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How to grow a sustainable energy future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/10/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform

What does a sustainable future for energy look like in Northeast Ohio? If we hope as a region to transition to a cleaner and healthier place, how many anaerobic digesters like the one Forest City and quasar group cut the ribbon on this morning fit in to the renewable energy equation? An airtight tank located at the long-shuttered General Motors Fisher...more

Energy and carbon reducing frameworks for government

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

Cuyahoga County Council's Environment & Sustainability Committee introduced legislation in March, 2012 that would establish an energy reduction goal for county buildings, and support the local, clean energy market. If approved, the county will sign on to the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge, and make all municipal buildings and facilities 20% more energy efficient by 2020. Presumably, the county...more

Where Mayor Jackson's energy on green issues might be better served

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/13/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Recycle

Although Mayor Jackson and Cleveland Public Power's push to develop a waste to energy facility is a big gamble-and his quiet way has been taken by opponents as a go-it-alone strategy similar to the ill-fated LED street light plan-we should not knock the mayor for his impulse to introduce bold new ideas into how the city operates. But, the opponents...more

Energy Star and managing a building portfolio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/13/11 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

The Northeast Ohio Green Building Council introduced Energy Star Portfolio Manager, a free online tool for commercial property owners and managers to track and benchmark their facility's energy use at today's Green Building Challenge Session. "You gain the most value from it as a benchmark tool," said Matt Setzekorn, Principal, Integrated Engineering Consultants. "For example, you can compare how your building...more

Cleveland ranks 14th in Energy Category in Siemens Sustainable Cities Index

 |  06/30/11 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

San Francisco grabbed the mantle of "greenest" major city in the U.S. and Canada Green City Index, with New York, Seattle, Denver and Boston rounding out the top five U.S. cities. The unique study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and commissioned by Siemens, assesses and compares 27 major U.S. and Canadian cities on environmental performance and...more

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