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Northeast Ohio stories to watch in 2015

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/08/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Explore, Live, Transform

We’re thinking about what true sustainability will be like in Northeast Ohio—and what needs to happen in 2015 to bring it into greater focus. As always, we plan to bring you coverage of these and other important stories in the coming year. What are your recommendations for the local stories to watch in 2015? Post a comment below with your ideas.

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Best and worst moments in sustainability 2014

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/17/14 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

When thinking back on 2014, what are the high and low points that stand out for Northeast Ohio? We look back and mine our coverage of sustainability activities in 2014 to present this list of the 36 most notable moments. (Let us know if we missed any).

<br />Cleveland Critical Mass August 2014 ride<br />Solarize Cleveland helped Ali Ahmed install these solar panels on the roof of his Cleveland home.<br />Cleveland's 6th annual sustainability summit<br />A flooded cornfield (and its run off) in Northern Ohio

Crowdsource award pits bike share vs upcycle projects in CLE

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/03/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

You’ve heard of “too big to fail.” Well, Kathy Matthews, program director of the Enterprise Community Partners’ Nurture an Idea Award says the second annual $30,000 prize package is a way of giving small non-profits who “can’t afford to fail” a shot at innovation. “They may be risk averse,” says Matthews. “We don’t ask if they have other funding; we’re angel...

Upcyclers<br />St. Clair-Superior Development and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative upcycled this abandoned home.Share alike<br />The Cleveland West Side bike share program recently expanded to University Circle. Nature in the city<br />The Zverina Log House is an oasis of nature in the city of Cleveland's south east side.Come one come all<br />Lakewood Alive is bringing the sweat equity to houses in need of repair.

Green ideas help CLE make national list of innovative cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/16/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland is at an interesting point in its re-development as a city. Downtown appears to be in hyperdrive—with near-zero vacancy in living space and a continued push to build big projects. The Republican Party in 2016 is setting an artificial deadline to “finish” downtown, but their arrival seems vastly less important in the modern Cleveland narrative than another date—2019—the 50th...

On the road to recovery?<br />Cleveland and Lake Erie seen from the east side's lakefront. Image: GC Creative Studio.

Green awakening: Our car-lite family decade

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Transform, Walking

Back in the good old days of 1999, I didn’t give a second thought to how I got around. Like many, I turned the key in the ignition every day; I couldn’t imagine hopping on a bike or walking to the corner to wait for the bus. I didn’t know I had a choice to be “multi-modal” when I entered...

Building confidence<br />My wife, Corrie Slawson, pulls our son in a bike trailer. She started riding a bike again in the last year.My green decade<br />The author in EcoCity Cleveland's former offices at Lorain and Fulton.Moving up<br />EcoCity Cleveland's second home, the third floor attic space of the Beach home.Green guru<br />David Beach and the solar array on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center which Beach helped bring into being.Sustainability center<br />The Cleveland Environmental Center, at Lorain and Fulton, was the city's first green building retrofit (opening in 2003).Breaking ground<br />Manda Gillespie (left) worked tirelessly to bring the Cleveland EcoVillage Townhomes (at W. 58th Street) into being.EcoCity days<br />The staff of EcoCity Cleveland before it became GreenCityBlueLake.

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