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Sustainability 2013 Year in Review

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/18/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

This was another eventful year in sustainability in Northeast Ohio. We worked hard to bring you all of the news. Here are some of the highlights from the year (add a comment below on what you think was the most significant development in the region).

Coming attractions<br />Cleveland's resurgence is being fueled by an interest in urban living.Pedaling for less waste<br />Bike composting like Massachusetts Pedal People seen here is coming to ClevelandWindustrious fellow<br />Lorry Wagner leads the effort to build a wind farm on Lake ErieGreen your district<br />Uptown Cleveland has been built with permeable pavers and storm water capture on siteEnjoy your stay<br />The parking lot of the Courtyard by Marriott at University Circle captures all of its rain water on site.Local green<br />Rid All Green Partnership is growing fresh food under giant hoop houses build over a former dumping ground in ClevelandLooking up<br />Cleveland and Cleveland Heights collaborated to paint a bike lane on Edgehill RoadGot Kale?<br />Nonprofit group Burten Bell Carr bought a truck and is delivering fresh food grown in the neighborhoodA downward trend<br />VibrantNEO studied the region's development pattern and forecast wide- scale fiscal distress for city and suburb alike Gateway green lane<br />GCBL and BikeCleveland developed a plan for a green bike lane connecting downtown and Ohio CityGreen acres<br />Advocates called for a new vision for Opportunity Corridor that transforms acres of vacant land into a verdant valley like Milwaukee's Menomonee green industrial parkA complete Lorain<br />A plan emerged to transform Lorain Avenue into a complete street with a protected bike laneFracking impacts<br />Fracking has arrived in rural eastern OhioLake to Lakes <br />Recreation trails like this one connecting Shaker Lakes with Lake Erie have emerged in a plan to connect the east sideOut of box<br />A project to convert shipping crates into stores will arrive in the Warehouse District in 2014

Cuyahoga Valley wants to be a "climate friendly park"

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/21/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Explore

Not satisfied with being the green escape for 1 million yearly visitors, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) will actively seek to reduce the climate impact of its operation and educate visitors about its efforts.

Waterfall in the CVNP<br />Cuyahoga Valley National Park<br />The Towpath in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park<br />

Cleveland your staycation destination

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/02/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Explore

Part of the package of claiming “environmental” and “writer” as your profession means you walk the talk on a lower carbon, lower consumption life. In the summer, surprisingly, I find the latter gets harder.

Little Italy<br />images: GCBLKelley's Island<br />The Bridge Project, 2009<br />The lower deck of the Detroit-Superior BridgeBlue Hen Falls<br />In the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Best of sustainability in 2012

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/12 @ 1:15pm  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

Like the economy and our planetary health, 2012 was progress made in baby steps. Improvements happened, but some big dreams were deferred. The lesson learned is we all need to step it up a notch if true transformational change is what we want.

Renewed hope<br />How will Cleveland and Cuyahoga County's leaders envision a more sustainable future?  

Photo: NEOSCCSwimming in it<br />The Kinsman urban farm is deploying a closed-loop aquaponics system to raise tilapia for sale. 

Photo: GCBLNew idea for an old bridge<br />Connections between Tremont, Ohio City and downtown Cleveland got a big boost from bike lanes and a path on Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.

Photo: GCBL Vacant to green<br />The Sewer District plans to build large scale green infrastructure projects like this one on a vacant lot on Union Avenue in Cleveland.

Photo: NEORSDPop up street<br />A temporary complete street on Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland earned national attention.

Photo: CUDCBig green infrastructure<br />Cleveland's biggest green infrastructure project to date is dug below the parking lot at the Marriott in University Circle. All stormwater will be captured on site.  

Photo: GCBL

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