Resources for Residents
Learn more about area resources and programs to help residents become more sustainable.
- Residents can sign up for a Community Supported Composting program offered by Rust Belt Riders, which composts all household food scraps and BPI Certified products. Learn more.
- Residents may also install compost bins in their yards. Please note, a one-time, $5 permit (PDF) is required. Learn to compost at a Cuyahoga Recycles Composting Workshop.
- Residential yard waste (grass, leaves, etc.) is composted by the City. View the guidelines for preparing your yard waste for collection by City crews.
- Leave the Leaves:
- Instead of raking (or blowing) leaves to the tree lawn each fall, consider leaving all or some of your leaves in place to provide important habitat for beneficial insects, including butterflies and other pollinators.
- Additionally, residents can mulch mow leaves into their lawn, which is a great way to fertilize your lawn naturally (and for free).
Energy Savings Programs
Get help reducing your home’s energy usage and save money. Programs include free or low-cost energy audits and rebates to help pay for upgrades (like attic or wall insulation). Audits typically include LED light bulbs and other energy-saving products at no additional cost. Specifically:
- Learn about energy audits from First Energy
- Learn about energy audits from Dominion East Ohio
- Learn about incentive and rebate programs from First Energy
- Learn about First Energy’s Community Connections, which provides income-eligible customers with a free energy-use evaluation and energy-saving home improvements.
Residents residing in apartment buildings that do not provide recycling services may bring their recyclables to the Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.) on Saturdays and Sundays, 8 am-4 pm.
Shaker residents in the City’s electric aggregation program — offered by NOPEC — are automatically enrolled in a "Standard Program" plan that comes from 87% fossil fuel and nuclear power and only 13% from renewable sources such as wind and solar. But for a minimal additional charge, residents can request that NOPEC switch them to one of their 100% renewable products (such as NOPEC’s “Standard program + 100% renewable content”) by calling 855-667-3201. A typical Shaker home on a 100% plan will produce about three tons less greenhouse gases per year, according to ohiogreenelectricityproject.org, a local grassroots organization.
Residents can compare available electric suppliers, including those that offer 100 percent renewable power, at the Energy Choice Website.
Shaker Heights is a solar-friendly community. The solar installation guide is designed to help property owners understand the process of installing solar in Shaker Heights.
Make a rain barrel at one of the many workshops offered by the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District.
Shaker is one of just 13 communities in Ohio to be designated as a Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Learn where to bicycle in Shaker or download county bike maps at NOACA.
There are two EV stations in Shaker Heights. They are at The Dealership at 3558 Lee Road. (in the parking lot behind the building) and the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland at 21600 Shaker Boulevard (also in the parking lot behind the building).
The City of Shaker Heights enjoys a variety of public transportation options, including two light rail lines (the Blue Line with service between Tower City and Warrensville-Van Aken and the Green Line with service between Tower City and Green Road). Get maps and details at Ride RTA.