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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.

Cleveland braces against climate change with resilience plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/31/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water

Amid disturbing reports this week that climate change has already started to erode public health after a disaster-filled autumn and studies that major branches of the animal kingdom are stressed and finding it difficult to reproduce — a mounting effort to soften the blow is starting to take shape in cities across the U.S. Extreme hurricanes and wildfires have made 2017...

<br />Drought, heat waves, deadly hurricanes and wild fires are all expected with more intensity. Cities are responding with climate resiliency plans. Image: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.

Nature is potent weapon to defeat climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/24/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Plants & animals

The next time you’re in the grocery store and pick up your favorite snack food, turn the box over and look for “palm oil” in the ingredients list. A growing market for palm oil — and animal protein — is responsible for one of the largest contributors to climate change.

Tree topped<br />A 220 year old poplar tree in the University Circle district of Cleveland. This is a Moses Cleveland tree, meaning, it was a sapling when the city was founded.

University Circle expands transit link to Little Italy and Coventry

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/10/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

For the past year and a half, I have been working with other sustainable transportation advocates in their respective University Circle workplaces to convene a Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC). Our mission is to “Improve community health, reduce carbon emissions, and mitigate traffic congestion by increasing the use of sustainable, multi-modal transportation options and establishing a ‘park once’ district.” With...

<br />The CirclLink / BlueLink line picks up passengers on Coventry Road<br /><br /><br /><br />New mixed use, residential / commercial density in University Circle

Too hot to handle: Life (and death) in an age of climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/02/17 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Plants & animals

Scientists wielding thermal imaging tools are taking aim at rainforest depletion and its effect on vulnerable amphibian populations. It’s the pursuit of the Coburn Professor of Environmental Science at John Carroll University, Dr. James Watling, who leads a team of investigators in Columbia’s Magdalena River Valley. In the big picture, human activity has altered 43% of the earth’s terrestrial land,...

<br />Forest converted to agriculture in Columbia. Image: James Watling.

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