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Rust Belt to Fresh Coast: Milwaukee's doing it

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform, Land

Milwaukee is a shining example of how to turn the industrial tide in the Midwest from black to green. The city “decided to double down on advanced manufacturing” in the 1990s, says Matt Howard, Milwaukee’s environmental sustainability director. It got in the business of small to midsized manufacturers—their bread-and-butter sectors of value-added food products (cheese) and water related industries (beer)—helping...

Rust to Green<br />Milwaukee's Menomonee green industrial park

Blogging from SXSW Eco: Cleveland takes the stage

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/03/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Transform

Great start to SXSW Eco—the high (green) powered meeting in Austin, Texas—as Cleveland’s own David Jurca shared lessons from Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative’s Pop Up City product—this April’s Complete and Green Street demonstration, Pop Up Rockwell.

Pop up Rockwell<br />

Remember when we talked about capping the Cleveland Innerbelt?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/27/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Transform

Under construction<br />The new, Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge

“Does Louisville Need More Highways?” is so relevant to Cleveland that you could easily swap what’s happening here in to that headline. We too are suffering from another short-sighted decision to spend billions on a highway that was built on the premise that it would bring more business to the city and unclog the roads—two myths the Times article challenges. The...more

Distributed energy Cleveland's path ahead

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/24/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform

A million homes in Cleveland and its suburbs soaking up the power of the sun, connected to an ‘energy Internet’, is our best play for sustainable economic development, Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution, assured hundreds attending the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit last week.

Producing power at home <br />A home in Ohio City built by Ryan McKenzie has solar panels producing electricity and hot water, which provides space heating through tubes under the floors.

How to grow a sustainable energy future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/10/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform

What does a sustainable future for energy look like in Northeast Ohio? If we hope as a region to transition to a cleaner and healthier place, how many anaerobic digesters like the one Forest City and quasar group cut the ribbon on this morning fit in to the renewable energy equation? An airtight tank located at the long-shuttered General Motors Fisher...more

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