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How to grow a sustainable energy future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/10/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform

What does a sustainable future for energy look like in Northeast Ohio? If we hope as a region to transition to a cleaner and healthier place, how many anaerobic digesters like the one Forest City and quasar group cut the ribbon on this morning fit in to the renewable energy equation? An airtight tank located at the long-shuttered General Motors Fisher...more

Clevelanders want more transit, shocked by its lack of funding

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/14/12 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Transform

In focus groups on transportation led by Natural Resources Defense Council, 70 ordinary Clevelanders across the political spectrum expressed frustration with being 'stuck' with one choice-of commute time or using anything but a car. Respondents included Republican women and Democratic men with no self-described bike advocates. Universally they said public transit, if it was convenient, would be a welcome addition...more

Large urban farms taking shape on Cleveland's east side

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/14/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system, Transform

This summer, two moribund corners of Cleveland's Central neighborhood will make significant strides in their quest to be large scale urban agriculture ventures. They carry the weight of expectation-that vacant land is more fertile than assumed, that it can elevate heroes in overalls with dirt under their fingernails. On Monday, May 21, fruit trees will be planted and a massive sign...more

Cleveland Heights moves to green zoning

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/05/12 @ 9:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

In an effort to align its city policies with its national reputation as a green city, Cleveland Heights will soon update its zoning code in order to promote sustainability. After hiring a firm to audit its zoning and host public discussions, city council is preparing to vote in 2012 on a range of ordinances-from raising chickens in residential areas to...more

Retrofit a suburban mall as a new urban town

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/28/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Imagine knocking down the soon to go dark WalMart at Severance Town Center and replacing it with a green space. Better still, a central park for a new town center that has a restored, native greenspace as its green heart and lungs. It's more than a dream; it's one of three categories cited in Ellen Dunham-Jones' book, "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban...more

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