Green cities

David Beach  |  04/13/06 @ 10:23am

With most of the world's people now living in cities, the future of the planet depends on creating urban places that satisfy human needs without despoiling the natural systems upon which all life depends. In the coming months, two international conferences will offer glimpses into how the world's most forward-looking cities are becoming more sustainable — Global City 2006 this...more

Green communities speaker coming to City Club

David Beach  |  04/12/06 @ 5:12pm

The City Club continues to present interesting speakers on sustainability. The latest is Peter Garforth, principal of Garforth International, who will talk about "Green Communities: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability in Northeast Ohio" at noon on Friday, April 21. The event is cosponsored by NorTech.Garforth, based in Ohio and Brussels, Belgium, helps major corporations, communities, property developers and policy makers develop...more

Countryside Program finds new home

David Beach  |  04/11/06 @ 3:08pm

The Countryside Program, which helps rural communities in Northeast Ohio implement compact, well planned development that conserves land and natural areas, has found a new home at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Previously, the program was sponsored by the Western Reserve Resource Conservation & Development Council. The program's coordinator, Kirby Date, says, "We will continue to serve...more

Artists and the environment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/11/06 @ 2:06pm

James Voorhies says:Today many artists and designers are working to reconcile problems of over-consumption, waste and pollution with solutions of sustainability, recycling, and renewable resources. Supporting artists actively engaged in issues related to the environment is crucial for helping to raise awareness and generate community interest for eco-friendly living.Artists such as Amy Franceschini (speaking this Thursday at Kent State University -...more

Questioning cities

David Beach  |  04/11/06 @ 10:25am

Regionalism keeps spreading. Now we're hearing that some citizens in University Heights — a city that already shares a school district and public library with Cleveland Heights and is exploring the sharing of recreation facilities with other communities — are questioning why their small city should exist.  In their email discussions they are adopting the slogan "Dissolve University Heights," or "DUH."...more

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