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Incentives for sustainability really do work

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/10/18 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

It can be empowering to track, share and compare choices as consumers of energy and transportation services (the two largest contributors to climate change). It helps when individuals have options and tools for measuring their actions. Sharing from personal experience here…

<br />Mode choices in 2017 for CMNH employees participating in the company parking cash out program.<br />CMNH covered introductory use of UHBikes bike share for employees seen here using the bikes to enjoy a trip to the farmers market. <br />Dashboard of our renewable energy purchases through RECs for the  three months, including the one hundred percent offset shown.

A first-time homebuyer's guide to energy efficiency

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/04/18 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

On this frigid #TBT we look back on a personal story of home energy improvement. This series of posts follow a first time homeowner as he navigates the ins and outs of energy efficiency inside his family’s century home. Drafty and cold in the winter, he set out to do something meaningful about the energy literally flying out the window,...

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Five green New Year's resolutions (that can make a difference)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/18 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to green your life, but don’t know where to start? The following post is intended to help focus on the biggest impact areas. (Disclaimer: there's no “silver bullet” solution. Rather, there are many solutions, all with multiple benefits — environmental, social, and economic. Climate change mitigation activities should be at the center of the...

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Most important sustainability stories of 2017

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

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In our annual tradition, we share some of the most important sustainability stories of the year. Eco-economic decoupling, breaking the link between "environmental bads" and "economic goods,” gets our vote for story of the year. This chart from the U.S. Department of Energy shows overall power consumption in the U.S. dropped by 0.76% in 2017 while GDP rose 2.2%. Reducing the...more

Talking transit crisis, solutions with Joe Calabrese GCRTA CEO

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/08/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transit

This week, we reported on a transit crisis unfolding in the State of Ohio. We end the week asking, what can state and local leaders do to prevent the transit crises brought on by the long-expected end of a medical care organization (MCO) sales taxes which will punch a $20 million hole in the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA)...

That familiar feeling<br />GCRTA CEO and GM Joe Calabrese discusses cuts during a 2016 funding shortfall with labor leaders. A capital idea<br />Funding for transit capital projects, like the Little Italy Rapid Station, is separate and usually more available than operating funds. (although the federal TIGER grant program that paid for this station is on the Trump chopping block). On the line<br />The GCRTA Green and Blue light rail line runs to the suburbs where many riders have options such as driving. The line lost its evening service to downtown after the 2016 transit funding crisis.How Ohio funds transit<br />Image: Policy Matters Ohio

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