The Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA) coordinates a growing network of corporations, universities, research institutions, public agencies, and utilities dedicated to the expansion of the region’s water innovation ecosystem, or “blue economy”: an emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe through innovation. With our network partners, CWA seeks to accelerate innovation, increase collaborative research, advocate for sound policy, and educate stakeholders and the public on freshwater preservation in general, and the vitality of Lake Erie in particular.
Established in 2014, we are a non-profit organization that seeks to better utilize the economic and job-creating potential of Lake Erie while also urging greater care of our valuable, natural asset.
As a collaboration of private and public sector leaders, we’re leading a critical effort to broaden the way Northeast Ohio values, manages and capitalizes on its precious supply of freshwater.
Our region has one of the foremost concentrations of water-related industry sectors in the world and as a result, demand is focused here for several key growth areas, including water treatment for the oil and gas industry, chemical spill containment and combined sewer overflow segments. This makes us perfectly suited to establish Cleveland as a nationally recognized center for water innovation.
Stubbs is a recognized leader in building and implementing stronger, influential and more sustainable economies and communities. For more than a decade, he’s led sustainabilitybased economic development projects, including The Oberlin Project, where, as the Managing Director, he created and implemented a pilot model to grow a local economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (The project was a partnership between Oberlin College and the City of Oberlin).
He also launched Sustain Illinois, a program of the Illinois Dept. of Commerce, University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago Community Ventures that took a triple bottom-line approach to growth for the Chicagoland region.
Stubbs earned a BA from the University of Kansas, an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an Executive MBA from the Presidio School of Sustainable Management
Herzog is dedicated to engaging diverse stakeholders to develop tools and strategies to drive community and economic development. In both his studies and his professional career, Max has focused on the intersection of ecological integrity, sustainable economies and social justice.
At Oberlin College, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in political science and environmental studies, Max participated in sustainable consulting projects with Foresight Design Initiative and social-impact research with The Oberlin Research Group. He also worked to educate youth on a variety of topics, including sustainable food systems and urban planning and design, with the Foresight Prep Seminars
Savannah uses her communications skills to tell the story of the Cleveland Water Alliance and its members. She has prior experience with email marketing, donor relations, and social media at a Pittsburgh nonprofit. Savannah holds a BA from Oberlin College in Sociology and Religion. She has a passion for using a multimedia approach to communicate the story of an organization.