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Freddie Mack solar SID smack down; Study looks for gaps in local food economy; Cleveland architect wins Brooklyn shack design

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/28/10 @ 12:02pm

  • The ReImagine a Greater Cleveland initiative includes a feasibility study to build a local food/urban agriculture economy. The group leading the study is posting about their progress on NEO Food Web. Weigh in on the assets and gaps in the current local food system in Northeast Ohio by taking this survey (deadline is this Friday, July 30th) or at community dialogues here here and here next week.
  • Just as Cleveland and the inner-ring suburbs agreed to a Solar Special Improvement District, Fannie May and Freddie Mac put the smack down on PACE loans that help homeowners and businesses pay for solar panels and energy efficiency improvements from the projected savings on their bill. A big push is underway to get Congress to act before its recess to secure the future for Solar and energy SIDs-check out this action alert.
  • Last year, Cleveland architects Jim Fish and Rob Donaldson made the final 20 of Dwell Magazine's "Reburbia" competition with their idea to convert foreclosed McMansions into vertical farms for renewable energy and food.

    The accolades continue: Fish is a finalist in a competition to sustainably redesign the Conover Cottages, fisherman shacks in Redhook, Brooklyn. Unlike the Dwell competition, the group promises that finalists will see their submissions carried out.

  • From the Sierra Club: This Saturday, July 31st, the Sierra Club will create aerial art on Public Square with a large human wind turbine to send a message to our senators to pass a strong renewable energy standard and oil disaster response that will save money and our environment.
  • From Clean Energy Works: We're circulating an organization-level sign on statement expressing disappointment in the Senate's failure to act, and calling on them to continue to pursue every avenue to promote clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions, including preserving EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Shearer's will cut the ribbon on its LEED-Platinum manufacturing facility (the world's first for a snack food maker) in Massillon on Friday, August 13. Constructed with 22% recycled materials, and to use 30% less energy in manufacturing than industry standards, the facility features a heat recovery system from the chip fryer that heats the building. Follow their progress here.
  • The Cleveland Botanical Garden is recognized in the New York Times for its part in the transition from traditional show gardens to market gardens where inner-city kids are learning to grow and sell food. 

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