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GreenCityBlueLake honored for clean energy work

David Beach  |  01/30/13 @ 9:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Nice house, radical efficiency<br />As part of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the GreenCityBlueLake Institute coordinated the SmartHome project, a house designed to meet the Passive House standard and demonstrate the potential for dramatic energy savings.

The GreenCityBlueLake Institute has done a lot to promote a vision of a clean energy future in Northeast Ohio. We helped to build the SmartHome, a real house for a Cleveland neighborhood designed to use 90% less heating and cooling energy than a conventional house. Our work on new bike and transit facilities is providing transportation options that use less...more

Extreme theatre: Water Ways

David Beach  |  01/13/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water

Great Lakes residents who wish that water would become a more significant part of our culture should check out the premier of Water Ways at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT), January 24 – February 4.

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Time to get excited about regional planning in Northeast Ohio

David Beach  |  11/28/12 @ 8:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Imagining a better future<br />A recent  workshop of the Quality Connected Places work stream of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium.

Some of us have been part of numerous “regional visioning” projects over the years (see our back issues of the EcoCity Cleveland Journal for some essential history), and we’ve grown pretty cynical about planning processes that aim to think rationally about where development makes economic and environmental sense in fragmented Northeast Ohio. But it might be time to ditch the cynicism,...more

A new look for GreenCityBlueLake

David Beach  |  10/25/12 @ 8:00am  |  Posted in Misc

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Welcome to the new website of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute, the sustainability center of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The new site is designed to help you as an individual—and Northeast Ohio as a region—think deeply about a sustainable future. The site is based on a three-step process: Explore: Until you experience Northeast Ohio and the natural systems that support life here—the...more

Reparations for urbanity

David Beach  |  10/15/12 @ 7:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

New center of gravity<br />Acorn Alley and other developments are drawing life back to the center of Kent. (Photo by Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer)

Around Northeast Ohio people are re-discovering the virtues of quality urbanism—the convenience and excitment of walkable places with lots of destinations within reach. In a recent column, the PD's Steve Litt described how Kent State University and other local universities are leading the redevelopment of such places adjacent to campuses. And he makes a good argument for public support of these...more

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