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Dream life

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/18/07 @ 12:15pm

GreenCityBlueLake likes to hear from you. When you sign up for a (free) user account, you have the option of telling us a little bit about yourself — including your vision and your dreams for a more sustainable future. (Thanks to those who’ve already filled out their profile.) In the spirit of getting to know our community, we’ve started highlighting...more

Costs and benefits of Innerbelt Plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/11/07 @ 9:41am

The Cleveland Innerbelt Project is not merely a massive road rebuilding effort, it’s one of the biggest economic development investments in the region's future. Put in stark economic terms, what is the cost/benefit analysis of the Cleveland Innerbelt Project? The financial cost—which includes building a new I-90 Bridge over the Flats, straightening out Deadman’s Curve and building...more

Reforming ODOT

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/03/07 @ 4:08pm

Transportation is big business in Ohio. Our Department of Transportation's annual budget is an impressive $2.1 billion, but, The Plain Dealer reports, the split between maintaining and improving what we have and building new roads in more remote parts of the state is not equitable. Ohio is one of the top spenders in the nation on new transportation infrastructure while...more

Near zero-emission commute

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/07 @ 4:05pm

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are an enhanced version of current hybrid vehicles with a larger battery to reduce the need for the gas engine—and its emissions. A new Department of Energy study found enough capacity exists in most areas of the nation’s power grid, including the Midwest, to support development of PHEVs. So, imagine driving home...more

Sustainable Year in Review

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/28/06 @ 3:41pm

With plenty of hard work and persistence, Northeast Ohio made some progress in 2006 toward its goal of becoming sustainable, more of a green city on a blue lake. Here are some of the important stories that we followed this year. Much more is being done by hundreds of individuals and groups, and, with your help, we resolve to try...more

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The best bike trails

The best bike trails >

Find out where are the most interesting bike rides in Northeast Ohio

Ten water saving tips

Ten water saving tips >

We're at the shore of Lake Erie, but we still have good reasons to conserve

Eco-friendly landscapes

Eco-friendly landscapes >

We look inside two local guides to native landscaping and their benefits.