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The long view: How University Circle flood became an issue of regional concern

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/18 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water

Sunday's rains flooded out parts of Cleveland—cars were seen literally floating along Euclid Avenue, that is, if they could reach University Circle at all with multiple road closures causing a Monday morning ruckus. By Tuesday, the area dodged another episode as rain turned to snow. Before the next spring torrent arrives, let’s talk about what extreme weather events like this...

<br />Heavy rains mix with raw sewage in Doan Brook<br />Regime shift in hydrological systems. Image: Marina Alberti.<br />Slow and fast variables. Urban patterns have complex impacts on variables that change slowly in response to long-term processes (e.g. mitigating floods) and that constrain the response of fast variables (e.g. land cover change), generating a shift in the hydrological regime. Image Marina Alberti.

Cleveland braces against climate change with resilience plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/31/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water

Amid disturbing reports this week that climate change has already started to erode public health after a disaster-filled autumn and studies that major branches of the animal kingdom are stressed and finding it difficult to reproduce — a mounting effort to soften the blow is starting to take shape in cities across the U.S. Extreme hurricanes and wildfires have made 2017...

<br />Drought, heat waves, deadly hurricanes and wild fires are all expected with more intensity. Cities are responding with climate resiliency plans. Image: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.

Nature is potent weapon to defeat climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/24/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Plants & animals

The next time you’re in the grocery store and pick up your favorite snack food, turn the box over and look for “palm oil” in the ingredients list. A growing market for palm oil — and animal protein — is responsible for one of the largest contributors to climate change.

Tree topped<br />A 220 year old poplar tree in the University Circle district of Cleveland. This is a Moses Cleveland tree, meaning, it was a sapling when the city was founded.

From fairway to deep green subdivision

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Land

Generally, the narrative around sprawl is one of disinvestment in one area (usually the core of the metropolitan area) versus investment fueled by highways favoring formerly unincorporated areas. Sprawl has shown that inequities can be allowed to persist in government policy.

Sky's the limit<br />Solar rooftops in Vauban, a model sustainable suburb in Freiberg, Germany. <br />Cycle park in Vauban, Germany. 

Image credits for Vauban: Claire7373 AndrewglaserA big opportunity<br />Part of the former Oakwood Country Club golf course became a big box shopping center (and 5 acre passive park).Oakwood Green<br />Part of the land deeded over to South Euclid as part of the Oakwood CC conversion to a big box store has this stormwater runoff detention area.from fairway to sanctuary<br />Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area in New Jersey was once a golf course. Image: Wendy Donkin.In the drink<br />A frog at the Acacia Metroparks Reservation, a former golf club. Image: Wendy Wasman.Next gen living<br />A group of young adults enjoy the Acacia Metroparks Reservation.Fairway to monarch habitat<br />A golf fairway being restored as a monarch butterfly habitat at Acacia Metroparks Reservation.
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Cleveland celebrates nature nearby

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/31/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Land

2017 is the year Cleveland turns its attention to “vibrant green space.” Since 2008 when the city launched a ten-year plan called Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (SC2019), the city’s Office of Sustainability has organized events and activities around a major sustainability theme. Cleveland can lay claim to one of the more longstanding commitments to sustainability. SC2019‘s big event is the annual sustainability...

Path into nature<br />The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is the recreational spine of Northeast Ohio and one of the most popular trails in the country.Field trip<br />To combat nature deficit disorder, educational programs need to immerse kids in nature. (Photo by Cleveland Metroparks)Into the woods<br />Hiking at Lake Metroparks' Chapin Forest Reservation.Botany field trip<br />Jim Bissell, curator of botany at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, identifies a plant at Holden Arboretum. Growing hobby<br />Birders crowd the boardwalk at Magee Marsh to watch warblers and other spring migrants that stop at the marsh before crossing Lake Erie to northern breeding grounds. Lakefront access<br />One of the region's top goals should be greater public access to Lake Erie.
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