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Transmissions from a green planet

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/11/07 @ 11:33am

Focus. Finish task, move on, sip coffee, glance at Blackberry. War, famine, global warming. OK. What’s next… Environmentalism, author Bill McKibben writes in The Ecologist, is now the art of recognizing why we're never satisfied—the root of over consumption and of global warming (burning hydrocarbons is the new cigarette smoking!). “Compared to 1950, the average...more

PUCO adopts rule changes, studies renewable energy portfolio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/02/07 @ 12:19pm

We're pleased to see the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio taking a step toward ‘advanced energy’—renewable solutions to the problems facing the Ohio electricity industry—with last week's much anticipated rule changes. Although PUCO’s ruling mostly sets the stage for further study of, for example, how to connect (and fairly compensate) renewable energy producers to the grid (aka interconnection), it...more

Spring cleaning

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/28/07 @ 11:58am

April means its time to spring clean, so it follows that Cuyahoga County’s “Recycle your computer” month is gearing up to collect hundreds of used CPUs, monitors and printers. From April 1-30, residents can recycle unwanted computers by dropping them off at participating city service departments throughout the county. All computers will be recycled by RET3 job corp.,...more

Innovation key to economic health

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/26/07 @ 2:20pm

David Morganthaler, founder of venture capital firm Morganthaler Ventures, spoke last Thursday at the Levin College Forum, which is focused this year on the theme Our Place in the Urban Age. More than coffee shops and arts districts, innovation is what Northeast Ohio needs to revitalize its economic health, Morganthaler stated. “The bottom line is we must create...more

Ready to get big & hairy?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/07 @ 11:12am

Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) has thrown down the gauntlet to Cleveland businesses to set a Big Hairy Audacious Energy Goal (aka BHAG). Last June, E4S and Green Energy Ohio led the way by launching a 1 Megawatt Solar Challenge.  “It's time for businesses, institutions and local governments to get big and hairy and to articulate long-term...more

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