Sustainability Planning Lab Launches New “Plan of the Month” Series With Profile of Vibrant NEO 2040

The Sustainability Planning Lab, a project of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, is launching a new Plan of the Month feature, to highlight the details of a local, municipal or regional sustainability plan each month. The series will feature a different sustainability plan monthly, with a profile and accompanying article. Some of the profiles will feature plans under development, while others will feature plans in the midst of or post implementation. January’s Plan of the Month profiles the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium Initiative, also known Vibrant NEO 2040.

Vibrant NEO 2040 is a regional sustainability and decision making framework for a 12 county area in Ohio comprised of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, Stark, Trumbull and Wayne counties. Northeast Ohio’s diverse needs and cadre of stakeholders required the development of a new entity to carry out the studies and processes associated with this plan. The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) was created as a non-profit organization for that purpose. The initiative was funded in 2010, and the planning process took place over a three year period.  A number of stakeholders have underscored the pivotal role of state government leaders in making the collaborative vision of the NEO plan a reality, including former professor and now senior fellow at Cleveland State University, Tom Bier. In December of 2013, the NEOSCC Board of Directors released the Vibrant NEO 2040 vision, products, and framework for approval by member organizations. The final vote for approval took place on Tuesday, February 25. Click here to see the profile.