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Ohio is watching a "transit death spiral" unfold

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/04/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

2017 saw Cleveland transit advocates clash with Mayor Jackson over his decision to close Public Square (then re-open it) to buses. But that tempest played out in a teapot compared to what the State of Ohio is preparing to (not) do this month when a long-awaited medical service sales tax cut is expected to blow a hole in the budgets...

<br />RTA cut service to its suburban trains in 2016<br />Many Clevelanders will be stranded in economic islands of lost opportunity if RTA is forced to shut down 10 percent of its system in 2018<br />Ohio lavishes tens of millions of dollars on highways, like this empty highway which is being decommissioned in Akron, instead of flexing those highway funds to be used on transit.<br />The Public Square closure to buses was a distraction from the real issue facing transit - a state that has historically undervalued and underfunded it.

Biomimicry at 20: A hot idea finds its feet

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/28/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Plants & animals

In the two decades since “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature," Janine Benyus’ 1997 bestseller, hatched the idea that nature is a prolific problem solver and muse, researchers have been hard at work searching for the next generation of bio-inspired inventions.

<br />Geckos have been the subject of thousands of reports, and speculative Biomimicry research, because of their amazing ability to scale vertical surfaces.<br />Dr. Peter Niewiarowski (right) University of Akron Biomimicry Program Director discussed his research on gecko feet.

Behind the numbers of KXL and its uncertain future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate, Clean air, Transportation

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2017 report looks behind the numbers on planetary carbon footprint, with a special focus on how the burning of fossil fuels affects human health.

Electric vehicle sales globally<br />GHGs by source globally<br />Mode share six cities<br />From top left, Berlin, London, Santiago, Sydney, Tokyo and VancouverParticulates global cities in WHO database<br />Renewable energy worldwide<br />Car ownership and NOx<br />
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Cleveland health powerhouses move to address climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/20/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

Last Friday, sustainability professionals in the health care industry and with Resilience Cleveland took on ‘Health Care’s Role in Anchoring Climate Resilience.” “Our goal is to have a stable platform in rough seas,” said John Utech, Senior Director, Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic which has operations in Cleveland and Florida.

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"Clean energy economy is here" Gund Foundation environment officer assures

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/16/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate

John Mitterholzer, senior program officer for the environment with the George Gund Foundation, assured a group at Case last night that “there is a lot of money” coming from philanthropic organizations focused on keeping the United States on track to meet its commitments under the Paris Climate Accord—even with the Trump Administration announcing its intention to withdraw from the first,...

Big Green is here<br />John Mitterholzer at the George Gund Foundation addresses the need for stronger narratives on the arrival of the clean energy economy at the Case Big Green Event

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