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How to read Ohio's 16th spot in national bike rankings

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/06/14 @ 1:30pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Visibility—if not conditions on the road—for biking has gotten better in Ohio, according to The League of American Bicyclists, which bumped the state up from 32 to 16th in its 2014 national rankings. The national bike advocacy group takes in a range of measures from bike lanes built to programs that boost safety and awareness.

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Best and worst communities in Northeast Ohio (based on tree canopy)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/02/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Plants & animals

“Cleveland is the inaugurator of many admirable civic movements. One of the most important of these, and the one which has been most widely copied, perhaps, is the work of the Home Gardening Association. This movement, which has for its aim the clearing of streets and alleyways of ugly and unwholesome rubbish, and planting shrubs and plants in otherwise unsightly...

Check your lid<br />Urban tree canopy coverage in Cuyahoga County. Image: CCPCLittle Italy, Cleveland<br />Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights<br />Forest Hills, East Cleveland<br />Nature preserve, Chagrin Falls<br />Rocky River<br />I-271 South corridor<br />Hudson, OH<br />Downtown Cleveland<br />
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Birds and birders flock to northern Ohio

David Beach  |  05/02/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature, Plants & animals

We often think of northern Ohio as a working landscape of industry and agriculture. But, if you open your eyes, you can see amazing natural wonders. A highlight is the spring bird migration, which attracts birders from all over the country.

Spring mania<br />The boardwalk at Magee Marsh is one of the best places in the country to observe the spring migration of warblers and other neotropical migrants. Late winter at Pymatuning Reservoir<br />Northeast Ohio offers year-round birding opportunities, such as a late winter field trip to the Pymatuning Reservoir in eastern Ohio led by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Lakefront phenomenon<br />During the winter thousands of gulls congregate around the warm water discharges of power plants along the Lake Erie shore, including the plant by Gordon Park in Cleveland.New lakefront treasure<br />The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, a former disposal area for river dredgings, is now a birding hotspot within view of downtown. Dunes along the shore<br />The rare habitat of Mentor Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve attracts unusual birds throughout the year.

Retrofit for bikes, roads lead to new allies at City Hall

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/28/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

A hundred cyclists warm to the chill on the Friday evening air as they crank up the 600-foot incline of Edgehill Road from Little Italy to Cleveland Heights. After two hours of riding through Cleveland's east side, they near the end of the monthly ritual known as Critical Mass riding in a bike lane that Cleveland and Cleveland Heights painted...

Bike to greater heights<br />Cyclists gathered at the Heights Bike Coalition annual meeting on April 28, 2014.Lets get Critical<br />Cleveland Critical Mass ride gather at Public Square (from July 2013).

Cleveland Housing Network, an Ohio House candidate and Lutheran leaders weigh Ohio's halting progress on clean energy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Why have the recent efforts to “freeze” Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards sparked such heated debates? Utilities say they can do a better job without them lowering costs and introducing renewables and efficiency. Environmental and housing groups, manufacturers, and even Evangelical Lutheran church leaders have weighed in with strong reasons for keeping the standards in place. Which side is right?

Go deep<br />An old home in Cleveland undergoes a Deep Energy Retrofit

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