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Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/21/08 @ 4:25pm

Tomorrow (April 22) is Earth Day, and it's packed with interesting events. The headliner is a "Rally for green manufacturing jobs" where petitioners and speakers supporting the creation of a green economy in Ohio will gather from 4-7 p.m. under the wind turbine at Great Lakes Science Center.

Afterwards, walk over to ideastream at 13th and Euclid as founding director of slowLab Carolyn Strauss will explain how slow design acts as "a fertile, holistic framework to understand and advance sustainable design."

Round out your evening with the premier airing of "Return of the Cuyahoga, the inspiring story of how the Cuyahoga River went from environmental disaster to living, breathing, working place on the cusp of transforming once again.

At the news that Ohio's state historic tax credits have run out of money until 2010-11, RealNeo blogger Susan Miller writes: "We will need to make the case that historic credits are also carbon credits." Architect Carl Stein, an expert on preservation economics, adds "The embodied energy that can easily be saved by reusing a building rather than demo and replacing it is anywhere from five to ten years of operating energy equivalent. This has a direct carbon relationship. The embodied labor PER DOLLAR of renovation construction is dramatically higher than the embodied labor in new construction-that is, if one wants to generate jobs through construction, renovation/restoration is a far better route than new construction. Perhaps the state could set an example by having an executive order decreeing that any expansion of state facilities will be accommodated in existing buildings unless it can be conclusively demonstrated that no appropriate building stock exists.

Cleveland's Fox 8 News reported last night on California's and Seattle's legislation to place a tax on plastic bags. The report noted that the tax is intended to slow consumption (Americans use more than a billion one-shot bags every year; only 4% are recycled) and maybe pay for consumers to get reusable bags. Since a plastic bag takes 1000 years to disintegrate in a landfill, costs are rising as landfills and waterways are clogging up

WCPN reported this morning that "Up until recently, Cleveland's foreclosure crisis has been centered in the city and its neighboring suburbs. Now housing counselors say the fastest growing group of borrowers looking to get foreclosure help are from the outer ring suburbs. Read more.

Jonathon Sawyer, chef/owner of Bar Cento is working on plans for another restaurant featuring recipes built around sustainable, local, indigenous ingredients-this one on E. 4th Street, The Free Times reported last week.

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