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Lay of the land: Who's composting in Northeast Ohio?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/02/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Food, Reduce, Zero waste

Composting, or turning food waste into nutrient soil, has become so accepted as a sustainable business practice in the last few years that many of Cleveland’s biggest institutions are doing it, despite the fact that it costs much more than dumping waste in a landfill.

<br />Rust Belt Riders biking compost in Cleveland.<br />Bins for compost, recycling and (option of last resort) landfill waste at Cleveland Museum of Natural History<br />Curbside bins for compost, recycling and landfill waste in San Francisco.<br />Rid All Green Partnership has a big community-based compost operation going.

Being thoughtful about holiday consumption, without being a Scrooge

David Beach  |  12/06/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Zero waste, Stuff

The holidays can be a wonderful time of the year with family, friends and spiritual contemplation. But they are also a time that has become overwhelmed — from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond — with shopping, consumption, and waste. According to Use Less Stuff, average household waste increases more than 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, contributing...

Lure of shopping<br />Sign in the shopping area of Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Out of the (shipping) box retail coming to Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/25/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Zero waste

Cities reinvent themselves. And so the rise of small box—a project to retrofit steel shipping containers into micro-retail spaces for Cleveland’s Warehouse District—fits neatly in that category.

Playing small ball<br />Small box will plug experimental retail space over parking lots in the high-rent Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland If it can make it here<br />Dekalb Market in Brooklyn inspired the shipping crate retail project in ClevelandFaded glory<br />Shipping crate retail will be inserted on a parking lot where The Blackstone Building once stood in downtown Cleveland. Image from Cleveland Public Library Photo Collection.Very driven<br />The Cleveland Warehouse District today has a glut of parking at the center

Spinning bikes and composting into a career

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/29/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Composting, Zero waste

Dear parents of Millennials looking for the perfect holiday gift. Your twentysomething kid probably isn't yearning for a sweater from the mall. If they’re at all like Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson, consider making a small donation to their crowd funding campaign and support their dream. In Brown and Robinson’s case, that would be starting a bike composting business in...

Pulling for zero waste<br />Two young Clevelanders want to start a cooperative like Pedal People (seen here) hauling stuff on bikes.Green businessmen<br />Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson with compost bins donated by Groundz Recycling.

What is a Genuine Progress Indicator?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/23/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Zero waste

Four years ago, GreenCityBlueLake helped to lead several initiatives to measure Northeast Ohio’s progress toward greater sustainability. GCBL conducted the first detailed inventory of the region’s carbon emissions (which has now informed the City of Cleveland's Climate Action Plan). And we also supported the region's first Genuine Progress Indicator, which was developed by ecological economists Rumi Shammin and Ken Bagstad. A...

The next era<br />Cleveland was formed by industry, but the city is now aspiring to be a green city on a blue lake. A Genuine Progress Indicator <br />The GPI includes a broader range of indicators of a region, state or country's health and prosperity.
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