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Natural Cleveland: March

Jill Collins  |  03/15/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Explore, Natural Cleveland

The following is the March post exploring nature in the city; written by naturalist and illustrator, Jill Collins, with editing by local writer and instructor, Justin Glanville.

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Ten years becoming a Green City on a Blue Lake

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

Looking back over a decade of exploring what makes Cleveland into a green city on a blue lake, we compiled these “greatest hits” — a curated list of the GreenCityBlueLake blog — which we launched in 2006. Conversations advanced and milestones reached, now and then, Cleveland is figuring out how sustainability spreads opportunity.

<br />Critical Mass, a monthly bike ride on the streets of cities including Cleveland, has steadily grown a following of hundreds.<br />Northeast Ohio's first passive house, the PNC SmartHome, was built to respond to the concerns in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History 2011 climate change exhibit.<br />An abandoned home in Cleveland. The $4 million VibrantNeo plan detailed the regional costs to sprawling, haphazard development, and identified a scenario of building vibrant walkable communities.<br />A proposal for a green lane in the sidewalk of Ontario Street would be part of a 4-mile protected bikeway in Cleveland. Image: GreenCityBlueLake.<br />Lake Erie. Image: Greg Slawson; GC Creative Studios.<br />In 2010, the Access for All campaign started a dialogue across the region about the practicality of cycling and walking safely on public rights of way.<br />Despite a backtracking state energy policy, Northeast Ohio is starting to see some significant renewable energy installations, such as this 1-megawatt solar array of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.
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Natural Cleveland: December and January

Jill Collins  |  12/18/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Explore, Plants & animals, Natural Cleveland

A lot of people think "Cleveland" and "nature" are mutually exclusive. But they're not—by a long shot. Everywhere you look, from cemeteries to tiny city lawns to abandoned industrial sites, nature asserts itself in Cleveland in ways both glorious and subtle. Clevelanders, like people everywhere, live on the land. We're just not as accustomed as others to seeing it. That's...

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Northeast Ohio stories to watch in 2015

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/08/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

We’re thinking about what true sustainability will be like in Northeast Ohio—and what needs to happen in 2015 to bring it into greater focus. As always, we plan to bring you coverage of these and other important stories in the coming year. What are your recommendations for the local stories to watch in 2015? Post a comment below with your ideas.

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Re-introducing a climate toolkit for local communities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/29/14 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

Back in 2009, GreenCityBlueLake (GCBL) surveyed Northeast Ohio communities to find out what they’ve been doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to try to uncover the most common barriers to action.

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