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Cleveland lowers emissions, sets plan in motion for 80% reduction

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Transparency is being used to describe Cleveland’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as it moves to forestall the worst impacts of climate change.

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Lay of the land: Who's composting in Northeast Ohio?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/02/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Food, Reduce, Zero waste

Composting, or turning food waste into nutrient soil, has become so accepted as a sustainable business practice in the last few years that many of Cleveland’s biggest institutions are doing it, despite the fact that it costs much more than dumping waste in a landfill.

<br />Rust Belt Riders biking compost in Cleveland.<br />Bins for compost, recycling and (option of last resort) landfill waste at Cleveland Museum of Natural History<br />Curbside bins for compost, recycling and landfill waste in San Francisco.<br />Rid All Green Partnership has a big community-based compost operation going.

This Week 2.27.15

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/27/15 @ 11:00am

Chuck Marohn is a licensed engineer in Minnesota and he also writes the blog Strong Towns. This week, he discusses what happened when America turned away from streets that "build wealth" in favor of fast roads. Now that his state DOT is facing fiscal insolvency, he’s trying to make sense of why his town of Brainerd wants to spend money...more

Cleveland Heights aims to be first suburb with complete streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/25/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

When complete streets landed in Cleveland more than three years ago, it created a ripple that is being felt now in the suburbs.

<br />Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Image: Greg Slawson.<br />Cleveland Heights participates in 2014 Bike to Work Day. Image: Heights Bicycle Coalition.<br />Bike corrals (yellow on-street racks) in downtown Lakewood.

Sprawl's hidden cost to Cleveland, a costly river clean up

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/23/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Clean water, Connecting to nature

Imagine instead of retiring to a golf community, you had the choice of a small house in a beautiful park located on a reforested lot in Cleveland. Or in a community on a sustainable farm in the Cuyahoga Valley surrounded by forest on all sides. Is it a utopian dream? Or the new American dream?

<br />Soil being dredged from the Cuyahoga RiverConservation development<br />Two developments in Hiram preserve the woods by clustering the homes and placing a conservation easement on the land<br />The carbon intensity of Northeast Ohio (red equals more carbon emissions per household).

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