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FYI - Norm re: Lead Outreach & Training

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 15:49.

24)  Lead Outreach and Training
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the
National Community-Based Lead Outreach and Training Grant Program.
This grant will support the partnership of national organizations

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the Cleveland Public Library is using Drupal!

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Fri, 09/07/2007 - 10:39.

take a look at   < it looks to be Drupal plumbing!

this certainly provides great legitimacy to this wonderful open-source Content Management System!

GO  Cleveland Public Library - the People's University!!!

New Front-End for RTA Route Scheduling!!

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 15:26.

A Case student has created a new front-end for RTA's Scheduling interface.  I, for one, think it is a vast improvement over RTA's site.  While I am most impressed by this user-friendly application of technology, I am also intrigued by the Django technology used to create this web app.

The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 09:58.

The women of Ohio, U.S.A., call upon the women of the world, from day- old babies to our most senior elders, to stand with us on May 13,  2007, to save the world. Our project is based on Sharon Mehdi's book The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering.


Submitted by johnmcgovern on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 16:04.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ms. Daryl Davis, event coordinator
216-631-0557 (day) or daryl [dot] davis [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

Inside Green Tech

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Fri, 04/13/2007 - 13:02.

Drupal Based website tracking Green Technology around the world!

Put An End To JUNK Mail

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Fri, 04/13/2007 - 11:20.

Two ways to put an end to junk mail >>>

Introducing the Velomobile

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 10:56.

Go-One velomobile

The bi/tricycle of the future, an enclosed recumbent known as a velomobile, has arrived in the USA in form of a space-age looking pod with trunk space as well as hybrid-electric technology that provides electric assist for steep hills and charges from your pedaling motion. The velomobile pictured is the GO-One . Velomobiles enables year round cycling, though it would seem smooth surfaces are preferred.  While  there are certainly advantages  to  a traditional  upright bicycle, there are  also numerous disadvantages.  However,  lets bask in this revolutionary transportation technology and we can discuss the downsides later....

Electricity generation from Highways

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Tue, 04/03/2007 - 09:25.

I recall seeing this idea on RealNEO a while back.  Check the following links for means by which we could potentially utilize our existing highway infrastructure to generate electricity.

  Harvesting energy from any body of mass in motion: 

put your environmental film skillz to test

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Fri, 09/22/2006 - 18:42.

Clevelanders!  NEOlanders!

Put your film making and directing skills to the test with a film about why oil sucks and wind blows and have the chance to win $10K


Cleveland CleanTech Blog

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Tue, 07/25/2006 - 07:04.

In trying to keep up with what's happening in Cleveland regarding the development of green technologies, I've never been able to find anything that tracks it on a local basis. 
Chris Varley at TechFutures  is likely the most prolific local blogger covering cleantech and posts often about the promise of clean/green tech and a bit about the burgeoning and growing movement here in NEO. 

a social networking future?

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Mon, 07/24/2006 - 22:07.

While researching Lewis Thomas' essay collection entitled "Lives of a Cell", I came across the following article from July 2004 Technology Review.

Conincidence?  I think not.  Lewis Thomas laid the groundwork for much of James Lovelock's "Gaia" philososphy which theorisizes mother earth as massive superorganism seeking homeostasis.

The following article should prove interesting fodder for realNEO/Tribe folks as social networks provide holarchic transfer of knowledge,  thereby enabling a knowledge economy or a spontaneous dodgeball game in the E. 5th alley...

Social Lives of a Cell Phone

New wireless services will maximize your connections to others and minimize your need to plan ahead

Train Avenue/Walworth Run UPDATE

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Mon, 07/24/2006 - 20:21.

The following story appears in the Summer 06 issue of Ohio Canal Corridor's newsletter .

Walworth Run – The Next Branch for the Towpath Trail?

It was back in 1996 when Ohio Canal Corridor led a planning charette in the ClarkMetro neighborhood that looked for a new vision for Train Avenue.  The daylong event was one of a half-dozen plans that were hatched throughout the city.  Others included a new park in Tremont where West 7 Street and West 10 Street merge along Railway Avenue and a park honoring surveyors in the Warehouse District between West 6 Street and West 9 Street/ just south of the Shoreway Ramp.  The exercises culminated in a booklet titled:  Green Spaces/People Places and was a component of the Lila Wallace/ Reader’s Digest funded park initiative under the direction of ParkWorks.

Ohio Canal Corridor immediately afterwards included Train Avenue in its annual RiverSweep program with the intent that this idea of a trail connection to the Towpath would not be lost, but rather that the neighborhood, through its represented Community Development Corporation, would awake to its potential. Thankfully, Clark-Metro has done just that. Last year, they teamed with a number of adjoining CDCs to submit a request to NOACA for funding under its Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) . Though they were unsuccessful, they regrouped and resubmitted again this year and were awarded $64,000 towards a $80,000 study that would explore a trail alignment and provide some estimated construction costs, identify benefits and spin-off development opportunities, and list potential funding sources. NPI contributed $12,000 towards the project and Ohio Canal Corridor (OECA) along with a number of stakeholder CDCs (Clark-Metro, Stockyards Development and Tremont West) have each added $1,000. As it stands, the planning will begin in 2007 and conclude in 2008.  Public input will be required and sought.  If you are interested in this project, please contact Abe Bruckman at Clark-Metro: 216-741-9500.

Additional ideas for Train Ave / Walworth Run can be found at
CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs

Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development (MUPDD)
PDD 611 Planning Capstone, Spring 2004
Train Avenue/Walworth Run Corridor

The Course Description contains the following information about Train Ave / Walworth Run

The corridor runs approximately two miles from W. 65th St. eastward to the Cuyahoga River. In the western end, the corridor is located directly to the south of the I-90 interstate; in its eastern third, the corridor study site turns northward toward the Cuyahoga River. Train Ave. is so-named for its proximity to several rail lines that run in the corridor. These railways were placed in the area in the late 19th and early 20th century as the west side neighborhoods of Cleveland developed. The trains were located in a natural ravine, which contained Walworth Run, a small tributary stream that emptied into the Cuyahoga River. Walworth Run was a valley riparian corridor containing several ponds, and drew early settlers, livestock businesses and slaughterhouses. The stream was gradually culverted and eventually buried underground, becoming part of the city's growing sewer system during the early 20th century.

Building Cleveland By Design

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Wed, 07/12/2006 - 17:42.
I'm not sure what this means for the Cleveland Green Building Coalition, but I dig the collaborative undertones in this project.

The internet, especially social network sites like realneo, may just be the glue that will connect the many seeminlgy self-interesed parties in Clevo. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tom Breckenridge

Plain Dealer Reporter

A new nonprofit group wants to put a green imprint on Greater Cleveland's big, new developments.

Bike/Ped lanes on the innerbelt bridge

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Wed, 06/14/2006 - 15:00.

while i'm sure the addition of a bike/ped lane(s) on the innerbelt bridge will certainly add to the cost, will it not also add to the quality of life here in NEO?

what is the cost of our quality of life?  the feds say 20% of the project cost...


Submitted by johnmcgovern on Thu, 02/23/2006 - 11:56.

You call yourself a Clevelander?!? You'd do yourself well to check-out the newest release from Cleveland's own the NewLouReeds.  The  liner notes say it all.  Recorded at cleveland's own Exit Stencil Recordings

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Submitted by johnmcgovern on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 12:27.

the Cleveland Colectivo is a group of like-minded friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have joined together for the purpose of collective giving.

Our mission is to strengthen our community through collective investments that identify and nurture innovative projects. We pool our funds and share our energy to invest it back into projects that we see as worthwhile and exciting in Cleveland. Each member contributes to The Colectivo quarterly and together we choose projects to support. Every month we gather to discuss ideas, learn about area initiatives and organizations, network with a growing circle of members, and continue building The Colectivo.

We hope that if you have an idea to build a stronger community or want to invest in new ideas, that you will join us.

Help pick a new leader for the Cleveland Public Schools

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Thu, 10/20/2005 - 15:28.

Dear Cleveland Citizens,

The future of our great city is highly dependent on the quality of education that our youth receive. If you, like any concerned citizen, are looking for a way to have an impact on the hiring of a new CEO for the Cleveland Municpal School District (CMSD), please download the attached excel spreadsheet which contains a list of the members of the Community Advisory Panel. The members of this panel were appointed by the School Board.

Apple Computer brings hope to Detroit

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Mon, 08/29/2005 - 07:56.

California computer firm will fund ambitious high school to get kids ready for the real world.

could the same thing happen here??

read more HERE


Submitted by johnmcgovern on Tue, 08/23/2005 - 14:27.

from waste comes incredible opportunity, right on our lakefront...... click HERE for more info.


Submitted by johnmcgovern on Wed, 08/17/2005 - 10:32.
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Sustainable Elementary School

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Mon, 08/15/2005 - 07:43.

*It seems like there's something quite cool going on in the city of McKinney, Texas. First there was the prototype of an eco-Walmart, then the eco-dealership by Toyota, and now - thanks to reader littleCatalyst for pointing it out - we learn that the city also has a sustainable elementary school that has been named (pdf link) one of the ten Most Environmentally Responsible Design Projects in the Nation by the American Institute of Architects. They have some great green architecture and landscaping, harvest rainwater in 6 cisterns (10,000 gallons capacity) and produce electricity with a wind turbine, but most importantly, they teach the kids about sustainability (it warms my heart!). Read more about it here >>

cleveland bikes

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Thu, 08/11/2005 - 15:00.

check out ClevelandBikes new website at for all the info you'll need to know to ride your bike around our beautiful city.