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My gravel driveway: A follow up story

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/05/19 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water, Home landscaping

Ten years ago, we succeeded in convincing the city to let us replace a broken asphalt driveway—broken because it was growing over the tree root of a 75 to 100 foot tall white oak tree—with a new, well-constructed gravel driveway.

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Cleveland celebrates nature nearby

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/31/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Land

2017 was the year Cleveland turned its attention to “vibrant green space.” Since 2009, when the city launched a ten-year plan called Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (SC2019), the city’s Office of Sustainability has organized events and activities around a major sustainability theme. Cleveland can lay claim to one of the more longstanding commitments to sustainability. SC2019‘s big event is the annual sustainability...

Path into nature<br />The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is the recreational spine of Northeast Ohio and one of the most popular trails in the country.Field trip<br />To combat nature deficit disorder, educational programs need to immerse kids in nature. (Photo by Cleveland Metroparks)Into the woods<br />Hiking at Lake Metroparks' Chapin Forest Reservation.Botany field trip<br />Jim Bissell, curator of botany at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, identifies a plant at Holden Arboretum. Growing hobby<br />Birders crowd the boardwalk at Magee Marsh to watch warblers and other spring migrants that stop at the marsh before crossing Lake Erie to northern breeding grounds. Lakefront access<br />One of the region's top goals should be greater public access to Lake Erie.
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Local guides to green and healthy landscaping

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/18/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping

We all want a yard that's healthy for our families, wildlife, and the larger environment.

<br />The McGuan residence in Shaker Heights has been nicely landscaped with rain gardens. Images: Austin McGuan.<br /><br />

How I fought (and won the right) for my gravel driveway

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/02/15 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping

The story of how I convinced the City of Cleveland Heights to grant us a variance to replace an old, ugly, asphalt driveway with a beautiful, sustainable, gravel drive-and why we bothered-has its share of twists and turns and ultimately, an acquiescence. One thing is for certain, without six years of knowledge gained while working at EcoCity Cleveland and now...more

Toledo's water crisis ties to sprawl, green lawns and big Ag

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/04/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean water, Home landscaping, Water

National Public Radio reported this morning about the woes of Toledo, a city of 284,012 people who’ve had no drinking water for three days because of a toxin known as microcystis which comes from algea growing in Lake Erie. The algae is a by-product of synthetic fertilizer (and animal waste) from farms and from grass-filled yards where is being spread in...

Algae in Lake Erie in summer 2011<br />Algae blooms in Lake Erie<br />Toledo and the Maumee River<br />
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