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.
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
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 21-24, 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.