The City of Shaker Heights supports sustainability efforts that preserve the environment and conserve energy. Likewise, we encourage residents to consider ways to reduce their carbon footprints and improve energy efficiency in their homes.
Sustainable Shaker Task Force
The Sustainable Shaker Task Force was formed in 2014. Recognizing the many green initiatives, energy efficiency work, and emergency planning the City had already accomplished over time, the Task Force agreed early in its process to focus its efforts on the concept of “resiliency,” which combines both sustainability efforts and readiness preparations. The current Task Force chair is Shaker Heights City Council member Sean Malone
In 2011, the City undertook an Alternative Energy Feasibility Study that focused on the feasibility of installing geothermal, solar thermal, and solar photo-voltaics on residential properties.
Energy Aggregation Programs: The City is pleased to participate in aggregation programs that can help lower the cost of gas and electric service for residents and small businesses.
- The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) is an organization of local governments in northeast Ohio that work cooperatively to provide cost savings for individual customers. The City of Shaker Heights participates as a NOPEC Electric community, promoting cost savings for the community through its electric service aggregation program.
- The City also has its own natural gas aggregation program.
Energy Audit Programs: The Dominion East Ohio Home Performance with Energy Star Program takes a comprehensive approach to help boost your home's comfort and long-term value, while keeping your energy bills in check. A certified auditor will assess your home’s energy efficiency and provide recommendations. Participants can receive rebates on home improvements. Learn more on the Home Performance with Energy Star website.
Solar Energy: Shaker Heights is a solar-friendly community. This guide is designed to help you understand those factors, as well as the process of installing solar in Shaker Heights.
Ohio Solar United Neighborhoods (OH SUN) Cuyahoga County Solar Co-ophelps Ohioans organize solar co-ops (50-100 households) to make going solar more affordable and accessible. Participants can save 15-30 percent off the system cost and build a network of solar supporters. Visit the Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op online for more information.
Public Transportation: Public transportation plays an important role in sustainability by moving more people with fewer vehicles. 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 betwen Tower City and Green Rd.). Get maps and details about public transportation in Shaker Heights at Ride RTA.
Cuyahoga Greenways: Cuyahoga County and the Cleveland Metroparks are leading a process to plan greenways and urban trails across the county. Learn more about Cuyahoga Greenways.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: There are two EV stations in Shaker Heights. They are at The Dealership at 3558 Lee Rd. (in the parking lot behind the building) and the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland at 21600 Shaker Blvd. (also in the parking lot behind the building).
Green Building & Infrastructure
Green building practices are being employed throughout the City, whether it’s in new infill housing, new commercial structures or renovations of Van Sweringen-era homes. Read about some recent projects:
- The Envelope of Sustainability – A sustainably built home in the Boulevard neighborhood.
- Sustainable Preservation – A sustainably renovated home on South Woodland Rd.
- Awesomely Delicious -- Mitchell’s Ice Cream built its first LEED Certified scoop shop in the Van Aken District
Storm Water: Residents who take certain steps to reduce storm water run off on their property are eligible to receive a credit on their monthly bill from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Learn more.
Transit Village: Transit Village, recommended in the City's 2015 Housing and Neighborhood Plan, is envisioned as a transformational project at the gateway of the Moreland, Ludlow and Onaway neighborhoods. Transit-oriented and energy-efficient new housing will re-energize the area. The Transit Village initiative includes the development of a two-acre site for new townhomes and construction of infill single-family homes on scattered vacant lots.
Transit Village details:
- All new-home construction in Transit Village will meet Enterprise Green Community, Energy Star, or similar energy-efficient standards
- All new-home construction in Transit Village is eligible for a 10-year, 100% property tax abatement
- The Townhomes of Van Aken: 33 for-sale townhomes, located at the southwest corner of the Van Aken/Onaway/Sutton intersection; construction is underway and the model suite is open; five townhomes include solar panels to drastically reduce energy costs
Many organizations work on sustainability issues in Northeast Ohio. These include Sustainable Cleveland and the GreenCityBlueLake Institute (view the Sustainable Cuyahoga toolkit created by the Institute).
Residents may also be interested in learning more about the Cuyahoga County Climate Change Action Plan, which is an effort to set targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, implement and track actions to meet targets, and adapt to climate change across the county. View the Action Plan to learn more about the Cuyahoga County Office of Sustainability's Greenhouse Gas Inventory for cities in the County; you can also view a Vulnerability Assessment Map tool that identifies areas in the county where populations are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
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