Leaves

Transform › Projects

Projects

We work by thinking and doing. We research the best solutions, bring people together and participate in community initiatives, conduct demonstration projects, communicate the best ideas, and advocate publicly for change. Below, you'll find a summary of some of the impactful projects that GCBL is involved with. Each individual project page has more details, including opportunities to get involved.

Sustainable Cuyahoga toolkit Sustainable Cuyahoga toolkit

Sustainable Cuyahoga toolkit

Sustainable Cuyahoga is a toolkit of recommended best practices for communities in Cuyahoga County. It was commissioned by the County's Department of Sustainability and compiled and edited by the GreenCityBlueLake Institute. Project funding came from the County and the George Gund Foundation.

Access for All: Innerbelt bike and pedestrian access Access for All: Innerbelt bike and pedestrian access

Access for All: Innerbelt bike and pedestrian access

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.

Bike share Bike share

Bike share

Bike share is a sustainable transportation idea that is coming of age in America. Unlike some more hard-core issues, like expanding bike lanes, bike share is exciting a wider audience to consider riding a bike in their city.

Cleveland Climate Action Fund Cleveland Climate Action Fund

Cleveland Climate Action Fund

Founded in 2009 the Cleveland Climate Action Fund is the first community-based carbon reduction fund in the United States. The Fund invests in local community projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spark economic development in Cleveland.

Cleveland EcoVillage Cleveland EcoVillage

Cleveland EcoVillage

As older cities like Cleveland are redeveloped, it is vital that this urban regeneration incorporate ecological design principles (see Related Documents on the right). That is the premise and the hope for the Cleveland EcoVillage. In the early 2000s, the ecovillage was conceived, and since that time the Detroit-Shoreway Community Development...

Climate change transitions for Northeast Ohio Climate change transitions for Northeast Ohio

Climate change transitions for Northeast Ohio

The GreenCityBlueLake Institute completed an emissions inventory of greenhouse gases in Northeast Ohio using 2005 as a baseline year. We also developed 3 detailed transition plans for our largest sources of emissions - buildings, energy production, and transportation.

Images of the Western Reserve Images of the Western Reserve

Images of the Western Reserve

In 2000, EcoCity Cleveland led "Images of the Western Reserve," a visual preference survey where residents in the seven-county Northeast Ohio region rated their cities and towns for what they did and did not like. The point of the exercise was to establish a common design language, or a set...

PNC SmartHome PNC SmartHome

PNC SmartHome

During summer and early fall of 2011, visitors to The Cleveland Museum of Natural History were invited to tour a home that could represent the future of energy-efficient housing.

Pop Up Rockwell Pop Up Rockwell

Pop Up Rockwell

Pop up Rockwell was a weeklong makeover of a downtown Cleveland street in 2012 with the goal of raising awareness for more transportation choice and healthier social interactions. Thousands of people, from families with small children to workers commuting in from the suburbs, experienced the transformation of a pass-thru street...

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Sustainable Cleveland 2019

Sustainable Cleveland 2019

"Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is about using our best assets, natural resources, and human capital to benefit the City of Cleveland, area businesses and the 1.6 million people in this region. The benefits we seek are economic prosperity for businesses and individuals and an improved quality of life in the region,...

Ten water saving tips

Ten water saving tips >

We're at the shore of Lake Erie, but we still have good reasons to conserve

Eco-friendly landscapes

Eco-friendly landscapes >

We look inside two local guides to native landscaping and their benefits.

The best bike trails

The best bike trails >

Find out where are the most interesting bike rides in Northeast Ohio