Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH

The City of Cleveland works to leverage the City’s wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. Through the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative (, the City is developing a thriving and resilient Cleveland region, while “Building an Economic Engine to Empower a Green City on a Blue Lake.” To lead by example, the City develops and implements policies and practices within its own operations to embrace a culture of sustainability. Meeting the Better Buildings Challenge and Better Climate Challenge commitments are a key element of this leadership.


50% GHG reductions by 2030 from a 2019 baseline
20% reduction in Energy Intensity


Better Climate Challenge   Better Buildings Challenge

Along with making the Better Buildings Challenge and Better Climate Challenge commitments, the Mayor and Cleveland City Council have supported joining, through resolution, the Cleveland 2030 District. The District is the second of its kind in the country, representing a coalition of building owners, service professionals, and community stakeholders working together to rapidly transform the built environment of Cleveland through large-scale reductions in the energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

As a Founding Member, City Council and the Mayor agree to support the District’s performance goals through the following actions:

  1. Sharing with the Cleveland 2030 District Leadership Committee: building energy use, water use, and Transportation Management Plan data; best practices and lessons learned for case studies; and challenges for further improvements.
  2. Participation in the following programs: ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager; U.S. Green Building Council’s Building Performance Partnership; and use of the Cleveland 2030 District/BOMA Clinton Climate Initiative Assessment tools.
  3. Support for the Cleveland 2030 District Committee by participating in District decision-making, evaluating membership criteria for property owners and stakeholders, and mentoring.


Buildings Challenge Commitment
4.5Million Square Feet
Climate Challenge Commitment
8Million Square Feet
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
9%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
GHG Emissions Goals
50%Reduction in Scope 1 & 2 Emissions
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)