The ambitious work began in August 2009 when nearly 700 people from across greater Cleveland and across the nation gathered at Public Auditorium for a 3-day summit focused on "Building an Economic Engine to Empower a Green City on a Blue Lake." This effort focused on supporting business growth, protecting the environment and creating opportunities for individuals to prosper.
One way Cleveland is achieving this is through The LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting initiative. This initiative is an unprecedented economic development effort that uses the city's purchasing power to create jobs, attract business investment, save the city money, reduce the city's energy consumption, reduce the city's carbon footprint and spur the creation of a sustainable economy in Cleveland. The city plans to use LED streetlights, LED traffic lights, LED incandescent replacement bulbs and LED replacements for fluorescent tubes, all manufactured in the Cleveland.
The lights will reduce Cleveland's carbon footprint and its operating budget due to the long life and energy efficiency of LED technology. The city currently spends about $12 million annually on electricity for streetlights alone. By using LED streetlights, the city projects it can save $4.3 million in electricity and maintenance costs annually.