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Combating Climate Change

““We are honored to have received the distinction of A List Ranking from CDP for our work to combat climate change, which reaffirms that our efforts are valuable and impactful to the health and well-being of our residents.”

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Climate Change is real and it’s happening in Cuyahoga County.

solar panels on a buildingIn future years Cuyahoga County will experience warmer, wetter and wilder weather. The average annual temperature in Cuyahoga County has already increased 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit from the historic 30-year average. Annual average precipitation in Cuyahoga County has increased by 11.7 percent. On average we are seeing at least two more severe storms per year than over the 100-year average.

Cuyahoga County and our community partners have been hard at work to combat climate change—and it’s being noticed.

Cuyahoga County was given an A List ranking and named as a Climate Leader by CDP, a global non-profit that drives companies, cities and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. We’re the only county that received this distinction.

How’d We Get Here?

We received an “A” score for the following:
Learn More About Our Ranking

Read the Climate Change Action Plan

How Are We Continuing to Look Forward?
  • Creating a Green Bank: Working with the Gund Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County has hired the Coalition for Green Capital to establish a local Green Bank to help finance and support local clean energy products.
  • Supporting the County Greenway Plan: The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission has developed an extensive plan to increase the amount of bike and pedestrian routes in the County. Our Public Works Department has identified key overlaps with the plan and will spend approximately $2 million to expand new routes
  • Fostering Transit-Oriented Development: We are supporting economic and community development projects which enhance or are enhanced by their proximity to public transit. The County Economic Development Department will develop an incentive program for any qualifying company that will move or expand into a job hub and that’s accessible to public transit.
  • Contributing $1 million dollars a year for five years in conjunction with a Tree Canopy plan: Trees are vital for many reasons including managing storm water, reducing heat island effect, minimizing local air pollution and enhancing overall mental and physical health. Cleveland and many first ring suburbs especially have woefully low tree canopy percentages.
  • Increasing Solar: In 2019 the County added rooftop solar through a power purchase agreement to the Animal Shelter and Medical Examiner’s Office, with the Harvard Road Garage expected to be completed in 2020. Over the next 25 years, the County will save $900,000 in energy costs and almost 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Residents can install panels on their homes as well, with over 100 households already participating in the solar co-op program.