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A vision for resilience in a post climate change world

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/08/17 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Explore, Transform

“Landscape is not scenery; it is not a political unit…it is never simply a natural space, a feature of the natural environment; it is always artificial, always synthetic, always subject to sudden and unpredictable change…[Landscape] is where the slow, natural processes of growth and maturity and decay are deliberately set aside and history is substituted. A landscape is where we...

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Dispatches from a Green City on a Blue Lake: The 2016 edition

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/28/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

We hope you enjoy this year in review! It's been a pleasure bringing it to you.

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Science offers a window into climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/12/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Explore

As coastal cities are caught off guard by “sunny day floods,” no less subtle evidence that climate changes is being felt across the U.S. has scientists, naturalists and policy makers raising concerns. They say, climate change is no longer a theoretical idea; it is being felt in the form of more severe floods, drought, and temperature swings. All up and down...

<br /><br />Images: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Natural Cleveland: March

Jill Collins  |  03/15/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Explore, Natural Cleveland

The following is the March post exploring nature in the city; written by naturalist and illustrator, Jill Collins, with editing by local writer and instructor, Justin Glanville.

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Ten years becoming a Green City on a Blue Lake

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

Looking back over a decade of exploring what makes Cleveland into a green city on a blue lake, we compiled these “greatest hits” — a curated list of the GreenCityBlueLake blog — which we launched in 2006. Conversations advanced and milestones reached, now and then, Cleveland is figuring out how sustainability spreads opportunity.

<br />Critical Mass, a monthly bike ride on the streets of cities including Cleveland, has steadily grown a following of hundreds.<br />Northeast Ohio's first passive house, the PNC SmartHome, was built to respond to the concerns in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History 2011 climate change exhibit.<br />An abandoned home in Cleveland. The $4 million VibrantNeo plan detailed the regional costs to sprawling, haphazard development, and identified a scenario of building vibrant walkable communities.<br />A proposal for a green lane in the sidewalk of Ontario Street would be part of a 4-mile protected bikeway in Cleveland. Image: GreenCityBlueLake.<br />Lake Erie. Image: Greg Slawson; GC Creative Studios.<br />In 2010, the Access for All campaign started a dialogue across the region about the practicality of cycling and walking safely on public rights of way.<br />Despite a backtracking state energy policy, Northeast Ohio is starting to see some significant renewable energy installations, such as this 1-megawatt solar array of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.
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