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Sustainability this week

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/29/19 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Reuse, Green buildings, Zero waste

A round up of news, trends or events related to sustainability in Northeast Ohio.

(near) Net Zero<br />The Bullitt Center in Seattle was built to operate at net zero emissions capacity. How tenants use net zero spaces is part of a Cleveland presentation in April.

Lay of the land: Who's composting in Northeast Ohio?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/02/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Food, Reduce, Zero waste

Composting, or turning food waste into nutrient soil, has become so accepted as a sustainable business practice in the last few years that many of Cleveland’s biggest institutions are doing it, despite the fact that it costs much more than dumping waste in a landfill.

<br />Rust Belt Riders biking compost in Cleveland.<br />Bins for compost, recycling and (option of last resort) landfill waste at Cleveland Museum of Natural History<br />Curbside bins for compost, recycling and landfill waste in San Francisco.<br />Rid All Green Partnership has a big community-based compost operation going.

Being thoughtful about holiday consumption, without being a Scrooge

David Beach  |  12/06/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Zero waste, Stuff

The holidays can be a wonderful time of the year with family, friends and spiritual contemplation. But they are also a time that has become overwhelmed — from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond — with shopping, consumption, and waste. According to Use Less Stuff, average household waste increases more than 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, contributing...

Lure of shopping<br />Sign in the shopping area of Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Out of the (shipping) box retail coming to Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/25/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Zero waste

Cities reinvent themselves. And so the rise of small box—a project to retrofit steel shipping containers into micro-retail spaces for Cleveland’s Warehouse District—fits neatly in that category.

Playing small ball<br />Small box will plug experimental retail space over parking lots in the high-rent Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland If it can make it here<br />Dekalb Market in Brooklyn inspired the shipping crate retail project in ClevelandFaded glory<br />Shipping crate retail will be inserted on a parking lot where The Blackstone Building once stood in downtown Cleveland. Image from Cleveland Public Library Photo Collection.Very driven<br />The Cleveland Warehouse District today has a glut of parking at the center

Spinning bikes and composting into a career

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/29/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Composting, Zero waste

Dear parents of Millennials looking for the perfect holiday gift. Your twentysomething kid probably isn't yearning for a sweater from the mall. If they’re at all like Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson, consider making a small donation to their crowd funding campaign and support their dream. In Brown and Robinson’s case, that would be starting a bike composting business in...

Pulling for zero waste<br />Two young Clevelanders want to start a cooperative like Pedal People (seen here) hauling stuff on bikes.Green businessmen<br />Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson with compost bins donated by Groundz Recycling.
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