David Beach | 11/14/07 @ 6:29pm
Sustainable business awards - Congratulations to the Champions of Sustainability recognized by Entrepreneurs for Sustainability last week: Parker Bosley of Parker's New American Bistro and the North Union Farmers' Market for Local Food, Gene Matthews of Case Western Reserve University for Next Generation Energy, Carolyn Bentley of Great Lakes Publishing for High-Performance Building, Ryan McKenzie of CityWheels for Sustainable Transportation, and Joanne Buckman of the Crown Point Ecology Center for Sustainability in Action. Mike Dungan of BIE won E4S's special Schneiderman Award for Sustainable Business. Details here.
Conservation funding - The following projects in Cuyahoga County won approval recently for Clean Ohio greenspace funding:
- Moreland Hills received $1.1 million to help purchase one of the largest unprotected mature forests in Cuyahoga County, a 115-acre property near the Chagrin River and the South Chagrin Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. The land will become a public nature preserve with a conservation easement held by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
- The West Creek Preservation Committee received $850,000 to help purchase 10 acres of land at the confluence of West Creek and the Cuyahoga River in Independence. This will allow the planned 15-mile West Creek Greenway Trail System to connect with the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The property, which is now a degraded industrial site, will be restored to floodplain wetlands by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District as part of a series of ecological restoration projects along West Creek.
- The Gates Mills Land Conservancy received $325,000 towards the preservation of 25 acres of woods and wetlands along the Chagrin River in Gates Mills. In addition to protecting water quality and scenic character, the project will be another link in a continuous trail system along the river corridor.
- Cleveland Metroparks received $1.7 million to help purchase 34 acres of ecologically significant beech-maple forest adjacent to North Chagrin Reservation. The property will allow continued restoration of Foster's Run and Beecher's Brook, important headwater streams of the Chagrin River.
Youth winner - Congratulations to Evin McMullen of Chesterland for receiving a Brower Youth Award from Earth Island Institute in San Francisco. The award, named after legendary environmentalist David Brower, honors emerging leaders in conservation, preservation, and restoration. McMullen cofounded Save Our Stream, a program partnering student and community groups with government agencies to clean up polluted streams and restore the habitat of threatened trout populations.
Environmental innovator - The Ohio Environmental Council recently gave Cleveland-based Eaton Corporation an environmental achievement award for its work to develop cleaner, more fuel-efficient trucks. Eaton recently partnered with the U.S. EPA, UPS, International Truck and Engine Corp., and the U.S. Army to develop a hydraulic hybrid diesel urban delivery vehicle that achieves a 60 to 70% improvement in fuel economy and more than a 40% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.