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Most important sustainability stories of 2019

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/28/19 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

Here are some of the most important sustainability stories that are emerging thus far in 2019. If you know of another important sustainability story, please share it in the Comments section.

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Ideas for state and local leaders to tackle climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/12/18 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

A new UN report out this week contained no equivocation about the “dire” and “accelerated” affects of climate change. Immediately, the pundits went to work on analyzing what will happen if we don’t respond. The report also put a fine point on the “politicization” of climate change as the biggest obstacle for a response. To place the report in context, it...

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Cleveland is a divided city

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/13/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland can have its gentrification — its $200,000 condos near modest housing in Tremont or Ohio City, says urban guru Alan Mallach. Where it needs to be more concerned for its future is in many parts of the city where poverty and lack of opportunity have reached crisis proportions.

<br />An abandoned home in Cleveland<br />Alan Mallach produced this slide on the disparity between jobs added in Cleveland and non resident commuters who have taken them. Years 2000 - 2016.

Exploring the legacy of what makes equity planning work

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/21/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

In his 2016 book, The Well-Tempered City, socially active developer Jonathan Rose makes a compelling case that cities will survive in our “VUCA times” (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) by tapping the innovation gene that can be found in Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier which modernized music. Bach’s circle of fifths tuning method is an example for cities.

<br />A bus-rapid transit park in Curitiba, Brazil. Image: Journal of Place Management and Development.<br />Green roof on Via Verde, a mixed-income housing development in the South Bronx. Image: Urban Land Institute.

Biodiversity missing from Climate Action Plans

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/02/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform, Land

More biodiverse cities would help protect endangered species and human populations from climate change; if only Climate Action Plans (CAP) were calibrated to do so, a new report states.

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