Citizens For Oakwood, a grassroots effort to promote sustainable use of the former Oakwood Golf Club in South Euclid and Cleveland Heights, has created an online petition at change.org. Every time someone signs the petition, an e-mail is sent to 27 local policy makers, including the mayors of Cleveland Heights and South Euclid, to "tell elected officials that paving over scarce never-developed land is NOT sustainable. And when other alternatives exist, it is inexcusable."
At the May 10 networking forum held by Sustainable Heights Network at Rockefeller’s restaurant on Mayfield Road, the focus was on government. A group of public officials indicated that sustainability practices exist where you may not expect them.
“We believe that the greenest buildings are existing buildings,” said Nancy Levin, director of the CH-UH Public Library. By “recycling” the former YMCA building into a library branch, the library has provided space for additional activities and outside organizations--including Playworks and the Dobama Theater.
Sustainable Heights Network (SHN) will present an evening of community networking on Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Rockefeller's restaurant. The event will highlight the sustainability efforts and policies of the City of Cleveland Heights with Mayor Ed Kelley, the City of University Heights with Mayor Susan Infeld, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District with Superintendent Douglas Heuer, and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Pubic Library with Director Nancy Levin.
The parking lot at Cumberland Park is being reconfigured and beautified in a project designed to increase the water quality of runoff that drains into Dugway Brook.
The $238,000 project is being funded by a grant from the Ohio EPA, according to Richard Wong, Cleveland Heights Director of Planning & Development.
Key to the project is construction of bioretention basins that, to casual observers, will simply look like plant-filled medians between rows of parking spaces. Wong said they will work as filters, removing the worst pollutants from rainwater as it runs from the parking lot into the drainage system, which empties into the Dugway Brook ravine on the park’s western edge.
The Sustainable Heights Network will host a networking event with Holly Harlan, founder of E4S, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability, at its first 2011 event on Wednesday, March 2.
The Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition (CHBC) is cycling into its second year with its first quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. at Jimmy O’Neill’s Tavern, 2195 Lee Road.
CHBC wants to give all residents a chance to steer the coalition on a path that will make Cleveland Heights an even better place for bicyclists and for the community as a whole. Those who attend the Jan. 19 meeting can hear about CHBC’s work, provide input and learn about volunteer opportunities to help accelerate progress.
Cleveland Heights High School seniors Evan Lanese and Tamar Atwell hope to transform the former Taylor School property into a sustainable learning lab. The advanced placement biology students presented their plan to fellow nature studies students in December, hoping to inspire them to form an environmental club to work on the project. Science teacher Steve Warner invited community experts to provide technical and funding advice and ideas about community involvement.
Last year, students in Warner’s class studied the local water cycle and sewer system. “This work led to the idea of making a rain garden and field study at Taylor School,” said Warner. “Later, the idea of community gardening or urban farming was developed.”
Cleveland Heights and University Heights are among 12 eastern suburbs that have joined together to form a recycling consortium that will allow them to save money, and even turn a small profit, on recycled goods. The idea originated in Lyndhurst, and Cleveland Heights and University Heights got involved through the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. Through the consortium, cities can actually make money on their recycling and, more importantly, they can avoid ever having to pay for recycling.
The Sustainable Heights Network would appreciate feedback from those who attended one or more events during first ever Sustainability Week held by the Sustainable Heights Network. Attendees can provide feedback by completing the following survey. http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e31s79a2ger7bbo2/start
More than 40 events took place during Sustainability Week. When the week was initially conceived by the Sustainable Heights Network, no one knew if there would be enough events to fill the week. In the end, there were so many it was difficult to decide which ones to attend. Before the week started, Sustainable Heights had around 70 members on its mailing list; at the end of the week it had 200.
Fairmount Presbyterian Church will host its third annual Fair Trade Festival on Friday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, or $20 for a family. Admission includes a multicultural dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The festival features traditional handmade clothing, jewelry, toys, holiday ornaments, olive oil and other articles unique to Central and South America, Africa, Asia and India. A Shepherd's Shop will be available for children only, where they can purchase gifts for parents and family members and keep them a surprise.
FutureHeights invites volunteers to help map the sustainable features of the Coventry Village neighborhood at a mapping party and launch of the Sustainable Heights Open Green Map on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Coventry Village Library. A cross between an informal field trip and hands-on workshop, the party is open to anyone who would like to contribute.
Ruffing Montessori School has been named a 2010 Emerald Award winner by Crain’s Cleveland Business for successfully implementing sustainable practices that trim costs, increase cash flow and reduce the school’s environmental footprint. Ruffing recently completed a campus renovation using sustainable building techniques and materials, and achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification this year, making it the first LEED-certified building in Cleveland Heights.
Bring your children, your grandchildren, or just your inner child for an afternoon of games in the Heights. Sustainable Heights and Funny Times are sponsoring "A Play Date in the Heights" from 4-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 The event is part of Sustainability Week, and is an opportunity to connect with nature, play and enjoy the fall weather. The central meeting spot for the event is the Coventry P.E.A.C.E Park. Play stations will be set up all around the park, playground and library. Participants will be able to listen to stories, play nature games and explore! Once you have had your fill of fun and games, enjoy some refreshments and relax.
The Sustainable Heights Network is currently inviting events that highlight sustainable activities, practices, workshops, speakers, services or products in Cleveland Heights or University Heights to participate in Sustainability Week, scheduled from October 2-10.
Cities across the United States are learning the benefits of becoming more bicycle friendly.
Portland, Oregon, with nearly 100 miles of new bicycle lanes installed in the last decade, is now one of the top eight U.S. cities to attract recent college graduates.
In San Francisco, 66 percent of merchants said that bicycle lanes had a positive overall impact on their business, according to a survey conducted four and a half years after the lanes were painted.
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The Sustainable Heights Network invites Heights residents to participate in Sustainability Week 2010, a week-long series of community events designed to help us build a more sustainable community.
The Sustainable Heights Network is an active and open group of over 50 organizations and individuals who came together in April to celebrate the work undertaken by the people, the community, and the organizations of Cleveland Heights and University Heights to improve their quality of life and to inspire others to become involved. The network is an outgrowth of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, a process that seeks to mobilize Greater Cleveland to create a green and sustainable economy by the year 2019.
Tour a solar-powered house, ride your bike to the farmer’s market, hike Doan Brook or participate in a Green Assets Mapping Party in historic Coventry Village. Most events are free and many are family friendly. See a partial list of events below and visit www.sustainableheightsnetwork.blogspot.com for a full list of events. For more information, e-mail the network at email@example.com or call 216-320-1423.
Sustainability Week 2010, a week-long series of community events from Oct. 2 through Oct. 10, will be hosted by the Sustainable Heights Network, an active and open group of over 50 organizations and individuals.
John Carroll University, in conjunction with the Standard Products Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management, will host a daylong Second Annual Conference on The Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Marine Highway, "Fitting the Pieces Together" on Aug. 30 at the Dolan Science Center on campus. The conference purpose is to discover how the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway give Northeast Ohio manufacturers and shippers a competitive advantage in the global economy.
Parks, social services, green buildings, recycling centers, volunteer activities, community gardens, libraries, historic districts, street festivals, people and organizations-these community assets are examples of important contributors to the sustainability of Cleveland Heights and University Heights.
Whole Foods Market will hold a free Community E-Cycling & Earth Month Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat. April 17 at its University Heights store, Cedar Center.
Anyone may drop off used, broken and unwanted electronics. Then stop in the store for food samples, entertainment and activities.
The Writers and Readers Series at the Cleveland Public Library is bringing author, journalist and urban planning expert, James Howard Kunstler, to the Stokes Auditorium of Cleveland Public Library’s Main Branch on Sunday, March 14, at 2 p.m., (325 Superior Avenue, Downtown).
Kunsler is known as one of the foremost social critics of the modern era. His books The Geography of Nowhere (1993) and Home from Nowhere (1996) established him as a fierce critic of suburban sprawl and the high cost of a car dependent culture. Kunstler says he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, "Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work."
With Americans annually emitting more than 7.5 billion tons of carbon that contributes to a global increase in temperature, rise in sea level and dramatic changes in climate and weather patterns, the need for reduction in carbon output is drastically important.
Recently, a group of innovative founding partners organized a fund for the public to play a role in eliminating carbon emissions. The Cleveland Carbon Fund is the first community-based, open-access carbon reduction fund in the United States with a mission to sponsor the formation and implementation of local carbon reduction projects that help foster economic development, social well-being and environmental stewardship in Cleveland.The City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the George Gund Foundation make up the collaborative group of the Cleveland Carbon Fund’s Founding Partners.
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.
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.
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.”