'Zoned for Green' event focuses on sustainable homes

The Kious's straw bale house on Cedar Road is the location for Sustainable Heights Network event. Photo courtesy of harvestbuild.com

On Tuesday, June 5, the Sustainable Heights Network and the City of Cleveland Heights will sponsor “Zoned for Green! Opportunities for Sustainable Home Practices in Cleveland Heights.” From 5:30 to 7 p.m., attendees will learn how changes in the zoning code have practical applications to their homes. The event will be held at 12541 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights, at the home of Jan and Gus Kious.

Karen Knittel, Cleveland Heights city planner, will speak about the new sustainable zoning code amendment. “The sustainable zoning code provides our residents with the framework to incorporate sustainable practices into their daily lives through projects that are completed at their homes, including gardening, laundry, energy reduction and creation, permeable driveways, and the way we travel around town,” Knittel said. “I am excited about the opportunity to talk about the sustainable zoning code amendment, and especially to discuss how this amendment provides our residents with opportunities to enhance their lives and how it assists in maintaining Cleveland Heights as a viable and desirable community."

Organizers will set aside time during the event for residents to meet and network with one another. Neighbors will be able to share local resources, and brainstorm additional ways to make the Heights even more sustainable.

Attendees will tour the Kious’s straw bale house and learn how the family incorporated sustainability into the home by using building methods and materials that increase energy efficiency. Straw bales provide insulation and are the structural building blocks of the house. After the bales were stacked, the walls were finished with plaster. Since its construction, the Kious house has been highlighted by Green City Blue Lake, and Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour, Heights Community Congress.

Refreshments will be provided. Parking is available at the Cedar Hill Baptist Church parking lot, located two houses east of the Kious house off Cedar Road. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information, visit www.sustainableheightsnetwork.net.

Chris Hanson

Chris Hanson is a recent graduate of the Urban Studies program at Cleveland State University and an intern at FutureHeights.

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