Slavic Village is one of four neighborhoods taking part in the Cleveland Climate Resilience Initiative funded by the Kresge Foundation in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. The Initiative highlights three main goals:
- Reduce energy use and/or increase the generation of renewable energy sources ( weatherization of homes, solar, wind, etc.)
- Help neighborhood residents prepare for the impacts of climate change in their neighborhood (i.e. summer heat waves, power outages, and heavier and more frequent storms) and
- strengthen social connections among neighbors and networks
Slavic Village has 4 Climate Ambassadors representing their community who will work will all residents to achieve the goals. Slavic Village/Broadway Ambassadors are: Nicole (Nic) Abraham, Pat Shields, Peter Baszuk and Mamie Bell. Projects the Ambassadors are currently involved with:
- Ambassadors held a mini Climate Fair at the recent Back to School Event held Aug. 13th at Cleveland Central Catholic High School – with displays and activities, parents and their kids learned about climate change and how they can make a difference.
- Hyacinth Tree Planting Project – working with the Rebuilding Together organization, the Ambassadors secured a small grant to plant 20 new trees in the Hyacinth neighborhood.
- Pershing Ramp Tree Planting Project – working with Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Ambassadors secured a small grant that will plant 25-30 new trees along the new ramp into the North Broadway neighborhood of Slavic Village.
You can learn more about the program and how you can get involved by contacting: Marlane Weslian, Neighborhood Development Officer, Slavic Village Development, 216-429-1182 x 104.20169