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Making personal choices can reduce carbon emissions

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/18/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Reduce, Driving, Transportation

Last week, we wrote about the communities in Northeast Ohio that have the best and worst carbon footprints. It did reveal some notable trends like how income, density and distance from the central city determine how the region stacks (and pollutes) up. Today, we look at what can be done about it. What are we as individuals capable of doing to...

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Sierra Club director calls for 100% renewables, starting in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/28/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Michael Brune empathizes with the people who don’t raise a hand after he asks, “who believes, as a nation, we’re prepared to meet the challenge of climate change?”

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A market for renewables opens in Ohio where coal gets more help

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/02/15 @ 9:45am  |  Posted in Clean energy

For critics of the “ratepayer bailout” that Ohio handed to FirstEnergy for its aging, dirty coal power this week, an answer may be to stimulate the market for alternatives. Because of Ohio’s deregulated energy market, more homeowners have been introduced to the option of shopping for green power in recent years.

<br />Cleveland area homeowners could purchase power from wind farms like this one in Illinois.

Key Bank invests in GHG reductions, Case toward carbon neutrality

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Green buildings

Publicly traded banking giant, Key, and the namesake of Cleveland’s University Circle, Case Western Reserve University, are adding significant pieces to their sustainability portfolio at a time when “corporate responsibility” has taken on greater visibility, from the classroom to the boardroom.

<br />Case campus with wind turbine and coal-fired power plant in foreground.<br />Motorcars Honda received a $1.6 million loan from Key Bank for this 335-Kw solar canopy at their Cleveland Heights dealership.

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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