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Sustainable Cuyahoga: A toolkit of recommended best practices for communities in Cuyahoga County

David Beach  |  03/10/16 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

In the past few months GreenCityBlueLake has been working with the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability on a toolkit of sustainability and environmental best practices for communities. Now the toolkit has been released and is posted on the county website for download. It’s full of practical ideas, links to model policies, and connections to local experts. Check it out and...

Making it easier to be sustainable<br />The Sustainable Cuyahoga toolkit provides great ideas for what local governments can do to facilitate the transition to more sustainable practices, such as renewable energy. (Photo by AAT Solar)

High and low carbon footprints of Cleveland vs suburbs

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/10/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Live

In a nod to Throwback Thursday, GCBL revisits a post from two years ago that looks at who has the smallest and largest carbon footprints in Cuyahoga County by ZIP Code?

<br />Gates Mills (in the dark red blotch) has Northeast Ohio's highest carbon footprint. Households there produce 50 tons more carbon per year than in Cleveland. Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network, Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint (2013).<br />Carbon footprint analysis of Cleveland's 44106 ZIP code, the most densely populated (in green) in the city. Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network, Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint (2013)

Seeking walkable urbanism Cleveland finds form based code to its liking

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/08/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

City leaders announced plans to update Cleveland’s zoning to a form-based system at a presentation held at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs last week. Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley kicked off the meeting, remarking that the Market District in Ohio City and East 4th Street downtown are where locals take visitors to impress them.

<br />Image from City of Cleveland presentation on form based code.<br />Snout town homes on West 58th and Bridge in Cleveland are not pedestrian friendly. A form based code would prevent this design from occurring.<br />East Fourth Street in Cleveland has the DNA of a walkable street. Image: City of Cleveland.

Ten years becoming a Green City on a Blue Lake

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

Looking back over a decade of exploring what makes Cleveland into a green city on a blue lake, we compiled these “greatest hits” — a curated list of the GreenCityBlueLake blog — which we launched in 2006. Conversations advanced and milestones reached, now and then, Cleveland is figuring out how sustainability spreads opportunity.

<br />Critical Mass, a monthly bike ride on the streets of cities including Cleveland, has steadily grown a following of hundreds.<br />Northeast Ohio's first passive house, the PNC SmartHome, was built to respond to the concerns in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History 2011 climate change exhibit.<br />An abandoned home in Cleveland. The $4 million VibrantNeo plan detailed the regional costs to sprawling, haphazard development, and identified a scenario of building vibrant walkable communities.<br />A proposal for a green lane in the sidewalk of Ontario Street would be part of a 4-mile protected bikeway in Cleveland. Image: GreenCityBlueLake.<br />Lake Erie. Image: Greg Slawson; GC Creative Studios.<br />In 2010, the Access for All campaign started a dialogue across the region about the practicality of cycling and walking safely on public rights of way.<br />Despite a backtracking state energy policy, Northeast Ohio is starting to see some significant renewable energy installations, such as this 1-megawatt solar array of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.
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Transit is Cleveland's ticket to liberty, Jarrett Walker tells church crowd

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/02/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation

Respected transit consultant and author of the book “Human Transit” Jarrett Walker opened his keynote address of the Mobility Matters series held at downtown Cleveland’s Old Stone Church with the now famous image (seen below). The City of Münster, Germany set up the shot to make a point about the efficiencies of space. “It’s one of the irrefutable arguments for transit,”...

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