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A masterpiece of green building, Toledo Museum of Art

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/15/15 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

Paul Bernard pauses in the gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art before The Crowning of Saint Catherine. The facilities director is drawn to the masterwork of Peter Paul Rubens for an unusual reason. “Look at the light. It almost looks like it was recently restored.” The 17th century canvass is not back from the conservator’s studio. But, it does look especially...

Out of sight<br />In addition to its world-class art collection, Toledo Museum of Art is developing a reputation as a leader in energy efficiency All charged up<br />An electric car charging station under the 300 kW solar canopy at Toledo Museum of ArtPower player<br />TMA Facilities Director Paul Bernard and two of the museum's natural gas-fired micro turbines.Seeing is believing<br />Toledo has replaced almost all of its gallery lights, including these, with LED bulbs.

Why is CSU ditching its green roof? What Sewer District has in mind for 'greening' MLK site

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/09/14 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

A round up of news on green building, green infrastructure, and clean water issues in Northeast Ohio for this day, June 9, 2014

Gone green<br />Cleveland State University reportedly will not keep its green roofPop up over parking<br />Cleveland Warehouse District is looking for ideas for pop up retail in recycled shipping containers like these in New York's Dekalb market.

Save a Tiffany? Sure. The Breuer? That was different story.

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/07/13 @ 2:15pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

The announcement last week that the Marriott, Heinen’s and luxury apartments are slated for three historic buildings being renovated at Cleveland’s East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue reminds us to look back to 2007 when the former Cuyahoga County Commissioners purchased and then decided to tear them down.

Greening Modernism<br />The equivalent of thousands of gallons of gasoline will be saved as these buildings in Cleveland are reused.

Cleveland EcoVillage still provides an answer to sprawl

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/26/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Local food system, Green buildings, Transportation choices

Will Northeast Ohio choose more Ohio City and Shaker Squares or keep expanding highways and sprawling into the countryside?

Green and connected<br />The Cleveland EcoVillage town homes built in 2004 provide a model for green, transit-oriented development.

PNC SmartHome is first certified Passive House in Ohio

David Beach  |  07/09/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings, Projects

PNC SmartHome Cleveland, a project of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, has become the first building in Ohio to achieve passive house certification, the world’s most rigorous building energy standard. The certification was approved in June by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), the nonprofit organization committed to making high-performance passive buildings the mainstream market standard in the United...

On exhibit<br />The PNC SmartHome was built next to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in 2011 as an exhibit of energy-efficient design.Showcase for green building<br />The SmartHome exhibit was fully decorated to show that  extremely energy-efficient homes can also be beautiful and comfortable. Moving day<br />After a successful run as a museum exhibit, the SmartHome was moved through University Circle to a vacant lot on Wade Park Avenue.Neighborhood investment<br />The SmartHome was installed permanently at 11601 Wade Park Ave. at the edge of Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood. In 2012 the home was sold to a family.

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