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Ohio forsakes progress on clean air and water

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/15 @ 2:45pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water

In Ohio, the news lately is filled with stories that pit industry against the environment. But the storylines, and the accounting of costs, are often more complicated. Take, for example, the New York Times story last Friday on “The Connection Between Cleaner Air and Longer Lives." Economics professor and head of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, Michael...

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Cleveland's gift of 1,000 trees stirs memories of a Forest City

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/24/14 @ 9:45am  |  Posted in Clean air, Home landscaping, Plants & animals

Cleveland will plant 1,000 trees in five neighborhoods starting in Central this spring and continuing in Glenville this fall, says the city’s new arborist, Jennifer Braman.

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EPA criticizes Opportunity Corridor for glossing over impact

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/13 @ 1:15pm  |  Posted in Clean air, Clean water

The plan for the Opportunity Corridor categorically underestimates its environmental impact, the Environmental Protection Agency informed Ohio’s Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Supersize it<br />A land use study for the Opportunity Corridor called for 30-acre superblocks, but also improved pathways to transit Carless in CLE<br />The percentage of households without cars is very high in the area around the proposed Opportunity CorridorBuilding walls<br />The Opportunity Corridor calls for sound walls as seen on highways.Not so fast<br />ODOT presented this concept for Opportunity Corridor at a public meeting in October 2013

What we know for certain about climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/04/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate, Clean air

1,000 barrels of oil were burned in the time you clicked on this page. We consume 300 billion barrels of oil per year. To put that figure in perspective, BP spilled 5,000 barrels of oil per day in the Gulf of Mexico and the slick was the size of Delaware and Rhode Island.

Up in the air<br />A coal-fired power plant east of Cleveland.A long drive<br />Driving accounts for a quarter of emissions in Northeast Ohio.Tale of the tape<br />The Keeling curve shows the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere from the 1960s to the present.

Finding green jobs also good for environment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/29/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water

A new jobs report out today shows Cleveland leading the nation in unemployment. Sound of Ideas reported that 4,000 new unemployment claims were filed here since the Recession began. So, where will the recovery come from as we learn to pivot from the era of steel mills employing thousands to building a green city on a blue lake?

Moving to work<br />Cities that establish goals for bike infrastructure can make the case with keeping roads safe and creating jobs. Cleveland workers paint Sharrows in University Circle.Growing green<br />Cleveland's Garden Boyz are learning a trade and are part of a burgeoning local food economy.Green on down the road<br />Green infrastructure, like this permeable parking lot at Courtyard Marriott in University Circle, could be a jobs creator.
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