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Cleveland region second last in equity, sustainability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/22/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

An important indicator for cities aiming to be more sustainable and equitable, The Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDG), was released last month.

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Finding equity when a city reduces its environmental impact

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/18/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate

City of Cleveland is updating its 2013 Carbon Action Plan this year, convening a group of 50 stakeholders to share ideas on improving the reach and impact of the existing plan whose goal was to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050. (A noteworthy parallel track, Cleveland signed on to the Paris Climate Accord this year, when the U.S. under the...

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How to plan for a more sustainable world with driverless cars

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/04/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Currently, autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being tested in real-world conditions—on the streets of Pittsburgh, San Francisco, El Paso, and on highways outside of Columbus. Experts predict that by 2035 or sooner, all of our cars could be replaced by those wired with artificial intelligence systems that will be able to navigate the streets for us.

<br />Image from Depave dot org

10 most important climate steps

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/31/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Climate

The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth hits the theaters this week. It shows how the Paris Climate Accord made history. The “plot” involves huge superpowers who clash and ultimately agree that the threat of global warming calls for immediate action. We know the ending is a happy one as even the U.S. and India embrace real, meaningful reductions of carbon...

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Cuyahoga closes big renewables deals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/17/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Nearly a decade ago GreenCityBlueLake conducted a carbon footprint analysis of seven counties in Northeast Ohio. All emissions from fossil fuel use in rank order by tonnage found that 50% of the 64 tons on average (2005) came from energy generation (mostly coal). Second was transportation at 28% or nearly 18 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per person, which is...

Waste to energy<br />A 4 megawatt solar farm like the one pictured here in New Jersey will be built over a landfill in Brooklyn, Ohio by Cuyahoga County. Image: PSE&G.

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