Programs & Initiatives

EC Cleveland launched Retrofits for ENergy Efficiency Works at the City Club of Cleveland on June 29. RENEW provides financing, technical and project support for energy conservation measures (ECMs) in municipal, university, school, and hospital buildings. RENEW Cleveland-Cuyahoga is an exemplary public-private partnership among Emerald Cities Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Government, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, and Public Finance & Energy Advisors. (See ECC news story on RENEW launch.)

Collaborating with Common Good Ohio, GreenCityBlueLake, Environmental Health Watch and others EC Cleveland is advocating for Cuyahoga County to create an Advanced Energy Fund. The AEF would reduce our region’s carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency in multiple markets and create high quality jobs. 


On December 17, 2013, Port of Cleveland voted to unanimously support RENEW by continuing to work cooperatively and in partnership with Emerald Cities Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Government and Public Finance & Energy Advisors with the goal of fully implementing the RENEW pilot program in 2013 as a conduit bond issuer. 


Co-sponsored by the National Housing Trust, National Consumer Law Center, Enterprise Community Partners, Benningfield Group, and more than 30 local, regional and national stakeholders, the event focused on advocating for equitable resources for the multifamily housing sector. The session included presentations by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Energy, Ohio Department of Development, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy. Participants agreed to work together to identify a set of regional policy priorities to create and sustain affordable, efficient, multifamily housing in Northeast Ohio. 




Interim Local Council Coordinator: SeMia Bray, MBA; Senior Director of Emerging Programs and Institutional Advancement, Urban League of Greater Cleveland

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