Sustainability

Obama's Victory Garden

In his Inaugural Address, President Obama stated: “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.”

This is a call for sustainability in our community, nation and world. Since 9/11, though we went to war, we were not asked to sacrifice, or do anything but go shopping by our then-President George W. Bush.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:12 PM, 01.20.2009

Recycling Part I : at the curb

So, I’m a fanatic. I admit it. It’s the recycling mindset: before anything gets dropped into a trash bin, ask whether it can be recycled or reused. At work, home, school, or in a store. Can the backside of that fax confirmation be used in my printer at home? If there isn’t a bin, ask "why not?" to raise awareness.
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:41 AM, 12.20.2008

REGREEN your home in the Heights

Does the mortgage and economic crisis have you in a dilemma over how to deal with the house you are living in with an expanding family? Are you looking for an environmentally friendly action plan for your remodeling project? Are your energy bills higher than your mortgage?
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 9:32 AM, 12.19.2008

One size smaller going green in winter

Reduce your carbon footprint for one day only. I took the challenge and 24 hours later, ouch! The squeeze into the smaller size was painful. You could turn as nasty as Cinderella’s sisters.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 11:01 AM, 12.08.2008

Calculate your appliance energy usage

Do you want a car that gets 10 miles per gallon of gasoline or one that gets 49 miles per gallon? Easy enough. But how do you figure out how much it costs you in electricity to run your computer? Your dishwasher? Your clothes dryer?
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 10:55 AM, 12.15.2008

Save energy right now

Like many of you, I live in a drafty old Cleveland Heights house. But, I dream of shiny, true divided-lite, Argon filled, insulated windows eight-inch thick, super-insulated walls bursting with R-30 recycled cotton and sealed tight with a spray-applied air/water barrier.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 11:33 PM, 11.18.2008

Eat NEO

Every September, Mantua, Ohio, has a potato festival. The town of about 1,000 residents used to be the capital of a thriving mini-region of potato-growing, but now only a few active farms remain. And a short drive away in Cleveland, people walk into grocery stores and buy bags of potatoes that come from 2,000 miles away.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 12:05 AM, 12.18.2008

And the Big (Bad) Footprint Award goes to…

What is a carbon footprint? Let’s put aside the complex scientific definition. Let’s go with the simple one, because that is the one we can do something about today. My carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) I generate because of my energy use over a period of one year.
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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 10:57 AM, 12.08.2008

Cyclists learn to share the road

I have been riding my bike for over 30 years –commuting, touring and even a brief stint as a racer. In July, I joined six other people for an eight-hour cycling class. The class was taught by League of American Bicyclist certified instructors Ann Whalen and Mike Sherman. The course included classroom instruction, bike skills in a closed parking lot and road riding.
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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 9:39 PM, 08.25.2008

Cycling class helps adults ride safely and confidently in traffic

The League of American Bicyclists and FutureHeights are teaming up to offer a cycling class that teaches the skills needed to ride safely and confidently in traffic.

Cycling for transportation is becoming more attractive as gas prices rise and having the right cycling instruction can ease the transition to a less car dependent lifestyle.
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 4:02 PM, 06.10.2008

Chemical-free gardening? Not if the city opposes it

Ah, the warm breezes, fragrant lilacs, blooming crabapples. At this season, we eye our garden plots and vegetable beds and plan for a crop. While I gaze admiringly at some of my neighbors’ gardens, I heave a sigh of despair over my front yard. We have trimmed and tamed the bushes, yet the ground is rather weed-ridden. A lawn it is not, and though I enjoy its feathered and furry visitors, I cringe with embarrassment at the bare spots and weeds.
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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:44 PM, 05.21.2008

Save the humans

Every generation in human history has faced seemingly greater and more difficult challenges than any previous. We have all heard of the difficult times during the Great Depression. We know about the ‘Greatest Generation’ that responded to the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. Within months, Detroit’s auto industry was transformed into a war-fighting industry producing military vehicles and equipment to face the Axis Powers.
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 8:58 PM, 04.27.2008

Celebrate Earth Day: Participate in “Styro-Fast” 2008

Earth day is April 22 and Phoenix Coffee has unveiled a new sustainability initiative. The popular locally owned coffee shop with five locations, two of them in Cleveland Heights, is encouraging its customers to use reusable beverage containers. “It doesn’t matter if it’s one of our mugs or a mug of your own,” said Marcie Phillips, manager at the Coventry location, “the idea is to try and create a sustainable coffee community in Cleveland and reduce our dependence on disposable cups.”

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 4:16 PM, 04.15.2008