Green Building Challenge - Building Education Series 2016 - Commuter Choice Challenge - 2030 Districts Update

Cleveland 2030 District Newsletter May 2016

Congratulations to the most recent Property Adopter to sign on:

Restore Cold Press

Spang Baking Company

Property Adopter 

43 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
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!
Green Building Challenge

Cleveland 2030 District has been collaborating with the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the US Green Building Council on their Green Building Challenge for the last few years.  We’re proud to say that all of the participants are Cleveland 2030 District Property Adopters. 
The Green Building Challenge measures reduction in Energy Use Intensity (measured as kBtu/sf per year) in three categories:
  • Greatest Reduction in EUI Through 2014
  • Greatest Reduction in EUI Through 2015
  • Most Improved EUI 2014 to 2015
The scores were very close, in some cases only separated by a half a percent difference!  Here’s the winners list:
Greatest Reduction in EUI Through 2014
Honorable Mention: K2M Design
Third Place: Midtown Professional Building
Second Place: AM Higley
Winner: United Way
Greatest Reduction in EUI Through 2015
Honorable Mention: Cuyahoga Community College
Third Place: Midtown Professional Building
Second Place: AM Higley
Winner: United Way
Most Improved EUI 2014 to 2015
Honorable Mention: Progressive Field
Third Place: United Way
Second Place: Forest City Realty Trust Tower City
Winner: Forest City Realty Trust Post Office Plaza
Congratulations to all these properties.  We’re proud to have these prestigious buildings in the 2030 District.  They are great examples of what can be accomplished by creating a more efficient built environment.
Building Education Series 2016

Cleveland 2030 District is collaborating with AIA (and their Building Enclosure Council committee), 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.  Check our website for updated information as it becomes available. In most cases, we are providing continuing education credits for BOMA, LEED, AIA, ASHRAE, AEE and CES.
Our second event, Building your Plan: Energy Audits and Commissioning, was held in March and was hosted by COSE.  Our speakers included Mark Wutz (Osborn Engineering) who started us off with some background information about audits and commissioning.  David November (Cuyahoga Community College) and Matt Joseph (The Brewer-Garrett Company) gave us some examples of the successful efficiency projects they partnered on at Tri-C.  Andrew Smyser (COSE) gave some examples of smaller projects facilitated by COSE.  After performing an audit and providing some guidance on best return for investment, they’ve had a number of success stories.  Finally, Ben DeMarco (DeMarco and Associates) and Susann Geithner (Geithner Consulting) gave real life examples of issues they’ve seen in buildings and how they were able to correct them through audits and commissioning.
Our next event is on May 19th, hosted by Northeast Ohio Chapter of the US Green Building Council.  Come hear local experts talk about the importance of water conservation and management from all aspects.  We’ll hear about everything from supplying water to its use, what happens to water as it continues through the sewer system and how we can manage and conserve in all phases of the process.  The Great Lakes are one of the largest fresh water resources left on the planet.  As a Green City on a Blue Lake, we hold a special responsibility to conserve this valuable resource.

Our speakers will:
  • Improve your general knowledge about the importance of clean water, water management and conservation.
  • Discuss new technologies that are available to help conserve and manage water.
  • Discuss local programs that are available including one to help detect leaks almost immediately, save water and allow the quick implementation of cost effective solutions.
  • Review local projects that have implemented water efficiency measures and discuss the return on their investment.
  • Discuss upcoming fees and rates that will impact everyone and what we can do to manage them.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
7:30 AM Registration and Coffee
8:00 – 10:00 AM Presentation
Oswald Building
1100 Superior
1st floor conference room
Michael Wallenstein, Neptune Plumbing including project highlight of KeyBank, Tiedeman Road
Jason Wood, City of Cleveland Division of Water
David Ritter, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
2 Continuing education credits available for:


There is no fee to participate but seats are limited!  Our last two events sold out. Please register here.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors Osborn Engineering and TPI Efficiency Consulting for sponsoring the Audits and Commissioning session and to Neptune Plumbing for sponsoring our Water Management and Conservation session.

Here are the other events scheduled for this year. You won’t want to miss these!

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  
Property Adopter and Professional Partner Mixer

On April 14th, our Property Adopters and Professional Partners met at the Wild Eagle Saloon for Cleveland 2030 District’s first Mixer.  We were able to share best practices, make some introductions and have a few beers!  We’ll schedule another one soon!  Thanks to the sponsors of this event: AM Higley, Evergreen Energy Solutions and Karpinski Engineering!
Commuter Choice Challenge

Supporting choices for commuters is a win-win for Cleveland 2030 District members. Use of alternative modes of transportation saves commuters money, relieves congestion, improves air quality, benefits health and reduces stress.

To celebrate the Year of Sustainable Transportation in 2016, NOACA and Sustainable Cleveland are teaming up to present the Commuter Choice Challenge, encouraging Northeast Ohio organizations of all shapes and sizes to take action in sustainable transportation.  It will also help District members meet their transportation goals.

As in previous years, participating organizations can earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze rating based on the organization’s incentives, programs and investments that support commute alternatives. In addition, this year’s participants can also receive great prizes worth up to $3,500 in value. Prizes will be given in the following categories:
  • Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses (< 100 employees)
  • Large Businesses (>100 employees)
  • Small- and Medium-Sized Non-Profits (< 100 employees)
  • Non-Profit Institutions and Government (>100 employees)
Award recipients will be announced at the Sustainable Cleveland Summit on September 21-22, 2016.

How to Enter:
  1. Take the pledge by May 31 to confirm your participation and to receive bonus points.
  2. Submit a final tracking sheet to by July 31.
The more actions you complete and the more outcomes you can share, the better chance you have to win. To reward you for your journey, all participating organizations that complete or pledge at least eight actions will be recognized at the Sustainable Cleveland Summit and be eligible for prizes!

Examples of Award-Winning Activities:

The tracking sheet includes dozens of ideas for organizations to support sustainable transportation. Some examples include:
  • Subsidizing monthly transit passes
  • Providing showers and lockers for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Installing bicycle racks
  • Offering premium parking spaces to people who carpool
  • Educating employees on the benefits of alternative commutes
>For more information, call Amy Stacy at 216-241-2414, ext. 205, or email her at
Cleveland State University Earth Day Celebration

Cleveland State University celebrated Earth Day this year with a week-long celebration.  Activities included Earth Service Weekend, CSU Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Storm Drain Stenciling.  In addition they held and Earth Fair on Thursday, April 21st in the Student Center Atrium. Cleveland 2030 District was proud to participate with a number of other local organizations to help the students and community better understand our mission.

2030 Districts Update


As of May 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 270 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
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