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Burning River Fest, national Climate Change exhibit on tap

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/20/11 @ 4:30pm

·The tenth annual Burning River Fest happens this weekend (July 23 & 24) at the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. BRF combines exhibits from area environmental groups, fresh food from local farms and eateries, live music and a special appearance by Great Lakes Brewing Company's Christmas Ale. Soak in the panoramic views of the city, the lake, the Flats, bridges, barges- even dip your toes in the (much cleaner than the 1960s burning river era) Lake Erie water. For more information.

·The nationally touring Climate Change exhibit opens this weekend. Climate Change addresses one of the most complex and urgent scientific and social issues of the 21st century. The exhibit explains the science and the impact of unchecked climate change.

Discover how individual and collective action-such as using energy more efficiently-can make a meaningful impact in reducing global warming. The interactive exhibit opens at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History this Saturday, July 23. See the highlights here.

A significant, local answer to the challenges posed in Climate Change can be found in the PNC SmartHome. Tour this ultra energy efficient home before it is sold and moved to its permanent location on Wade Park Avenue near University Circle (in October). Go here for more information on what makes the SmartHome-the state's first 'passive house'-a truly groundbreaking experience. See what the national press is saying about the SmartHome.

·Cool Globes, a public art display of 18 giant earths adorned with solutions to climate change, have landed on Wade Oval. They are free and open to the public (see them during the August 17 'green' themed Wade Oval Wednesday, the free evening concert festivals in the park). The Natural History Museum is offering a guidebook for self-tours and a scavenger hunt. Contact clehn@cmnh.org for more information.

·The 90+ degree heat gives a whole new meaning to "Take the Commuter Challenge". Sponsored by NOACA, the multi-modal competition runs now through July 30. Go online to participate as an individual or a team. Keep track of your mileage and compete against other groups for pride and prizes.

·The Hill, a beltway insider newspaper, printed Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's op-ed which points out that seven communities in Rep. John Mica's district have bluntly opposed the Florida Republican chair of the Transportation Committee's plan to cut all funding for bike/pedestrian projects and give block grants to state DOTs.

·The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced a third round of the highly popular Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. As with TIGER I and II, cities like Cleveland can apply to build out major portions of its Campaign for Active Transportation case statements, such as, completing the Towpath Trail and linking it with neighborhood connector trails.

On Monday, USDOT held a seminar on "How to Compete for a USDOT TIGER Grant," which is now available online. This highly informative session addresses a wealth of questions about the TIGER III application process, and is a must-view for potential applicants.

The pre-application process will be open on or before August 22, with pre-applications due October 3 (for more, see Question 3 of the TIGER III FAQ).

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