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It's time for a new story about climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/19/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

“Tell a new story about climate change.” This line captures the key take away for me and, hopefully, the fifteen public-facing staffers at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History who spent a full day immersed in a workshop for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI). NNOCCI has meticulously crafted and has been sharing a new story about...

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Five green New Year's resolutions (that can make a difference)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/18 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to green your life, but don’t know where to start? The following post is intended to help focus on the biggest impact areas. (Disclaimer: there's no “silver bullet” solution. Rather, there are many solutions, all with multiple benefits — environmental, social, and economic. Climate change mitigation activities should be at the center of the...

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Most important sustainability stories of 2017

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

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In our annual tradition, we share some of the most important sustainability stories of the year. Eco-economic decoupling, breaking the link between "environmental bads" and "economic goods,” gets our vote for story of the year. This chart from the U.S. Department of Energy shows overall power consumption in the U.S. dropped by 0.76% in 2017 while GDP rose 2.2%. Reducing the...more

Trees gain ally: Science and Technology

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/02/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform, Plants & animals

“Urban Forests” author Jill Jonnes offered Cleveland an invaluable lesson on how the city earned, and then lost, its moniker ‘the Forest City.’ Speaking at Levin College of Urban Affairs yesterday, Jonnes harkened back to John Davey, the 19th century arborist from Kent, Ohio whose book “The Tree Doctor” inspired today’s 8,000-employee Kent-headquartered tree service company, Davey Tree. In a chapter in...

<br />Science and tech have shown how much street trees add to property value and perform valuable ecological services like cleaning the air and reducing flooding.

Resilience it is in the water

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/15/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform, Water

In the 2013 book Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design Kelly Shannon of the Oslo School of Architecture defines resilient cities as those that “bend from harm.”

The Sanlihe Greenway<br />Photo from American Society of Landscape Architects

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