Marc Lefkowitz | 01/08/09 @ 11:21am
- For "bridging the gap between sometimes esoteric national debates about economic issues and the real-life challenges faced by people living in Cleveland, Youngstown and Dayton," Policy Matters Ohio is selected as one of the Nation magazine's Most Valuable Progressives of 2008. Read more
- Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority unveils $14 million green bus station which boasts the largest solar panel array in Ohio and geothermal heating and cooling, which will offset one-third of the station's electricity.
- Ohio Department of Transportation announces new priorities, including a dedicated funding stream for public transit and statewide passenger rail and a goal to reduce the state's carbon footprint. Also, it wants a Complete Streets policy so that all new streets have bike lanes and pedestrian areas. Advocates for a sustainable transportation system will have to keep an eye on and push for making these goals translate into action at the local level.
- Ohio will give homeowners $3.5 million in grants for wind, solar power.
- Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, is a powerful new force for greater regional collaboration among local governments. He also pledged to step up the use of successful tax credit programs such as those targeted at green businesses, new technologies and innovative businesses. Read more.