Explore Common Ground Events by Topic – and Join Us June 30!

Our third annual Common Ground day of community conversation returns June 30, 2019. Common Ground is a single-day initiative where people gather at locations across our region to share a meal and a conversation about the places we call home. Individuals and organizations across Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties will bring family, friends, and neighbors to the Common Ground table to discuss this year’s prompt:

My Environment was…

My Environment is…

My Environment will be…

Common Ground conversation events are planned throughout the day on June 30. All events are free to attend, but online registration is required. Explore conversations listed below by topic to find the events that fit your interests, or CLICK HERE to browse conversations by time of day to find the events that fit your schedule. Interested in more than one Common Ground conversation? Register to attend multiple events! 




Arts & Culture

Families and Youth



Cleveland Stories and Beyond

Cleveland Rising

Questions? Find answers and learn what to expect from Common Ground 2019 here

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  1. Wil Hemker

    Attended your CF CG at The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District event today. Great tour, knowledgable guides and helpful NEORSD professionals. Discussion session was very light weight, much too general about ‘feelings toward the environment’. This event was a missed opprotunity for community discussion on serious water quality challenges and rapidly escalating cost to clean NEO waters.

    No discussion on the volumes of untreated CSO entering Lake Erie. No conversation on how best to manage non-point source and stormwater. The $1+Billion big vault in the works to hold stormwater is 19th century technology. All public $ must be direct to remake neighborhoods with green infrastructure, residence rain water retention, highway roadside slowing and capturing of rain run-off, and reuse as greywater at residence and businesses. THIS IS THE BIG CHALLENGE! NEORSD has and is addressing very professionally point source pollution.

    Most concerned,

    Wil Hemker

  2. Cleveland Foundation

    Hi Wil,
    Thank you for attending the Common Ground event with NEORSD on Sunday! Thank you also for your passion and advocacy around water quality issues. This year’s Common Ground prompt (“My environment was…, my environment is…, my environment will be…”) was intentionally open-ended to allow hosts and participants to focus their individual conversations as they saw fit. We will share your feedback with NEORSD, the event organizer, and we also invite you to share your thoughts via our official Common Ground participant survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VF38RDB. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete. If there are specific topics you would like to convene community conversation around, we hope you will consider hosting your own Common Ground event in the future!

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