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EcoWatch takes Cleveland, green activism national; re-ranking the suburbs

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/12/11 @ 4:09pm

· Cleveland's EcoWatch and Waterkeeper Alliance are collaborating on the launch of a twenty-four-seven news service that focuses on national grassroots environmental activism. The website will feature aggregated content from more than 700 grassroots environmental organizations in the U.S. and original content, insights from national leaders in the environmental movement, including advisory board members-Ed Begley, Jr., Lester Brown, Paul Hawken, Randy Hayes, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Phil Radford and Harvey Wasserman-that will generate dialogue on the most important issues of the day. Next Thursday's launch party at Rivergate Park, the new home of the Western Reserve Rowing in the Flats, features dignitaries including Kennedy, Jr. Details here.

· The Cleveland Clinic hosts "Driving Change" tomorrow (Oct. 12, 3-6 p.m.) centered on education, awareness and promotion of sustainable transportation and parking in the Cleveland area. Hear from the new bike advocacy group, Bike Cleveland, from the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Transportation group and others working on exciting sustainable transportation projects in the region. In the E. 89th Street Garage lobby.

· Greg Donley, like so many in the Cleveland area, never could get what the suburban rankings use as a measuring stick, so the Cleveland Heights resident created a new competition of area neighborhoods that measures what he thinks matters: Walkability, access to cultural institutions, quality dining, etc. He keeps it balanced with public school effectiveness (accounting for achievement gap) and safety. The conclusion? "The far-out suburbs are indeed far out--out of contention if one wants a livable neighborhood as defined by these metrics." See how your suburb or city neighborhood ranks.

· Complete Streets can lead to safer streets and healthier Americans, American Public Health Association found. A new fact sheet collects the reports done on Complete Streets, including a 2009 review, "The Impact of Transportation Infrastructure on Bicycling Injuries and Crashes." It concludes that cyclist injuries and collisions with cars can be reduced by 50% when cities mark on-road bike lanes. More details here.

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