State policies for sustainable cities and transportation in Ohio

David Beach  |  02/22/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Over the years and decades we’ve participated in many regional planning projects that have documented the costs of sprawling, haphazard growth in Ohio. Solutions have been elusive. But here are some positive changes the state can make right now.

Building on assets<br />Sustainable land use means focusing policies to promote the redevelopment of existing places, such as the Marcel Breuer-designed former Ameritrust tower on the left (now The 9) and the historic Schofield Building (now a Kimpton Hotel) on the right, both in downtown Cleveland.

Bus riders organize as Cleveland transit faces more cuts

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/18/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

RTA is being asked to do the near impossible—preserve a large transit system while state and local funding erodes and the region continues to sprawl outward. What is a transit agency to do?

<br />RTA General Manager and CEO Joe Calabrese met this week with Cleveland Service Employee International Union Local 1 workers to figure out how to avoid service cuts and fare increase.<br />Job growth areas (in blue) and job loss areas (red) in Northeast Ohio. <br />Happy new transit riders on the RTA Cleveland State University line. Photo courtesy of RTA.

Miami Valley Ohio a bike mecca

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/10/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking

“Little Miami Trail has 910,000 users in 2015,” Ohio Department of Natural Resources @Ohiodnr Tweeted on February 2. ODNR has reason to tout the trail—they say it’s part of the largest, off-road paved bike network in the country.

Mad for biking<br />Bikers using the Mad River Trail part of the Miami Valley bikeways network, the largest paved off road network in the country. <br />Historical photo show West Carrollton and Miami Valley as the first place in the nation to claim a multi-modal facility. Image from Ripleys Believe it or Not.<br />Dayton is getting serious about bike lanes like this one on Brown Street near University of Dayton. The city is a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Sierra Club director calls for 100% renewables, starting in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/28/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Michael Brune empathizes with the people who don’t raise a hand after he asks, “who believes, as a nation, we’re prepared to meet the challenge of climate change?”

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The big issues: Northeast Ohio's sustainability challenges for 2016 and beyond

David Beach  |  01/27/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

If we want to improve our personal and environmental health in 2016 – and make Northeast Ohio a more sustainable place – it’s important to focus on the big, systemic issues that hold our region back. Here are GCBL’s nominations for these key challenges. Let’s all make a New Year’s resolution to address them.

Solar on every roof<br />The transition to clean energy is inevitable. We need to move faster in Ohio. (Photo of solar installation in Cleveland Heights courtesy of AAT Solar)Taking care of existing assets<br />There have been many good recommendations for promoting more sustainable patterns of development in Northeast Ohio, such as the recent scenario-based planning work of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium. Less cars, more fun<br />It's time to plan and build a multi-modal transportation system that works for all and creates great places.  From fields to lake<br />To protect Lake Erie, we will need a more sustainable agricultural system, not just greater investments in urban sewer infrastructure.

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