CAP, City of Cleveland and Cleveland State University to Host Summit on April 20 About Building Equitable and Resilient Cities in a Changing Climate

Day-long event in Cleveland, Ohio, will feature remarks from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and White House Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss.

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Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — The Center for American Progress, the city of Cleveland and Cleveland State University will host a summit and dialogue on April 20 in Cleveland, Ohio, with Midwestern city and community leaders to discuss successful strategies to improve social equity and climate change resilience in low-income communities.

The event will feature remarks by Cleveland Mayor, Frank Jackson; Christy Goldfuss, White House Council on Environmental Quality managing director; Antonio Riley, midwest regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and city sustainability and resilience leaders from Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Toledo, Ohio.

After the summit, a field trip to Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood will be offered in order to visit a variety of projects that are improving resilience, including an urban farm that grows local, healthy food, among others.

As global temperatures rise, cities in the Great Lakes region must adjust to a new normal of more frequent and intense storms, heavy downpours, heat waves, and cold snaps. These and other dangerous climate change effects hit hardest in the region’s low-income communities, many of which lack the economic stability and quality housing needed to safely weather severe storms and long periods of stifling heat and freezing temperatures. Several Midwestern cities that are faced with the growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, poor air and water quality, skyrocketing energy bills, and costly damage to homes and infrastructure are swinging into action.

WHO:

Remarks:
Frank Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland
Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Antonio Riley, Midwest Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Featured panelists:
Patekka Bannister, Chief of Water Resources, City of Toledo

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2016

Contact
Tom Caiazza, 202.481.7141
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ADVISORY: CAP, City of Cleveland and Cleveland State University to Host Summit on April 20 About Building Equitable and Resilient Cities in a Changing Climate

Day-long event in Cleveland, Ohio, will feature remarks from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and White House Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss.

RSVP to attend this event
Livestream will be available.

Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress, the city of Cleveland and Cleveland State University will host a summit and dialogue on April 20 in Cleveland, Ohio, with Midwestern city and community leaders to discuss successful strategies to improve social equity and climate change resilience in low-income communities. The event will feature remarks by Cleveland Mayor, Frank Jackson; Christy Goldfuss, White House Council on Environmental Quality managing director; Antonio Riley, midwest regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and city sustainability and resilience leaders from Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Toledo, Ohio.

After the summit, a field trip to Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood will be offered in order to visit a variety of projects that are improving resilience, including an urban farm that grows local, healthy food, among others.

As global temperatures rise, cities in the Great Lakes region must adjust to a new normal of more frequent and intense storms, heavy downpours, heat waves, and cold snaps. These and other dangerous climate change effects hit hardest in the region’s low-income communities, many of which lack the economic stability and quality housing needed to safely weather severe storms and long periods of stifling heat and freezing temperatures. Several Midwestern cities that are faced with the growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, poor air and water quality, skyrocketing energy bills, and costly damage to homes and infrastructure are swinging into action.

WHO:

Remarks:
Frank Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland
Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Antonio Riley, Midwest Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Featured panelists:
Patekka Bannister, Chief of Water Resources, City of Toledo
Matt Gray, Director of Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Cleveland
Christie Manning, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Department of Psychology, Macalester College
Kimberly Hill Knott, Director of Policy, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Moderated by:
Cathleen Kelly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:

Cleveland State University Student Center
2121 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio, 44115

Afternoon field trip from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Press are invited to attend though space will be limited.

Stops on this tour could include:

  • Rid-All Green Partnership is part of the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone. It is the dream of three childhood friends who turned an empty and forgotten piece of land into an urban farm that grows healthy, local food and trains others in this work.
  • The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has funded a variety of green infrastructure projects in the neighborhood.
  • The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority has installed a 1.1-megawatt solar array on a brownfield and also built a series of green homes.
  • Burten Bell Carr, the neighborhood community development corporation, is developing plans to improve walkability and bikeability in the neighborhood, along with supporting all major projects in Kinsman.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Tom Caiazza at "> or 202.481.7141.

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The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Christie Manning, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Department of Psychology, Macalester College
Kimberly Hill Knott, Director of Policy, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Moderated by:
Cathleen Kelly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:

Cleveland State University Student Center
2121 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio, 44115

Afternoon field trip from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Press are invited to attend though space will be limited.

Stops on this tour could include:

  • Rid-All Green Partnership is part of the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone. It is the dream of three childhood friends who turned an empty and forgotten piece of land into an urban farm that grows healthy, local food and trains others in this work.
  • The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has funded a variety of green infrastructure projects in the neighborhood.
  • The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority has installed a 1.1-megawatt solar array on a brownfield and also built a series of green homes.
  • Burten Bell Carr, the neighborhood community development corporation, is developing plans to improve walkability and bikeability in the neighborhood, along with supporting all major projects in Kinsman.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Tom Caiazza at "> or 202.481.7141.

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