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Inside Cleveland's first complete and green street

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/21/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

When Fleet Avenue in Slavic Village is scraped down to its original red brick, and reconstructed this fall it will be Cleveland’s first project under its 2011 Green and Complete Streets law. The $7.7 million rebuild includes bike lanes from the I-77 overpass to Broadway, and a $1 million ‘green infrastructure’ project paid for by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer...

Greening Fleet<br />Early rendering of the Fleet Avenue green and complete street. Images provided.Designs for Fleet<br />The city of Cleveland agreed to up the ante on street design after residents voiced concerns about authenticity and historic resonance.Going big<br />Cincinnati Sewer District's Lick Run green infrastructure project is a neighborhood scale transformation

Where's the carbon? Cleveland rolls out Climate Action Plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/12/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Cities are on the front lines of climate change. As more people congregate (and more concrete is poured for things like big roads) city/suburb become hot spots for climate events like the heat waves which killed 700 in Chicago and tens of thousands on the European continent in the mid-nineties.

Taking action<br />Cleveland Climate Action Plan (draft, 2013) outlines what the city can do to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.Symbol for wind<br />The wind turbine at the Great Lakes Science Center has introduced many Clevelanders to the potential of wind power.Solar power for a green building<br />The solar array on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center has been generating clean power since 2003.Integrating solar<br />The canopy at the entrance of the Great Lake Science Center combines function and power generation with a 31.2 kilowatt solar array.SmartHome<br />The PNC SmartHome project of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History showed that conservation and efficiency are the first steps toward a clean energy future.Amplifying wind<br />A prototype helix wind turbine that amplifies wind speed for greater power generation is being tested at Cleveland's Progressive Field. The technology was developed at Cleveland State University. (Photo by Cleveland State University)Cleveland innovation<br />Cleveland has a heritage of energy innovation, including one of the world's first wind turbines to generate electricity. It was built in the 1880s by inventor Charles Brush at his Euclid Avenue mansion.

Cleveland plans for a changing climate: Public input meeting April 11

David Beach  |  04/03/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform

Cities are at the front lines of climate change. Many of the actions needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the risks of climate change must be implemented at the local level. And many of the effects of climate change that are already occurring—from heat waves to severe storms—directly impact the life of cities.

Clean power to mitigate climate change<br />Cleveland Public Power's solar photovoltaic concentrator demonstration project at the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse uses parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight and produce electricity and thermal energy to heat the greenhouse.

Best of sustainability in 2012

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/12 @ 1:15pm  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

Like the economy and our planetary health, 2012 was progress made in baby steps. Improvements happened, but some big dreams were deferred. The lesson learned is we all need to step it up a notch if true transformational change is what we want.

Renewed hope<br />How will Cleveland and Cuyahoga County's leaders envision a more sustainable future?  

Photo: NEOSCCSwimming in it<br />The Kinsman urban farm is deploying a closed-loop aquaponics system to raise tilapia for sale. 

Photo: GCBLNew idea for an old bridge<br />Connections between Tremont, Ohio City and downtown Cleveland got a big boost from bike lanes and a path on Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.

Photo: GCBL Vacant to green<br />The Sewer District plans to build large scale green infrastructure projects like this one on a vacant lot on Union Avenue in Cleveland.

Photo: NEORSDPop up street<br />A temporary complete street on Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland earned national attention.

Photo: CUDCBig green infrastructure<br />Cleveland's biggest green infrastructure project to date is dug below the parking lot at the Marriott in University Circle. All stormwater will be captured on site.  

Photo: GCBL

Where's the indignation (and voice) of NEO's environmental movement?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/12/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

Interim Geauga County Commissioner Walter "Skip" Claypool joined a rant from Tea Party activists in Ashtabula County at last month's Northeast Ohio's Sustainable Communities Initiative board meeting. He called sustainability and the goals of the regional planning effort of more than 100 organizations a fundamental threat to the country. Activists claimed NEOSCC was part of Agenda 21—a UN document that...

Sustainability agenda<br />Geauga County Commissioner Skip Claypool insists that Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Initiative is tied to a UN document on sustainable development.

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