By Danielle Toth, COSE Update Magazine
By KJ Fields, EcoBuilding Pulse
Rust Belt cities seeking to reemerge from their post-industrial ashes have a new tool for reinvention: the 2030 District. Arising from Architecture 2030 goals established by the 2030 Challenge for Planning, 2030 Districts forge community partnerships to achieve carbon reduction, energy efficiency, and water savings targets.
The Cleveland District’s formal launch was a well-attended event with upwards of 250 attendees. Architecture 2030 Founder and CEO Edward Mazria eloquently articulated the motivations for transformation of the built environment toward drastically higher efficiencies in energy and water use and aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. GreenCityBlueLake Institute Director David Beach provided an inspiring introduction for the event, and Councilman Matt Zone formally announced the City of Cleveland’s participation in the Cleveland 2030 District as a property owner founding member. Sincerest gratitude to the local businesses and non-profit organizations who generously donated several thousands of dollars in support of the Launch Party and for District Committee work moving forward. Special thanks to the event’s Carbon Neutral Host, Corporate College, and to our Silver Sponsors: vocon, Haley & Aldrich, Garland Industries, Gilbane and Ulmer & Berne.
The Council of the City of Cleveland and Mayor Frank Jackson adopted a Resolution in formal support of the Cleveland 2030 District and the Better Buildings Challenge. Co-sponsored by Mayor Jackson and Council Members Joe Cimperman and Matt Zone, Resolution 669-12 outlines the City’s support of the Cleveland 2030 District goals and pledges action through the initiation of energy saving projects, sharing of building energy use data and best practices, participation in Energy Star Portfolio Manager, and participation in Cleveland 2030 District Committee development and mentorship.
The Cleveland 2030 District aims to turn downtown into a zone of environmentally high-performing buildings
by Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer
by Lee Chilcote, FreshWaterCleveland.com
by Eric Hamilton, CWRU Observer