Are Cleveland's big companies planning ahead like Exxon for a new energy future? Plus, a new look at a Circle-Heights link.
With Fortune 500 companies like Exxon readying themselves for a carbon tax, how are local manufacturers and their huge supply chains preparing themselves for a carbon constrained future? Are they planning, like Big Oil, how to grow and become less reliant on fossil fuels? "Energy efficiency must be a focus for our future," writes Bryan Iams, VP of corporate and government affairs for Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries. PPG wants to be a leader in new energy technology, he says in a PD editorial. Major industrial players like PPG want predictability not the turmoil of price shocks and so they support legislation that lays out a clear path. What do the executives of Cleveland’s manufacturers think about the business opportunity in meeting the challenge of climate change?
Case is piloting a shuttle bus during the day from campus up the hill to Cleveland Heights. The one-month trial will become permanent if the demand exists. Starting this week, the 7-11 a.m. route will go east to Coventry with stops along the way on Mayfield and Euclid Heights Boulevard. A limited nighttime shuttle bus currently runs the route. It is unclear if a full-day service or what ‘headways’ (frequency) the university is considering. A spokesperson confirmed the service is reserved for students only. A visible, frequent shuttle service between University Circle and the Heights has been the topic of frequent discussions. RTA discontinued its Community Circulator which served the area in 2009 citing budget cuts. University Circle, Inc. manages the Circle-Link bus shuttle service which is operated by Standard Parking. UCI recently considered expanding the Circle-Link to be more of a full-service line.
The Stimulus carved out energy efficiency as a focus, with Energy Efficiency Block Grants that were used by cities for bike share (Columbus), bike stations (Cleveland) and by suburbs like Cleveland Heights to upgrade lighting. Cleveland Heights just posted an RFP to replace the lights at its city hall and outside its recreation center with LEDs.