In May 2016, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, became the first municipality in the nation to offer six months' paid maternity and paternity leave to public employees. Secretary Perez visited the village of approximately 2,500 people to hear from Mayor Trevor Elkins and employees who will benefit from this policy. We asked Mayor Elkins to share why providing paid leave was important. This is what he told us:
Reduce, reuse, recycle…for years that’s been the mantra of the environmental movement, and the Cuyahoga Land Bank works hard to be mindful of the ecological impact of its demolitions. Now, a new Demolition Waste Recycling/Backfill pilot project partners the Cuyahoga Land Bank with Kurtz Brothers, Inc., a local landscaping and construction materials supplier, and the Village of Newburgh Heights, to take our earth-friendliness to a new level.