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Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reduce, Green buildings, Clean water, Connecting to nature

The search for the greenest places leads to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The reputation of Phipps was solidified when it built its Center for Sustainable Landscapes in 2012. It is one of only a handful of buildings nationwide to be recognized as a Living Building, the most stringent green building rating system in the world. The...

Sky's the limit<br />Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh is one of the greenest public buildings in the world. Photo credit: Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

Cleveland's two LEED-Platinum mark the future of green building

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/19 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

The timing of both University Hospitals and the Children’s Museum of Cleveland earning LEED-Platinum plaques—for a new community health facility and renovation of an old Cleveland mansion—had a lot to do with U.S. Green Building Council President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam’s schedule appearance in Cleveland. But the significance of two major projects receiving the highest green building rating is nonetheless...

<br />USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam with Moderator and WCPN Producer Justin Glanville and the City Club of Cleveland.<br />University Hospitals earns a LEED-Platinum for its Women and Children Center that opened in Midtown Cleveland in 2019.<br />The Childrens Museum of Cleveland earns a LEED-Platinum on the same day at University Hospitals.

Sustainability this week

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/29/19 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Reuse, Green buildings, Zero waste

A round up of news, trends or events related to sustainability in Northeast Ohio.

(near) Net Zero<br />The Bullitt Center in Seattle was built to operate at net zero emissions capacity. How tenants use net zero spaces is part of a Cleveland presentation in April.

Cleveland natural history museum to gain from world's greenest office tower

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/06/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings, Connecting to nature

Impressive as PNC Bank’s unveiling of its LEED-Platinum office tower—“the greenest in the world”—was for green building aficionados at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, how engineers plan to translate lessons to the Museum’s building expansion project was just as ripe a topic. Denzil Gallagher, Principal with BuroHappold Engineering, whose firm is working on both the bank and the museum projects,...

<br />The Tower at PNC Plaza. Image: BuroHappold Engineering<br />This image from BuroHappold Engineering explains how the firm designed a natural ventilation skyscraper for PNC Bank.

Tiny homes coming to Cleveland EcoVillage

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Green buildings, Walking

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) and Citizens Bank have plans to build Cleveland’s first two tiny homes. Tiny homes—on trailers or on hard-to-build lots—are popping up across the U.S. They’ve had their Portlandia moment. Shareable reports that 11 tiny home villages are in design or under construction.

Small is beautiful<br />Final design for the tiny home slated for the Cleveland EcoVillage. Image: Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.<br />Cleveland tiny home is based on Colorado firm Tumbleweed's Widbey model. Image from Tumbleweed (shown with modifications).

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