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Columbus' Complete Streets nationally recognized; Cleveland Design Competition announced; Zerolandfill branches out

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/05/11 @ 10:59am

  • The Columbus region's (MORPC) Complete Streets policy is rated in the Top 15 in an analysis by national Complete Streets Coalition. The coalition also provides a great resource with its "Ten elements of a comprehensive complete streets policy."
  • From Freshwater: Two new organizations, Growhio and the Cleveland Farmers' Market Guild (CFMG), have teamed up to provide joint marketing and entrepreneurial support to farmers' markets in Cleveland, East Cleveland and Lakewood.
  • The Cleveland Design Competition announced this year's call for entries. Since 2007, architects Bradley Fink and Michael Christoff have organized this international competition to pump fresh ideas into old challenges in Cleveland. In the past, they've focused mostly on public spaces-a makeover for Irishtown Bend in the Flats, connections to a train station on the lakefront and a recreation corridor between Edgewater and Detroit-Shoreway. This year, the focus turns inward-design an innovative K-12 Cleveland Public School downtown. The competition continues to impress, cementing partnerships with Cleveland Municipal School District and Cleveland State University. The winner gets $5,000 plus the chance to shape a school under development, the Campus International School (CIS).
  • Zerolandfill started as a grassroots effort to reuse carpet, wallcovering and other "expired" manufacturer samples that architects and designers in the past tossed into a dumpster now get in the hands of art teachers and students as raw material for their work. The group started in Cleveland in 2006 and will soon have operations in 17 cities, from Akron to Minneapolis. It's the flowering of an effort from a handful of local interior designers who saw the disconnect and volunteered to get a dumpster, a site and organize "harvest days" to "upcycle" (to date 273,000 lbs.) of materials from firms to artists. Zerolandfill just announced its 2011 Harvest Days-and a partnership with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.
  • The Positive Psychology gurus at SOMO are looking for partners to host 10-20 "micro" Leadership Labs-where they workshop to change Clevelanders' attitudes, and then have them reach others in their community, spreading the word that there's plenty of good that's taking form in the city. If you or your company would like to participate in this worthwhile effort, email Louis J. Alloro, M.Ed., MAPP 
  • Three Cleveland Clinic facilities have been selected to participate in the U.S. EPA's second national competition among commercial buildings to save energy and fight climate change.

    Hillcrest Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and Cleveland Clinic's medical office on Columbia Road in Westlake will be taking part in the competition.

    In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, these Cleveland Clinic facilities will compete against hundreds of other teams across the country to "work off the waste" through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA's EnergyStar program. The building that sheds the most energy waste on a percentage basis will be recognized Nov. 2 as the winner of EPA's National Building Competition.

    Watch the battle unfold. 

  • CoolCleveland's YouTube video asks Mansfield Frazier, "Why did you start The Vineyards of Chateau Hough (on vacant land) in the Inner City?"

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