Design a Local Food B2B Matchmaking Initiative at the Sustainabale Cleveland 2019 Summit

September 17, 2014 - 8:00am - September 18, 2014 - 5:00pm
Cleveland Public Auditorium

On September 17th and 18th, Mayor Frank G. Jackson will host the 6th Annual Sustainability Summit at Cleveland Public Auditorium to move the ten-year, Sustainable Cleveland initiative forward in alignment with the vision that together, we are building a thriving green city on a blue lake. The initiative creates a framework for Clevelanders from all walks of life to work together to build a thriving and resilient Cleveland region. 

Six years in, we have an inspiring vision, effective tools, robust engagement and participation, and leadership at many levels. As a community, we've implemented many programs and policies in energy efficiency, local foods and local economy, renewable energy, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable mobility, green space, community engagement, business engagement and more. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability recently published a Report from the Community that details much of the progress made since 2009 and the 2013 Climate Action Plan helps to chart the path forward. 

During the Summit, one of our design areas will be how to building off of our competitive advantage in the local food sector by connecting our regional assets through B2B Matchmaking. This initiative is a key recommendation of our recently released report Sustainable Food Business Roadmap for Cuyahoga County. 

Keynote Speakers: The City of Cleveland is pleased to announce two dynamic keynote presenters during the Summit on the topics of consumerism, waste, water and multi-sector engagement around climate action. The Keynote Speakers have been generously sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation. 

  Keynote speaker Annie Leonard, creator of The Story of Stuff, was named one of Fast Company's 1,000 Most Creative People in Business. She is an international expert on sustainability, consumer products and environmental health. With a vision for change, Leonard's documentaries transform the complex issues of consumer products into understandable challenges.

John Cleveland, Executive Director of the Boston Green Ribbon
 Commission (GRC)will speak about how the GRC aligns the resources of key sectors to share ideas, monitor progress and engage stakeholders in implementing Boston's Climate Action Plan. The GRC uses a data driven, action oriented approach to focus the commercial and industrial sectors to accelerate the City's greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. 

Register online or click here for more information. Summit Scholarships are available to those who find the $40 registration fee a barrier to participation.To be considered as a scholarship recipient, this form must be completed. Scholarships are limited and they will be issued on the basis of your application.