Opposition to Cleveland's 'waste-to-energy' plant gets more hearings; food in schools to get slightly higher grade
Marc Lefkowitz | 01/26/12 @ 12:50pm
- An indicator of how healthy society is can be found in the waistline of its children. The U.S. struggle with obesity is at the core of the new food standards in schools just announced by USDA. While there's change for the better-more whole grains, less flavored milk-there's still room for improvement, in particular, deep green and orange veggies will have weekly, not daily, requirements. Still, it's a step in the right direction.
- Is Governor Kasich holding Northeast Ohio's top priority highway rebuilding projects hostage to his privatizing the Turnpike idea as Angie Schmidt suggests in Rust Wire?Schmidt's strongest points are made when she talks about how innovative rethinking of transportation has reduced carbon emissions and actually saved citizens in Portland money. Rather than be perpetually broke, Ohio's DOT needs a new framework for saving Ohioans money in their hardpressed budgets by providing transportation options, not longer drives.
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reports that new bike and hike trails often benefit rural areas. They published their report, Active Transpiration Beyond Urban Centers: Walking and Bicycling in Small Towns and Rural America to counter perceptions that transportation options only benefit big cities.
- Environmental Health Watch has concerns about mercury, soot and toxins going into the air in Cleveland if the city gets its permit to build a plant that will gassify trash into energy pellets. EHW has compiled charts that rank the new plant with existing polluters in the area. The nonprofit is promoting alternatives such as a resource recovery parks, recycling, composting, and refurbishing. The growing opposition to the plant on environmental and economic grounds, led by the likes of Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins, managed to get more public hearings including one tonight on Cleveland's east side.
- What lessons can Northeast Ohio communities pick up from the "Walkability for Older Pedestrians" web workshop hosted by NOACA on February 7 at 1 p.m.? Hear the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) share success stories from state and local orgs in California, Delaware and North Carolina