Clean Water Kick-off

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the Office of Sustainability kicked-off the “Year of Clean Water” at Cleveland City Hall in the Rotunda. The event featured information about homes and businesses, local innovations, resources, and organizations working to keep water clean. As part of Mayor Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, 2015 has been designated as the Year of Clean Water. Throughout the year, the Year of Clean Water Celebration Committee will be working to connect people to their water resources in order to restore, conserve, and protect this valuable asset.

“I am excited to host this kick-off for the Year of Clean Water in Cleveland,” said Chief of Sustainability, Jenita McGowan. “We will have more than 20 organizations at City Hall to help people understand how to take action at home, at work, and in their community around clean water. Water is such a valuable environmental and economic resource for our city and we look forward to making great progress in 2015.”

The Year of Clean Water Kick-off is the first event of the Clean Water Tour & Sweepstakes coordinated by the Cleveland Water Alliance. From January through October 2015, partner organizations will host fun, family-friendly, and educational events highlighting local efforts to keep water drinkable, fishable, and swimmable. Attendees will have the chance to win the sweepstakes grand prize of a two-night stay in Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Stanford House, or one of many family fun prize packages.

Each year since 2009, there has been an annual sustainability summit and since 2011, a Celebration Year devoted to focusing on a particular aspect of sustainability. So far, the City of Cleveland has celebrated the Year of Energy Efficiency, (2011), the Year of Local Food (2012), and the Year of Advanced, Renewable Energy (2013) and Year of Zero Waste (2014). 

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica