CMHA as part of its goal to become a truly sustainable organization has reached out to its employees, residents, and the community to increase awareness around energy and water conservation, and a respect for our environment. In 2006, this effort began with the Energy Performance Contract. A series of informational meetings with residents were conducted to talk about how they could help in our efforts to reduce CMHA's consumption of energy and water. Resident recycling initiatives for paper were then introduced at most of our High Rise dwelling units.
Recycling programs at our administrative offices were initiated. To further our outreach to our employees, CMHA established a green team called "ECOS" which stands for "Engage, Commit Organize, and Sustain." The goal for the team is through periodic newsletters and email reminders, to keep the tenets of sustainability in the minds of our employees.
Through our Youth Outdoors program, CMHA has connected young people with the natural environment through a series of outings to our areas wealth of parks, streams, and lakes, and to our zoo.
Further, CMHA has participated in the City of Cleveland’s "Sustainable Cleveland 2019" initiative, a ten-year project initiated by Mayor Frank Jackson whose goal is to make Cleveland a sustainable city by the year 2019. CMHA staff continues to go into the community to perform educational outreach and create awareness around what is happening at CMHA.