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Design with environment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/07 @ 11:24am

Steve Badanes, founder of architectural firm Jersey Devil, spoke at the Levin College of Urban Affairs last week about designing with the environment in mind. Badanes’ projects use local sustainable materials that work with the landscape and not against it. For instance, local vegetation is used to provide shade but also doubles as a food source for birds and...more

Muni-owned utility explores alternative energy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/16/07 @ 4:29pm

Cleveland City Council started the ball rolling on the local market for alternative energy at a hearing last November that considered using Cleveland Public Power (CPP) as the conduit. The follow-up happens this Wednesday, as CPP and city council host a public workshop to gather ideas on how producers of renewable energy—like a homeowner with a solar panel...more

Computer aided design competition

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/16/07 @ 11:31am

Young architects Bradley Fink and Michael Christoff are looking beyond walls and ramparts to reconnect with the urban landscape. When they graduated a few years ago from Kent State University, the pair noticed two things—many cities that couldn’t match Cleveland’s legacy in the built environment were drawing considerable interest for design competitions, and that the viral effect of the Web...more

Climate consciousness turns the corner

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/12/07 @ 8:55pm

You know that climate change has really broken through to mass awareness when it makes the cover of Sports Illustrated, which it did on March 12 with a special issue on "Sports and Global Warming." Time magazine countered with a cover story on April 9, "The Global Warming Survival Guide."These are just two of the countless media stories in recent...more

Unprecendented event for climate action

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/12/07 @ 8:53pm

In an unprecedented show of support, Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone and a diverse group of speakers from business, government, labor, and environmental groups called for strong solutions to global warming during a press conference at Cleveland City Hall today. Offering a kick-off to the April 14th National Day of Climate Action, speakers called for immediate federal legislation to reduce carbon...more

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