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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.

Where the frack is Ohio?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/04/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water, Land

In the 2012 movie, Promised Land, a prospector for an oil and gas company arrives in a small, Midwest town with a briefcase full of royalty checks. The charming young man played by Matt Damon expects the locals to get all starry eyed at the promise of riches. The only hitch is—and this is where Hollywood may be accused of...

Going deep<br />Fracking permit sites in Ohio. Image: FrackTracker Alliance.

Too much cheap oil to solve climate crisis

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/11/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air

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Should we expect our vaunted market economics to innovate a climate change solution? Even economists as bullish as Severin Borenstein see the flaw in market-driven solutions. The professor of business and policy at UC Berkeley and an advisor to California’s Cap and Trade system launching this fall insists it will take a balance of subsidies to green power and taxes...more

The $4 B question for Cleveland: sickness or a health producing transportation system

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/23/11 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean air, Transform

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· We've posted some of the key findings from Dr. Jonathan Patz, lead author of IPCC and the recent, "Swapping Tailpipes for Pedals" study which quantifies the health impacts for Great Lakes cities including Cleveland of being a car dominated society. Dr. Patz concludes: Energy, transportation and urban planning policies to protect human health are necessary today - whether or...more

Data supports mode shift in Cleveland; Sustainable transportation group moves on West Shoreway project

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/23/11 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Clean air

· Dr. Jonathan Patz is thinking beyond his niche as a health and climate expert and lead author of the IPCC to the cost-benefit of doing nothing to reduce climate change versus a bold rethinking of the design of cities with an eye to reduce car use (target: 20% Vehicle Miles Traveled). His "Swapping tailpipes for pedals" study looked at...more

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