Learn more about how the City of Shaker Heights is striving to become more sustainable.
In 2019, the City was selected to be part of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program. This program will allow the City to become LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Cities Certified by 2020. Currently, there are more than 90 LEED certified cities and communities in the United States.
LEED for Cities certification means the City must meet certain requirements across six LEED credit categories: Natural Systems and Ecology, Transportation and Land Use, Water Efficiency, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Materials and Resources and Quality of Life. The LEED certification process will not only provide the City with a baseline for how well it's doing in these six areas, but also help the City create a road map for continuous progress going forward.
In 2014, Mayor Earl Leiken created the Sustainable Shaker Task Force. In 2019, Mayor David Weiss elevated this Task Force to an official City Council committee. The Sustainability Committee is currently chaired by Council member Julianna Johnston Senturia. Areas of focus include energy, storm water management, recycling, transit, and building efficiency.
The Sustainability Committee meets monthly and residents are encouraged to get involved. Get in touch with committee members, view agendas and minutes from past meetings, or check the City's Public Meetings calendar for upcoming Sustainability Committee meetings.
The City's new internal Green Team, established in summer 2019, brings together staff from the City to identify areas for improvement and help implement sustainable practices across City departments.