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Our war for the future of Northeast Ohio

David Beach  |  05/04/06 @ 9:15am

“We have to somehow make the competitiveness of our region our equivalent of war,” said David Abbott, executive director of the George Gund Foundation, in a recent speech. “We have to somehow assemble enough public demand to make the changes we need in order to win in global competition.” Go here to read the entire, wide-ranging speech, which outlines the...more

A regional sustainability czar?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/02/06 @ 1:36pm

We find it encouraging that Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson sees the connection between water and economic development on a regional scale.Still, recent attempts at regionalism underscore the need for a regional sustainability director. Like Cleveland’s sustainability director, one point person for all things relating to sustainability could facilitate progress on many fronts.Read more here.more

Strategies for connecting local farms to universities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/01/06 @ 11:29am

This time of year, the arrival of fresh produce is a welcome relief. The popularity of farmer's markets show how superior taste and local food go hand-in-hand. With that in mind, seven colleges and universities in Oregon and Washington created a network to bring locally produced fruits, veggies, dairy, flour, and meat to campus. In the process, they're changing the purchasing habits of the largest food service corporations —...more

Jane Jacobs, 1916-2006

David Beach  |  04/26/06 @ 10:46pm

Lovers of cities were saddened yesterday to hear about the death of Jane Jacobs. Her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, revolutionized urban planning by focusing not on esoteric planning theories but on how people actually use streets, parks, stores, and neighborhoods. She celebrated the chaotic jumble of city life — observing, for instance, that busy, densely populated, mixed-use neighborhoods tend to be quite safe because of the "eyes...more

Oberlin food service provider funds local greenhouse

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/06 @ 1:01pm

Oberlin College's food service provider Bon Appétit recently invested $6200 toward a greenhouse and waste oil furnace (used to generate heat) at nearby George Jones Farm.The greenhouse will lengthen the growing season and thus ensure that the college can buy more local produce. Oberlin has increased the purchase of local food from five percent to 30 percent in the past...more

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