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Energy Efficiency And Green Building

The City of Cleveland is committed to green buildings because they provide safe, affordable and healthy environments for residents and workers. A key part of green building is energy efficiency, which lowers operating costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

By instituting energy efficiency and conservation initiatives in City facilities, operations, and vehicle fleets, we are saving taxpayer money and taking the right steps towards carbon neutrality. Through education, policies, and programs, the City empowers employees, businesses, and residents to take action to be more energy efficient.

    Example Projects     

Cleveland is a leader in the nation with in striving to meet the LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Developments) standards. Example projects include the Flats East Bank Neighborhood and St. Luke's Pointe.

Collinwood Recreation Center
In November 2011, this state of the art facility, built to LEED Gold Certification standards, opened its doors to residents. The center features solar thermal and PV systems, stormwater management best practices and other sustainable building features, while staying within budget. -more

LED Lighting
The City of Cleveland is procuring LED replacement lights in City facilities and streetlights. Replacing the 67,000 streetlights with LEDs would save the City millions of dollars in operating revenue and prevent the emission of more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon annually through reduced energy use.

Kirtland Pump Station
The Cleveland Division of Water (CWD) recently completed the Kirtland Pump Station Project, and is pursuing Silver LEED certification for the newly constructed Specialty Maintenance Building. Construction materials were recycled and utilized for the new building’s foundation. This project is a component of CWD’s 15-year, $750 million Plant Enhancement Program that is substantially enhancing and restoring CWD’s four water-treatment plants and large ancillary facilities. The $21.1 million project was completed $904,000 under budget.

Office of Sustainability
Jenita McGowan, Chief
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 227
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2455
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Mission Statement


The Office of Sustainability leverages Cleveland's wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. To lead by example, the Office develops and implements policies and practices with City departments to embrace a culture of sustainability.

City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability