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12.2.08: Sustainable champions

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/02/08 @ 11:12am

  • At last week's inspiring Creating Cleveland's New Story event-where 200 sustainable entrepreneurs and advocates networked and swapped stories about their visions for creating pathways to sustainability-Entrepreneurs for Sustainability named its 2008 Champions of Sustainability. Read about them here.
  • A national wind supply chain conference happening in Cleveland next week is sold out-a sign of the intense interest in wind power locally and nationally.
  • At September's Ride for Miles, more than 600 riders, nearly 100 volunteers and more than three dozen sponsors combined efforts to promote bicycle safety, cherish the environment and honor environmentalist, Cleveland Heights resident and John Carroll biology professor Miles Coburn who died after being struck by a car while riding his bike. Donations to John Carroll University to establish the Miles Coburn Seminar on Climate Change exceeded $15,274. We are all deeply grateful, writes Miles' brother, Chris. The 2009 Ride For Miles will be 10 a.m. September 12, close to Miles' September 23 birthday.
  • Steven Litt praises the public-private partnership that will usher in an iconic University Circle Rapid Transit station in 2010. "The lesson," he writes, "which ought to be underscored, is that relatively modest amounts of private money, applied wisely, can vastly enhance the power of public agencies to raise the level of design when it comes to public infrastructure."
  • The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) awarded Grand River Partners, Inc $140,000 in support of the organization's mission to protect the Grand River Watershed. Grand River Partners will use the funds to hire an Upper Grand River Watershed Coordinator, whose main objective will be to work with the Grand River Partnership and other key stakeholders to develop a fully endorsed, comprehensive watershed plan for the Upper Grand River Watershed. The coordinator will be responsible for developing plans, projects and programs aimed at protecting local water resources. If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview with Grand River Partners' Executive Director, Lee Melius, call Lisa Pasquale at 440.375.7311 or email at Lisa@grandriverpartners.org
  • From Wire-Net: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an interim final rule implementing the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program authorized by section 136 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). The full text of the DOE Interim Final Rules is courtesy of the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council.

    The program will provide up to $25 billion in direct loans to eligible applicants for the costs of re-equipping, expanding, and establishing manufacturing facilities in the United States to produce advanced technology vehicles and components for such vehicles. Five billion dollars is set aside for companies with fewer than 500 employees. These technologies and vehicles must provide improvements in fuel economy performance that are 125% of current requirements.

    A number of sources indicate that the agency may begin taking applications in November. DOE stated that it intends to act quickly to review and evaluate any applications it receives from eligible applicants. The agency has also created a website with information relating to the program.

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