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Cycle commute study author in Cleveland; E4S crowns its Champions of Sustainability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/15/11 @ 12:25pm

· Dr. Jonathan Patz may be known in academic circles for his work as director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But he made a splash recently with "Swapping Tail Pipes for Pedals"-Huff Post explains his mash up of personal and professional interest in bike commuting as a pathway to the health-climate nexus.

Patz is a transportation cyclist and a scientist; he decided to launch a study on the impact a small mode shift to biking would have on climate change. He looked at the commuting habits of 30 million residents in the Great Lakes and asked, "What if, during the nicest six months of the year, those residents left their cars at home for round-trips of five miles or less?" Patz already shared his results with the Dalai Lama, and tomorrow he'll share with Cleveland the promise of expanding modes of transportation and his related research on heat waves, air pollution and water and vector-borne diseases from climate change at the Natural History Museum's "Health and Climate Change" event.

· Of all the sustainability awards out there, tonight's E4S Champions of Sustainability may be the homegrown favorite. With the resignation of its director and the loss of key staff, E4S is going through some growing pains. But their committee of former champions will crown the 9th annual class of "pioneers and leaders in the region who are putting sustainability into practice in their businesses and organizations". See who inspires us by putting sustainability into action even in a conservative town like Cleveland.

· Or if sustainable agriculture is more your speed, check out the EcoTuesday meet up tonight at Gardens Under Glass at the Galleria featuring a discussion on food policy and intensive, large-scale livestock production led by Lakewood Councilman Tom Bullock, the Ohio Representative for the Pew Environment Group. For more information and to RSVP.

· EarthDay Coalition just came off its successful Instrumental Evening for the Earth. This year's theme focused on "Harvest for Sustainable Neighborhoods." The organization is raising funds for Cleveland area neighborhoods working on transferring vacant property into productive land again (supporting their Naturehood program). They share some personal accounts of how this effort is changing lives on their Sustainable Neighborhood Stories link.

· From the Save Lower Prospect group (who formed to protest the demolition of the historic Columbia Building for a parking lot): Following up on our idea to monitor the design review agendas for proposed demolitions: 1512 Euclid Ave is proposed to be demolished for parking for Playhouse Square. It is adjacent to an existing parking lot. It is on the Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee Meeting agenda for Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 514 of Cleveland City Hall. There is no public comment at these meetings but the public can attend to listen. The building is identified as the Hanna Building Annex but don't confuse it with the larger building behind the Hanna Building also known as the Hanna Building Annex.

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