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.

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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.

Our organization plans to use the new green commute platform

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/03/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Shifting from a car to another form of transportation is a big deal—one that could use broad organizational support. Otherwise, it seems like all of the incentives are out there for driving (like the average six parking spots per metro area for one vehicle. It’s like a brick to the accelerator).

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From fairway to deep green subdivision

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Land

Generally, the narrative around sprawl is one of disinvestment in one area (usually the core of the metropolitan area) versus investment fueled by highways favoring formerly unincorporated areas. Sprawl has shown that inequities can be allowed to persist in government policy.

Sky's the limit<br />Solar rooftops in Vauban, a model sustainable suburb in Freiberg, Germany. <br />Cycle park in Vauban, Germany. 

Image credits for Vauban: Claire7373 AndrewglaserA big opportunity<br />Part of the former Oakwood Country Club golf course became a big box shopping center (and 5 acre passive park).Oakwood Green<br />Part of the land deeded over to South Euclid as part of the Oakwood CC conversion to a big box store has this stormwater runoff detention area.from fairway to sanctuary<br />Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area in New Jersey was once a golf course. Image: Wendy Donkin.In the drink<br />A frog at the Acacia Metroparks Reservation, a former golf club. Image: Wendy Wasman.Next gen living<br />A group of young adults enjoy the Acacia Metroparks Reservation.Fairway to monarch habitat<br />A golf fairway being restored as a monarch butterfly habitat at Acacia Metroparks Reservation.

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