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Environment & Sustainability

Neighborhood Mini-Summit Coming Up

We're excited to invite you to a Neighborhood Mini-Summit from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at University Circle United Methodist Church.   Vital Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Connections and Neighbor Up are hosting a series of neighborhood mini-summits to bring Cleveland residents together around equity, health, safety and action. Come share and learn with us!  Lunch and childcare provided. Raffle prizes, too! Register here. For more information, contact Marka Fields.
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Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Wants You to Get Involved!

In autumn 2009, the City of Cleveland announced an ambitious plan to transform Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake in just ten years through the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative (SC2019). Through the City’s Annual Sustainability Summits held every fall, we work to strengthen our community’s impact with new initiatives and by building new connections and strengthening old ones.  The work of building thriving.
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Farming in Hough

With his long gray hair and dirt-stained hands, Carl Skalak Jr. looks like a farmer. His farm, though, stands out. Skalak's Blue Pike Farm sits on one acre on East 72nd Street, just south of Gordon Park, in the heart of the city. Skalak tends to this property daily, trying to pull a profit from his patch of Cleveland soil. Skalak wasn’t always a farmer. He.
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Gardeners Bring Beekeeping Program to East Cleveland

This summer, we at McGregor Seed2Feed Community Garden in East Cleveland hosted a beekeeping program for teens. The purpose was to get local youth interested in the sustainability and agricultural thought processes behind beekeeping. Five teens took part in the program. When it started, they ran from the bees, but by summer's end, they were natural beekeepers. They networked (at the first annual block party in.
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Teens Reflect on Urban Beekeeping Program

Our experience with McGregor this summer was amazing. When we first came and interacted with the bees, we were very shocked. The whole experience was a great opportunity to learn something new every time we went. And we were very happy to overcome our fear of bees. We were all asked by our families and friends, "Have you gotten stung?" We never did. We learned about the.
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Neighbors Bring Rain Gardens to Glenville & Hough

There is a waterway that connects Shaker Lakes to the Cultural Gardens and Shaker Heights to Glenville. It is the Doan Brook watershed, and the abundance of water flowing through it is putting the natural habitats it forms in danger. Fortunately, the Famicos Foundation and some concerned residents are working to protect the natural waterway while making their neighborhoods nicer in the process. For four years,.
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Free Conference on Race, Food & Justice

Food — what’s race and justice got to do with it? To answer that question, Case Western Reserve University hosts the “Race, Food and Justice” conference on April 25 and 26. The conference is free and open to the public. It marks the third year CWRU’s Social Justice Institute has partnered with local organizations Rid-All Green Partnership Project, Environmental Health Watch and PolicyBridge to raise public.
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From Empty Lot to High-Tech Farm

Leonard Davis’ dream of urban farming grew from a seedling to a garden. It's located on the corner of East 130th Street and Arlington Avenue in the Glenville neighborhood. In 2008, Davis’ godfather allowed him to plant a garden on the large plot of land. In 2011, Davis bought the plot and gave away what he grew to anyone who wanted some. Now Davis' garden has gone.
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Buckeye-Shaker City Fresh Stop to Open June 12

Want to find super-fresh, healthy and affordable eats in your neighborhood this summer? Look no farther than the new Buckeye-Shaker City Fresh Stop, a community supported agriculture initiative that promotes urban health and sustainable food systems in Northeast Ohio. Every Tuesday between June 12 and October 23, shareholders will gather at the new stop (located at 12000 Shaker Blvd.) to collect just-picked fruits and vegetables, swap.
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Coit Road Farmers’ Market celebrates its 80th anniversary

The Coit Road Farmers’ Market celebrates its 80th anniversary during market hours 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2. The celebration will include activities for all ages such as entertainment, games, information tables, health screenings and food. Founded in 1932, the market is located at the intersection of Coit and Woodworth roads near East 152nd and provides access to affordable, locally sourced food to the residents of Greater.
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Community Effort Provides Gardens to 150 Households

The Buckeye Area Development Corporation partnered with the Filtrexx Foundation Family Gardening Initiative and the Healthy Eating & Active Living (H.E.A.L.) Initiative to bring 150 backyard gardens to families in the Buckeye, Larchmere, Woodland Hills on May 12. The Buckeye Area Family Garden Initiative™ is the first of its kind in Cleveland.  It aims to bring healthy food and eating back to households with backyard gardening..
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New Cleveland Energy Saver program

The Cleveland Energy $aver program is receiving the highest level of attention from Cleveland homeowners by reducing energy consumption.  City of Cleveland homeowners can save from 30 to 50 percent off the cost of qualified home energy efficiency improvements through the Cleveland Energy $aver program brought to you by the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Housing Network, and CASH Cleveland.  It is the first program of its kind.
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Community Day of Service Showcases Neighborhood Leaders

Students, neighbors and other volunteers teamed up last month for an inspiring Community Day of Service. On April 11, volunteers joined together to prepare several community gardens for the season, beautify a group of abandoned homes, and clean some streets to brighten the neighborhood. It was a cloudy and chilly spring day, but everyone persevered working until late that afternoon when we were greeted by sunshine just.
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Glenville Students Raise Awareness about Living “Green”

Famicos Foundation hosted students from Glenville High School last month for a Sustainability Awareness Day. The students, who are part of the "Table, Set, Go" program, set up displays and educated visitors about sustainability. D.J. Morris talked about portable gardens called Garden Soxx. Avil Wells talked about hydroponics, a method of growing plants in water without soil. Steve Dugard and Alex Washington talked about composting. Other students educated visitors about.
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Community Grows At New Community Garden

De'Angelo Knuckles' plot at the new community garden here is just a pile of dirt right now, but Knuckles sees something growing already -- and it's better than any fruit or vegetable. It's the sense of community and safety that have sprouted in the area since the Buckeye Learning Farm first took root. This year for the first time, the Learning Farm - - which has.
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