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This week in sustainable Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/02/09 @ 12:11pm

  • Why should you attend the annual Bioneers-Cleveland Conference this week? Here are a couple of reasons. See Cleveland's Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) School students present their semester-long study on sustainability (Thursday). Hear national leaders such as "Omnivore's Dilemma" author Michael Pollan and a panel of local experts including local author Michael Ruhlman deliver a progress report on local foods (Friday). And get your highlights all in one place why Cleveland ranks #2 in the nation on local food (have you guessed yet that local food systems are this year's Bioneers theme?).
  • Also on the topic of elevating local foods to a national stage, The Cleveland Corner Store Project was featured in Saturday's New York Times report. The article looks at a new public health movement to provide incentives and equipment for convenient stores to offer fresh produce.
  • A group of residents in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood will describe how they're converting a stretch of vacant land into a community orchard at E4S' new local food network meetings at Great Lakes Brewing tonight.
  • Trinity Cathedral's Very Reverend Tracey Lind describes the power the faith community can bring in realizing the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 vision.
  • Does your company web site supply transit directions to your office and events? Check out Google Transit Widget-which you can easily paste into a web page-to green your guests' travel options to your next event.
  • Embedded at the center of (the Architecture 2030 Challenge) is this idea that urbanism has a hidden metric, vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Even if there weren't climate change, there's plenty of reasons to work to make a country were people walk, bike and take transit more and drive less. We're paying an incredible price in terms public health. Families are at risk as price of gas goes through the roof that their lifestyle isn't supportable... - Douglas Farr, this week's "Cultures of Green" Baker-Nord series speaker. More information here.
  • This Friday's "Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival" at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History features the confessions of a dumpster diver; The Dervaes family, who transformed their home into an urban homestead; The truth about aerial hunting of wolves; the story of West Virginia residents fighting Big Coal and more. A Q&A session led by GreenCityBlueLake Institute director David Beach follows the films. Go here for more information.

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