Street-Life: Confessions of a Rust Belt child

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/06/15 @ 10:00am

There is a growing movement in America that recognizes that streets are places. It is a way of saying that streets can serve human needs, and not just move things and people between places.

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Is Cleveland ready to invest in bike share?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/05/15 @ 10:00am

Last week marked an important turning point for Cleveland’s fastest growing neighborhood, downtown, when suburban grocery magnates, the Heinens opened a store at East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue. The symbolism of the location and its historic place as the center of commerce—where money changed hands that built the sixth largest city in the U.S.—now exchanged for a green grocer...

<br />Hundreds of cyclists take to the streets of downtown Cleveland during a 2014 Critical Mass ride.

Cleveland Climate Action Fund relaunches, prospects for glocal climate projects this week

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/04/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in CLE 2019 Journal

Cleveland has earned accolades for its sustainability program and its decidedly grassroots approach to glocal climate change. The latest incarnation is actually a re-incarnation of the Cleveland Climate Action Fund. Launched as the Cleveland Carbon Fund in 2008 with philanthropic and corporate support, the Fund is for anyone wanting to mitigate their carbon emissions and seed local projects. (Disclosure: GreenCityBlueLake...

<br />A rain garden workshop in Cleveland. The Cleveland Climate Action Fund wants to support more of this activity.

Cleveland lowers emissions, sets plan in motion for 80% reduction

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Transparency is being used to describe Cleveland’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as it moves to forestall the worst impacts of climate change.

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Lay of the land: Who's composting in Northeast Ohio?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/02/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Food, Reduce, Zero waste

Composting, or turning food waste into nutrient soil, has become so accepted as a sustainable business practice in the last few years that many of Cleveland’s biggest institutions are doing it, despite the fact that it costs much more than dumping waste in a landfill.

<br />Rust Belt Riders biking compost in Cleveland.<br />Bins for compost, recycling and (option of last resort) landfill waste at Cleveland Museum of Natural History<br />Curbside bins for compost, recycling and landfill waste in San Francisco.<br />Rid All Green Partnership has a big community-based compost operation going.

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