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Big step for rail

David Beach  |  01/29/10 @ 1:04pm

State officials and sustainable transportation advocates cheered today's announcement of $400 million of federal funding for development of Ohio's "3C" passenger rail corridor linking Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.  "With today's historic announcement by President Obama, Ohio takes a major step toward modernizing our state's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Ted Strickland. "The 3C Corridor will create economic development opportunities and serve as a...more

The big trends that will shape Cleveland and the region

David Beach  |  01/05/10 @ 4:15pm

A couple of weeks ago, a Plain Dealer reporter called me for a year-end story about trends that will shape Cleveland and the region in the coming decade. Here is the outline of what I said: Macro-trends driving change: Climate change and rising energy prices Global resource scarcities Demographic changes -- aging population, retiring baby boomers, young people earning less than their...more

Elevating the power of sustainability at City Hall

David Beach  |  11/13/09 @ 11:32am

In front of a cheering audience in the City Hall Rotunda on September 22, 2009 Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson made three announcements that reaffirmed his commitment to make sustainability and a green economy priorities for the city's future. First, he promoted the city's sustainability program director Andrew Watterson to Chief of Sustainability, a new cabinet-level position in the mayor's office....more

Where are the urban sacred places?

David Beach  |  10/13/09 @ 2:14pm

In the Spirit section of this site, we have a page about the "sacred places" of Northeast Ohio. These are natural places that seem to have a special life-affirming resonance for people and connect them to the Earth. They are places like waterfalls and ledges, hemlock ravines, and overlooks to Lake Erie. Recently our friend Sue Wolpert commented on the page: "Most...more

Sustainability star to lead CWRU Fowler Center

David Beach  |  10/05/09 @ 6:44pm

Folks at the CWRU Weatherhead School of Business are bursting with excitement over the recent hiring of Roger Saillant as executive director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. They think they have attracted a sustainability star to Cleveland. As a recognized authority in renewable energy and sustainability, Saillant has been a pioneer in fuel cells, energy policy, and holistic...more

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