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Meet our staff
The GreenCityBlueLake Institute staff members are listed below. They draw upon the resources and expertise of other staff members of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and they interact with a large network of sustainability advocates and consultants throughout Northeast Ohio.
David Beach, Director
David has been a leading voice for sustainability and the environment in Northeast Ohio for more than 25 years. He has been a founder of numerous organizations and projects, including EcoCity Cleveland, the Greater Ohio Policy Center, the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, and the Cleveland EcoVillage. His writing and activism have helped to shape major civic issues, such as regional land use planning, watershed planning, transportation priorities, and planning to address climate change. Recently, he coordinated the PNC SmartHome exhibit at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the first building in Ohio to meet the Passive House standard for energy performance. In the coming years, he is interested in helping people in Northeast Ohio think more deeply about what it will mean to create a society that will be truly healthy and sustainable in the long run. He lives in the Shaker Square neighborhood of Cleveland, where he enjoys being in a walkable, transit-rich environment. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
Marc Lefkowitz, Web Editor
Marc is a veteran reporter on sustainability and urban design issues in Northeast Ohio. His blog on the GCBL website is one of the region’s best sources of sustainability news. He lives in Cleveland Heights where he is writing about the green renovations of his older home. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English Literature and earned a Master’s in Urban Planning from the Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs.
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