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Reforming ODOT

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/03/07 @ 4:08pm

Transportation is big business in Ohio. Our Department of Transportation's annual budget is an impressive $2.1 billion, but, The Plain Dealer reports, the split between maintaining and improving what we have and building new roads in more remote parts of the state is not equitable. Ohio is one of the top spenders in the nation on new transportation infrastructure while...more

Near zero-emission commute

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/07 @ 4:05pm

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are an enhanced version of current hybrid vehicles with a larger battery to reduce the need for the gas engine—and its emissions. A new Department of Energy study found enough capacity exists in most areas of the nation’s power grid, including the Midwest, to support development of PHEVs. So, imagine driving home...more

Sustainable Year in Review

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/28/06 @ 3:41pm

With plenty of hard work and persistence, Northeast Ohio made some progress in 2006 toward its goal of becoming sustainable, more of a green city on a blue lake. Here are some of the important stories that we followed this year. Much more is being done by hundreds of individuals and groups, and, with your help, we resolve to try...more

Green laws no slam dunk

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/20/06 @ 4:25pm

The LA Times reports this morning that, despite a Democratic takeover of Congress, getting meaningful environmental laws—such as better fuel efficiency standards in cars and trucks and a repeal of heavy subsidies for oil producers—isn’t a given. Pay to play and entrenched attitudes, especially among key Dems in New Mexico and Michigan, could be roadblocks. But, Senator Barbara Boxer,...more

Privately financing sprawl?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/06 @ 11:10am

An interesting debate is raging over a proposed highway interchange in Avon, a small exurban community located 20 miles west of Cleveland as I-90 goes. Larger regional issues such as added traffic and artificially inducing development further away from urban centers in a region with no growth are being weighed against one community gaining direct access to the highway. ...more

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