"Wind power has the potential to become a routine source of energy for Northern Ohio and the Great Lakes region. By supporting this project, Cleveland will take a lead role in shaping and implementing energy strategies of the future. Cleveland's leadership role in clean energy generation, storage, distribution and use will generate significant business opportunities, provide affordable clean energy and make Ohio a destination state."
J. Iwan D. Alexander,
"Smiling sunflowers twirl /
As they are tickled /
by the wind.
Wading Ferris Wheel /
Wise-up and Rise-up /
On the winds of change.
Self-luminous kiss /
Warmly caresses whirligig /
Orene Anthony, Poet
"Offshore wind provides a vital source of renewable energy. As well as the availability of that supply off our two ocean coastlines, we are also fortunate to have a bountiful supply waiting for our attention on the Great Lakes. The project in progress on Lake Erie, off the coast of Cleveland, is a great starting point.”
"For the past decade, there has been an incredible groundswell surrounding the sustainability movement here in Northeast Ohio. To be sure, the off-shore wind farm along the shores of Cleveland is by far the most important green initiative to date. This project will not only bring instant economic vitality to the City and the region but moreover, it will become a symbol to our citizens and visitors of what is possible. It will inspire others to make a measurable difference for our planet, our people and our local economy. Thank you Sarah for sharing your vision through windustrious.org. It has brought many leaders in sustainability together in an effort to make this project a reality."
Director for Strategy Development
Profit Recovery Partners
President, The Taylor Companies
"Wind power will be an exciting part of Cleveland's future. Instead of importing energy from somewhere else, we can invest our energy dollars in local, renewable energy sources that create good jobs and promote innovation."
Director, GreenCityBlueLake Institute Cleveland Museum of Natural History
"It is foresighted and patriotic to find other sources for energy than unrenewable fossil fuels... besides, these windmills are BEAUTIFUL!"
"Industrial Cleveland exploited earthly place to create wealth. New Cleveland looks to reconnect with place; to re-balance the place-wealth equation. Lake Erie wind is free and renewable energy. With it, we may forge a better way with our place."
Bluestone Heights explores the nature and history of Northeast Ohio places.
"It is not just progressive, but responsible, for leadership at every level to be committed to expanding opportunities for alternative and renewable energy production. We should be proactive and not reactive in terms of our environment and job creation."
"I think wind power will undoubtedly be a major component, along with solar, of any program of alternative power generation in this country, and I am excited that the Lake Erie project could put Ohio at the forefront of this movement."
Rhoda A. Brooks,
"The development of this wind farm will harness Ohio’s manufacturing expertise and its renewable energy innovation, boosting the northeast Ohio economy
and securing our energy future.”
"Projects like this one can promote green-collar jobs, and lead to shared economic prosperity in a cleaner, greener America"
Campaign Director 1Sky 1 Climate. 1 Future. 1 Chance.
Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs
College of Arts & Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
"I love the idea"
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
"Cleveland is steadily becoming a green city on a blue lake as so many envisioned! The latest wind turbine technology in Lake Erie will be a giant step in that direction. This is a great example of the saying, "When the people lead, leaders follow". The transition to 100% clean energy is happening."
Anne Caruso, Retired Teacher, Environmental Activist
“Graceful modern wind turbines symbolize our growing appreciation for the gifts of nature. The Windustrious Cleveland effort is an example of how we can turn that appreciation into reality.”
Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
American University School of Communication
"If people really understood the enormous dangers from global warming for their health, and especially for the health and the lives of their children, they would support every feasible alternate energy solution there was, including the well conceived plans for a wind power farm on Lake Erie."
Eric Chivian M.D.,
Director, The Program for Preserving the Natural World, Inc.
Associate, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Chivian shared the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
"This would really put our region on the map."
South Euclid, Ohio
"I can't imagine One Reason why Cleveland would not do this. We are always trying to attract people to Cleveland and with the potential of a new Convention Center and Medical Mart. What an attraction. These are beautiful and imagine them off of our waterfront. Not to mention, of course, the benefit to the globe that's a given."
A. Michele Clark,
Program Manager, Training & Development
Tri-C Corporate College, Cleveland, Ohio
“Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is passionate about creating and sustaining vibrant, urban neighborhoods. From housing and entertainment to workforce development and climate resiliency, we support efforts and initiatives that improve our city. The Lake Erie wind farm will enhance our city’s image and contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. We’re looking forward to wind power in Cleveland!”
"The Youngstown Business Incubator is keenly interested in helping to foster new initiatives incorporating renewable, green and hybrid energy technologies. As such, we pledge our full support to this important project."
Youngstown Business Incubator
"The County Sustainability Group (CSG) in Prince Edward County, Ontario, has advocated for renewable energy and sustainable practices since 2006, and we certainly support this worthy effort to create an offshore windfarm in Lake Erie. Climate change is the major challenge facing humanity. We must act decisively with many actions, such as this windfarm, to change the status quo and move towards a 100% renewable energy future. We support you and wish you much success in this important development."
"NEO simply has to do this!"
C. Beau Daane,
Director of Sustainable Development
Business Recycling Specialist
Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
"We all want powerful answers when our children and grandchildren ask, 'What did you do when you learned the earth was warming?' For that reason, I support visionary action to reverse climate change as is the case with the planned wind farm off the shore of Cleveland."
"Windustrious is a brilliant strategy to add another plank in the platform for U.S. energy independence as well as an opportunity for economic development in Cleveland. Let's go for it."
University Circle Inc, Vice President, (ret).
Lori Alba, Ron Linard, Jeff Troxell & Al Welter,
D-A-S Construction Co.
"Cleveland has this wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to the world its growing leadership in green technology and wind power. We need to work quickly and secure our place, not only as thought leaders but as pioneers."
Former "Tech Czar" - City of Cleveland.
Tech Columnist, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Wind energy is our best option for power. Proven effective in other countries, it can truly help our region. It creates jobs through manufacturing turbines in Ohio and provides needed alternative sources of power--both a win-win!"
Bay Village, Ohio
"Great idea. This should be under construction now!"
Ryan Deussing New York City
"Developing offshore wind power in Lake Erie would be an environmentally benign way of utilizing Cleveland's beautiful location and natural resources to revitalize the city."
Jeannette J. De Guire,
History and Environmental Studies Major,
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
"The Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project has the opportunity to position Cleveland as a forerunner in the global race to transition away from energy based
on fossil fuels and towards a future built upon clean renewable energy sources. Not only will Cleveland benefit from this cleaner wind power technology
that will lessen the impacts of global warming, but also from the economic and job creation boost to our region. We should all be cheering on the efforts
to make this wind farm become a reality and provide for a healthier, safer future for our children and future generations."
“Unlocking the renewable potential of the Great Lakes – and helping to create a thriving green economy in Cleveland – would be a great move.
With political insurgencies on both sides of the Atlantic putting the renewables industry under threat, we need creative and visionary ideas like this.”
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity
"Wind energy powers high-quality jobs and clean electricity in the Midwest. Installing wind turbines on the Great Lakes would lead to economic opportunity for people and communities while providing environmentally-friendly electricity across the region. It’s a win-win solution that leverages 21st century manufacturing and technology."
Founder and Senior Fellow
Energy & Policy Institute
“Offshore wind holds immense potential for the nation to meet energy needs with pollution-free energy. We look forward to making offshore wind a key element of America’s plan to tackle climate-altering carbon pollution and, ultimately, to meet all of our energy needs with clean, renewable energy.”
Clean Energy Associate with Environment America
Based in NE Ohio, helps the public and policy-makers address critical health concerns related to our urban and industrial environment.
"It's a 'wind-win' situation!"
Director Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
"Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center is a pioneer in wind power research and development. It's time for the city of Cleveland to benefit from the research that helped establish wind power throughout the world."
Verna Ferrante (artist) and Dr. John Ferrante (retired member of the Research Academy, NASA Glenn Res. Ctr.)
"Now is the time to seize this opportunity to build a green economy, create jobs and attract talent to our 'Green City on a Blue Lake'! If we don't grab the opportunity now, then others waiting in the wings will do so instead. Time is of the essence and we cannot wait."
"The drumbeat of alarming news about climate change gets louder every day. The world… the United States…Ohio… and Cuyahoga County all need to change how we generate electricity. Fresh water, off-shore wind is a great, creative and practical way to put clean power into our local electricity grid and begin a new wave of environmentally friendly energy production."
Mike Foley, Director, Dept. of Sustainability. Cuyahoga County
"As a company committed to exceeding expectations while fulfilling our economic, social and environmental responsibilities, Fairmount Minerals supports Cleveland's efforts to take a leadership position in the area of clean energy. Exploring the wind potential of the Great Lakes positions Cleveland as a progressive energy leader and advances possibilities for economic prosperity in the form of green manufacturing, technology and jobs that will inevitably be associated with a wind power initiative."
Former President and CEO
Former President and CEO
Fairmount Minerals Ltd.
"I strongly support the wind farm off Cleveland and believe this is the way to go in the future."
“OH 11’s Project Icebreaker is key to ensuring America’s energy future. By harnessing the strength of one of our greatest natural resources – wind power – this project will bring good jobs, clean energy and technological innovation to our region and position Northeast Ohio as a national model. I am pleased to support Project Icebreaker and the development of wind power along Lake Erie’s shores.”
"I believe that we need bold and creative civic leaders to take risks that can begin to alter the way our town sees itself changing our self-perception from the inside out. The sight of environment-friendly windmills standing tall offshore of our city's lakefront could be a powerful image exported all over the world which says: Cleveland is an innovative city that is ahead of the zeitgeist."
Ph.D.candidate in Medical Anthropology at Oxford University
"What greater way for Cleveland to step out in front on renewable energy than to develop its offshore potential. Even better would be for Cleveland to open up investment in its offshore potential to the people of Cleveland and surrounding areas to build North America's first fresh-water, offshore, community-owned wind plant."
Paul Gipe is leading a campaign for the adoption of Advanced Renewable Tariffs, Feed Laws, and Standard Offer Contracts in North America. You can learn more about this great initiative, and add your name, or that of your company or organization, to his growing list of supporters by going to his web site.
Author, Advocate, and Renewable Energy Industry Analyst
"The worldwide climate crisis is calling for all of us to take action where we are to shift from a fossil fuel-based economy to one based on the wind, the sun, the tides, and the earth -- clean, safe, and renewable energy. I support Clevelanders' efforts for wind energy development on Lake Erie."
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
"Bringing the first freshwater wind farm in the world to Lake Erie is not only monumental for the industry, but is a renaissance for Cleveland manufacturing and for sourcing our energy consumption. As much as the city and people of Cleveland and North East Ohio would like to see a wind farm off the shores of downtown it will provide additional economic growth for our Green City on a Blue Lake."
Global Account Manager, Gexpro Services
a decade, the City of Cleveland has supported offshore wind because it positions our city and region towards a better future. Offshore wind is good
for the air we breathe, it’s good for the planet, and it creates new jobs that build off of our existing manufacturing base. Becoming an international
leader in generating offshore wind energy is critical to Mayor Jackson's vision of creating a sustainable economy in the City of Cleveland."
Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
City of Cleveland
potential in clean energy is significant and we see the demands of the industry as a natural fit to our current capabilities. We look at Europe, with
its 4,000 offshore turbines, being serviced by a large number of shipyards with great success and impressive results. The work we want to do in Lake
Erie is a natural extension of our existing business.”
President of The Great Lakes Towing Company
"Count us in! Your project makes eminent sense - perfect for the region, perfect for the times, perfect for the globe."
Marty and Ken Grundy,
“Your site offers information and hope that this project may come to fruition”
Rick and Mary Hamilton Cleveland, Ohio
"It has become clear that because of the long lifetime of atmospheric carbon dioxide, much of it staying in the air more than 1000 years, we must move promptly toward nearly carbon-free energy. Wind energy should be a major contributor. If the next President will support development of a national low-loss electric grid we can move toward 100 percent renewable energy for electric power, as needed for energy independence, a cleaner atmosphere,and preservation of creation, the planet that civilization developed on over the past several thousand years."
Visionary pioneer in the science of climate change
"Wind energy is good, clean, renewable energy. Generating this kind of energy in Northeast Ohio makes us a leader. We are proud to support this effort and continue to move forward with alternative energy sources that make America independent in regards to meeting its energy needs."
President, The Construction GreenTeam
"As someone who grew up in the Cleveland area, I applaud your efforts to bring offshore wind energy to Ohio. It will be an economic engine for the state and will provide benefits to many."
Brian P. Hill
General Manager - North America
Bachmann electronic GmbH
CEO, green joules, LLC, Park City, Utah
"Waters are rising, storm winds are intensifying, and nations are reeling from the oil wars. Across the world people are anxious about their lives and about their common future.Can any of us retreat to a place in one's imagination where all seems unchanged?Clean Power Now unconditionally supports the efforts of the citizens of Windustrious Cleveland who are making their voices heard, embracing offshore wind energy as a way to help meet their energy needs in ecologically sound ways and stepping boldly towards energy independence, economic opportunity and sustainability for their community and beyond."
Clean Power Now Hyannis, Massachusetts
"I just would like to send you my support for the Lake Erie Wind Farm off the shores of Cleveland. I feel it would be an important catalyst for creating economic opportunity and helping to establish the city as a national leader in the 21st century. Also, this is one development that could create opportunities for future professionals like myself."
Architecture / Construction Management Student Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
"Ironworkers were key to Cleveland's great industrial past. We look forward to playing a vital role in our re-industrial future. And manufacturing, assembling, installing and maintaining wind turbines will provide jobs for many, besides Ironworkers. How about it!"
"I'm happy to add diversity to our local power sources, and looking forward to increasing the percentage of renewable energy in our local energy production."
Chris Jacobs, Cleveland Heights
"Innovative organizations like Windustrious can help create pathways to prosperity, while stopping climate catastrophe at the same time. By harnessing the power of the wind, we can put thousands of Americans back to work."
Founding President, Green For All
"The transition to clean, renewable energy is imperative. Cleveland and Ohio have the opportunity to take a large step forward in this path with this wind project. I heartily support this endeavor."
"Living on the shores of Lake Erie (where at this moment snow-covered geese are slowly swimming past) I have a vivid appreciation of the power of the winds -- and I think a curve of slender windmills would be a great addition to the view."
Founding member of Arts Collinwood
power is abundantly available over Lake Erie and, unlike fossil fuels, is not exhausted over time.
The Kent Environmental Council has, since 1970, stood for the protection of the environment and all of its biological diversity.
Wind power does not contribute to climate instability, but rather promotes a new power generating application that has been shown to be clean, safe and effective throughout Europe and around the world.
Like energy from solar generation, the cost of wind energy and wind turbine installation has dropped dramatically and will continue to drop with increased adoption and manufacturing capacity. For all of these reasons the Kent Environmental Council strongly supports the Windustrious Cleveland initiative and looks forward to Ohio becoming a leader in the development and expansion of wind power, a source of good jobs and a brighter future.
"A Piece Of Cleveland manufactures high quality products from deconstructed building materials. We rescue and upcycle good wood, while sharing the unique stories of our green products. APOC looks forward to the day it can proclaim to its customers that all our products are produced using 100% wind energy - generated right here on our beautiful Lake Erie! We hope this day comes very soon."
A Piece Of Cleveland
Jan and Dr. Gus Kious
Builders of the first straw bale home in Cuyahoga County
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
"The future is renewable energy, and the Cleveland Offshore Wind Farm is the first step in harnessing the vast wind energy potential of the Great Lakes. It’s development will foster significant green job creation and establish a local manufacturing base to serve the entire Great Lakes wind industry and beyond. It is a perfect example of the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit"
Nathan Kipnis, FAIA
Principal, Kipnis Architecture + Planning
"We are remarkably fortunate to be alive and conscious on this planet located at the edge of a medium-sized spiral galaxy. We have no idea if the conditions essential for the development of intelligent life exist on any of the billions of other planets probably located in the Milky Way. Endangering Earth's atmosphere by continuing to over- use fossil fuels should not be an option. By exploiting wind power, and its latest version - off-shore, over fresh water - Cleveland can choose a high-profile way of being part of the solution."
Lawrence Krauss, internationally known Professor of Physics and Astronomy, best-selling author, radio commentator and editorialist.
"Offshore installations are a challenge but can be done. We have to do something about it now."
President, 3Oak Communications, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
"Hard Hatted Women supports the initiatives of Windustrious Cleveland in the movement to ensure that Ohioans have access to a clean environment, good jobs, and equitable development through wind production. Movement towards implementing a wind turbine supply chain and all critical components related to creating the off-shore wind farm need to be a priority not only for the region, but for Ohio.
As an organization that works to create economic self-sufficiency for women, Hard Hatted Women applauds the efforts of Windustrious Cleveland and its supporters. The jobs that would be created by developing a wind farm in areas such as the construction, maintenance and operation of such green energy production options would provide women with a multitude of nontraditional career options. Because women continue to live in poverty at rates that exceed those for their male counterparts, access to high-wage, high growth careers are of critical importance.
By increasing the wages and benefits to workers through green jobs, especially when they are unionized, workers and their families move out of poverty and contribute to the economic stability of a region. Linking women to advanced energy manufacturing, production, operation and maintenance careers is essential to impact not only the status of women and their families, but of the health and wealth being of our communities. For all of these reasons, Hard Hatted Women is a strong supporter of the initiative of Windustrious Cleveland."
Director of Policy,
Hard Hatted Women
Kelly is a member of the Ohio Apollo Alliance Steering Committee
"With offshore wind, Cleveland is set to draw free, renewable energy from atop our beloved Lake Erie -- without hurting the lake. Perched upon our northern horizon, the turbines will remind us of our ability to work hard and lead!"
Bluestone Heights environmental consultants
"As nonrenewable resources such as coal and gas diminish more rapidly as population and demand increases, we are foolish to refuse another of Mother Nature's gifts....the wind....to help us and future generations sustain ourselves."
Long-time advocate of green (sustainable) building.
"I fully support windmills in the lake; it is not only ecologically the right thing to do but it also will put Cleveland on the map."
Former Executive Director Cleveland Museum of Natural History
"Local renewable energy is the most responsible answer to the enormous challenges we face in global warming and peak oil. Cities throughout Europe are already reaping the economic and ecological benefits of locally-produced wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy. American cities should do the same, and Cleveland should be at the forefront of this shift to a smarter, more secure way of powering our economy."
Author, " Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty."
"From Wellington, New Zealand to Cleveland, Ohio, USA: Cheers for leading the next phase of offshore wind power generation - a great contribution towards beating global climate change."
Nicholas R. Lewis
Director, Corporate Advisory, Woodward Partners
Wellington, New Zealand
CEO, Celsias Ltd. 'Cooling the Planet One Project at a Time'
"Sounds great...count me in"
Shaker Heights, Ohio
"As a native Clevelander, born and raised in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood, I have a strong desire to see a green and growing Cleveland. A windustrious Cleveland is a great goal. Let's make it a reality."
Engineer at URS Corporation and concerned citizen.
"It's a great idea to harvest some of the wind energy from Lake Erie, and I'm sure it would be done in the most ecologically-sensitive way. Humanity's biggest challenge is to phase out coal use in energy production, and wind has to be a big part of the answer."
Journalist, and author of a number of books, including Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet He is one of the leading voices in the climate change debate in the UK.
is very excited for any new manufacturing products and services that grow jobs in Northeast Ohio’s small manufacturers. Clean energy is at the
nexus of manufacturing and being responsible stewards of our planet and offshore wind turbines are a huge step forward for Cleveland.”
Dr. Ethan Karp
President and CEO
"The wind blowing across the Great Lakes of North America is an as-yet unused source of clean renewable energy. In Cleveland, Ohio it is
great to see that a citizen initiative is transforming this potential into a growing reality. The Icebreaker Project has an excellent chance of being
the first of many offshore wind power installations on the Great Lakes. These will result not only in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but
also in a big increase in job-creating manufacturing centers throughout the region.
I congratulate Windustrious Cleveland for its role in bringing this project into existence. May its success help others in their efforts to turn to clean
natural resources for all of our energy needs. Our country has always celebrated citizen action, and the existential threat we face from climate change
demands that we all raise our voices ever more strongly.”
"I applaud Windustrious' efforts to help the citizens of Ohio address two key challenges of the 21st century: climate change and energy security. Projects like this pioneering offshore wind farm can help Cleveland take advantage of its great local resources and inspire other communities across the country to become thriving, energy independent economies."
Founder of Sustainable Energy Transition
Dennis enjoying the beautiful (and shrinking) glaciers of Patagonia, Argentina
"I think that cultivating wind as a source of energy is a great idea. You can count on my support."
AIA Principal, Robert Maschke, Architects
"We have a dream; A thousand great white masts rise from the midst of Lake Erie. Elegantly designed propellers turn in the wind generating thousands of kilowatts. The base of each mast is designed as a micro habitat, creating new environments for mussels, fish and the Lake Erie herpetiles."
Owner, Bluegill Property Management
Ohio League of Conservation Voters
"We need a new aesthetic for the 21st century- one that looks at a turbine blade spinning as a sign that we're finally getting our act together. I can't think of anything lovelier than the breeze made visible."
Author, Educator, Environmentalist 350.org
"Wind power on Lake Erie will bring the city forward technologically and attract positive growth to the region."
Electrical Engineering major at
Case Western Reserve University
"We need wind energy to help save the earth from global warming, and Cleveland should be a leader in this effort."
Council Member for District 2,
Cuyahoga County Council
"Generating electricity, clean air, and economic innovation: fantastic!"
"Bringing together the power of North East Ohio's technical researchand manufacturing capabilities with the power of Lake Erie to harness energy should be pursued immediately. If it cannot work; let's find out. If it can, let's make it."
Rebecca A. Morgan, President
"Lube Stop is part of a growing community dedicated to making Northeast Ohio a healthier, more prosperous place to live and raise families and fully supports Cuyahoga County's exploration of an offshore wind project. The successful development of an advanced energy industry will propel our region into one of the most promising industries of the 21st century, create economic prosperity, and give our community a renewed sense of purpose."
Thomas M. Morley, President
The Lube Stop, Inc.
"In addition to all of the environmental and economic benefits, which are impressive, the vision of windmills on the lake could become the international "face of Cleveland" in much the same way as the Sydney Opera House does for that city. Talk about transforming the image of a traditional rust belt city!"
Managing Director Cleveland Play House
"Cleveland's history was forged at the dawn of the opening of the Midwest, the industrial revolution and the American automotive industry. Now, as the planet grapples with the frightening impact of the disruption of her delicate natural balance, we have an opportunity. May Northeastern Ohio recognize this critical moment in time and model what a region can do to harness the gentle sustainable energy of our natural endowments."
Songwriter and Advocate
"Please count me as a supporter of your project."
Arthur J. Newman M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics (Emeritus)
CWRU School of Medicine
"Pollution from fossil fuel power plants is a major cause of global warming and is responsible for the five most common causes of premature death in the U.S. This pollution also negatively affects the development of our children. For the health of our planet, our peoples' health and the needs of our children we must move to green energy sources."
Dr. Frank O'Dell
Past President and Founder
The Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
"Offshore wind development on Lake Erie is a model example of citizens leading the charge to reduce dependency on polluting sources of energy while transforming our region for the better. This project can position Cleveland as a leader in sustainable policies, bring direct consumer benefits to all Ohioans, and create good-paying jobs. Ohio Citizen Action is proud to support this citizens’ initiative to create a sustainable transition to a green energy economy."
"Energy efficiency, wind power, and solar are the future, not just of Ohio, but of the planet"
David W. Orr,
Distinguished Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, author, and ecological designer
"I am absolutely in favor of wind power on Lake Erie"
Associate Professor - Industrial Design The Cleveland Institute of Art
"I would love to see a wind farm in Lake Erie. I saw a really large one in Germany a few years ago and it was wonderful. There were over 100 windmills and the noise level was minimal. The amount of power they were generating would have been very substantial."
Retired Arts Administrator Music Teacher, Cleveland, Ohio
"Cleveland's offshore wind project is a prime example of the positive role the public sector can play in promoting a more equitable and
sustainable economy. By promising to procure portions of the electricity produced by the Lake Erie Wind Farm, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County
and Cleveland Public Power are all playing a critical role in launching a major clean energy project that will create good local construction and maintenance
jobs, promote development of the wind energy manufacturing supply chain in the region, and reduce the region's dependence on polluting fossil fuels
imported from elsewhere."
Amanda Woodrum, Researcher,
Policy Matters Ohio
"I think a wind farm in Lake Erie is a terrific idea. It will benefit the environment and economy many ways. The obvious way is the renewable electricity, but what most folks don't realize is that the foundations of these types of structures make great habitat for creatures that support sport fishing. While fishing on Lake Erie last summer, our guide took us to a coast guard platform at the edge of the shipping lanes. The bass were everywhere! I'd love to see the wind farm."
Thomas Pruckno Design and Construction Services, LLC
"Not only is this great for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, but it will show to the world the passion, knowledge and expertise that we have had all along."
"Sarah Taylor, Founder of Windustrious Cleveland, is a passionate and informed voice for bringing green energy to Cleveland. Sarah is relentlessly pursuing a growing industry whose technology is advancing rapidly. As a region we are perceived as being behind the competition in adopting alternative energy, just like we are perceived to be behind in the building of urban trails. We see this as an opportunity rather than cause for concern. We can build state of the art technology that is more economically sound than older outdated technologies. We may not be first but we can be the best and most effective!"
Lennie Stover, Founder & Project Coordinator, Red Line Greenway.
Chair, North Broadway Health & Environmental Committee
"Novel threats such as climate change require innovative solutions. Harnessing wind energy on Lake Erie not only benefits the climate by reducing our dependency on harmful greenhouse gases, but it pushes us to address new challenges in design, building, and infrastructure. That knowledge can then be applied in other areas of our region and the globe, as well as serve as the basis for further research and improvements to our world. At the same time, research and energy are also major drivers of economic stability and growth, helping to produce a more resilient and sustainable Northeast Ohio and beyond."
Lis Kenneth Regula, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Akron
Chair, Kent Environmental Council
Candidate (D), Portage County Auditor
"We can change the entire image of Cleveland from a rust-belt city to a city of the future. This kind of initiative would help Cleveland reclaim its place as a major economic and cultural force on the world stage as we build a reputation as a center for advanced energy."
Ronn Richard, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
"Sarah --Your Windustrious endeavor is quite exciting and the timing could not be better for our country. I am thrilled to have found out about this undertaking and look forward to Cleveland being put on the map as the nation's leader in wind energy and the world's first fresh water wind farm! Best wishes for your efforts and thank you!"
Natural gas worker Cleveland, Ohio
Research Fellow for Energy Studies,
CWRU, Cleveland, Ohio
"We offer our vote of support for the continued development of offshore wind power in the Great Lakes."
Josh Crayton, Director of Business Development
Santa Cruz, California
"Having grown up on the shores of Lake Superior and living for the past 36 years on the shores of Lake Ontario, I know how much wind energy potential awaits any wind farms being built offshore in any of our 5 Great Lakes. This project in Lake Erie is going to be a tremendous and urgently needed contribution of clean energy to help de-carbonize the grid . For many surrounding communities it is going to be a huge economic benefit and job creator as well. Cleveland and area can feel proud of this project . We can all some day point out at it with our children and grand-children and say we did the right thing for their future and our own. Best of luck moving forward with this, from your Friend of Wind here in Ontario, Canada."
Sustainability & Renewable Energy Advisor at ECODonRoss
Milford, Ontario, Canada
"ProgressOhio strongly supports renewable energy and responsible growth in manufacturing. Building the world's first freshwater wind farm, and housing it on Lake Erie, offshore from Cleveland, would put Ohio in the driver's seat of the green revolution."
Executive Director ProgressOhio
"Harnessing Lake Erie wind, Windustrious Cleveland raises our consciousness as a global player in the new energy economy. A wind farm on the lake provides the organizing principle to revolutionize our identity. Attracting people and innovative opportunities, Cleveland will be infused by a new prosperity."
Artist/ Educator/ Urban Activist
Author of Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It
"There are over 8,000 component parts in the standard wind turbine, and these are parts that could be manufactured and assembled right here in Ohio. Instead of doubling down on fossil fuels, we should be increasing investment in alternate sources of energy like wind power in order to drive economic growth and innovation, help lower utility bills for hard working men and women in our state, and leave a cleaner, safer environment for future generations."
"Ohio is blessed with water and wind and we should develop these resources for a more sustainable future."
Principal, Indus International
"Harnessing Lake Erie's wind power offers Cleveland (or NE Ohio) an opportunity for cutting edge innovation in energy development."
Betty and Roger Salomon
"We are honored to sign on and support Windustrious"
Earth Day Coalition,
"I support the concept of creating a unique, major energy source for the northern Ohio region and, perhaps, beyond through the development of a wind farm in Lake Erie. In addition to being a sensible idea for harnessing wind power for human use, it offers the potential for revitalizing our region's economy."
Historic Preservation Consultant.
"All opportunities to develop renewable energy must be seized. In a hurry! We think wind mills are majestic and inspiring. They certainly photograph well and are quickly becoming an icon of promise. The idea of the first freshwater wind farm is particularly exciting. Cleveland will be proud to be on the cutting edge of our country's development of renewable resources!"
Ed Morris and Susannah Sayler
Co-founders and Directors, The Canary Project.
Alvin and Ann Schorr
Emeriti at Case Western Reserve University and Jewish Community Federation
"I am optimistic that this technology will be increasingly embraced as a tool for our regional health."
Kim S. Scott
Planner, Cleveland City Planning Commission, and Founder of OUR Co-Housing Development.
She is currently launching a development initiative that will specialize in co-housing, blending green building techniques and shared common facilities in a pedestrian-oriented layout.
"Making Northeast Ohio windustrious is a natural! Ohio was a leading state during the industrial revolution; it is high time that Northeast Ohio lead the Windustrious Revolution!"
President, Productive Group, Inc.
"Many of the biggest companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook have made renewable energy a priority when looking for places to expand. Ohio should
be embracing the renewable energy industry and securing clean energy for our future.
Ohio is particularly fortunate in being able to include offshore wind as one of its clean energy assets.
We should be making use of it as soon as possible.”
Evelyn Dzigiel, Pat Zielinski, Eleanor Drost, Margaret Blatnik, and Virginia Goetz
Slavic Village, Cleveland, Ohio
"Windustrious Cleveland is a great example of paying attention to the Triple Bottom Line of environment, economy and people."
Nancy King Smith,
Great Lakes Bioneers--Cleveland
"A nonprofit, volunteer organization committed to the recycling and reuse of natural resources, including wind!"
"Wind Power is THE economical way to use natural resources for public benefit. And, the wind mills are beautiful & lovely to watch. We completely support wind power."
"Good luck. Wind is important -- very."
James Gustave Speth
Co-founder, New Economy Law Center, Vermont Law School
Author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World
Co-founder, Natural Resources Defense Council
Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter Administration
Founder, World Resources Institute, serving as president until 1992.
"Our reliance on non-renewable resources to help power our world has gone on much too long. In fact, power from nature was used long before."
"We support Wind Power development on Lake Erie. Wind as a major resource is inevitable; It is time to show the world that Cleveland is a major player, once again, in providing energy leadership."
Patricia Lipman Stillman and Mark Stillman
"Our envisioned wind project in Lake Erie off of downtown Cleveland can break down the barriers to subsequent development of the abundant wind resources in the Great Lakes, while becoming an icon for the 21st Century for our area."
former BP Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement, The Cleveland Foundation
"I think they're great for NEO economy and beautiful to look at!"
Cleveland Waterfront Coalition.
"I am all for this environmentally/economically sensitive project"
Professor of Statistics at Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio
"I love the idea of Windustrious Cleveland. I blogged about it. Rock on. More power to you! Cleveland has to adopt this idea! Now, what can we do as regular Cleveland citizens to make it happen? Thanks."
Actor and Cyber Activist
"America is lagging far behind Europe in the area of sustainability, namely renewable energy production. Europe produces 76 percent of world's wind power. We must act now on developing renewable energy sources, and building our wind and solar energy infrastructure. I applaud Sarah Taylor and her organization, for seeing where Cleveland can go if we blaze the trail for the rest of America. Great vision is the ability to see needed applications of the future, and act before others to secure your place. Cleveland should act on this extraordinary vision. Let's support Windustrious and position our city for the economy of tomorrow while simultaneously preserving our planet."
Timothy L. Tramble
Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
"It is imperative to explore alternatives to generating power by burning fossil fuels. Wind mills on Lake Erie are a great opportunity for Cleveland."
Postdoctoral Researcher Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
"We support the wind farm project in Lake Erie very much. We know that it would create jobs while giving us another source of renewable energy in the continuing drive to free ourselves from fossil fuels."
Michael Byrne Manufacturing,
"I applaud Windustrious for visualizing Cleveland's future as one that includes addressing global climate change through the development of renewable energy sources. Exploring a new industry that could be ecologically responsible, economically vital, and reputation enhancing is a forward-thinking strategy for our region. The positive impact of such an initiative would be felt far beyond our Cleveland community."
Music Director The Cleveland Orchestra
photo: Roger Mastroianni
"Great Lakes Wind Network is an industry-led group of companies working together to grow the wind industry supply chain in this region. As we succeed, we create new manufacturing jobs, we speed supplies of wind turbine components for waiting projects, and someday we'll be assembling wind turbines themselves. The Windustrious web site is a wonderful calling card."
Great Lakes Wind Network WIRE-Net: Where Manufacturing Matters
"Cleveland is in a phenomenal position to become a leader in renewable energy while creating jobs. The time is now!"
Merrie White, Educator, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
“Northeast Ohio has a unique clean energy asset in offshore wind. It is important for all Ohioans that we continue to strive in advancing and maintaining
diverse energy sources that contribute to a safer environment, good paying jobs, lower utility bills, increased educational opportunities, and a thriving
economy for all communities.”
"We are based in Cleveland as part of WTWH Media LLC and focused on the wind industry, its technical development, and the wind technicians that keep it
We are also glad to support and encourage development of the Icebreaker wind project in Lake Erie, the U.S.’s first offshore freshwater wind farm, and the first of hopefully many others on the Great Lakes. The future is electric and powered by wind."
Windpower Engineering & Development
"The offshore wind project is an idea whose time has come. Wind energy is a natural resource that must be utilized to ensure energy independence, encourage job creation, and stamp Cleveland's role as a world leader in fresh water offshore wind development. Lake Erie is a perfect place to build a large-scale wind turbine farm. The environmental benefits would be extraordinary. This is a project we should all get behind and see through to fruition."
Communications Manager, YellowLite
"I strongly support the idea from a conservation and local business standpoint."
James Zins, M.D.
"As local architects and developers of the built environment, we are in full support of Cleveland's goal to become a world leader in wind energy."