The Cleveland 2030 District has enlightened me through its engaging tours and its Building Education Series
The Cleveland 2030 District’s Building Education Series assembles a group of leading authorities who instruct about a relevant issue in building science, such as the impact of climate change or our waterways. The presenters are passionate and highly knowledgeable. Moreover, they take questions at the end of their sessions, adding value to the discussion. You’re sure to come away more informed after attending one of these well-organized gatherings of today’s top minds in sustainability.
I’ve also toured some of Cleveland’s most treasured landmarks through the Cleveland 2030 District. Even better, I’ve been “behind the scenes,” places the typical visitor may never see. For instance, I’ve watched the Cleveland Museum of Art’s restoration team at work in the museum’s basement. I’ve opened drawers in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History filled with human bones, and I’ve stepped into the office of George Szell, the legendary Cleveland Orchestra conductor. I could go on about a myriad of tours—they’re first-rate, educational and fun experiences where you can meet an eclectic group of fellow Clevelanders.
I’d recommend participating in any of the 2030 District’s events. You’ll learn more about the community, stay current with sustainability and meet people who are interesting and interested.
Cleveland 2030 District tours are very informative and engaging. I always walk out more informed and with a wider networking pool than before I attended. Unlike some trade associations, C2030D brings people from different professions together and provides value to young professionals and students who can network with seasoned professionals. I’m so glad that the tours are open to the public because they enrich the community and provide a platform for the public to learn about new technology and buildings in general.
-Victoria Feudo, Bridge Engineer in the Transportation Industry
I have found Cleveland 2030 District's education sessions to be extremely useful in exploring options and opportunities to keep the 2030 District as vibrant as it is. Each education session explores a different topic on available methodologies to maintain and/or modify facilities, to assess innovative and creative concepts, to evaluate environmental concerns, and to consider financing options and opportunities prior to launching capital improvement initiatives. Although my engineering discipline is primarily mechanical I have always walked away with useful information and ideas that I had not considered or were presented in a different manner than I would have expected. The opportunities to network with other engineers, architects, contractors, environmentalists, and other professionals as a value-added benefit from being associated with the 2030 Cleveland District is invaluable.
Steven L. Hershman, P.E., PMP, MBA
I have been participating in Cleveland 2030 District’s education series over the past few years and they have never disappointed. The Cleveland 2030 group and their seasoned, professional guest speakers have been providing an invaluable education service for anyone in the real estate, property management, engineering and architectural fields in greater Cleveland and the surrounding areas. These education session events have not only provided a great source to learn about new technologies, with the convenience of onsite continuing education credits, they have offered fantastic opportunities to network and connect with some of the top experts in their fields. So, whether you are a professional, a community member, new to sustainability or a student, I would highly recommend Cleveland 2030 District’s education series.
Michael Bean, LEED AP® O+M, WELL AP™, BOMA RPA®, BOMA HP®
The educational sessions and tours offered by the Cleveland 2030 District provide great opportunities to interact with the people and places at the forefront of Northeast Ohio’s environmental movement.
John Guzik, Architect, LEED AP BC+D
Cleveland State University has been a member of the Cleveland 2030 District since 2014. We are pleased to continue to count them as partners in our journey to more efficient operations. The building and portfolio performance reports provided by C2030D offer regular insights into the progress we're making toward our energy and water conservation goals. Both the sustainability office and the utilities management team benefit from the detailed analysis provided for each building, and the bench-marking data has aided the process of developing a campus-wide sustainability strategy.
In addition to supporting operational efficiencies, our partnership has allowed us to offer a range of real-world experiences to our engineering students. The CSU Department of Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with the Cleveland 2030 District, has trained students to conduct ASHRAE Level 2 energy audits. Students then provided audits, performance reports, and recommendations to non-profits and small businesses who otherwise may not have had the budget to hire outside consultants. Additionally, our Facilities Services department provides a work experience opportunity to an engineering student every year to input utility data into the EPA's Portfolio Manager for District reporting purposes.
We greatly value the support offered by C2030D and appreciate knowing that our work is part of a greater effort across Cleveland to reach collective sustainability and efficiency goals.
Director of Sustainabilty, Cleveland State University
It is said that knowledge is power. Becoming a Cleveland 2030 Property Adopter has provided me with information on my property that has helped us perform better, more efficiently, and to reduce cost. I encourage everyone within the Cleveland 2030 District to join and continue the region’s efforts at world class performance. Easy to do, easy to maintain, and FREE!
Ron Stupka, Director of Office Services
Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP
The Cleveland 2030 District actually grew out of the City’s Sustainable Cleveland initiative, and we were proud to become the first participating Property Adopter. The District is expert in managing and benchmarking data, which is crucial for any organization looking to reduce energy and water costs. Their perspective and semi-annual reports are critical to the City in analyzing our portfolio of properties and identifying opportunities for savings. To say the least, I recommend building owners consider joining the District.
Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland, Office of Sustainability
AM Higley supports the Cleveland 2030 District as a Professional Partner but we are also a participating Property Adopter. We find the semi annual building performance reports we receive to be very valuable. They provide energy and water use trends and an analysis of our building which tracks how the building has been performing historically and the next best steps for efficiency projects. The reports also measure savings after an energy project has been completed. We post the report’s graphs in our lunchroom to inform and engage employees on our energy and water efficiency progress.
In our last report, one of the graphs reflecting our natural gas usage clearly showed an unknown activity where we were using gas during the summer for the first time in recorded history (an increase in gas use of 35% for the year.) As a result, some easy investigations revealed a change in annual procedures overlooked shutting the gas off as one of our practices. We quickly rectified the situation and made it part of our ongoing annual maintenance program.
We encourage all Downtown and University Circle properties to participate in the 2030 District and help Cleveland become a more sustainable and resilient city.
Rex Lewers, Vice President
We joined the Cleveland 2030 District to be part of the movement to create a more sustainable built environment in Cleveland. We have been renovating our building and the District connected us to Professional Partners who provided quotes and service for the several projects we have underway. C2030D is a trusted partner and we recommend any property owner in the District’s footprint to join. Together we can make a difference.
As part of our focus on sustainability, Cuyahoga County joined the Cleveland 2030 District. They've become a valued partner. The semi-annual building performance reports they prepare allow us to better understand how our buildings are performing and where we should focus our attention for cost saving opportunities. Their Professional Partners provide a wealth of knowledge and discounted services, making it easier for Cleveland buildings to implement efficiency projects. We are fortunate to have an organization like the Cleveland 2030 District helping create an efficient built environment, driving economic development and sustainability in Cleveland.
Mike Foley Director of Sustainability
Shanelle Smith Deputy Director of Sustainability
As a non-profit, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge appreciates the value of the Cleveland 2030 District. The building performance reports provided by the District allow us to track our energy and water consumption, gives us a wealth of information about how our building is performing and what our operating costs are. From these reports, the data allows us to make decisions about the best next steps to implement projects that can reduce our costs and make us more efficient. With limited staff, this is a valuable resource. They have also ensured we are aware of all rebates available to us, local grants to help implement projects and they connect members to professionals who can assist in creating a plan and implementing projects. We're proud to be a member of the Cleveland 2030 District.
Manager, Hope Lodge
The 2030 District has provided invaluable information to help us understand where we can improve our efficiency, including service providers to help us tackle identified needs. We are so grateful for both their hard data and their thoughtful guidance.
Reverend Amy Starr Redwine Pastor and Head of Staff
Church of the Covenant