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Cleveland's two LEED-Platinum mark the future of green building

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/19 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

The timing of both University Hospitals and the Children’s Museum of Cleveland earning LEED-Platinum plaques—for a new community health facility and renovation of an old Cleveland mansion—had a lot to do with U.S. Green Building Council President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam’s schedule appearance in Cleveland. But the significance of two major projects receiving the highest green building rating is nonetheless...

<br />USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam with Moderator and WCPN Producer Justin Glanville and the City Club of Cleveland.<br />University Hospitals earns a LEED-Platinum for its Women and Children Center that opened in Midtown Cleveland in 2019.<br />The Childrens Museum of Cleveland earns a LEED-Platinum on the same day at University Hospitals.

The Great Lakes, the Amazon: Saving the world's most precious ecosystems

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/30/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Water

To appreciate why the man made fires raging across the Amazon rainforest have the world paused in terror, let's turn the mirror—to look at how we have treated the Great Lakes.

<br />Image of a shipwreck in Lake Erie from diver Jeremy Bannister

Biomimicry in Healthcare comes to Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/19/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Plants & animals

The joke around the Biomimicry for Healthcare conference held by University Hospitals Ventures was, “We’re about 3.8 billion years behind.” Nature has that much knowledge stored in its DNA, and companies are slowly realizing that the 21st century path to resource efficiency is to unlock it. Resources include Great Lakes Biomimicry whose Director Trisha Brown explained that animals solve for...

<br />A grove of aspen trees form into a single organism by sharing a root system.

Sorting through the mess that is recycling

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/12/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Stuff

The fallout from China rejecting American recycling is complete. It has completely upended the market, says Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District Executive Director Diane Bickett. Worse, there may be no easy solution in sight.

<br />Inside a waste management facility in Cleveland.<br />

Replacing stereotypes of Cleveland at heart of Mobility Imperative

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/30/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

A review of Cleveland's Mobility Imperative: Designing for flow and meaningful interaction by Justin Glanville and Richey Piiparinen with support from the Cleveland Foundation.

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