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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.

How much plastic is in Lake Erie and who's to blame

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/17/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Clean water, Water

Plastic is no longer something we throw away, Dr. Sherri Mason, co-principal investigator on a landmark study that found micro plastics, pieces small enough to not see with the naked eye, in significant quantities in Lake Erie, told a Cleveland City Club audience this week.

<br />Lake Erie
Image: David Beach

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Cleveland has lots of "retrofit suburbia" potential

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/07/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Reuse

Half a century removed from America’s “Ozzie and Harriet” dreamland, the suburbs are looking to tell a new story. Particularly, for the tired and huddled masses of old shopping centers.

Back from the dead<br />The Collinwood Rec Center is an $11 million green energy facility opened in 2011 as a creative reuse of a former big box store. It connects the 32-acre Humphrey Park to the northern reach of Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation, including Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood parks.

Retrofitting suburbia: Tips for Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reuse, Vibrant cities

We wrote last week about what can be done (globally and locally) to fight climate change. We looked at an article published in Nature, where the authors argued to spend resources making the outer suburbs and small towns more environmentally friendly.

<br />A dead mall featured in Retrofitting Suburbia. Efforts to turn dying malls into new town centers feature prominently.

Sustainability starts at home

 |  05/11/12 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Reuse

Last night (May 9th) I attended the second installment of the Home Repair Resource Center's Practical Sustainability series – a monthly lecture series offered by the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit that features experienced practitioners. The goal, according to Fred Cortright who is organizing the series, is to help homeowners become good thinkers about home repair decisions that will make their homes...more

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