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Attitudes on Cleveland's auto recycling; Open Source Ecology; new green marketing guidelines; Cleveland Heights green zoning initiative

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/05/11 @ 9:54am

  • Cleveland Division of Waste Collection and Recycling is surveying Cleveland residents on their preferences for the city's new, automated curbside trash and recycling pick up.
  • The Cleveland Foundation is seeking undergrads, recent college grads and graduate students to apply to its summer internship program which places you in the non-profit and public sector in Greater Cleveland.
  • The biography of Marcin Jakubowski, Founder of Open Source Ecology, reads like William Gibson penned it: "Marcin came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his PhD in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin before shifting direction and starting a hydroponic vegetable farm in Madison, WI. Lacking real experience in practical matters, he then began his education from scratch, and in 2003 he founded Open Source Ecology in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. He began development on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), an open source DIY tool set of 50 different industrial machines necessary to create modern civilization from scrap metal. OSE has prototyped eight machines, and intends to build everything from an induction furnace for melting metals to an open source combine.

    Jakubowski will speak in Cleveland and Oberlin this week.

  • Barbara Brown, principal and co-owner of BrownFlynn, will provide an in-depth look at what communications professionals should know about environmental marketing and the new Federal Trade Commission Green Guidelines during The Cleveland Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators' breakfast event on January 11.
  • The City of Cleveland Heights hired Camiros, Ltd. to audit its zoning code with a goal of making it more sustainable. The Chicago-based company will present their findings and recommendations to supplement the City of Cleveland Heights Zoning Code on Monday, January 10, at 7:30 pm at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, Mayfield Road at Monticello. (Open to all).

    The report addresses the following aspects of Cleveland Heights' Zoning Ordinance and how they could be made more sustainable: general zoning, residential district standards, commercial and mixed-use district standards, accessory structures and uses, principal uses, parking standards, landscape and water conservation, and large-scale development processes.

    To view full report, which includes discussion of and recommendations for wind turbines, bee-keeping, rain gardens, chicken coops, live-work dwellings, and urban agriculture, among others, click here. For more information, please call Karen Knittel, Cleveland Heights Planning and Development Department, at 216- 291-4855 or email kknittel@clvhts.com.

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