Posts Tagged ‘local food’

Reports from the discussion groups

November 25, 2008

We have a roomful of around 200 people actively engaged  in making Northeast Ohio a sustainable place or a Green City on a Blue Lake. Sharing their visions below of how Cleveland might look in 2019:

The Cleveland Clinic farmer’s market drew an average of 2,000 a week, and created a new community, fulfilling a need.

Phillips reused the huts smokers once used as bike stations for their employees.

Common thread is a healthier Cleveland; We can market ourselves as a lower carbon community. We can tap into our ranking as the #2 local food market in the country.

Assets of Cleveland manufacturing – we have the dots, now it’s time to connect them.

We’re one truck day trip from the whole country’s population – we’re centrally located.

Our vision is a new Innerbelt Bridge (over untroubled waters). Connecting past and future again as the center of the transportation and energy sector. New energy will fuel our return to transportation center.

Sustainable Product Education Center: combines a sustainable product mart and education center to train and teach people how the products are developed and an incubator for new products and provides the touchpoint for the stories of innovation.

Filling the void left by policy and business is the faith community and groups like the Interfaith Power and Light.

Dovetail Solar and Wind is a renewable energy success story. The idea is to go from niche to mainstream.

Collaboration across sectors is needed and finding common ground.

Ron @ Green Source Products: We looked at a GreenCity on a Blue Lake as a creative entreprise. Use the natural resources we have; Manufacturing workers and tech can be a springboard; Regionalism is needed; look to leading practices here like Fairmount Minerals; our international connections i.e. the Cleveland Clinic; pride we take in our ethnic diversity is a strength we have here; Local farmer’s markets are growing.

“Business as Unusual” – a theme that leverage the heritage of what Cleveland known for and reinvent them for new economy. If we get this right and integrate they’ll be embedded in everything we do (we won’t need to call it out as something special). Wind assets and cold weather are opportunities for green building but will only happen if true spirit of collaboration between business, education and across state lines to similar regions like Pittsburgh.

Repurpose things — water, energy, deconstructing our traditional ideas for the city; a positive vision for the future; Clevelanders are not good storytellers. We need to reinstill the pride and ability to share those stories.

Community and foundation support has fueled the nonprofits. The crux is the passion and curiosity that you can find here. Our manageable size. The legislation and federal and state support — how can we fill out the empty bills that are sitting there. Feasibility study for exploring wind offshore.

Meredith a Weatherhead student – the hard working people in Cleveland do the clean work. Rezoning to do urban farms and reverting to how we used to look. A clean swimmable lake. Mistake on the lake no more. Recognition as top sustainable city. A model city. Fresh water resources.

Passion and adversity facing crisis. Harmony – what can be done if we see the advantages of harmony is a balance or a process not a final resting place. As we manage what is good for individual and balance with what is good for the collective we’ll be a model.

Paul Alsenas – one of first rules of innovation is to break the rules. We started out as conversation we talked about our passions and food kept coming up. We have Chris Hopkins who grew up on a farm. We talked about how do we make our region a food system that’s local and sustainable?

1. Water

2. We have world class farmland

3. Dense urban population – ethnic and rural/urban

How convert it to a local food system?

Our robust network of farmer’s markets – what can we learn from them? We have the first national park that’s looking at growing food.

We have Chris Norman taking over Crown Point Ecology Center moving us in new directions.

Transforming the education system to get kids to understand where does our food come from, how to prepare food; how do capture what we grow for fuel?; how do we lower the cost of public service through controlling land use.

City Mission redefining collaboration – started when city of Cleveland approached six churches and sought their help in meet the needs of hungry families. The DNA of being collaborative was there, but forgotten. Wanted to reconnect with collaborative spirit. Saw opportunity to work with Cleveland Food Bank because they expanded view of what’s possible.

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Vision for the future

November 25, 2008

Local food economy is something we’re impressed by and can it move in concert with land management and have city Cleveland totally powered by renewable resources in 2019. Large scale wind farm. Cleveland as a model for everyone else . People will come here to learn about sustainable land and energy policy; Benson Lee Cleveland entrepreneur his company invented a fuel cell that can transform our energy use and also our thinking — his vision is to sell it to developing countries that don’t have the electric grid.

How do we tap into that kind of innovation — looking for tapping into the hardworking nature of cleveland. People need to know what to do, once they figure out what . . We’re waiting for the innovation to be communicated. They’re out there, but people don’t know what they are.

I think we need electro shock therapy . We need to do it for ourselves. People are a squandered resource. The lost human capital – Do we have an attitude that we we can buy our way to purity. Our worship of thhe new. Terry talks about the story of tearing down a school to build a new ‘green’ building. Why does this happen and why do we allow it to happen?

But David Cooperrider is about positive thinking. How do we tap into that?

Imagining Cleveland’s Future

November 25, 2008

No more regular cars, all hybrid cars.  Public transportation with choices for mode of transport – complete the street with equal importance for biking, cars, and buses/rail.  Fuel efficiency.

Mandatory green building.  Changes in energy efficiency of buildings.  Create opportunities/flexibility for architects/designers/constructors to use innovation and new technology.  Eliminating strict systematic guidelines that squander creativity.  Renewable energy integrated into buildings.

Ordinance changes – have planning on the local level that facilitates those who want to make positive change.

Regional food systems – variety of foods, reduce carbon footprint, get rid of mass-produced.  Resort to old methods of food storage in the winter.  Micro-processing.

Using more renewable energy sources.  Biodiesel, wind, solar.  Make them more cost effective so that they pay off.  Think about how we generate our energy.  Wind turbines on the lake.  Creating mutual funds around alternative energy sources with policy change.

Climate action plan on local level.  Per capita emissions.

More environmental education like the program at Tri-C.

“Financial capital will follow innovation.” – Andrew Watterson

“In 2019, Sustainability isn’t going to be a buzzword, it’s going to be a way of life.” – Bob Lubecky

E4S Network Reflects on Cleveland’s Strength’s

November 25, 2008

E4S Vision for 2019

November 23, 2008
A Constellation of BHAGs for a Sustainable Regional Economy

A Constellation of BHAGs for a Sustainable Regional Economy

Why I work in local food…

November 22, 2008

E4S Network Weaver Peter McDermott reflects on why he is working towards a sustainable local food system and how when you hit the “sweet spot” of sustainability innovation your energy and impact is leveraged throughout all systems of the economy.

Welcome to Cleveland’s New Story

November 18, 2008

On November 25th, 2008, we expect over 200 people to come together and create a new story about Cleveland.

A story based on world-class sustainability initiatives and innovations from within our region. A story that evolves with every new project, every new leader, and every new relationship. A story that’s led by the local champions whose names we will speak when our grandchildren ask how we created a green city on blue lake.

Going into it, we know we have much to be proud of – wind on the lake, an Eco-Village in the city, fresh food on every corner, pioneering green jobs training, and a network of champions just to name a few – but by the time we draw to a close, we expect many more stories, questions, and dreams of the future to have emerged.

This blog is a living harvest of those stories, questions, and dreams – an online space to capture the evolution of our community intelligence and wisdom which, if we nurture and use wisely, will guide us towards a truly sustainable future.

What’s your story?