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Nature based solutions take root at Sustainable Cleveland summit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

This week, 400 people gathered for the 9th annual Cleveland 2019 Sustainability Summit. The theme this year was “Vibrant Urban Green Space” which inspired conversations around how the city might improve its natural areas and access to healthy green space. Groups formed to discuss, for example, the Cleveland Tree Plan and its initial investment in 50,000 trees in the city...

<br />2017 Cleveland Sustainability Summit. 

Photo credit: City of Cleveland.

Resilience it is in the water

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/15/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform, Water

In the 2013 book Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design Kelly Shannon of the Oslo School of Architecture defines resilient cities as those that “bend from harm.”

The Sanlihe Greenway<br />Photo from American Society of Landscape Architects

A vision for resilience in a post climate change world

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/08/17 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Explore, Transform

“Landscape is not scenery; it is not a political unit…it is never simply a natural space, a feature of the natural environment; it is always artificial, always synthetic, always subject to sudden and unpredictable change…[Landscape] is where the slow, natural processes of growth and maturity and decay are deliberately set aside and history is substituted. A landscape is where we...

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Cleveland region second last in equity, sustainability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/22/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

An important indicator for cities aiming to be more sustainable and equitable, The Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDG), was released last month.

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Finding equity when a city reduces its environmental impact

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/18/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate

City of Cleveland is updating its 2013 Carbon Action Plan this year, convening a group of 50 stakeholders to share ideas on improving the reach and impact of the existing plan whose goal was to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050. (A noteworthy parallel track, Cleveland signed on to the Paris Climate Accord this year, when the U.S. under the...

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