Locals Lead the Way! How Greater Cleveland Leaders Work Across Sectors to Advance Equitable Climate Action and Realize a “Green City on a Blue Lake”

Hosted by: Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Growth Opportunity Partners, and Environmental Health Watch

For industrial cities like Cleveland, climate action and the transition to a clean energy economy presents an opportunity to build a more equitable, inclusive, and just economy. At the same time, massive once in a generation federal investments represent an unprecedented opportunity to support this transition. But coordination at the local level is needed to ensure equitable implementation. Through cross sector partnership, the region seeks to leverage the unique expertise of all sectors to accelerate progress on climate action through aligned goals, coordinated strategies, and increased investment. Cleveland also looks forward to hosting The Climate Registry Climate Leadership Conference in May 2024!


  • Chris Ronayne, Cuyahoga County Executive
  • Baiju Shah, President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Michael Jeans, President & CEO Growth Opportunity Partners and the GO Green Energy Fund
  • Kim Foreman, CEO, Environmental Health Watch
  • Moderator: Sarah O'Keeffe, Director of Sustainability and Climate Justice, City of Cleveland