Cleveland 2030 District


Mission Statement

The Cleveland 2030 District is a movement to create a high-performance building district in Greater Cleveland with the goal of dramatically reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations while increasing Cleveland's competitiveness in the business environment and creating a healthier, more resilient city.


The Cleveland 2030 District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that engages commercial property owners, professional partners and community stakeholders in a collaborative effort to create a dramatically efficient built environment in Cleveland. Our mission is to substantially reduce the environmental impacts of building construction and operations, to increase Cleveland's competitiveness in the business environment, and to create a healthier, more resilient city.
Our goal is to reduce building energy and water consumption, as well as CO2 emissions from transportation, 50% by the year 2030.
More than 65% of the buildings in our District include government, educational institutions, hospitals, worship facilities and other non-profits, and the money they save through energy and water efficiency is better used supporting their mission of serving the community.
The Cleveland 2030 District began as a working group of Cleveland’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit. Cleveland's Office of Sustainability has been holding this annual summit since 2010. In 2011, a summit working group was tasked with engaging commercial buildings to reduce their environmental footprint. The group discovered that the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Planning aligned with its goals, and in 2012, Cleveland became the second established District in the country. There are now 22 established Districts across North America and several more emerging.
Commercial buildings have a substantial impact on the environment. The reasons for 2030 Districts concentrating on energy, water and commuter transportation emissions are clear:
· According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, commercial buildings use almost half of the energy consumed in the United States. estimates that 30% of that energy is wasted. It is critically important to address energy used by the commercial building sector as a major contributor to climate change.
· The Great Lakes are one of the largest freshwater resources left on the planet. As a Great Lakes city, Cleveland holds a special responsibility to conserve and properly manage this valuable resource. The city struggles with combined sewer overflow events that pollute the lake. The commercial building sector can help mitigate these events by reducing water use and wastewater output.
· The EPA states that in 2013, transportation accounted for 27% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and of that, 60% was from light duty vehicles (commuter vehicles). Furthermore, according to the American Lung Association, Northeast Ohio is one of the worst regions for air quality in the country. Educating building owners about alternative transportation will lead to reducing emissions and creating a healthier, more pleasant and accessible downtown.
· The Cleveland Clinic cites that environmental health is linked with several diseases, including respiratory and pulmonary diseases, cancer, heatstroke, water-borne diseases, malnutrition, obesity, and diabetes. Furthermore, low-income families are disproportionately affected.

Program Details

Our Work
Cleveland 2030 District makes it as easy as possible for building owners and managers to participate. We are different from other environmental organizations in that we are not strictly an advocacy group. We measure progress on the individual building level and a District wide level. Our model centers on demonstrating to our members how their building is performing over time and relative to other buildings of similar use type in the District and nationally. To do this, we provide a building performance report twice annually using Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an online tool developed by the EPA. This gives us an opportunity to have a face-to-face, meaningful discussion about their current use of energy and water and how their employees are contributing to reducing transportation emissions. Once we determine their current state, we offer a list of Professional Partners who can help them develop and implement a strategy for efficiency projects. We also have a number of Community Partners who support our mission in a variety of ways. For example, we work with several of these partners to present a series of education sessions. This collaboration allows all of our organizations to expand our reach and brand awareness.
Cleveland 2030 District is also a core resource to many other connected initiatives. When organizations need the input of the business community or need to engage building owners, they approach the District for support. Our connection to Cleveland commercial properties puts us in a unique position to assist, collaborate, promote and market important programs. Below are a just few examples:
· Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District provides green infrastructure grants for projects that mitigate and manage stormwater. C2030D helped to market and create awareness of this opportunity.
· Cleveland State University graduate students developed a microgrid feasibility study as their capstone project. They needed feedback from businesses in the downtown core. C2030D helped them collect the data they needed.
· Cleveland Water provides a STEM education program for 6th - 9th graders. C2030D solicited help from professional partners and members to become mentors and teachers in the program. In 2018 they had the highest participate rate ever.
· NOACA developed a program called GOHIO Commute to help commuters track commutes and connect with carpools, etc. C2030D engaged several of its members to participate in the program.
Cleveland 2030 District has a broad impact on the city. Our model promotes collaboration, economic and sustainable development and public health, while increasing Cleveland's competitiveness on a national scale.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue

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