Urban Watershed Regatta

Ebony Hood pitched her idea for a youth regatta, complete with training and coaching, as a way to expose them to a new form of urban sport that is connected to the environment they live in at Accelerate 2017 Her idea came to fruition on August 10, 2017 with an event for K-12 students.

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Ohio City Clean Up and Green Up Day

Steve Roberts pitched his idea for an Ohio City clean up day at Accelerate 2015. After the event, he worked with Ohio City, Inc. to organize a group of neighborhood volunteers to clean up Ohio City. Steve saw his vision become reality on May 9, 2015 with the Ohio City Clean UP and Green Up…

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ReForest City: Trees for Community Health and Engagement

Laura Marks wanted to engage residents to plant trees on private property in Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs. She pitched her ReForest City idea, bringing neighbors together to plant trees in low-income neighborhoods, at Accelerate 2015. Since February 2015, she has been working to increase publicity and popularity of her community gardening initiative to allow…

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Rust Belt Riders: Pedal-Powered Composting

Roughly 40% of all food grown in the United States is wasted, this at a time when 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger. These systems need to change and the systems that combat inefficiencies need to be supported. Community composting offers everyone a way to fight waste and support new food systems. At Accelerate…

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