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Don't go there: Some cyclists question Same Rules, Same Road

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/08/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking

As more people try biking in Cleveland, they’re starting to see things from a new perspective: Up close to pavement conditions or traffic laws written for motor vehicles, for example. It has led to some interesting ‘a-ha‘ moments. Like the first time a pothole almost swallows a wheel or when a traffic signal never changes. What they’re confronted with is a...

A cycle track in The Netherlands<br />A cycle track in Montreal<br />Family on Detroit Avenue bike lane<br />

Toledo's water crisis ties to sprawl, green lawns and big Ag

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/04/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean water, Home landscaping, Water

National Public Radio reported this morning about the woes of Toledo, a city of 284,012 people who’ve had no drinking water for three days because of a toxin known as microcystis which comes from algea growing in Lake Erie. The algae is a by-product of synthetic fertilizer (and animal waste) from farms and from grass-filled yards where is being spread in...

Algae in Lake Erie in summer 2011<br />Algae blooms in Lake Erie<br />Toledo and the Maumee River<br />

Christina Vassallo: The stubborn cyclist

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

GreenCityBlueLake is launching a new series of personal stories that shows how people in Cleveland are lowering their carbon footprint, but still leading "profitable" lives. Within the series, we offer "Car Free in CLE"—profiles of people living car free or car lite. We kick it off with this story of Christina Vassallo, Executive Director of SPACES Gallery.

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Switched on: Cleveland wants solar farm at waste dump

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/25/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

Cleveland will take the first step to reduce its carbon emissions from power generation—a goal it laid claim to in its 2013 Climate Action Plan (CAP)—with a request for proposals (RFP) for a “solar farm” located at an old municipal waste dump. The Cleveland Climate Action Plan calls on the city to use 25% renewable energy by 2030 (with an interim...

In the dumps<br />Cleveland wants a 2.5 megawatt solar farm at this former dump site near the IX Center.Grounded<br />A 1 megawatt solar farm on Euclid Avenue serves University Hospital and Case.

A major player in NEO's sprawl signals its ready to change direction

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/21/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

For years, Northeast Ohio transportation planner, NOACA, has acted as a quiet but powerful force expanding the region outward. Recently, though, NOACA has signaled a desire to become more fiscally and environmentally responsible.

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