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Climate Action on EarthDay 50: Look back and ahead

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/22/20 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

On May 4, 1970, college students at Kent State University were protesting the Vietnam War—which they viewed as unjust because many of the participants were people of color and from low-income families—when the governor called in the Ohio National Guard. The troops opened fire on the protesters, ending four young lives.

Cleveland then<br />An aerial view of Cleveland where the Cuyahoga River flows into Lake Erie. The image is from before the Clean Water Act, when pollution was routinely dumped into the river.Cleveland now<br />The Clean Water and Clean Air acts helped Cleveland clean the environment and still maintain industry.Generation Earth Day<br />Earth Day One celebrated in 1970 at Kent State University. Students like Bill Doty built an eco sphere as a symbol of harmony between human and nature.Taking action for climate<br />Clevelanders for Public Transit protest the lack of state funding for public transit in Public Square. Akshai Singh (pictured with microphone) says the current generation is picking up the baton on climate action.Earth Day One<br />Twenty million Americans gathered across the country on April 22, 1970 to protest that lack of environmental protection. It led to the adoption of landmark environmental laws and the establishment of the EPA under President Nixon.

Ten things your city can do to be more sustainable

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/19 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Live, Transform

The 10th Cleveland Sustainability Summit has us thinking about cities — how they are proving to be more nimble than the slow, state grind or federal backslide on economic, social and environmental sustainability.

<br />A chicken coop at the Cleveland Convention Center<br />Black Girls Do Bike / Cleveland<br />A pop up street calming project in Lakewood<br />A before and after series of photos of a street in Cleveland that lost all of its ash trees to the pest, the emerald ash borer.

Cleveland sustainability reaches a summit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

There were moments of reflection at the tenth and perhaps final Cleveland Sustainability Summit, an idea that was hatched to draw together, inspire change and, in Mayor Frank Jackson’s view, grow green jobs over a decade.

<br />The 2019 Sustainable Cleveland Summit Trees break out group work on a plan to raise neighborhood interest in the Cleveland Tree Plan.Long time support<br />(left to right) Cleveland Foundation Steven Love, Cleveland Chief of Sustainability Matt Gray, Key Bank Sustainability Director Andrew Watterson, and Gund Foundation John Mitterholzer have attended and participated in many of the sustainability summits.<br />Mayor Frank Jackson closes the 2019 Sustainability Summit, answers the question of what is next, saying, We will not give up. We are going to take some time to figure out what to do in the future, but it will be something.

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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