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Sustainability round up

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/13/09 @ 4:18pm

Here's a sampling of sustainability news in Northeast Ohio, from the first certified green restaurant in Ohio (in Cleveland's E. 4th Street district) opening this week to why Northern Ohioans are a twitter about the great tropical bird migration taking flight this month into May.

  • When The Greenhouse Tavern opens its doors to the public on Tuesday, April 14th, it will not only be the first certified Green Restaurant in Ohio it will be more proof of just how red-hot the 'local' economy and new urbanism movements are in Northeast Ohio at the moment. The GHT's fixtures and finishes are made from local and salvaged material and the menu features mostly local and seasonal food. The crowning moment will come later this summer when the rooftop dining terrace is built. Plans call for a fully functional urban greenhouse, bar and food service with a retractable glass enclosure, local art and xeriscape foliage, rain harvesting and photovoltaic technology.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History's GreenCityBlueLake Institute and Lube Stop are teaming up to help create a more sustainable future for Northeast Ohio. Donate $1, $5 or $10 to support the Institute, and receive $5 off your next 20 Point Expert Oil Change service or other preventative maintenance service at Lube Stop, as well as $2 off general admission to the Museum. This offer is valid April 13 through May 4. It is redeemable at all 37 Lube Stop locations in Ohio.
  • Now that Ohio is moving forward with 3-C passenger rail, who's going to build the trains? Advocate group All Aboard Ohio is calling for Ohio's Congressional delegate to compete for $90.8 million in stimulus funds for manufacturing by supporting proposals to retool shuttered manufacturing facilities, such as auto plants, as new factories to build passenger rail cars. Dayton has proposed reusing its Moraine GM Plant. Are there good sites in Cleveland to build train cars?
  • The Ohio Coastal Resource Management Project posted their latest newsletter on GCBL. Read about efforts to reduce a FirstEnergy Toledo plant's high fish kill ratio. Get the skinny on the annual tropical bird migration watch at one of the world's best sites, the Magee Marsh near Sandusky. Also, read up on the hidden costs of giant poultry farms and an action plan to confront invasive species in Lake Erie.

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