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Incentives for sustainability really do work

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/10/18 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

It can be empowering to track, share and compare choices as consumers of energy and transportation services (the two largest contributors to climate change). It helps when individuals have options and tools for measuring their actions. Sharing from personal experience here…

<br />Mode choices in 2017 for CMNH employees participating in the company parking cash out program.<br />CMNH covered introductory use of UHBikes bike share for employees seen here using the bikes to enjoy a trip to the farmers market. <br />Dashboard of our renewable energy purchases through RECs for the  three months, including the one hundred percent offset shown.

Behind the numbers of KXL and its uncertain future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate, Clean air, Transportation

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2017 report looks behind the numbers on planetary carbon footprint, with a special focus on how the burning of fossil fuels affects human health.

Electric vehicle sales globally<br />GHGs by source globally<br />Mode share six cities<br />From top left, Berlin, London, Santiago, Sydney, Tokyo and VancouverParticulates global cities in WHO database<br />Renewable energy worldwide<br />Car ownership and NOx<br />
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Everybody's for equity, but who wants to walk the talk?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking, Driving, Transportation

Over the last decade, complete streets have been firmly established with urban planners, biking, transit and health advocates as a central tenet to improved access and safety on roads largely built for the convenience of cars.

<br /><br />With its MemFix plan, the City of Memphis has given its blessing to groups of volunteers helping pilot complete streets. <br /><br />Road diet with buffered bike lane proposed for Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.<br /><br />
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Cities rethink parking. How Cleveland can benefit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

With transit holding steady and cycling surging, cities find themselves in an interesting position. They’d like to encourage more of this kind of “mode shift”—but how? Inevitably, the stickiest of all wickets is parking. Cities large and small are being advised to place parking within a larger conversation. Like Cleveland’s University Circle district, which conducted a detailed parking study in coordination...

Parking crater<br />Much of downtown Cleveland looks like a giant parking lotPower to the people<br />Case will release a new master plan that puts a greater foot forward to encourage walking.Bike this way<br />In 2012, Cleveland participated in a pop up two way cycle track on Rockwell. It was an innovative idea to encourage more biking in the city.

Northeast Ohio roads might have to meet green, equity measures

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/20/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

NOACA, the region’s transportation, air and water quality planner, had an honest question for the state’s Department of Transportation which submitted a $15 million request for the Opportunity Corridor road addition last week. How does ODOT expect NOACA to pay for the project? As the third and final phase of the $330 million connector between I-490 and University Circle—the ($293 million)...

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