiatives, City of Cleveland Office of Minority Health

Katrice Cain

Racial Disparities & Health Equity Program Director, First Year Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University

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