It's time for a new story about climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/19/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

“Tell a new story about climate change.” This line captures the key take away for me and, hopefully, the fifteen public-facing staffers at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History who spent a full day immersed in a workshop for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI). NNOCCI has meticulously crafted and has been sharing a new story about...

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Cleveland and its urban ecology ethic

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/19/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

What would a true renaissance in Cleveland look like? A pathway of opportunity for people left behind that reclaims thousands of vacant lots around the city?

Garden Boyz<br />teaches youth in Cleveland to garden, bring healthy food home, and sell produceInternational Village Garden<br />International Village, a block club on Cleveland's West Side Stockyard's neighborhood, tends a dozen gardens and an orchard on vacant and abandoned land.Ohio City Farm<br />Burmese and Liberian refugees raise food for sale to businesses including Great Lakes Brewing at the Ohio City Farm.The Thymekeepers<br />The proprietors of local food business The Thymekeepers at Gather 'Round Farm in Ohio CityBlue Pike Farm, Cleveland<br />Blue Pike was the first commercial farm established in Cleveland in 2007.Food deserts in Cuyahoga County<br />Orange squares are grocery stores greater than 25,000 square feet. Red dots are fast food restaurants. Dark blue areas are where residents have fast food closer (half-mile away) and grocery stores further (one mile). Data and maps produced by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission in 2008.Cabbage in tire planters<br />Cleveland urban aquaponics<br />The Rid-All Green Partnership has established this vertical aquaponic growing system under a greenhouse with the help of Will Allen on a vacant lot at Kinsman and W. 81st StreetHoop houses Cleveland urban farm<br />Stanard Farm is a ten-acre urban farm on former grounds of Stanard School in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood. It is tended by workers from the Cuyahoga County Department of Developmental Disabilities. The hoop houses were constructed by Cleveland company, Tunnel Vision Hoops.Gather 'Round Farm<br />An urban farm built over an asphalt parking lot at Lorain and W. 38th StreetCleveland Botanical Garden Green Corps garden at Dunham Tavern<br />In Midtown ClevelandGiant cabbage from community garden<br />grown organically in a community garden on a vacant lot in Cleveland HeightsA community garden in Cleveland<br />A community garden tended by members of the International Community Block Club in the Stockyards neighborhood of ClevelandNaturehood garden at W. 48th Street in Cleveland<br />A project of EarthDay Coalition, vacant lots in Cleveland are converted to native plant nurseries. Chain of rain barrels<br />at Ohio City's Gather 'Round Farm

Incentives for sustainability really do work

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/10/18 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

It can be empowering to track, share and compare choices as consumers of energy and transportation services (the two largest contributors to climate change). It helps when individuals have options and tools for measuring their actions. Sharing from personal experience here…

<br />Mode choices in 2017 for CMNH employees participating in the company parking cash out program.<br />CMNH covered introductory use of UHBikes bike share for employees seen here using the bikes to enjoy a trip to the farmers market. <br />Dashboard of our renewable energy purchases through RECs for the  three months, including the one hundred percent offset shown.

A first-time homebuyer's guide to energy efficiency

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/04/18 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

On this frigid #TBT we look back on a personal story of home energy improvement. This series of posts follow a first time homeowner as he navigates the ins and outs of energy efficiency inside his family’s century home. Drafty and cold in the winter, he set out to do something meaningful about the energy literally flying out the window,...

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Five green New Year's resolutions (that can make a difference)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/18 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to green your life, but don’t know where to start? The following post is intended to help focus on the biggest impact areas. (Disclaimer: there's no “silver bullet” solution. Rather, there are many solutions, all with multiple benefits — environmental, social, and economic. Climate change mitigation activities should be at the center of the...

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