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Age of Awareness

Sustainable Cleveland, Sustainable Future

The Cuyahoga River near Welshfield, Ohio. The river flows across the state from Hambden to Cleveland and empties into Lake Erie. © The Nature Conservancy (Mark Godfrey)

About Me

Newspaper boy. © Courtesy of the Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons
From left to right: The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio on fire on November 3, 1952 (Courtesy of Cleveland Press Collection at Cleveland State University Library); Clip from an episode of Rowans & Martin’s Laugh-In (Courtesy of NBC Television/Wikimedia Commons).
On December 31, 1970, President Nixon signed the Clean Air Act as the first Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Ruckelshaus and the Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Russell Train look on. © National Archives

From Cleveland, to Wall Street, to TNC

TNC and Cities

  • So far, we’ve protected more than 60,000 acres of land across the state. Most recently, we acquired Snow Lake in Geauga County, just east of Cleveland. This is one of the state’s best remaining glacial wetlands, and we plan to open it to the public next year.
  • We’re working with farmers to minimize nutrient runoff to ensure that Lake Erie and the Ohio River provide clean water for communities.
  • We partnered with Ohio’s Congressional delegation to secure full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
  • And we’re doing all we can to make the case that clean energy policies are good for Ohioans.
A young girl plays along the Ohio River at Louisville Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky. © The Nature Conservancy (Devan King)

City Challenges and TNC Solutions

Smog over the city of Shanghai, China. © Lei Han/Creative Commons
Planting trees along West Broadway from 20th Street to Shawnee Park in Louisville, Kentucky. © The Nature Conservancy (Devan King)
Stormwater runoff in Arlington, Virginia. © Tyrone Turner
Planting a rain garden in a church parking lot as part of D.C.’s stormwater runoff project. © The Nature Conservancy (Misty Edgecomb)
Kids captivated by technology. © Jim Bauer/Flickr
LEAF participants working in Georgia, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. © The Nature Conservancy

Environmental Leadership in Cities

What Can You Do?

A family enjoys time together on the beach and in the marsh in St. Augustine, Florida. © Karine Aigner
Historic Cleveland City Hall in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. © cmh2315fl/Flickr
View of downtown Cleveland and the Detroit-Superior Bridge. © Erik Drost/Creative Commons



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Mark Tercek

Former CEO of The Nature Conservancy CEO. “Nature’s Fortune” author. Family man, yogi, ice climber, vegan.