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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.

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.

Complete and Green Streets Complete and Green Streets

Complete and Green Streets

Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. Complete Streets change the traditional transportation paradigm from "moving cars quickly" to "providing safe...

Improving local transit Improving local transit

Improving local transit

In our automobile culture, transit gets little respect, but it's a vital part of a healthy, sustainable city. In Northeast Ohio, cities haven't come close to realizing the promise of transit - especially at a time of rising gasoline costs when people need affordable transportation choices.

West Shoreway West Shoreway

West Shoreway

The benefits of the West Shoreway project include calming traffic, re-creating the street grid* for more access to Lake Erie, a lakefront path as regional attraction, and to open up more land for parks and for development as a new lakefront west neighborhood.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History building project Cleveland Museum of Natural History building project

Cleveland Museum of Natural History building project

In December 2012, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History announced ambitious plans to renovate and expand its facilities in University Circle. The $125-million-dollar project will create a new museum where exhibits, research laboratories, and collections are integrated in exciting ways to bring science alive. This page will track the design...

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,...

Cleveland Carbon Fund Cleveland Carbon Fund

Cleveland Carbon Fund

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

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.

CMNH Greenhouse gas emissions inventory CMNH Greenhouse gas emissions inventory

CMNH Greenhouse gas emissions inventory

GreenCityBlueLake completed a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the Museum in 2008. Below are the results.

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...

Cleveland EcoVillage Cleveland EcoVillage

Cleveland EcoVillage

Older cities like Cleveland are now being redeveloped, and it is vital that this urban regeneration incorporate advanced ecological design. That is the premise-and the hope-of the Cleveland EcoVillage project. For about the past decade, the ecovillage project has been working on redeveloping a neighborhood around the W. 65th Rapid transit...

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...

Green modernism: Preserving the Breuer Tower Green modernism: Preserving the Breuer Tower

Green modernism: Preserving the Breuer Tower

"Reusing the tower is an act of sustainable re-development. The intent is to extend the life of the building, preserve historic and cultural resources, reduce waste and conserve energy used in making and transporting new materials." --Former executive director of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition, Melanie Kintner.

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