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Aspiring EcoDistrict, MetroHealth should draw inspiration from neighbor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

MetroHealth System’s Campus Transformation Plan, released this month, aims to soften the concrete surface of the Cuyahoga County owned hospital acreage at W. 25th Street in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

<br />Currently MetroHealth fronts West 25th Street (left) with lots of asphalt<br />The vision for transforming MetroHealth is better, but does it go deep green?<br />Ohio City Farm has transformed an ill used yard behind a county public housing high rise.

Major Cleveland consortium chimes in on sprawl, other divides

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/12/18 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

The Fund for Our Economic Future’s “Two Tomorrows” report, like Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs professor, Tom Bier’s book "Housing Dynamics in Northeast Ohio: Setting the Stage for Resurgence," offers an indictment of trends in Northeast Ohio’s economy. It also provides specific recommendations on how to turn things around. It is the type of report intended to...

<br />From a 2016 Center for Neighborhood Technology report on the economic impact of connecting jobs and transit. Akron riders board a Metro bus. 

Improving transit in Akron-Summit County could gain the region $8 million, and give a lift to households in poverty.

It's time for a new story about climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/19/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

“Tell a new story about climate change.” This line captures the key take away for me and, hopefully, the fifteen public-facing staffers at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History who spent a full day immersed in a workshop for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI). NNOCCI has meticulously crafted and has been sharing a new story about...

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Five green New Year's resolutions (that can make a difference)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/18 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to green your life, but don’t know where to start? The following post is intended to help focus on the biggest impact areas. (Disclaimer: there's no “silver bullet” solution. Rather, there are many solutions, all with multiple benefits — environmental, social, and economic. Climate change mitigation activities should be at the center of the...

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Most important sustainability stories of 2017

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

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In our annual tradition, we share some of the most important sustainability stories of the year. Eco-economic decoupling, breaking the link between "environmental bads" and "economic goods,” gets our vote for story of the year. This chart from the U.S. Department of Energy shows overall power consumption in the U.S. dropped by 0.76% in 2017 while GDP rose 2.2%. Reducing the...more

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