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Our organization plans to use the new green commute platform

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/03/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Shifting from a car to another form of transportation is a big deal—one that could use broad organizational support. Otherwise, it seems like all of the incentives are out there for driving (like the average six parking spots per metro area for one vehicle. It’s like a brick to the accelerator).

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From fairway to deep green subdivision

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Land

Generally, the narrative around sprawl is one of disinvestment in one area (usually the core of the metropolitan area) versus investment fueled by highways favoring formerly unincorporated areas. Sprawl has shown that inequities can be allowed to persist in government policy.

Sky's the limit<br />Solar rooftops in Vauban, a model sustainable suburb in Freiberg, Germany. <br />Cycle park in Vauban, Germany. 

Image credits for Vauban: Claire7373 AndrewglaserA big opportunity<br />Part of the former Oakwood Country Club golf course became a big box shopping center (and 5 acre passive park).Oakwood Green<br />Part of the land deeded over to South Euclid as part of the Oakwood CC conversion to a big box store has this stormwater runoff detention area.from fairway to sanctuary<br />Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area in New Jersey was once a golf course. Image: Wendy Donkin.In the drink<br />A frog at the Acacia Metroparks Reservation, a former golf club. Image: Wendy Wasman.Next gen living<br />A group of young adults enjoy the Acacia Metroparks Reservation.Fairway to monarch habitat<br />A golf fairway being restored as a monarch butterfly habitat at Acacia Metroparks Reservation.

Everybody's for equity, but who wants to walk the talk?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking, Driving, Transportation

Over the last decade, complete streets have been firmly established with urban planners, biking, transit and health advocates as a central tenet to improved access and safety on roads largely built for the convenience of cars.

<br /><br />With its MemFix plan, the City of Memphis has given its blessing to groups of volunteers helping pilot complete streets. <br /><br />Road diet with buffered bike lane proposed for Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.<br /><br />

Big #transit gathering in #CLE raises prospects

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/06/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

More than 100 people showed up on a Wednesday evening in Cleveland to participate in a discussion about the future of transit in Northeast Ohio.

<br />Transit supporter fill the room at Cleveland Market Garden to discuss the future of transit with TransitCenter Jon Orcutt and Clevelanders for Public Transit advocacy group.

Cleveland celebrates nature nearby

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/31/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Land

2017 is the year Cleveland turns its attention to “vibrant green space.” Since 2008 when the city launched a ten-year plan called Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (SC2019), the city’s Office of Sustainability has organized events and activities around a major sustainability theme. Cleveland can lay claim to one of the more longstanding commitments to sustainability. SC2019‘s big event is the annual sustainability...

Path into nature<br />The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is the recreational spine of Northeast Ohio and one of the most popular trails in the country.Field trip<br />To combat nature deficit disorder, educational programs need to immerse kids in nature. (Photo by Cleveland Metroparks)Into the woods<br />Hiking at Lake Metroparks' Chapin Forest Reservation.Botany field trip<br />Jim Bissell, curator of botany at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, identifies a plant at Holden Arboretum. Growing hobby<br />Birders crowd the boardwalk at Magee Marsh to watch warblers and other spring migrants that stop at the marsh before crossing Lake Erie to northern breeding grounds. Lakefront access<br />One of the region's top goals should be greater public access to Lake Erie.

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