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Climate Change Action


In July 2017, Cuyahoga County joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, an international alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low-emission, resilient society. By joining, the county committed to complete and publicly report on the following within three years:
  1. County-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory consistent with the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), within one year or less
  2. Climate hazards faced by our county 
  3. Targets to reduce GHG emissions, within two years or less 
  4. Climate vulnerabilities faced by our county within two years or less 
  5. Plans to address climate change mitigation and adaptation within three years or less

We’ve worked with the Brendle Group, a sustainable engineering and planning firm with extensive experience completing greenhouse gas inventories for cities across the country including the City of Cleveland, to complete item 1 – a Cuyahoga County Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. We have also brought together our County Board of Health, Planning Commission, and Department of Emergency Management to collaboratively work on items 2 and 4 – identifying climate hazards and vulnerabilities. Finally, we are currently working with regional partners on items 3 and 5 – setting target reductions and drafting a climate change mitigation and adaptation plan. More specific information on this project can be found on this webpage.