Sustainable Cleveland 2019: A Community of DreamMakers Creating a ‘A Thriving Green City on a Blue Lake’

by Michele Hunt

The people of Cleveland are mobilizing around a compelling vision to transform their communities into a flourishing city. They have the courage to dream a magnanimous vision for their city in the face of tremendous challenges.

Their mission reads:

“Sustainable Cleveland 2019, is a 10-year initiative that began in 2009, that engages people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all”.

Last October, David Cooperrider, invited me to attend the 5th annual Summit of Sustainable Cleveland 2019. David is a Professor at Case Western Reserve University and the founder and Chair of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. I serve on the Fowler Center Advisory board and I have been fascinated by the stories David has shared with me about Cleveland’s cross-sector community transformation journey.

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