Updated: Jun 9, 2020
Congratulations to Nicole Stika, Vice President, Energy Services at Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) on her recognition as a Shero by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
In 2020, as part of Women in Green, USGBC is celebrating and elevating local women leaders — sheroes— who are standing up for a healthier, more inclusive future for all. Nicole's recognition celebrates her work inspiring change in Northeast Ohio.
Here's a conversation we had with Nicole shortly after she found out about the recognition.
How has GCP’s work with green building impacted businesses in Northeast Ohio?
GCP has influenced stakeholders to build better buildings in targeted geographic areas—better and healthier for the occupants, better and less expensive for the owners and operators, more inclusive, better, and less demanding of the environment.
Buildings account for nearly half of our energy use - and half of the greenhouse gas emissions - in Northeast Ohio. And now more than ever, we need to make our buildings (existing and new construction) more resilient.
GCP's Equity & Inclusion team works to close the racial disparities in jobs, income, and wealth, by growing businesses owned by people of color and increasing workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ultimately, this work is fueled by the belief that businesses and the region are stronger with greater racial equity. Acting as a convener, an advocate, and a resource, GCP's Equity & Inclusion engages the region’s employers to address the systemic racial inequalities which hinder economic growth in our region.
Additionally, Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), a Certified Development Financial Institution (CDFI) is an Impact Investor that provides access to private capital and New Markets Tax Credit allocations into catalytic projects in Cleveland. CDA is the real estate and business finance affiliate of the GCP - one of the nation's biggest chambers of commerce.
CDA promotes inclusive and thriving neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio by providing innovative financing solutions and technical assistance to catalytic real estate and business development projects.
How do you personally feel about this honor?
I am honored to be recognized amongst a group of outstanding women leaders also in the field of sustainability. I have now been in this role and field for more than a decade and have seen tremendous efforts by many. Serving on the Ohio USGBC Market Leadership Advisory Board allows me to take my work and expertise statewide, while learning from others too. Personally it is rewarding to be in a career I love and see the direct impact it has on companies of all sizes.
It’s our responsibility to ensure Ohio’s competitiveness and improve health and quality of life and we need a cleaner, more sustainable, energy future for all, and I am honored to have a career that allows me to positively influence others.
More on Nicole's recognition here.