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Oberlin food service provider funds local greenhouse

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/06 @ 1:01pm

Oberlin College's food service provider Bon Appétit recently invested $6200 toward a greenhouse and waste oil furnace (used to generate heat) at nearby George Jones Farm.The greenhouse will lengthen the growing season and thus ensure that the college can buy more local produce. Oberlin has increased the purchase of local food from five percent to 30 percent in the past...more

Artists and the environment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/11/06 @ 2:06pm

James Voorhies says:Today many artists and designers are working to reconcile problems of over-consumption, waste and pollution with solutions of sustainability, recycling, and renewable resources. Supporting artists actively engaged in issues related to the environment is crucial for helping to raise awareness and generate community interest for eco-friendly living.Artists such as Amy Franceschini (speaking this Thursday at Kent State University -...more

Growing smarter, not bigger

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/22/06 @ 11:00am

Cuyahoga County's population shrunk by 58,000 people and the surrounding counties grew by 40,000, The Plain Dealer reported yesterday.  The source for the story is the U.S. Census Bureau's mid-decade population estimates, which come out once a year in the summer.The media has been criticized in the past for using the mid-decade Census estimates, which have an error rate of plus or minus 3 percent....more

CityWheels a smart way to improve urban livability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/06 @ 10:03am

Dave Brook is the Portland-based social entrepreneur who launched the first commercial carsharing venture in the U.S. and now consults and runs a popular carsharing blog. Brook was in town recently to offer wisdom to the nation's newest carshare operation, CityWheels, which was launched in Oberlin in February by EcoCity Cleveland transportation guru Ryan McKenzie (CityWheels just rolled out its first Cleveland cars this...more

Why some national retailers won't locate in urban areas

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/06/06 @ 11:26am

Rebuilding in city neighborhoods and first suburbs such as University Circle, Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights requires developers with knowledge of issues such as environmental remediation, building at higher densities, and, in the case of commercial retail, finding anchor tenants. Anchor tenants are large operations that attract lots of shoppers who also patronize smaller stores in the district. Developers looking for anchor tenants have increasingly turned to national chain...more

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