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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).

Key Bank invests in GHG reductions, Case toward carbon neutrality

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Green buildings

Publicly traded banking giant, Key, and the namesake of Cleveland’s University Circle, Case Western Reserve University, are adding significant pieces to their sustainability portfolio at a time when “corporate responsibility” has taken on greater visibility, from the classroom to the boardroom.

<br />Case campus with wind turbine and coal-fired power plant in foreground.<br />Motorcars Honda received a $1.6 million loan from Key Bank for this 335-Kw solar canopy at their Cleveland Heights dealership.

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