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Explore the science of Climate Change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/02/11 @ 12:26pm

The newly-opened Climate Change exhibit at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History addresses the complex issue of global climate change. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum has created a diverse lineup of programs and events to help educate and inform. An impressive lineup of national speakers fills the slots for the Friday evening Explorer Lecture Series, including Heidi Cullen with Climate Central on September 23.

In addition, a selection of adult programs will offer practical tips on how to be more sustainable, from reducing energy use (and saving money) in the home to low-impact landscaping and more ideas to help the planet. Panelists for the Wednesday Evening Forum Series will tackle current issues on energy, industry, green building and health. Wednesday evening programs are free with Museum admission. For a complete listing of Climate Change programs, visit www.cmnh.org.

What to expect from Climate Change?

GreenCityBlueLake Institute Director David Beach led an interpretive tour of the Climate Change exhibit recently. This GCBL blog post captures the discussion that ensued, and provides an overview of what expect in the exhibit.

Building a 'raft of recyclables' for the Lake Erie Boat Float

Find out the latest on the giant 'garbage patch' floating in the Pacific Ocean-and learn how to build a raft from post-consumer recyclables-with the world's foremost expert on the subject.

On Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8 pm, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History welcomes back Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Director of Project Development with the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, as he updates us on his research on marine debris. Eriksen will also provide hints for building boats for the Third Annual Great Lake Erie Boat Float (to be held on September 10). He has built 15 boats, including Bottle Rocket which he sailed down the Mississippi River, JUNK which he used to sail across the Pacific Ocean and The Cola-hoga which he sailed in the 2009 Boat Float in Lake Erie. Free with Museum admission.

Bikes and Buildings

"Basics of transportation bicycling" Sunday, August 28, 1 to 4 p.m. Instructor: Jim Sheehan, Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. This course will cover what every cyclist should know to use their bike safely, confidently and comfortably-whether for commuting through the winter, or going to the grocery store on a sunny day. The course will include a bike tour of University Circle. For rental bike information, contact OCBC at info@ohiocitycycles.org or 216/830-2667. Members: $12; nonmembers: $16. Limit 20. "The state of green building" Wednesday, August 31, 7 p.m. FREE with Museum admission Proponents of green buildings have a long list of persuasive arguments they can use to convince clients and developers that green is the way to go: healthier, happier employees, reduce materials, water and energy savings, benefits to the local economy, return on investment and promote global environmental responsibility. But with the American economy in distress, the question of the marketplace impact on green building, its future implementation and its affect on climate change remains. Join us for a presentation by Tim Cole, Executive Committee Member of USGBC and Director of Environmental Initiatives and Product Development at Forbo Flooring. Mr Cole will be joined for further discussion by a regional panel of green building practitioners comprised of: Jon Ratner, Director of Sustainability at Forest City Enterprises, Bill Doty LEED AP, Principle of Doty and Miller Architects, and Tim Panzica LEED AP, Executive Vice President of Panzica Construction. This session will be moderated by Michele Kilroy LEED AP, Executive Director of Northeast Ohio Chapter of USGBC.

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