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Cleveland natural history museum to gain from world's greenest office tower

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/06/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings, Connecting to nature

Impressive as PNC Bank’s unveiling of its LEED-Platinum office tower—“the greenest in the world”—was for green building aficionados at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, how engineers plan to translate lessons to the Museum’s building expansion project was just as ripe a topic. Denzil Gallagher, Principal with BuroHappold Engineering, whose firm is working on both the bank and the museum projects,...

<br />The Tower at PNC Plaza. Image: BuroHappold Engineering<br />This image from BuroHappold Engineering explains how the firm designed a natural ventilation skyscraper for PNC Bank.

Tiny homes coming to Cleveland EcoVillage

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Green buildings, Walking

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) and Citizens Bank have plans to build Cleveland’s first two tiny homes. Tiny homes—on trailers or on hard-to-build lots—are popping up across the U.S. They’ve had their Portlandia moment. Shareable reports that 11 tiny home villages are in design or under construction.

Small is beautiful<br />Final design for the tiny home slated for the Cleveland EcoVillage. Image: Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.<br />Cleveland tiny home is based on Colorado firm Tumbleweed's Widbey model. Image from Tumbleweed (shown with modifications).

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.

Euclid Avenue is Cleveland's Top Green Building Corridor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/11/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

Much has been made about the $4 billion of new development that the $220 million Euclid Corridor Transportation Project (ECTP) has leveraged. But little is known about the type of building work that has come on line since 2008.

Green Corridor<br />Uptown, one of 22 LEED certified or registered buildings in the Euclid Corridor, Cleveland.

Solar powers Cleveland studio of Kalman & Pabst

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/03/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

Seeing the light<br />Solar panels on the roof of Kalman & Pabst with Cleveland in the background. All images: K&P.<br />Kalman & Pabst co-owner Mike Wasserman<br />Inside the K&P studio space

Mike Wasserman can’t figure how other business owners come to different conclusions about investing in green technologies like the 137-panel solar array on the roof of their 100-year old warehouse in Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood. The solar panels at Kalman & Pabst paid themselves off with energy savings three-and-a-half years after they were installed. In 2014, Wasserman and Craig Brown purchased the...more

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