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In Akron, transit & recycling could give a lift to households in poverty

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/28/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Transit

A new report finds that jobs in "waste mining” and investments in public transit systems would be as effective as traditional workforce development and job creation strategies in Akron, Detroit, and eight other cities that might include the green economy in poverty reduction goals.

<br />Improving transit in Akron-Summit County could gain the region $8 million, and give a lift to households in poverty.

Cuyahoga County moves to a universal recycling system

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/26/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Recycle

Forget the # inside of the three little arrows. Recycling in Cuyahoga County just got a lot simpler. Thanks to an effort by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District to streamline what can and cannot be recycled. The new rules for recycling can be found online at CuyahogaRecycles.org What changed? Whether you’re at home, work—pretty much wherever you step foot inside Cuyahoga County—expect...

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Your city wants to be bike friendly. Now what?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

“We’re definitely in something of a revolution here,” a Chicago official told Governing magazine. Chicago is just one example of the “Two Wheel Revolution” taking place in American cities where “striping bike lanes is happening at an unprecedented pace.” If cities are embracing bikes, Governing suggests they also measure how much good they are doing. Standard measures like how many miles...

<br />In the Circle-Heights Bike Network, EcoCity Cleveland established a planning framework for a network of slow (purple) and fast (green) bike routes in Cleveland Heights.

Retrofitting suburbia: Tips for Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reuse, Vibrant cities

We wrote last week about what can be done (globally and locally) to fight climate change. We looked at an article published in Nature, where the authors argued to spend resources making the outer suburbs and small towns more environmentally friendly.

<br />A dead mall featured in Retrofitting Suburbia. Efforts to turn dying malls into new town centers feature prominently.

Cleveland could be a climate winner but it lacks a cohesive strategy for sustainable growth

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/14/16 @ 2:00pm

World leaders gather this month in Quito, Ecuador for Habitat III, the U.N.‘s big push to find a home for 1 billion more people in an age of climate change. Northeast Ohio could be a prime address—if it gets its house in order.

<br />Sprawl covers rich soil at the edge of Denver. Image: National Geographic and Nature.

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