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Growing Green in Cleveland

Urban farming is taking hold in Cleveland and other de-industrialized cities in the US as vacant lots are being repurposed into ways for the local community to prosper. In fact, Cleveland has been ranked as the second best local-food city in the United States by SustainLane, a San Francisco based green media company.

The Highest Form of Flattery: mimicking wetlands for stormwater management

Wetlands provide numerous ecosystem services that are often completely overridden by the urban environment and fabric of the city grid. Wetlands often exist at locations in the landscape that are competitively desired for anthropogenic uses, such as agriculture – for their fertility – or business -for their adjacency to navigable waters. Historically, wetlands were a […]

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s GI Plan for Cleveland

As the city of Cleveland, OH works to manage its stormwater in a more sustainable way and renew abandoned urban properties characterized by post-industrial blight, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NORSD) is contributing significantly by developing and implementing a Green Infrastructure (GI) Plan.  Overflow of stormwater into sewer systems spikes the “billions of gallons […]

Green Funding: Kansas City Region

“The region’s 125 municipalities and nine counties support the MetroGreen Vision, but, while several counties and municipalities have local funding sources, local financial commitments vary widely. Local property, parks, and stormwater taxes…resulted in the first 200 miles of greenway creation.”   Funding the Vision MetroGreen began as a plan to preserve recreational areas for the Mid-America […]

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