Hope for the City 2015

Hope for the City

7th Annual Lenten Leadership Series

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal . . .
flowing through the city . . .
and on either side of it was the tree of life . . .
and the leaves were for the healing of the nations.”  

–Revelation 22:1-2

Hope for the City 2015 focused on water issues in re-birthing cities. The series was one of the many events held in association with the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, whose focal topic in 2015 was the Year of Clean Water.

Did you miss a speaker? Presentations are available on YouTube.

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February 25

“Could Cleveland Completely Run Out of Drinking Water?”
Dr. Robert T. Heath – Professor Emeritus, Kent State University

March 4

 “Holy Rollin’ on the River: Water from the Rock”
Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano – Senior Pastor, Old Stone Church

March 11

 “Green Infrastructure: Lake Erie, Combined Sewer Overflows & Urban Spaces”
Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells – Deputy Director of Watershed Programs,
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

March 18

 Making Waves from Cleveland to Uganda”
Erin Huber – Executive Director and Founder; Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc.

Thank you to this year’s table sponsor:Phoenix Contact

Dr. Bob HeathBob Heath is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University. He earned a doctorate in Biophysics at the University of Southern California in 1968. Following a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biology at Caltech he accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Kent State in 1970. In 1975-76 he spent a sabbatical year with Prof. Eugene Odum to begin work on ecosystem ecology. As an ecosystem ecologist he investigated the dynamics of phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon in Lake Erie, its wetlands and tributaries. He also was instrumental in establishing the Water Resources Research Institute, a multidisciplinary consortium of faculty conducting research on problems of freshwater quality, abundance and availability of national and international significance. He was Director of WRRI from 1992 until his retirement in 2008. In 2008 he was awarded the Ohio Lake Erie Award by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission for his “significant contributions and dedication to the protection and restoration of Lake Erie.” He also was President of the International Association for Great Lakes Research. He is currently a consultant to the Science Advisory Board of the US/EPA, the Chairperson of ODNR’s Coastal Resources Advisory Council and is on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Water Alliance. He and his wife, Elizabeth Buchanan, live in Portage County where they own and operate Creekside Gardens, an organic farm and registered apiary.

Dr. Mark GiulianoRev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano: One of Cleveland’s preeminent preachers, Mark Giuliano is a speaker, writer and community leader. He has been called “One of the best preachers in the Presbyterian Church (USA) today.” Mark speaks Sunday mornings at the Old Stone Church, Thursday mornings on Power2ools: 2 minute tools for life! during New Day Cleveland on Fox 8 and regularly throughout the region.

Dr. Giuliano’s early studies in Urban Planning and Humanities, as well as his graduate work in theology (S.T.M., McGill; D.Min., Vanderbilt) make Mark a good fit with the mission of the Old Stone Church and its commitment to the dynamic work of the city. Mark is an elected board member of the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, the Downtown Cleveland Improvement Corporation and serves on the Mission Council of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve. Mark is also the immediate past-President of the Downtown Cleveland Residents Association and continues to serve on the DCRA Advisory Board.

In addition to his work as the writer and host of, Power2ools, Dr. Giuliano is often a guest columnist with Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, and is the author of dozens of articles, commentaries and the book, Speak Easy: The Survival Guide to Speech and Public Speaking.

Kyle Dreyfuss-WellsKyle Dreyfuss-Wells is the Deputy Director of Watershed Programs with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, which provides sanitary and stormwater management services to the City of Cleveland and 61 communities in Northeast Ohio. Ms. Dreyfuss-Wells coordinates the NEORSD’s watershed management efforts across District programs, including the application of stormwater control measures to combined sewer overflow through the District’s green infrastructure program. She is chair of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Stormwater Management Committee and the District 1 Natural Resources Assistance Council for the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Clean Ohio Conservation Program.

Ms. Dreyfuss-Wells graduated summa cum laude from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She earned master’s degrees with honors in both Public Affairs and Environmental Science at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa. Before joining the District, she was Director of the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.

Erin Huber by Molly NookErin Huber is a social entrepreneur and the founding executive director of Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. She has a decade-long history of civic engagement, project management, working with youth, mentoring, leadership, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, and academic accomplishments proven by an extensive list of awards and honors. In 2013, she was selected to present at bigBANG! in Cleveland, Ohio, named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People of 2012 by Cleveland Magazine, inducted into the 2012 Mentor High School (Ohio) Alumni Hall of Fame, awarded the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Urban College at Cleveland State University and featured as a water action figure by Circle of Blue. Ms. Huber is the executive producer of the 2014 documentary, “Making Waves,” and advocates for safe water through speaking engagements domestically and designing and building safe water projects globally in east Africa. Her mission is to save our water and save lives. She is a native Northeast Ohioan currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio. She has earned at B.S. in Environmental Science: Policy and Planning, and a M.S. in Urban Studies at Cleveland State University.

Hope for the City 2014 Speakers and Videos