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SoSA’s vision is a Summit County region that is a successful model of a sustainable community. Partners work together across sectors to create and enhance a thriving community surrounded by a healthy natural environment.


SoSA supports this vision by creating a sustainability forum in the Summit County region to unite nonprofit organizations, educational  institutions, governmental entities, and for‐profit businesses as they work together to inform policy, improve practices, and support innovation.


SoSA uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide collective impact, and leverage connections among members to tap creativity and create synergies. SoSA fosters alignment of goals and resources among the business, nonprofit, educational, and government sectors to move Akron’s ranking in the 2019 US Cities Sustainable Development Report (Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative for the United Nations) higher over the next 5 years. In addition, SoSA collectively identifies and addresses specific obstacles and opportunities to advance the conditions that foster innovation and progress toward sustainability goals.

MEETINGS

 

SoSA General Membership Meeting

(In-Person)

4th Wednesday

of the Month

 

 

 

 

JULY SoSA MEETING

July 24, 2024

1:30 pm

SoSA Core Team Meeting

(Virtual)

2nd Wednesday

of the Month 

 

 

 

JULY CORE TEAM MEETING

July 10, 2024

1:00 pm (VIRTUAL)

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FirstEnergy Website

PARKING MAP

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RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION

TEAM

 

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CLIMATE ACTION

TEAM

LIFE ON LAND

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NEWS

Member and Core Team News in the Community

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In Akron, our tree coverage has declined from

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PLANTING

CHANGE

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At Keep Akron Beautiful, we are excited to launch the Planting Change: 100k Trees for Akron campaign, with the goal to plant 100,000 trees by 2034 to restore the city’s green canopy and maintain a balanced ecosystem.

KEEP AKRON BEAUTIFUL

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SSWCD

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Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) Pilot Project Cooperative Agreement Program

Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO)

Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 4, 2024.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2024
Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR)
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO)
No. USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CFWR-24-NOFO0001412

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POWER A CLEAN

FUTURE OHIO

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Akron Selected for Bloomberg American Sustainable Cities

BLOOMBERG AMERICAN
SUSTAINABLE CITIES

City of Akron to Join

Power a Clean

SoSA NEWS PAGE

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Mayor Shammas Malik

Announces Akron's First

Director of Sustainability and Resiliency Director

Casey Shevlin

As the city's first Director of Sustainability and Resiliency, Casey Shevlin will be responsible for helping coordinate and grow the city's focus on environmental issues. Shevlin most recently served as the senior sustainability analyst in the Corporate Responsibility department at FirstEnergy, where she was responsible for improving the company’s performance on a range of sustainability topics, including climate change. Shevlin has previously worked in a variety of communications, research, and academic positions.

Shevlin serves on the Women’s Network Leadership Institute’s Advisory Council and on the Board of the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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She is originally from New York and received her B.A. in English from Emmanuel College and her M.A. in English from the University of Akron. 

Casey Shevlin

Director of Sustainability

and Resiliency

What's Happening at Summit Metro Parks Cascade Valley and Akron's North Hill Neighborhood?

Gorge Dam Removal Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its partners announced a project agreement totaling more than $100 million to clean up nearly 875,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments from behind the Cuyahoga River Gorge Dam

For more information, check out the :

SMP Website 

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Akron's Northside Interceptor Tunnel Project

The City of Akron is advancing the tunnel project with construction of a 16.5 foot diameter tunnel beginning at the Cascade Valley Park Chuckery area, generally following Riverside Drive and terminating near the Front Street Bridge. The project also includes the Riverside Seer Separation Project, the Lower Northside Intercetor Lining Project, 

 

For more information, check out the

 

AWR Website

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SoSA in the NEWS

Good Place Akron

News on Local

Good Place Efforts

 

 

 

 

 

Words by Sophie Vaughan

 

Summit of Sustainability Alliance (SoSA) Building Ranks and Gaining Momentum for a More Sustainable Summit County

Website    News Story

Supporting Life on Land in Summit County: An Introduction to SoSA’s Biodiversity Projects

Website    News Story

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Following the September 2023 meeting, SoSA had the pleasure of viewing the "Images of Eden", featuring paintings of the Cuyahoga Valley Watershed by Julie Holman and excerpts from the book by Scott Myers called "Eden Unbound"

Over the next few months, SoSA will highlight paintings from the Exhibit and excerpts from the book.

Salamander Migration, 2023

Acrylic on canvas

One of the most exciting nights in the Cuyahoga Valley is when the weather is just right, around 50 and rainy, and under the deafening trill of wood frogs and spring peepers salamanders migrate from their vernal pools and move into the forest.

Click here for large image

RECENT EVENT

Rubber City Reuse

(Held Wednesday, July 26th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The July general membership meeting was held at the Rubber City Reuse facility in Mogadore.

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Meetings/Events

LINK

RECENT EVENT

Biodiversity Workshop

(Held Thursday, March 9, 2023)

SoSA Biodiversity Team

Native Beds

Food Forestry

Environmental Social Justice

Native Tree Canopy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Here

LIFE ON LAND TEAM

Agenda, Speakers, & Presentations

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RECENT EVENT

Tour of Akron Water Supply

Wednesday, May 24th 

The monthly SoSA General Membership meeting was hosted by the City of Akron, Ohio at the Water Supply plant in Kent! Jeff Bronowski, Akron Water Supply Bureau Manager, gave an insightful presentation about the history of the facility, what it takes for drinking water to get all the way to your faucet, and the work the city does to preserve the health of Cuyahoga River watershed areas. Attendees were then treated to a tour of the operations.

Summit Metro Parks

Wild Back Yard

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What is Sustainable Cleveland?

Living and growing as a sustainable city will ensure Cleveland's longevity. Sustainable Cleveland engages everyone to work together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all.

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My Backyard (My Home Park)

June 2024

Prairie Clover Path

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MY HOME PARK

Native Plant Gardens for Ohio

Welcome to Ohio! This is your directory to over 40 native plant gardens that are all ecologically appropriate for Ohio and other states in the Great Lakes Region of North America. If you live in Ohio, these gardens will thrive with little maintenance while directly supporting the butterflies, bees, and other beneficial wildlife that share your yard.

Click Here for more information

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Use this code and 20% will be donated to CLC's Native plant and Canopy Program

CLCMHP2023

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General Membership
The first person to click on the Starbucks Gift Card and send the e-mail to SoSA will receive a free gift card.
 
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Core Team Members
Akron Zoo
Akron, City of 
Akron Waterways Renewed
Big Love Network
Bridgestone Americas
Cuyahoga Falls
Kent State University
GAINS
Goodyear
Summit County

 
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CALENDAR

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