The Spark That Ignited a Movement

On morning of June 22, 1969, a spark dropped from a train passing over the Cuyahoga River, and for the 13th documented time over the previous century, it caught fire. What followed changed Cleveland, and the world, forever.


Clean Water Events throughout 2019

The year’s pinnacle took place June 19-23 as we marked the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River burning. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a wide variety of community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences taking place throughout the year.






In 2009, Mayor Frank Jackson launched Sustainable Cleveland 2019, a 10-year initiative to design and develop a “green city on a blue lake” by 2019, the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire. Join us throughout 2019 as we mark ten years of progress, celebrate the people who made it happen, and set the stage for future action in building thriving and resilient neighborhoods throughout Cleveland.

Visit Sustainable Cleveland 2019