Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (SC 2019), an effort by the City of Cleveland and local environmental groups to promote sustainability as a means of growing the economy in Northeast Ohio, will soon have a physical home in Tower City Center.
Andrew Watterson, Cleveland’s Chief of Sustainability, says the purpose of the new Sustainable Cleveland Center is to promote efforts to green Northeast Ohio, provide central meeting space for environmental groups, and offer affordable shared office space for companies and nonprofits working to advance sustainability within the region.
“We’re increasing our audience by putting the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability into a more public space,” says Watterson. “Forest City has been extremely generous by donating the space, and we’ve signed a two-year lease.”
The Office of Sustainability will set up shop on the second floor of a two-story retail space that is accessible from the Huron Road entrance to Tower City Center. A number of regional companies, including GE Lighting, Alcoa and Eaton Corporation, have donated materials for the build-out. Watterson stresses that the Sustainable Cleveland Center is a “collaborative effort” that will ultimately house many partners. The nonprofit Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) has indicated an intent to lease space on the first floor, but has not yet signed a lease. A range of other companies and organizations have indicated a desire to showcase products, information and materials.
Watterson hopes the center will eventually lead to the creation of a sustainable business incubator in downtown Cleveland. “We’re testing the idea out at a scale that’s manageable,” he says. “In the meantime, it provides us with an excellent way to tell the story of what’s happening with sustainability in Cleveland.”
Fresh Water Cleveland, 7/14/11