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Sierra Club director calls for 100% renewables, starting in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/28/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Michael Brune empathizes with the people who don’t raise a hand after he asks, “who believes, as a nation, we’re prepared to meet the challenge of climate change?”

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The big issues: Northeast Ohio's sustainability challenges for 2016 and beyond

David Beach  |  01/27/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

If we want to improve our personal and environmental health in 2016 – and make Northeast Ohio a more sustainable place – it’s important to focus on the big, systemic issues that hold our region back. Here are GCBL’s nominations for these key challenges. Let’s all make a New Year’s resolution to address them.

Solar on every roof<br />The transition to clean energy is inevitable. We need to move faster in Ohio. (Photo of solar installation in Cleveland Heights courtesy of AAT Solar)Taking care of existing assets<br />There have been many good recommendations for promoting more sustainable patterns of development in Northeast Ohio, such as the recent scenario-based planning work of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium. Less cars, more fun<br />It's time to plan and build a multi-modal transportation system that works for all and creates great places.  From fields to lake<br />To protect Lake Erie, we will need a more sustainable agricultural system, not just greater investments in urban sewer infrastructure.

Natural Cleveland: February

Jill Collins  |  01/26/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

This is part two in a series of blog posts written and illustrated by Jill Collins and edited by Justin Glanville. They are seasonal snapshots, and bring into focus the nature you may find on travels through the City of Cleveland.

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Ten ways Cleveland has teed up transportation choice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/21/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

What would happen if Americans stopped loving cars and all that comes with them? Look at Houston, which may be forgiven for regretting its decision to spend $2.8 billion in 2014 to widen its Katy Freeway only to find that car travel times went up by 51 percent.

<br />Millennials riding the RTA Red Line in Cleveland is part of transit ridership increase.

Cleveland awarded $600K to tackle climate vulnerability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/14/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

“I have to be careful going up hills, because if I stop, the whole thing will tip over,” Nick Rajkovich explains the physics of navigating 40 pounds of air temperature monitors, a camera and a complex steel frame lashed to his black, Surly cargo bike.

<br />Nick Rajkovich on his weather bike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.<br />Dr. Nicholas Rajkovich, a Brecksville native, built this bike to measure urban heat island effect in Cuyahoga County.<br />Who are the most vulnerable to climate related illness in Cuyahoga County. Dark blue is the most vulnerable based on six social and environmental factors. Data maps from Nicholas Rajkovich.<br />Data maps from Nicholas Rajkovich shows where the highest poverty and paved surfaces from his study of heat island effect in Cuyahoga County. Darker equals a higher concentration of both.

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Maple sugaring as spring rite

Maple sugaring as spring rite >

See sugar maples tapped for syrup and celebrate this old local tradition

The best bike trails

The best bike trails >

Find out where are the most interesting bike rides in Northeast Ohio

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Explore local food resources and a map of farmers markets in Northeast Ohio