Weighing cost-benefit of bike lanes vs. paths in cities

05/07/13 | By Tom Breckenridge, The Plain Dealer

GreenCityBlueLake calls on Cleveland to take the practical, cost-effective step to make its complete and green streets ordinance effective on the W. 65th Street project. Bike lanes "create a more predictable environment for the driver and the cyclist," said Marc Lefkowitz, who has criticized the West 65th design in a blog for the GreenCityBlueLake Institute. Bike lanes will attract more riders than...


SmartHome is model for Near West Theatre's new building

05/06/13 | Scott Suttell, Crain's Cleveland Business

...Near West Theatre's planned $6.8 million home -- set to begin construction this summer -- boasts a super-insulated "passive building" design that will keep the audience comfortable while curtailing energy consumption... Some of those elements might sound familiar to anyone who in 2011 visited the PNC SmartHome Cleveland on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. That display home...


Head of NOACA aims for truly regional planning

02/18/13 | Tom Breckenridge, The Plain Dealer

...Getting [NOACA's] urban-suburban board to agree on strategic goals will be tough, said David Beach, director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The tradition at NOACA is to dole out money based on local demands, he said. "The board tries to distribute money based on what local politics decides is best," Beach said, "without thinking about what...


GreenCityBlueLake comments on NOACA federal certification


Every four years federal transporation officials must review the record of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and certify that the agency is meeting requirements for comprehensive transportation planning. GreenCityBlueLake submitted comments during the certification process in 2013. We called for real planning that links projects to goals -- planning to create a more sustainable transportation system that offers more...

Solar gain: What it's really like to live in Cleveland's greenest homes

01/31/13 | Erin O'Brien, Fresh Water Cleveland

In Cleveland's green-building scene, all eyes are on two new homes -- ironically called passive homes -- that take energy efficiency to jaw-dropping extremes. The PNC SmartHome began life as an interactive exhibit for the Museum of Natural History. The other was the architectural dream of a well-known Cleveland couple, photographer Linda Butler and Cleveland Clinic doctor Steven Nissen.


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