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Being thoughtful about holiday consumption, without being a Scrooge

David Beach  |  12/06/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Zero waste, Stuff

The holidays can be a wonderful time of the year with family, friends and spiritual contemplation. But they are also a time that has become overwhelmed — from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond — with shopping, consumption, and waste. According to Use Less Stuff, average household waste increases more than 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, contributing...

Lure of shopping<br />Sign in the shopping area of Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

What makes a sustainability leader?

David Beach  |  11/25/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Misc

What makes a successful sustainability leader? And what are the biggest sustainability challenges going forward? This week's Crain's Cleveland Business put those questions to several observers of the local sustainability scene. My answers follow. What would you say?

Citizen leaders<br />The annual Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit is a gathering place for rising sustainability leaders.

Watershed poster makes great gift

David Beach  |  11/14/13 @ 6:00pm

For anyone interested in the land and waters of Northeast Ohio, EcoCity Cleveland's watershed map poster makes a great gift. It's a painstakenly painted elevation map of the Vermilion, Black, Rocky, Cuyahoga, Chagrin, and Grand river watersheds. At 36 x 24 inches, it looks beautiful in home or office. (Click on the picture at right for large view.) DUE TO HIGH...more

Stormwater legal follies: How an essential clean water program in Northeast Ohio is being frustrated in court

David Beach  |  10/30/13 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water

Justice is supposed to be blind. But it’s a problem when it’s so blind it can’t even read the law. That seems to be what happened to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, whose vital stormwater program was recently halted by the Ohio Court of Appeals.

Doan Brook overwhelmed<br />Doan Brook is one of many urban streams that is regularly scoured out and polluted by heavy stormwater flows. This dirty water flows directly to Lake Erie. Rocky River sediment<br />The problem of stormwater washing sediment off the land can be seen at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Rocky River in this 2005 photo. The east branch on the left -- with the brown, sediment-laden water -- had more development activities and more disturbed land. Flood damage<br />Stormwater flows damage infrastructure throughout the region. A Cuyahoga River flood undercut the track of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Six questions for the "Opportunity Corridor"

David Beach  |  09/30/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

You would think that a $331 million project that’s being sold as a catalyst to revitalize some of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods would have started with an urban design vision of what those neighborhoods really need. But the Opportunity Corridor started as suburban-style access road between University Circle and the Interstate highway system. Here are six questions about the project that could...

Where the highway ends<br />I-490 dead ends at E. 55th St. instead of continuing across the east side as the Clark Freeway as originally planned -- stopped in the 1960s by activists opposed to the destruction of the Shaker Lakes. Now the Opportunity Corridor would follow a different route from I-490 to University Circle. (Image from Google Earth)

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