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Quotes of the day: What's sustainable about Cleveland?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/11 @ 1:48pm

"Although Phase II of the project does not include any bike improvements, Bike Cleveland has decided to support the city in this effort because they have indicated that safety improvements are a prerequisite to the bike infrastructure that has been promised in Phase III."-Why BikeCleveland acquiesced in joining the city in a rally in Columbus this week, despite bike/pedestrian connections and pathways getting the ax from the city's current proposal to fund the conversion of the West Shoreway.

"What could this level of localization mean for community wealth, job creation and quality of life? How can this system be designed for resilience in the light of a more challenging climate that threatens the very stability of all local food systems?"-Brad Masi on the Oberlin Project's vision to scale local food from 25 to 70 percent.

"The current economic stagnation, the shift to a low carbon economy and the re-structuring of the financial markets pose significant challenges and opportunities for communities. Community land trusts are helping communities to address these challenges by building equitable and sustainable solutions."-Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland announcing that Cleveland will host the 2013 National Community Land Trust Network Conference.

"You might not recognize this home that sits at the corner or Marquardt and West 7th Street. It sat vacant for years. Cleveland Action to Support Housing (CASH) was able to rehab this home using sustainable practices."-One of the 57 homes Cleveland invested more than $150,000 each of federal Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to rehab and sell at a subsidized rate.

"It's time to start rethinking of Midwest airports as 'travel-ports' as up to half of their flights are to cities less than 400 miles a way. These flights are most in danger of being lost. Fast passenger rail and express buses can help fill the void and keep travelers mobile, as noted in this 2002 report which is still valid today."-All Aboard Ohio at the news of Chiquita moving its corporate headquarters from Ohio to North Carolina because Charlotte has a busier airport.

"The elimination of these two dams, along with the potential future removal of the Ohio Edison dam, will provide a distance of about 12 river miles (beginning in Kent) with unimpeded flow that will result healthier water quality."-Cuyahoga Falls agrees to remove two dams as part of the Cuyahoga River Restoration Project

"We are thrilled to have so much support for our Making Waves from Cleveland to Uganda project which includes the finished film and finished new water access for St. Bonaventure School in Uganda, Africa. The team will plan to work in Uganda May of 2012 to complete capturing footage and the physical installation of the borehole."-SC2019 Drink Local.Drink Tap. campaign to promote sustainable water use in Cleveland and Africa

"Rain gardens are shaped like a bowl, and are filled with layers of spongy soils and plants that can withstand extreme wet and dry conditions. These gardens are built to mimic a forest and replicate the work of the thousands of acres of woodlands and wetlands that have been lost to urban development."-PBS Newshour on Seattle's Stewardship Partners and their plan to help residents plant 12,000 rain gardens to slow the CSO run off into the Puget Sound.

"900 people joined our webinar to learn more about the newly proposed 25E performance-based tax credit for homes. It was a great kickoff to a longer-term effort to educate people about 25E and build broad-ranging support to move the legislation forward.-EfficiencyFirst on the Cut Energy Bills at Home Act introduced in the Senate

"There is no reason to hurry the rule-making or the drilling. The only way New York can safely move ahead with hydrofracturing is by designing and executing a tough regulatory program that could also serve as a model for the rest of the nation."-New York Times editorial, "Getting Gas Drilling Right".

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