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The Midway: Cleveland's green of redemption

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/16 @ 11:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

In the ‘70s, a TV commercial for a battery featured a celebrity spokesman (Robert Blake, I believe) who perched a 9-volt on his shoulder and growled, knock it off. I dare you. It seems like cities could take a page from the school of Blake. What do they have to lose.

The Midway<br />

Green your life: Ideas to lighten your carbon footprint

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/15/16 @ 12:00pm

On a throwback Thursday, we revisit and update the post, "Making personal choices can reduce carbon emissions."

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"Retrofitting Suburbia" author to Cleveland: Be nimble

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The suburbs have paradoxically brought together an image of safety and health; while time has proven them less capable in these areas than we may think. “Retrofitting Suburbia” co-author, Ellen Dunham-Jones, told a crowd at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History last Friday that there are plenty of fixes to help suburbia live up to its ideal. Dunham-Jones opened with the problem...

Eds and Meds again<br />Ellen Dunham-Jones presented Suburban Retrofit example of Vanderbilt Health, a dying mall that was brought back to life with a major medical center.

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Cleveland has lots of "retrofit suburbia" potential

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/07/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Reuse

53% of Americans live in suburbs. World War II is considered an important demarcation line. Pre-war suburbs are mixed-use with walkable town centers and neighborhoods of the streetcar variety. Think Cleveland Heights and Lakewood. After 1945, development shifted radically — to automobile-oriented housing with various types of single-use commercial development along arterial highways.

Back from the dead<br />The Collinwood Rec Center is an $11 million green energy facility opened in 2011 as a creative reuse of a former big box store. It connects the 32-acre Humphrey Park to the northern reach of Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation, including Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood parks.

Why insulate? An introduction to home energy decisions

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/16/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

Reducing energy use at home is universally accepted as a top-tier decision acting in defense against climate-disruptive greenhouse gases. It could have the added benefit of making your home more comfortable.

<br />Insulating the PNC Smart Home, a real house that was built by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to display the latest in green building.

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