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Lake Erie junk raft day and our last wetland gets a trail

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/14/09 @ 10:05am

When Dr. Marcus Eriksen described sailing in a raft made from 15,000 plastic pop bottles and dipping his sample jar into what he calls "the plastic soup" of the Pacific Ocean, it was a serious wake up call. Eriksen has inspired the Lake Erie Boat Float-build your own junk raft and sail it from Edgewater with Erikson this October to raise awareness of the thousands of pounds of plastic washing into our water.

Bedford-based Taylor, the oldest furniture manufacturer in the United States, has diverted 90% of the waste generated at its facility from the landfill since committing to reach zero waste by 2019. Best of all, their annual cost for waste hauling dropped to less than $1,500.

Not to be confused with the Lake (Erie) to (Shaker) Lakes Trail being planned, the Lake to Lake Trail recently dedicated by the Cleveland Metroparks is a 2.4-mile long, 10-foot wide asphalt trail with boardwalk sections (pictured) over the last, remaining glacial pothole wetland in Cuyahoga County. The Middleburg Heights trail connects Lake Abram and Lake Isaac. It cost $4.7 million to build, and is part of the Metroparks' larger plan to build a 16-mile loop connecting five communities in the southwest corner of the county to the Towpath Trail.

John Fetterman, the mayor of a formerly dying Pennsylvania steel town named Braddock, is the face of the renewable energy economy in the Rust Belt.

The City of Vancouver, BC has a serious program to 'shift modes' of transportation, including 30 bicycle routes. This video shows how the effort has lead to a decline in car use and an increase in cycling.

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