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Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reduce, Green buildings, Clean water, Connecting to nature

The search for the greenest places leads to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The reputation of Phipps was solidified when it built its Center for Sustainable Landscapes in 2012. It is one of only a handful of buildings nationwide to be recognized as a Living Building, the most stringent green building rating system in the world. The...

Sky's the limit<br />Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh is one of the greenest public buildings in the world. Photo credit: Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

Homegrown Cleveland green space programs under microscope

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/08/19 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Land

The scaling back of a highly regarded but ‘soft funded’ urban agriculture program that has repurposed vacant land since Cleveland Botanical Garden launched it in 1996 highlights the tenuous hold that even well-organized efforts to re-conceive urban land as anything other than dwelling space or bricks and mortar business often face.

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Ten years to act: A climate crisis

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/07/19 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

Eric Schreiber learned long ago that presenting Al Gore’s famous climate presentation is a lot like drinking from a fire hose. So the retired diagnostic radiologist and member of The Vice President’s crop of presenters has pared back to the essentials what we need to know about a topic that consumed 7 hours of a presidential town hall on CNN...

<br />Eric Schreiber gives his climate change presentation which has been honed over the years since the release of An Inconvenient Truth.<br />The Keeling Curve has been measuring atmospheric concentrations of carbon emissions since 1958.<br />The well researched account of how Big Oil subverted the truth of global warming for decades is told in Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes.

Ten things your city can do to be more sustainable

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/19 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Live, Transform

The 10th Cleveland Sustainability Summit has us thinking about cities — how they are proving to be more nimble than the slow, state grind or federal backslide on economic, social and environmental sustainability.

<br />A chicken coop at the Cleveland Convention Center<br />Black Girls Do Bike / Cleveland<br />A pop up street calming project in Lakewood<br />A before and after series of photos of a street in Cleveland that lost all of its ash trees to the pest, the emerald ash borer.

Cleveland sustainability reaches a summit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

There were moments of reflection at the tenth and perhaps final Cleveland Sustainability Summit, an idea that was hatched to draw together, inspire change and, in Mayor Frank Jackson’s view, grow green jobs over a decade.

<br />The 2019 Sustainable Cleveland Summit Trees break out group work on a plan to raise neighborhood interest in the Cleveland Tree Plan.Long time support<br />(left to right) Cleveland Foundation Steven Love, Cleveland Chief of Sustainability Matt Gray, Key Bank Sustainability Director Andrew Watterson, and Gund Foundation John Mitterholzer have attended and participated in many of the sustainability summits.<br />Mayor Frank Jackson closes the 2019 Sustainability Summit, answers the question of what is next, saying, We will not give up. We are going to take some time to figure out what to do in the future, but it will be something.

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