paving what we need to pave - sustainably

Submitted by Susan Miller on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 08:02.

Are we doing this in NEO? If we aren't, why not? I have written before about permeable asphalt, but this is permeable alley paving - in Chicago, where else? Hi Sadhu. We sure miss you here in NEO.

Since our government agencies (our tax dollar supported ODOT and municipal ordinances) don't help us here, this wiki tells you how you can take a stand against runoff and the long suffering attitude that "we don't need to conserve - we're next to an almost dead lake".

What you can do to protect our watershed. More on alternatives to solid impermeable concrete and asphalt driveways.

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Sadhu in Chicago?

We LOST another BRAIN????

would we could lose a BRIAN, eh?

This is an inside joke, between Laura and me.

lost him in 2003

Check out this video and see what we lost when Chicago's mayor recruited Sadhu from the neighborhood in Cleveland. Sadhu says it all - all the things we need to be doing here in Cleveland. But we were asleep at the wheel as usual.
In Chicago the locals are being asked to Take Five for the Environment. We can do it too.

One of the most missed brains drained

That was a major move by Mayor Daley - he went after Sadhu like he was The King... and he was - gave Daley a world-class legacy and dynasty. No, our leaders didn't have the brains to foresee that and invest in keeping Sadhu here... and look what we've been stuck with in our environment since. But we have lots of stadiums.

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Deputy Chief of Staff.... Chief Environmental Officer

From the City of Chicago website, which also makes a laughing stock of Cleveland by comparison, here is the progress of Sadhu, to a position where our most comparable officer is an Esquire named Silliman...

Mayor Daley Names New Commissioner and Creates New Post

Johnston to Serve As Deputy Chief of Staff - Chief Environmental Officer

Mayor Richard M. Daley named a new commissioner to the Chicago Department of Environment and created a new Chief Environmental Officer position to oversee citywide environmental efforts.

Mayor Daley has chosen Suzanne Malec-McKenna as the new Commissioner of the Department of Environment (DOE). Malec-McKenna brings more than 15 years of experience in environmental issues including sustainable development and ecological preservation.

The Mayor also named former Environment Commissioner Sadhu Johnston to the new position of Deputy Chief of Staff functioning as Chief Environmental Officer in the Mayor's Office - the first position of its kind in the nation. He will be responsible for implementing the City's environmental agenda across all areas of City government.He has served as the Commissioner for the Department of Environment for the past two years.

"I've asked them to ensure that Chicago government continues to lead by example and that we're embracing new policies and initiatives," said Daley. "And, I've asked them to develop a thoughtful series of steps that any person or household in our City can take to become part of the solution and embrace an environmentally friendly way of life."

Malec-McKenna has served for 13 years in the Department of Environment most recently as Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources and Water Quality. Prior to joining City government she worked as an Urban Forestry Manager for the Openlands Project.

Johnston has been the Commissioner for the Department of Environment for the past two years. Prior to joining the Department of Environment he served as Assistant to the Mayor, responsible for green initiatives. Before joining City government, Johnston was the founder and Executive Director of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Nowhere are the demands of a changing world more prevalent than in the changing patterns of our environment," said Daley. "As we look to the future, I have asked Sadhu and Suzanne to develop a series of new steps that will keep Chicago on track as the most environmentally-friendly city in the nation."

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the fall of 2003

By the time Gloria and I got around to introducing ourselves to Sadhu, he was on his way. We met him at the Antiques in the Bank building in the third week of September 2003. Susan, it's a big community, these days. I'm sure that watching what Sadhu does in Chicago, with support and encouragement, we can glean a few things to do here. I had no idea they had permeable concrete--it looks like a sort of popcorn ball.


I'm impressed, and tempted as usual to pick up and leave... Megabus to Chicago is really cheap, no? Can I bring my worms? Make camp atop a green building?

btw, he's not being true to his name...

"In Hinduism, sadhu is a common term for an ascetic or practitioner of yoga (yogi) who has given up pursuit of the first three Hindu goals of life: kama (enjoyment), artha (practical objectives) and even dharma (duty). The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving moksha (liberation) through meditation and contemplation of God."
-- Wikipedia :: Sadhu


I'd get de-wormed before the trip. It's unbecoming to be squirming in your seat on the El.