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Philip H
6321 St. Clair Ave
(St. Clair Superior)
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the project

      Our small and mighty crew of five Microgrid Engineers of Tomorrow represent our long-term community development initiative to develop economic opportunities for innercity teens. These teenagers will gain work experience through small solar installations. Northeast Ohio still has a lot of work opportunities in the construction trades and environmental sciences. How Do We Sustain supports young people pursuing these careers and pay a fair wage for their time at green energy worksites. We partner with environmental partners to install and maintain exciting green infrastructure solutions around Cleveland like a climate controlled shipping. 

     Secondly, How Do We Sustain will continue to advance environmental education by developing a new citizen scientist curriculum to activate Cleveland teenagers in the stewardship of our urban Air Quality.  Our charity provides on-site training at the MET Lab utilizing the PurpleAir monitor to collect real time air quality data of the St. Clair Superior neighborhood. Our new citizen scientist curriculum will allow the young people to create the visualizations for Cleveland air quality data and compare our data sets with local public health agency data. Our on-site training is designed to meet the educational requirements for environmental engineering professions around Northeast Ohio.


the steps

1. Fundraise: June-September 2022

2. Establish Curriculum Development Timeline with Department of Air Quality (City of Cleveland): September 2022

3. Maintain Two Green Energy Sites in Cleveland: September 2022 - December 2022

4. Work with Department of Air Quality on Curriculum Tools: October 2022 - April 2023

5. Roll Out New Environmental Sciences Curriculum: April 2023

why we're doing it

Climate change is not slowing down to wait for low-income communities. Quite often the poorest neighborhoods in Cleveland must deal with the worst environmental challenges. To prepare our communities for the looming threat of climate change, How Do We Sustain trains young people in lucrative green energy work skills and installs green infrastructure in inner-city neighborhoods. Everyday we try to answer the questions, "How Do We Sustain?" 


Disbursed budget 08/31/22:

TOTAL RAISED = $2,210.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $36.90

Original budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

$2000 - Stipends for Students working on Green Infrastructure Projects within the natural sciences

$1500 - Travel Expenses

$1500 - Project Supplies

$1500 - Stipends for Environmental Technicians, Curriculum development, and Guest instructors


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