Green Development


Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Fri, 04/14/2006 - 11:22.
04/18/2006 - 11:00
04/18/2006 - 16:00

Sustain-a-palooza - April 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Adelbert Gym – will highlight what Case and others in Cleveland are doing to create a more sustainable environment on campus and in the area. A central component of the event will be spotlighting faculty and student work and research. Bring your old cell phones, ink jet cartridges and eyeglasses for recycling, and enjoy food, entertainment and door prizes. Those interested in volunteering should contact susan [dot] woolf [at] case [dot] edu or call 368-4330 by the end of today.


Case Western Reserve University, Adelbert Gym
Adelbert Rd.
Cleveland, OH
United States

2006.04.21 City Club: Peter Garforth on Building a Green Community in Northeast Ohio

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 04/07/2006 - 23:28.
04/21/2006 - 12:00
04/21/2006 - 13:30

Peter Garforth at The City Club of Cleveland


City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH
United States

NEO Central - Media Arts Center for North East Ohio

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/06/2006 - 01:04.


Northeast Ohio is about to see an explosive, high profile, living, learning and enlightening force hit the scene and landscape, as area filmmakers, learning institutions and the public come together to create NEO Central - a bleeding-edge collaborative media arts center for NEO now and the future.The center will be based on like-minded initiatives around the world, and will provide shared film/media education, incubation, production, distribution, business and technology resources, and facilities, which are currently located in the historic landmark Gillota Building at 300 Central Viaduct (Carnegie) and will be expanded significantly as part of an area economic development plan. More on all of this is found in the links below, which will grow...

Green Roof System - GreenGrid

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/04/2006 - 13:46.

Here's a posting from a friend at interested in green roof development, and I wonder how hard can this really be, and how much of this goes on in NEO?

From Georgie's Tribe blog... 

...I'm helping James Kalin prototype the Green Roof on the LBOW (LEEDS Building On Wheels) project. In my system, run-off water will fall into the Slow Sand Filter. I'll have to check with a structural engineer to make sure I can support the additional weight.

James showed me the GreenGrid ( trays going on the LBOW roof. It's basically a recycled-content HDPE tray that holds your plantings. 

There are three depths (2.5", 4", 8") that allow you to either go with surface plantings or edibles. Pick between 2'x2' or 2'x4' modules, throw on a root barrier, soil, plants and mulch. Again, these are just plastic trays with a root barrier laid on top. Definitely DIY'able.

The manufacturer highlights the following benefits:
• Reduced Energy Costs
• Reduced Urban "Heat Island" Effect
• Sound Insulation
• Extended Roof Life
• Stormwater Management

This is a good primer on GreenRoofs:

Steven Litt Scoops the big story - Kent Grad School of Architecture to move to Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/22/2006 - 11:51.

I'm pleased to say the 03.21.2006 Excellence Roundtable featuring Steven Fong gave PD Architecture Critic Steven Litt a chance to catch up with Dean Fong, and be the first to learn huge news for this region... See

KSU dean wants architecture grad program moved to Cleveland
Kent State University will move its entire graduate program in architecture to Cleveland "as soon as possible."

So says Steven Fong, the new dean of KSU's College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Fong, who assumed the post at KSU in December, described his plans publicly for the first time Tuesday in an interview following a public forum at the university's Urban Design Collaborative in Cleveland.

2006.03.21 Excellence Roundtable: Steven Fong redesigning future of planning in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/22/2006 - 10:23.

March 21, 2006, REALNEO and the Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC)  hosted a wonderful open-house and Excellence Roundtable featuring, Steven Fong, the Charter Dean of the KSU School of Architecture and Environmental Design, which is based in Kent, Ohio, of which CUDC is part. In prime roundtable form, the attendees were as diverse and remarkeable as is Steven, driving a fascinating hour and half brainstorm through Steven's world of fantastic projects that he's worked on around the world, down to today's reality of NEO, viewed from 30,000 feet down to the streets.

National Public Health Week Event at City Club: Bruce P. Lanphear, MD, MPH on child health

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 03/19/2006 - 22:48.
04/04/2006 - 12:00
04/04/2006 - 14:00
Tuesday, April 04, 2006 12:00 PM
Low-Level Lead Toxicity: The Ongoing Search for a Threshold
Bruce P. Lanphear, MD, MPH
Sloan Prof. of Children's Environmental Health & Dir., Cincinnati Children's Environmental Health Ct

Lead poisoning is still one of the most serious public health concerns facing children in Cuyahoga County. Rates of childhood lead poisoning are well above 20% in many Cleveland neighborhoods and East Cleveland. Cleveland’s rate is in the top five nationally, with the current U.S. overall rate at under 2%.

Dr. Bruce Lanphear, The Sloan Professor of Children's Environmental Health and the Director of the Cincinnati Children's Environmental Health Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati, will review new data on the adverse health effects of childhood lead exposure, review the major sources of childhood lead exposure and discuss the regulations and tools necessary to shift our focus toward primary prevention.


The City Club
850 Euclid Avenue 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH
United States

Baldrick's huge fun & great success! Not too late for you to help fight cancer!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 03/18/2006 - 14:18.


Now posting to realneo... photos from the 2006 St. Patrick's Day St. Baldrick's shave-in at A.J. Rocco's, which will raise over $150,000 this year for Childhood Cancer research... perhaps much more, with your continuing support.... and yes, there is a TEAM NEO and that has Sudhir and Norm of "REALNEO gone bald".

Huge breaking story: Jury holds 3 ex-makers of lead paint liable

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 02/22/2006 - 16:36.

Huge news in Rhode Island today - "Jury holds 3 ex-makers of lead paint liable" - will have major impacts in Cleveland. Cleveland is one year into a major regional initiative to eradicate lead poisoning in Greater Cleveland, where elevated blood level rates are some of the highest in the country, and it is very important that the paint companies are part of the solutions being developed. Rhode Island is where the battle against lead poisoning has proceeded the furthest in court, and now a jury has ruled against three paint companies, including our home-town Sherwin-Williams. Imagine some possible next steps... lead goes the way of asbestos and the old paint companies go bankrupt, and so goes away Sherwin-Williams and all its jobs in the region, with the assets going to our next Mittal... yet the bankruptcy settlement and asset sales help pay to eradicate lead poisoning here so our next generations are not mentally impaired and are able to contribute to the economy. What do the people of NEO rally around - saving jobs or saving minds... I can see the fanatical lines being drawn now. Is that the best we can do? Or can lead be viewed as a new frontier for open, responsible collaboration across our community (as is already happening in Greater Cleveland) AND with one of the biggest players on the industry - our own Sherwin-Williams - allowing us to respond here to our dirty laundry being aired in the RI courts, and in the process making Sherwin-Williams a stronger corporate citizen, in a safer, healthier, smarter community more worth living in. Read the complete story, from the Providence Journal.

City Council hears Sustainability Program update

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Thu, 02/02/2006 - 15:42.


United States


Pictured from left to right: Julius Ciaccia- Director of Public Utilities, Councilman Matt Zone, Andrew Watterson- Cleveland Sustainability Manager, and David Beach- Director, Ecocity Cleveland.

Viewing Party- Citizen Hauser at A.J. Rocco's

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 17:34.
01/19/2006 - 19:00
01/19/2006 - 21:00

Whiskey Island Tour

A.J. Rocco's Bar will be hosting a viewing party from 7-9 pm for the Citizen Hauser video that will air at 8 pm on WVIZ (PBS).  A.J. Rocco's is located at 812 Huron Road in the Caxton Building (across from the Winking Lizard near E.9th).  Feel free to come early and and stay late.


A. J. Rocco's Bar
812 Huron Road (Across from Winking Lizard near E. 9th)
Cleveland, OH
United States

Citizen Hauser- WVIZ/PBS "Ideas" - THIS SUNDAY MORNING AT 11 AM

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 17:27.
01/22/2006 - 11:00
01/22/2006 - 12:00

Citizen Hauser airs on WVIZ (PBS) Channel 25 at 8 pm.

The Citizen Hauser video was produced by local independent film makers Jonathan Shick and Ryan Rodriguez, with Blue Hole Productions.  The video is unique both in its approach and subject matter as it directly highlights the struggle of one citizen participating in the public process to make Cleveland a better, more sustainable place to live. 


WVIZ/PBS- Channel 25

Citizen Hauser- WVIZ/PBS "Ideas"

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 17:10.
01/19/2006 - 20:00
01/19/2006 - 21:00

Citizen Hauser airs on WVIZ (PBS) Channel 25 at 8 pm. 

The program will be aired again on Sunday Morning, January 22nd at 11 am.

The Citizen Hauser video was produced by local independent film makers Jonathan Shick and Ryan Rodriguez, with Blue Hole Productions.  The video is unique both in its approach and subject matter as it directly highlights the struggle of one citizen participating in the public process to make Cleveland a better, more sustainable place to live.  In addition, there are comments from local public officials including Tim Hagan, Jimmy Dimora, Peter Lawson Jones, Matt Zone, Paul Alsenas, and Chris Ronayne along with environmental activists Elaine Marsh and Peter Griesinger.


WVIZ/PBS- Channel 25

Multi-state sustainability conference

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 15:19.
01/23/2006 - 09:00
01/23/2006 - 16:00


 A day and a half sustainable growth meeting focusing on water quality planning and renewable energy development. The meeting (hosted by Ohio EPA in partnership with the Ohio University's George V. Voinovich Center for Leadership and Pubic Affairs on behalf of the Multi-State Working Group) is designed for open dialogue to identify and promote opportunities and directions for Ohio to become more sustainable.


Columbus, OH
United States

Tinker's Creek watershed meeting

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 14:55.
01/18/2006 - 16:30
01/18/2006 - 18:30


John Tertuliani of the US Geological Survey will discuss the chemical sampling of Tinker's Creek planned for summer 2006. Food and beverages provided. Free and open to the public.



OEPA Northeast district office
2110 E. Aurora Rd
Twinsburg, OH
United States

Choosing a LEED Rating System

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 14:27.
01/06/2006 - 12:00
01/06/2006 - 13:00
January's LEED@Lunch topic is Choosing a LEED Rating System. The discussion will include LEED Accredited Professionals who have completed projects with various LEED systems including LEED-NC, LEED-EB and LEED-CI. Lunch is provided. Please register by Tuesday, January 3 so that lunch preferences can be accomodated. Fee.



Cleveland Environmental Center
3500 Lorain Avenue Lower Level
Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Great Lakes - Be Part of It

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Wed, 11/09/2005 - 16:11.



The historic Cleveland Harbor Coast Guard Station on Lake Erie

The people of Northeast Ohio are
fortunate to have one of the world's greatest bodies of freshwater at
our doorstep. Cleveland, being the largest metropolis on Lake Erie,
needs to leverage this great asset and realize its potential to make
Northeast Ohio a world contender. The citizens, organizations, and
public officials have begun the collaboration needed to make it
happen. The only way we can keep the momentum going to restore our
Great Lakes is to get involved and “be part of it.”


Submitted by Ed Hauser on Thu, 11/03/2005 - 18:34.
11/29/2005 - 17:00


Metroparks Garfield Park Reservation Nature Center- 11350 Broadway Ave, Garfield Hts.

The Future of Ohio’s Lake Erie Basin: Balancing Land Use and Water Quality

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Thu, 11/03/2005 - 18:25.
12/01/2005 - 08:00

Dear Friends of Lake
Erie ~


Spitzer Conference Center- Lorain County Community College- 1005 Abbe Road North-Elyria, OH 44035

ODNR Seeks Comments on Lake Erie Coastal, Estuarine Land Conservation Plan

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Thu, 11/03/2005 - 17:46.
11/18/2005 - 11:00

Public comments are being accepted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) on a draft plan for conserving the remaining open spaces and natural areas in the Lake Erie Region. In addition, as part of the state's efforts to meet eligibility on the federal Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, Ohio will hold two public meetings in November to solicit feedback on the draft plan.


Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center, 4524 East 49th Street, Cuyahoga Heights.

10.11.05 Excellence Roundtable: Cleveland Sustainability Programs Manager Andrew Watterson

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 10/07/2005 - 12:12.
10/11/2005 - 10:30

On October 11, 2005, the NEO Excellence Roundtable will feature City of Cleveland Sustainability Programs Manager Andrew Watterson to discuss successes and opportunities for our core city and region to lead the country and world as an environmentally-friendly and sustainable community. In a presentation Andrew made on "the State of Our Environment", at a recent meeting of the Ohio League of Conservation voters, I learned Cleveland is already a leader with sustainability, in many important ways, by adding hybrid vehicles to the city fleet and enacting an anti-idling policy intended to reduce emissions and fuel consumption (by 10%)... see Hotel Bruce for details. Andrew mentioned plans for wind turbines in the city and indicated many other exciting developments ahead - please join us on Tuesday the 11th, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, at the City Club to discuss these important issues with our "Sustainability Czar".


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor

Whiskey Island and Coast Guard Station-Walking Tour and Discussion

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Mon, 09/26/2005 - 09:22.
09/26/2005 - 17:00

MONDAY 9/26 and TUESDAY 9/27
6:00 pm- Gather at the Bourbon Street Grille.
6:30 pm- Walk through the parkland to the RIver Boardwalk and Coast Guard Station.
7:30 pm- Sunset and Finish up.


Whiskey Island Marina

Whiskey Island and Coast Guard Station-Walking Tour and Discussion

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Mon, 09/26/2005 - 08:51.
09/27/2005 - 17:00

Whiskey Island and Coast Guard Station Walking Tour and discussion of the Next Steps for the future development of Whiskey Island and the historic Coast Guard Station.


Whiskey Island Marina

What is the Business Case for Sustainability? An E4S event

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Mon, 09/19/2005 - 14:13.
09/20/2005 - 16:30

An E4S Third Tuesday Networking Event

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room (off Carroll Ave)