Join Us at an Event!
There are a wide variety of Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences taking place throughout 2019. Events will continue to be added in the coming months, including anniversary week (June 19-23, 2019).
If you’re interested in including your event as part of Cuyahoga50, please fill out this form.
January 18, 2019
Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, examines its history, the role Cleveland played, the environmental, social, and economic innovations that resulted from these efforts, and how the lessons learned can help us address emerging threats to our environment.
Leading up to the 50th anniversary of the fire, the City Club will be hosting Igniting the Future, a series of conversations on how the Cuyahoga River fire and its aftermath set the stage for the modern environmental movement.
January 27-30, 2019
This annual event will attract nearly 800 biologists, students, and scientists from local, state and provincial, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies, universities, and private companies across the 12 Midwestern states and provinces. The theme of the meeting is "Communicating Science to Fan the Flames of Conservation."
March 20-21, 2019
The Environmental Science and Design Symposium is a multidisciplinary forum that promotes the exchange of ideas related to the resiliency of natural and built systems. This year’s theme, “Complexity of Environmental Legacies”, reflects the challenges of developing sustainable systems in landscapes transformed by decades of modification and contamination. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines (fashion, geology, geography, architecture, and ecology) will address topics related to urban, sustainability, restoration, and the integration of design with biological systems.
March 22, 2019 (12:00-1:30pm)
While two African-American men (Mayor Carl Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes) played a role in the advent of the modern environmental movement, since that time, communities of color have received little visibility in the mainstream movement's progression while being disproportionately affected by environmental risks including soil and water contamination, pollution, and lead poisoning.
How did we get here? What's being done to make environmental policies become more inclusive? How can the environmental movement become reflective of the people its fighting for?
April 2, 2019 (9-11am)
Drinking and waste water agencies experience two trends: retirement of managers from the “baby boomer” generation; and “smart” technology innovation that is changing operations. What are the strategies in place to manage “smart” water systems in a “smart” way to ensure best management practices? Regional experts explore these issues.
May 6-8, 2019
The Council of the Great Lakes Region’s (CGLR) fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum brings together hundreds of leading industry executives, senior government officials and policy experts, academics, and change agents from the nonprofit sector who have a stake in growing the economy of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region, safely and sustainably, and improving the well-being of the Region’s citizens.
May 16, 2019 (7:30-10:00am)
This session will look at the lake and the river today. We'll talk about everything from algal blooms, developing new technology, and stormwater management to preserve our water supply. And we'll celebrate the progress we've made over the last five decades.
May 21, 2019 (9:00am-5:00pm)
This one-day event will feature industry experts and local leaders presenting on emerging green roof and wall research, the importance of green infrastructure policy and initiatives in Northeast Ohio, and advanced topics in green roofs and walls such as design for maximizing stormwater benefits, and valuing the benefits of green roofs. There will also be a small trade show component for local green roof/wall companies, and an interactive panel discussion on northeast Ohio policy and research requirements.
May 23, 2019 (4-6pm)
Professor John Hartig, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, will discuss past and current research on restoration Areas of Concern rivers in the Great Lakes basin. A local panel will respond concerning the Cuyahoga River.
June 5-7, 2019
The Green Marine team presents GreenTech 2019, a must for everyone involved or interested in maritime transportation and its greater sustainability through greener technologies, innovation, and best practices in the maritime industry.
June 20, 2019 (11am-6pm)
Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition designed to generate innovative technology solutions, or “hacks,” that address the Lake Erie Basin’s most pressing problems. This program leverages the expertise of researchers, designers, engineers, developers and creatives across the region to activate, cultivate and accelerate these hacks. June 20th will mark the Erie Hack Final and Innovation Summit which will combine the awarding of $100K in prizes to top performing teams with keynote speakers and panels on topics of water innovation.
June 21, 2019 (8:30am-5:00pm)
The Lead Safe Home Summit will convene caregivers, residents, landlords, advocates and local elected officials to learn about lead poisoning in our community and help build the path to a lead-safe Cleveland. Registration will open at 8:30am.
June 21, 2019 (12:00-1:30pm)
Fifty years after the last fire, the Cuyahoga River is alive again due to concerted federal and local efforts to clean up our waters, air, and land. However, the nation now faces unprecedented environmental challenge, all made worse by accelerating climate change. Many of these challenges, while very real, are less visible than the dramatic image of water catching fire. Environmental threats coupled with rising socioeconomic inequality — if not reversed — will profoundly affect Americans for generations to come. Despite widespread alarm and action being taken at many levels, the science tells us that we must do much more, and quickly.
Three panelists will debate the past, present, and future of environmental policy, including:
David W. Orr, Ph.D., Oberlin College
Shanelle L. Smith, The Trust for Public Land
Christine Todd Whitman, Former Administrator, U.S. EPA, and 50th Governor of New Jersey
June 21-24, 2019
River Rally is a national conference for river and water champions. Unique in its focus on providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally brings together hundreds of NGO staff and volunteers, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and community leaders from across the United States and the world who care about rivers and water issues.
October 16, 2019 (8am-6pm)
Ten years ago, Mayor Frank G. Jackson launched Sustainable Cleveland 2019 to engage all citizens to design and develop a “green city on a blue lake”. Since then we've made tons of progress as a community, galvanizing action among thousands of people and organizations. Summit 2019 will celebrate that progress and the people that made it happen.
The Summit will also look forward, establishing some key priorities in the Climate Action Plan that require community-wide action. Stay tuned in the months ahead for more details. Tickets on sale beginning June 2019.
September 11-12, 2019
The Annual Meeting of the Areas of Concern community provides the opportunity to discuss the work implemented throughout AOCs and to connect with a wide variety of partners to continue making progress toward delisting. The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in Cleveland on the Cuyahoga River. The 2019 event is coordinated by U.S. EPA and the Ohio Lake Erie Commission in partnership with Ohio EPA.