Real sustainability, or merely lip service
An open letter to the CH-UH Board of Education:
We are residents of Cleveland Heights, concerned with the speed with which the School Facilities Committee appears to be pushing through the renovation and/or replacement our existing school buildings. We hear the term sustainability mentioned a lot, but so far no one has satisfactorily explained what sustainability means in terms of building/renovating and operating the district’s schools in the near and distant future.
In the context of our schools and the proposed development, we believe sustainability should mean development that meets our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. To ensure that this happens, we urge the district to create and fill the position of Director of Sustainability—someone who has the knowledge and experience, and will have the authority, to assist with the planning, design, implementation, and operation of the new facilities.
Jewel Moulthrop and Evan Komito