Green Building Challenge; Upcoming events; More Property Adopters join C2030D; 2030 Districts update.

Cleveland 2030 District Newsletter February 2016

Congratulations to the most recent Property Adopter to sign on:

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)

Property Adopter 

41 Property Adopters

40+ Million square feet

36% Total District participation rate

39% Downtown participation rate

27% University Circle participation rate
Special Events

The Building Education Series 2016
3.9.16 - Audits and Commissioning
5.19.16 - Water Management and Conservation 
7.28.16 - Building Envelope
9.15.16 - HVAC and Controls
11.10.16 - Operations, Maintenance, Staff, & Tenant Engagement

>Visit our calendar for a full list of events!

Committee Meetings

The GREAN Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month from 4:00PM to 5:30PM at the Osborn Engineering office, located at 1100 Superior Avenue, 3rd Floor.

Please click here to read Cleveland 2030 District's first published Progress Report!
The Building Education Series 2016

Cleveland 2030 District is collaborating with AIA (and their Building Enclosure Council), the local ASHRAE chapter, the City of Cleveland, COSE, and the NEO Chapter of the USGBC to present a six part series of educational sessions. All these organizations will “host” one of the events. There is no fee to attend and you can check our website for updated information as it becomes available. In most cases, we are providing continuing education credits for BOMA, LEED, AIA, ASHRAE, and CES.
C2030D was the host of the first session, “The Well Building”.  Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, was our speaker. We sold out in about a week! He spoke about how we have control over many chronic diseases as well as how the built environment contributes to wellness. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Roizen and to our event sponsors AM Higley, Great Lakes Financial Group, TPI Efficiency (all Professional Partners to C2030D), and the Oswald Companies for donating the space (one of our Property Adopters)!

Here is the full schedule of events.  You won’t want to miss these!
March 9 – Audits and Commissioning
May 19 – Water Management and Conservation
July 28 – Building Envelope
September 15 – HVAC and Controls
November 10 – Operations, Maintenance, Staff & Tenant Engagement

All events held at:
1100 Superior Ave.
7:30 AM registration and coffee
8:00 – 10:00 AM Presentation 
Cleveland 2030 District Board of Directors Update

As we welcome the new year, Cleveland 2030 District has several updates to announce to our Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  
First, Cleveland 2030 District would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Don Rerko. Don has served as our Board Chair since the inception of the District. He was greatly responsible for establishing our District, second only to the founding 2030 District in Seattle. While he will no longer serve as Chair, Don will remain on the Board, providing his expertise and guidance.
We would also like to thank Susann Geithner for her service as Vice Chair. Susann has served on the Executive Committee since 2013, and she will continue to support the organization by remaining a member of the Board of Directors.
Christopher Toddy has been our Secretary and will now serve as Vice Chair. Janet Mann will continue in the role of Treasurer. We are grateful for their continued service on the Executive Committee.
We welcome three new members to the Executive Committee. Congratulations to Jill Ziegler, who has been elected our new Chairperson. Jill has served on the Board of Directors since 2013 and brings a wealth of experience. She is Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Forest City Realty Trust.
Mike Gersper, Senior Services Sales Executive with Siemens, who has also served since 2013, has been elected to a Vice Chair position and Mark Stockman, Attorney with Franz Ward LLP, was voted our new Secretary.
We also welcome three new Board members: Matt Joseph, Project Development Specialist at The Brewer-Garrett Company, Ron Stupka, Director of Office Services at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, and Garry Jennings, Vice President of Sales, Great Lakes Region with Eaton.
We are delighted to report these additions to our Board of Directors. Cleveland 2030 District is very fortunate to have Board members who are passionate about our mission and give of their time so generously.
Here is the complete new Board of Directors list:

Chair - Jill Ziegler, Forest City
Vice Chair - Christopher Toddy, Christopher@Architects
Vice Chair - Mike Gersper, Siemens
Secretary - Mark Stockman, Frantz Ward
Treasurer - Janet Mann, First Metrix

Marc G. Divis, Cleveland Thermal
Susann Geithner, Geithner Consulting
Matt Gray, City of Cleveland
Matthew Heisey, Vocon
Garry Jennings, Eaton
Matt Joseph, Brewer-Garrett
Al Krist, Geis Properties
Rex Lewers, AM HIGLEY
David November, Cuyahoga Community College
Elaine Price, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
Don Rerko, City Architecture
Eric L. Small, Public Finance and Energy Advisors
Ron Stupka, Calfee, Halter and Griswold
Steven Varelmann, Oberlin College
Property Highlight: Progressive Field and the Cleveland Indians 

Professional baseball in Cleveland is one of the city's oldest traditions, dating back to 1869. There is a passionate connection between the city of Cleveland and the Indians, as they are a study in revival. Both are working, living examples of the power of teamwork, conviction and dedication.

Historians are certain to identify the year 1994 as a significant time in the renaissance of the city of Cleveland, and it is the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex, consisting of Progressive Field, the home of the Indians, and Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the Cavs, that will be remembered as the crowning jewel in the city's ever-changing urban landscape.

The Cleveland Indians organization and the Gateway Economic Development Corporation worked closely to fund, design, and build a world-class facility created expressly for baseball, specifically for Cleveland, and most importantly, with the fans' "total experience" in mind.
The Indians commitment to Cleveland goes far beyond the walls of Progressive Field. The organization is actively involved in projects and programs that positively impact the sustainability of both the community and environment. In 2008, the Indians were a part of Major League Baseball’s Greening Initiative –“The Greening of Baseball”.  Led by former Commissioner Bud Selig, the league partnered together with the National Resource Defense Council to create league wide programs to increase awareness and make a positive impact in the areas of greening and sustainability.  Bud Selig said the following concerning this program:
“Baseball is a social institution with social responsibilities and caring for the environment is inextricably linked to all aspects of our game. Sound environmental practices make sense in every way and protect our natural resources for future generations of baseball fans”
In 2007, the Indians instituted the “Our Tribe Is Green” Campaign. The focus was on energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction and water conservation. Since the inception of this program, significant progress has been made in these areas. Below are some the achievements in each area along with projects that are in progress or in the plans for the very near future.
Energy Efficiency/ Renewable Energy

In 2007, the Cleveland Indians become the first team in the American League to install Solar Panels. This was accomplished in a partnership with Green Energy Ohio and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. The panels generate nearly 15,000 kWh of energy per year.
The Indians are proud members of the Cleveland 2030 District. This partnership, along with Energy Star and the MLB Green Tracks, assist in the monitoring of energy consumption and provides valuable resources to make the organization aware of best practices and programs that can be implemented to improve energy efficiency.
Over the past few years, the Indians have begun the process of retrofitting the ballpark with LED lights. The newly renovated areas are equipped with LED lights and a process is underway to replace all applicable lights with LED within two years. The biggest of the retrofit projects will be the replacement of the field lights with LED. It is estimated that the installation of building and field lights will reduce energy consumption by nearly 65%.

Landfill Waste Reduction

In a partnership with Delaware North Companies, a robust recycling and composting program has been developed at Progressive Field. The Indians currently recycle office paper, cardboard, plastic shrink wrap, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles. Recycling programs are in place for both front office staff and fans. The team has installed nearly 50 recycling bins throughout Progressive Field for fans to participate in the program. Thanks to the efforts of team partners, fans and staff, the Indians recycle over 300 tons of material each year.
In August of 2014, the Indians and Delaware North partnered with Quasar Energy and Grind 2 Energy to grind food scraps to be converted to energy. Through anaerobic digestion, methane gas is extracted from the compost and sold to Cleveland Public Power. The remaining solution is used as fertilizer in large fields. Since August of 2014, over 100 tons of food has been collected from Progressive Field. This equates to:
  • Enough methane gas to heat 45 homes
  • Enough electricity to power a home for 897 days
  • 12K of nutrient rich fertilizer
  • 132K miles of vehicles off the road
In addition, Delaware North and the Indians have participated in the following sustainable programs:
  • Donated over 6,000  pounds of food to Cleveland Food Bank
  • Recycled over 15,000 pounds of fry oil that was converted to bio fuel through Filta Fry 
The Indians continue to seek opportunities to divert trash and other waste from the landfill.  To improve operational efficiencies an audit will be conducted to identify the waste streams.  In addition, the organization will explore avenues to expand composting to include cups, plates, field waste, etc.
With the commitment to reduce the consumption of water, the Indians have researched several programs that can provide a positive impact. Over the past five years, the Indians have replaced all flush valves in urinals with low flow fixtures. Some projects in the works are the installation of water capturing cisterns inside Progressive Field, with the water collected used for toilets and power washing, along with the installation of waterless urinals.
Local Foods – Wellness and Nutrition
The Indians Installed vegetable gardens in both the Players Lot and in the newly constructed Right Field District. Food from the Player’s Lot is used in both the home and visiting team clubhouses to feed the players. Food from the Right Field Garden will be used by Delaware North in concession stands and kitchens throughout Progressive Field.
Fans and People
The Indians continue to seek to develop opportunities for fans and staff to participate in achieving the objectives of the greening programs.  The goal is to create awareness of sustainable and greening programs through the team website, via in-game messages and inside Progressive Field. The Indians are committed to developing opportunities to partner with sustainability efforts taking place in the Cleveland Community and throughout Northeast Ohio.

The Indians are excited to join together with organizations that promote sustainability such as Cleveland 2030 District, the Mayor’s Office on Sustainability, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Ohio EPA and many others that help make Cleveland a Green City on a Blue Lake!
>For more information on Progressive Field or the Indians Sustainability efforts please visit
Transportation Baseline

The Challenge for Planning calls for a 50% reduction (from baseline) of energy and water use as well as CO2 emissions from transportation by 2030. We have been focused on energy over the last two years. We are pleased to announce that we have established a transportation baseline. This will allow us to begin assessing building level emissions resulting from commuter transportation. The baseline represents the annual carbon dioxide emissions the average district commuter emits on their way to and from work.
Based on the 2012-13 transportation survey published by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), and nationally relevant EPA data, we calculated Cleveland’s baseline. We would like to thank NOACA and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for their help in compiling the relevant survey and model data necessary for the calculation of our baseline.
Our next step is to put this baseline into use, by measuring each building’s annual emissions per employee for comparison to the District baseline. The Cleveland 2030 District is in the process of creating a survey for our Property Adopters to assess commuting habits of each employee. Our goal is to have the survey developed by the end of the second quarter of 2016. We are looking forward to begin tracking transportation-related CO2 emissions for our Property Adopters.
The calculation of the transportation baseline coincides with the City of Cleveland’s Year of Sustainable Transportation. C2030D will collaborate with the city to promote sustainable transportation options and hope that our Property Adopters participate in their Commuter Choice Challenge. The Challenge will focus on how many activities local organizations implement to promote sustainable transit choices and how they create a culture of awareness within their organization. We will be distributing more information on this program soon and encourage all our Property Adopters to take the challenge to promote sustainable commuter habits!
C2030D Staff Update
As many of you know, our Metrics Engineer, Rosemary Walker has decided to focus her attention on the farm she and her husband bought this past summer. She promises to keep in touch and help when she can. We wish her all the best and much success!
In mid December we hired Isabella McKnight as our Program Manager. Isabella is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in Environmental Studies. Isabella will take on much of Rosemary’s role in preparing reports and checking data for accuracy. She will also work on our water and transportation baselines. Please feel free to contact Isabella at
2030 Districts Update

As of February 2016, there are twelve established 2030 Districts and five emerging 2030 Districts forming. Current Districts include: Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver, Los Angeles, Stamford, Dallas, San Francisco, Toronto, Albuquerque, San Antonio, and Grand Rapids. The square footage of committed real estate also continues to expand. The total building area in the 2030 District Network currently exceeds 261 million square feet.

Emerging Districts include: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ithaca, Portland, and New York City. We look forward to following the progress of these emerging Districts!

>Click here for more information about the 2030 Districts
Architecture 2030 Founder Ed Mazria Participates in Paris COP21

Founder of Architecture 2030 and the Challenge for Planning participated in the Paris COP21.  Read the full article here.

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