CH Eco Fair planned for Oct. 9

The first Cleveland Heights Eco Fair will take place on Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Coventry PEACE Park, 2843 Washington Blvd.

The fair, hosted by the Cleveland Heights Green Team, in partnership with Heights Libraries Coventry branch, and FutureHeights, will provide residents and businesses with information and resources that promote and encourage greener, healthier choices and behaviors.

Green Team Co-founder Natalie Elwell said of the festival, "We believe that each one of us can make better or different choices that can help support the environment while also increasing personal well-being. Our mission is to work with the community to reduce and better manage our impact on the environment through advocacy, education, and stewardship. We are committed to bringing issues related to a more sustainable future into the spotlight."

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 11:14 AM, 10.01.2021

Free shuttle links CH to University Circle

With the lifting of Ohio’s stay-at-home order, many are resuming their work commutes. Others are starting to get out and about more, as Ohio reboots its economy, and warmer weather beckons. If getting around by means other than driving a car is possible, and appeals to you, consider the Heights-adjacent transportation options offered at, which include a free shuttle between Coventry Village and University Circle.

One of the Heights’ strengths is its location near University Circle, with that destination’s plethora of jobs and institutions in medicine, education, arts and culture, dining, and parks. University Circle also provides links to wider transportation networks, such as RTA’s trains, buses and Healthline, and bike lanes and trails to Downtown Cleveland, the cultural gardens and the lakefront.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.02.2020

County and solar co-op host July 25 meeting in CH

On Thursday, July 25, the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and the nonprofit Solar United Neighbors will co-sponsor a free, informational meeting for home and business owners interested in going solar. The meeting will take place at the Lee Road Library (2345 Lee Road), at 6 p.m.

Topics will include the history of solar technology; financial incentives, such as the 30-percent Federal Solar Tax Credit; and financing options, including the low-interest Cuyahoga County HELP Loan Program.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:56 AM, 06.28.2019

SHN suggests sustainable tips for November

Sustainable Heights Network (SHN) advocates for evidence-based community actions and education that will result in a positive impact on our environment and quality of life. For more information, visit

Solid Waste: Pack-and-ship stores in the Heights and nearby will likely accept foam peanuts for reuse. Check with the store, or call the Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council (800-828-2214) to find a drop-off site.

Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program turns old shoes into playground [material] and athletic flooring. The closest sneaker collection drop-off site to the Heights is Nike Factory Store in Aurora Farms.

Energy Savings: Switch to electricity from renewable energy sources. In Ohio, 82 percent of electricity is generated by coal or natural gas; both are greenhouse gas sources that contribute to climate change.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 2:49 PM, 11.07.2016

Oct. 27 talk will cover new recycling guidelines

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District rolled out new recycling guidelines for county residents earlier this year. The district’s goal was to reduce confusion about what could and could not be recycled by creating a consistent countywide message about how to recycle properly.

Diane Bickett, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, will speak at the Lee Road Library on Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m., and provide information on how Heights residents can become better recyclers.

Residents are throwing a lot of things in their recycle bins that should not be there—food, clothes, toys, engine blocks, garden hoses—even bowling balls. This causes problems, because sorting out these contaminants comes at a high cost.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:32 AM, 09.30.2016

SHN suggests sustainable tips for October

The Sustainable Heights Network (SHN) offers monthly tips to help reduce your bills and environmental impact while making your life more comfortable. For more information, visit

Energy Savings: Autumn is a great time to weatherize your home. Why not begin by asking a professional to evaluate your home-energy use? The SHN steering committee recently interviewed Empower G&E and was impressed. Empower offers homeowners free one-hour inspections, focused on insulation, air leaks, lighting and thermostats. In addition, Empower will introduce homeowners to a team of vetted, local contractors, and inspectors to verify that the job is properly completed. Empower can also help arrange financing so that the loan payment each month is nearly equivalent to what the homeowner will save each month. Contact Empower at 937-830-3189 or visit

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:20 AM, 09.30.2016

SHN suggests September to-do list

Sustainable Heights Network (SHN) advocates for evidence-based community actions and education that will result in a positive impact on our environment and quality of life. This month, SHN suggests the following sustainable things-to-do:

Sustainable transportation: Fall brings cooler nights and more rain, so check tire wear. (Use a quarter to measure remaining tread depth, which should be a minimum of 1/8” for safe stopping in wet weather. If Washington’s hair doesn’t get cut, you need new tires soon.)

Recheck wipers and washer fluid. Think ahead to colder weather, and use fluid rated to at least  -20F.

Set up carpooling arrangements for school or work, and turn off your engine while you wait.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:46 AM, 09.01.2016

CH pesticide ban is a model for the nation

In 1995, Cleveland Heights became the first city in the nation to pass legislation banning the use of lawn pesticides on all public turf, including city, school, library and day care center grounds. This was a revolutionary decision.

The “why” is easy: pesticides are poisons. Although they are approved by the EPA, approval does not connote safety, even when used as directed. Thus, Cleveland Heights became the first city to formally recognize that people (especially children), pets and the environment should not be unnecessarily exposed to these toxic materials. Indeed, some pesticides have been associated with an increased risk of acquiring asthma, and an EPA report (1996) states that childrens’ developing organ systems make them more vulnerable and less able to detoxify these chemicals.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 AM, 09.01.2016

Sustainable Heights Network invites community to June 13 program

The first community event hosted by a revitalized Sustainable Heights Network will feature a presentation on Sustainable Cuyahoga: A toolkit of recommended best practices for cities in Cuyahoga County. The program will take place on Monday, June 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Lee Road Library.

Mike Foley, Cuyahoga County director of sustainability, in partnership with David Beach, executive director of GreenCityBlueLake Institute, developed the toolkit to provide best practices and resources for all 59 municipalities in Cuyahoga County. It includes recommendations for public officials to [enable them to] learn about sustainability issues, get help from local experts, and take action. It is also a resource for citizens who want to work with local government officials to improve their communities.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.30.2016

Disciples Christian Church hosts Earth Day celebration

The Heights Earth Day Celebration is for anyone interested in helping planet Earth, as well as learning about sustainable practices in the Heights and throughout Northeast Ohio. Disciples Christian Church, at 3663 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights, will host the celebration on April 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees will have a chance to learn about the following organizations and services: City Fresh, a local community-supported agricultural (CSA) program through which participants buy locally grown produce in advance and then pick it up at a convenient location; Doan Brook Watershed Coalition and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; the seed library at Coventry Village Library, and its mission to distribute seeds to gardeners; environmentally friendly cars from Motorcars Honda, as well as the solar project at Motorcars’ Cleveland Heights facility; solar-power consultant Ryan Walling; and Cleveland Heights’s Home Repair Resource Center.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 8:45 AM, 03.28.2016

Its time for a Time Bank in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights residents are invited to a public meeting to discuss establishing a community “Time Bank,” Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Cleveland Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 12:08 PM, 01.30.2014

School tour and networking event to focus on Issue 81 and sustainability

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Sustainable Heights Network (SHN) will host a free tour of Heights High School and an after-tour community networking event at the Wine Spot on Lee Road. The purpose of the event is to provide voters the opportunity to walk through the high school and learn about the building's current condition and to discuss proposed facilities upgrades that include reaching LEED silver and possibly gold standard if Issue 81 passes.

The tour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Boulevard entrance to the school and features a behind the scenes look at the building's infrastructure and systems. On hand to answer questions will be Patrick Mullen, co-chair of Citizens for Heights Schools, and Steve Dzuranin, representative from Fanning Howey Architecture, Engineering, and Design.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:12 AM, 09.24.2013

CH and UH move up in their recycling rankings

The 2012 edition of the annual Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District report on residential recycling rates shows a significant upward trend for both Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

The survey measures 59 communities in the county in terms of total tons of solid waste deposited in landfills, tons recycled of both recyclables and organics, and each community’s recycling rate for 2012 and 2011. The recycling rate is the percentage of the total residential waste created by the community that is not delivered to landfills.

Cleveland Heights’s combined recycling and landfill waste decreased by over 1,100 tons from 2011 to 2012, while total recycling volume increased by more than 2,500 tons, and landfill waste dropped 3,600 tons. As a result, the city’s recycling rate jumped from 59.98 percent in 2011 to 66.98 percent in 2012.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:06 PM, 06.25.2013

Cleveland Heights residents flock to chickens

Eighteen families in Cleveland Heights have new additions to their households—hens.

Matt Wilson, who lives near the Lee Road Library, got his coop in June 2012 and owns four hens. He said that having a chicken coop has helped him meet a lot of his neighbors. "Some of them bring friends from outside the neighborhood to see our chickens," said Wilson, adding, "My son's like a celebrity at school, as the kid who owns chickens."

Cleveland is the only other city in Cuyahoga County that permits chickens. Cleveland Heights City Council approved the keeping of chickens for eggs in May 2012 as part of the city’s Sustainable Zoning Amendments. Chickens are conditionally permitted by the new code. The process of amending the city’s zoning code took almost two years and included reviewing the existing zoning code, hiring consultants, holding public and stakeholder meetings, writing documents, and reviewing zoning codes from other parts of the country.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 1:40 PM, 05.30.2013

May 16 public panel to explain and encourage community gardening

Community gardens are a tremendous asset to our community. In addition to providing a gardening opportunity to apartment dwellers and to homeowners who desire additional or better garden space, community gardens promote sustainable practices like food-waste recycling and local food production. They also improve community food security by enabling residents to grow their own food or donate what they grow for hunger relief, provide an engaging activity for youth and improve the appeal and property values of neighborhoods.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 1:09 PM, 04.30.2013

Growing a demonstration garden, and a community, on a church lawn

It was a brisk and overcast morning, but the enthusiastic volunteers were undeterred. Cleveland Heights’s newest community garden took its first action steps on Nov. 3, on the front lawn of Grace Lutheran Church on Cedar Road.

Volunteers from Food Not Lawns Cleveland joined forces with Grace Lutheran congregants and, with support from Asian Services in Action, prepared a 20 x 20 plot that will become a demonstration sheet mulch garden, to be farmed by local Bhutanese refugee families and other interested residents in the spring.

“The Bhutanese will be the primary farmers,” said David Ernat, pastor of the church, “but it’s actually available to anyone in the community.”

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 9:41 AM, 11.20.2012

Montford Community Garden prepares for first season

As winter weather sets in, members of the Montford Community Garden Association are busy preparing to open their new garden on a vacant lot at the corner of Montford and Windsor roads.

"Now is the time to get everything in place," said Pat Byrne, association president and resident of nearby Englewood Road. "When the weather warms up we need to be ready to hit the ground running."

The Montford group formed last spring, following the demolition of a rundown house on the property by the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the Cuyahoga Land Bank.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 3:29 PM, 11.30.2012

St. Paul's Episcopal Church on the map for sustainability

FutureHeights and Sustainable Heights began green mapping the sustainability assets and resources of Cleveland Heights and University Heights in 2010. Very few religious institutions are on the map, but St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has been featured since the very beginning.

The current map can be viewed at Icons identify the areas of support for community sustainability. Anyone can help build the map by submitting sites, as well as comments, pictures and video.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 AM, 10.31.2012

Free screening of 'Fresh' on Oct. 1

The community is invited to attend a Heights Local Food Week free screening and discussion of “FRESH, The Movie” on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., at the University Heights Public Library.

Co-sponsored by Heights Libraries and Sustainable Heights Network, with refreshments provided by Whole Foods, “FRESH” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing the nation’s food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, the film offers a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:25 PM, 09.26.2012

Celebrate local food in the Heights Oct. 16

During the first week of October, the Heights will celebrate sustainability with Local Food Week. The event is coordinated by the Sustainable Heights Network and will feature events throughout the week, as well as a festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights.

Enjoy local food dishes at Nighttown, Brennan’s Colony and Barle Soup & Sandwich every day from Oct. 1–5, and experience a “fresh mob” hosted by The Wine Spot and Farmshare Ohio on Friday, Oct. 5, featuring Ohio wines and farm-fresh produce. Other activities, such as a movie screening about the local food movement and local farmer’s markets, are happening throughout the week.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 12:03 PM, 09.25.2012

Coit Road Farmers Market Taste of Autumn benefit Oct. 8

The annual Coit Road Farmers Market Benefit will be held on Monday, Oct. 8, 6–8 p.m. at The Beachland Ballroom. The event features live music and the taste of the local harvest form area farmers prepared by local chefs.

Tickets are $35, and are available at at the Coit Road Farmers Market or online at The market is open on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April to November, and is open on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., year round. The market is at 15000 Wordworth Road (corner of Coit and Woodworth roads), East Cleveland.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:45 AM, 09.25.2012

Support sustainability in the Heights: Ride for Miles on Sept. 16

Everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it. The recent mild winter and hot summer have convinced even skeptics that human-induced climate change is a reality. 

Although one climate event does not signal global change, scientists have been predicting global warming for decades. Northern Ohioans may be delighted to be living in a Carolina climate without migrating, but climate change is a global catastrophe.You can do something about it:

  • Drive the most fuel-efficient car you can afford.  Better yet, walk, ride a bicycle or take public transportation.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Modify your diet.  Production of protein from meat uses far more fossil-fuel energy than plant sources.
  • Become involved. The Sustainable Heights Network is a group of citizens promoting sustainability in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. Join them.
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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:38 AM, 09.02.2012

Local Food Week to promote locally produced foods

The first week of October will be Local Food Week in the Heights, a celebration of the benefits of eating food produced locally.

Coordinated by the Sustainable Heights Network, Local Food Week will feature programs and events Oct. 1–5, followed by a fun and educational Festival of Local Food on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 12:52 PM, 08.28.2012

2011 Residential Recycling Report

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District released its 2011 Residential Recycling Report, revealing the degree of participation in recycling programs by residents of the county’s 59 communities. The City of Cleveland Heights, which has encouraged its residents to observe sustainable practices with a renewed vigor since the unveiling of its 2011 Strategic Development Plan, claimed a top-ten spot on the list.

Disposing of 18,676 tons of solid waste but saving 27,988 tons from landfills, the city was able to report a total of 59.98 percent materials recycled. This amount is a slight improvement over the 53.16 percent recycled in 2010.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:40 AM, 08.10.2012

Heights High clubs value service and sustainability

Project Build and the Environmental Club focus on sustainability and community service, providing hands-on volunteer opportunities for students at Cleveland Heights High School. Senior Ariel Travis, a leader in both clubs, seeks to create more service opportunities at the high school. “Both clubs share the same vision and have similar goals. I believe we can do great things together,” Travis said.

Started in October 2011 by Travis and math teacher/club advisor Chris Sutton, Project Build has attracted over 100 volunteers and is one of the fastest-growing clubs on campus.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 1:51 PM, 05.02.2012

Recycling batteries in University Heights

As a conscientious recycler, you may have been dropping off batteries, along with other recyclables, at the University Heights Recycling Center. Until March of this year, however, batteries were not recycled; they were thrown out.

As a result of the efforts of one concerned resident, the City of University Heights now recycles all types of batteries, through a program with The Big Green Box—the only company in Ohio that recycles batteries. 

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 11:42 AM, 05.02.2012

Community input needed for transportation improvements

Connecting the Heights and University Circle by alternative modes of transportation (i.e., bicycling, walking or taking the bus or rapid transit) is an important initiative for both Cleveland Heights and University Circle.

Among the advantages of living in Cleveland Heights is its proximity to University Circle’s cultural attractions, its booming construction and job growth, and multiple transportation modes to downtown. But as University Circle continues to build, less space will be available for parked cars.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 11:56 AM, 03.22.2012

Volunteer at Forest Hill Park

The East Cleveland Parks Association (ECPA), the volunteer organization that cares for Forest Hill Park, wishes to thank Milan Wylie for his generous donation of $1,400, designated for the removal of several oak trees. These large oaks had fallen in the Great Meadow, leaving unsightly stumps and large debris, which has made the Great Meadow difficult to mow. Although birders may bemoan the loss of the stumps for bird habitat, they should be reminded that many other stumps remain in unmanaged natural areas of the park.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 12:25 PM, 03.20.2012

Sustainable zoning invites community input

For the past year, the City of Cleveland Heights Planning Department has been working on new zoning amendments that will make certain sustainable practices easier to implement without seeking special approvals. The proposed amendments include rain barrel placement, chicken coops, community gardens and urban agriculture, porous paving, commercial and residential construction, and lighting, among others.

The draft is ready for public input and final approval. There will be a series of three meetings that will enable residents to weigh in on the code changes, beginning with a planning commission meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in council chambers. A second public meeting will be held on March 26 at the community center at 7 p.m. The final opportunity to participate in this process will be the planning commission meeting on April 11. Council is expected to vote on the commission's recommendations on April 16.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 1:39 PM, 02.28.2012

Heights Community Gardens Network to meet March 13

Heights residents are abuzz with excitement about plans to support existing community gardens and grow new ones in our neighborhoods.

The Sustainable Heights Network (SHN) hosted a meeting to discuss community gardening on Jan. 24, and the response was overwhelming. More than 50 residents packed the meeting room to hear experienced community garden leaders explain how their gardens operate, and give residents an opportunity to describe their hopes and plans for the new gardens. Six local experts discussed resources available for community gardens.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 11:42 AM, 02.29.2012

Sustainable Heights Network promotes community gardens

The Sustainable Heights Network—an informal group created to connect people and ideas to help build a more sustainable future for the community—has launched an initiative to facilitate community gardening. Goals include locating sites that could be used for community gardens, providing a mechanism for people interested in community gardening to connect with one another, and accessing resources that support new community gardens.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.01.2012

Ten ways to reduce holiday waste

Cristie Snyder, program officer at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District, offers these tips for reducing holiday waste this season:

Ohioans and other Americans traditionally put 25 percent more trash at their curbs in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years--mostly wrapping paper, ribbons, party decorations and mail-order catalogs. Overall, Americans generate about 1,000,000 extra tons of trash per week during that same time period, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Here are some tips for reducing the amount of trash you throw away this holiday season:

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.20.2011

New Generation Inspired by "Freeway Fighters"

On Oct. 26, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes held an open house to welcome the "little ladies in tennis shoes"—a group of determined citizens who 40 years ago helped stop a freeway that would have carved through the Shaker Lakes. Now, these "Freeway Fighters" are the main characters in a new book that captures their stories through interviews done by students from the Intergenerational School. The book also features beautiful photographs of the parklands, reflections written by the students themselves, a dedication by Shaker Heights Mayor Earl M. Leiken, and pieces by sustainability expert David Beach and the co-founders of the Intergenerational School, Peter and Cathy Whitehouse.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 4:23 PM, 11.13.2011

SHN challenges residents to No Impact Week

Cleveland Heights and University Heights have an opportunity to work towards a more sustainable and greener future. In October, the Sustainable Heights Network will host No Impact Week, a carbon cleanse challenge. Participants will receive a daily e-mail, giving them instructions on the week's challenges, which will feature eight core components of sustainable living. Local organizations will hold special events in conjunction with the day's theme. Participants are invited to blog on the Heights Observer's blog site,

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 2:15 PM, 09.13.2011

Are you ready for the challenge? One week carbon cleanse in October

Join the Sustainable Heights Network and the No Impact Project from October 16-23, for a one-week carbon cleanse that could change your life, your community, and even the planet. During No Impact Week, you'll have the chance to participate on your own or create a team of neighbors and friends to take on fun and interesting challenges and competitions like eating locally, lowering your energy use, and meeting your neighbors. You'll be answering questions like:

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 2:36 PM, 08.23.2011

Legal battle rages over Oakwood greenspace

Nestled between Cleveland Heights and South Euclid, the former Oakwood golf course is a tranquil place. Several species of rare birds flit through its trees. One of the few aboveground portions of Nine Mile Creek bubbles gently through it. Oakwood’s classification is even gentle: it’s designated as a "passive recreation park," meaning only hiking and horseback riding are allowed on its grounds.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 12:32 AM, 08.29.2011

A community grows on Taylor Road

A new garden is growing near the intersection of Cedar and Taylor roads, where University Heights and Cleveland Heights meet. The Taylor Road Learning Garden represents the intersection of these two cities, and is evolving through the efforts of residents in both communities.

Cindy Oser is among the University Heights residents who came together last fall to organize a community garden on a long-vacant plot of land adjacent to the Taylor Academy building. “Mayor Infeld had talked about community gardens during her campaign, formed a volunteer planning committee, and it took off from there,” she recalled.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 1:41 PM, 08.23.2011

Another new historic district for Cleveland Heights

Beginning more than a century ago, Cleveland Heights developed piecemeal as Cleveland burst its bounds. Developers acquired tracts of land, laid out streets, installed sewers and utilities, set standards for homes and sold lots. Reflecting those beginnings, the city is gradually becoming a patchwork of historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. Cleveland Heights is poised for the addition of its tenth historic district, to be known as Shaker Farm Historic District.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:27 AM, 08.19.2011

Online petition aims to put the brakes on development of green space

Citizens For Oakwood, a grassroots effort to promote sustainable use of the former Oakwood Golf Club in South Euclid and Cleveland Heights, has created an online petition at Every time someone signs the petition, an e-mail is sent to 27 local policy makers, including the mayors of Cleveland Heights and South Euclid, to "tell elected officials that paving over scarce never-developed land is NOT sustainable. And when other alternatives exist, it is inexcusable."

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 12:20 PM, 06.21.2011

Sustainable Heights Network hosts forum on public leadership

At the May 10 networking forum held by Sustainable Heights Network at Rockefeller’s restaurant on Mayfield Road, the focus was on government. A group of public officials indicated that sustainability practices exist where you may not expect them.

“We believe that the greenest buildings are existing buildings,” said Nancy Levin, director of the CH-UH Public Library. By “recycling” the former YMCA building into a library branch, the library has provided space for additional activities and outside organizations--including Playworks and the Dobama Theater.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 12:44 PM, 06.01.2011

Public leadership in sustainability featured at SHN networking event

Sustainable Heights Network (SHN) will present an evening of community networking on Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Rockefeller's restaurant. The event will highlight the sustainability efforts and policies of the City of Cleveland Heights with Mayor Ed Kelley, the City of University Heights with Mayor Susan Infeld, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District with Superintendent Douglas Heuer, and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Pubic Library with Director Nancy Levin.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 10:34 PM, 04.21.2011

Cumberland parking lot improvements to increase safety, water runoff quality

The parking lot at Cumberland Park is being reconfigured and beautified in a project designed to increase the water quality of runoff that drains into Dugway Brook.

The $238,000 project is being funded by a grant from the Ohio EPA, according to Richard Wong, Cleveland Heights Director of Planning & Development.

Key to the project is construction of bioretention basins that, to casual observers, will simply look like plant-filled medians between rows of parking spaces. Wong said they will work as filters, removing the worst pollutants from rainwater as it runs from the parking lot into the drainage system, which empties into the Dugway Brook ravine on the park’s western edge.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 PM, 01.17.2011

Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition to hold first meeting of the year

The Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition (CHBC) is cycling into its second year with its first quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. at Jimmy O’Neill’s Tavern, 2195 Lee Road.

CHBC wants to give all residents a chance to steer the coalition on a path that will make Cleveland Heights an even better place for bicyclists and for the community as a whole. Those who attend the Jan. 19 meeting can hear about CHBC’s work, provide input and learn about volunteer opportunities to help accelerate progress.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 10:44 PM, 12.12.2010

Heights students present sustainable ideas for Taylor school property

Cleveland Heights High School seniors Evan Lanese and Tamar Atwell hope to transform the former Taylor School property into a sustainable learning lab. The advanced placement biology students presented their plan to fellow nature studies students in December, hoping to inspire them to form an environmental club to work on the project. Science teacher Steve Warner invited community experts to provide technical and funding advice and ideas about community involvement.

Last year, students in Warner’s class studied the local water cycle and sewer system. “This work led to the idea of making a rain garden and field study at Taylor School,” said Warner. “Later, the idea of community gardening or urban farming was developed.”

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 4:41 PM, 12.16.2010

Consortium saves Cleveland Heights and University Heights on recycling costs

Cleveland Heights and University Heights are among 12 eastern suburbs that have joined together to form a recycling consortium that will allow them to save money, and even turn a small profit, on recycled goods. The idea originated in Lyndhurst, and Cleveland Heights and University Heights got involved through the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. Through the consortium, cities can actually make money on their recycling and, more importantly, they can avoid ever having to pay for recycling.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 12:19 PM, 11.19.2010

Sustainability week a success

More than 40 events took place during Sustainability Week. When the week was initially conceived by the Sustainable Heights Network, no one knew if there would be enough events to fill the week. In the end, there were so many it was difficult to decide which ones to attend. Before the week started, Sustainable Heights had around 70 members on its mailing list; at the end of the week it had 200.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 6:09 PM, 10.27.2010

Fair Trade Festival at Fairmount Church

Fairmount Presbyterian Church will host its third annual Fair Trade Festival on Friday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, or $20 for a family. Admission includes a multicultural dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

The festival features traditional handmade clothing, jewelry, toys, holiday ornaments, olive oil and other articles unique to Central and South America, Africa, Asia and India. A Shepherd's Shop will be available for children only, where they can purchase gifts for parents and family members and keep them a surprise. 

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.19.2010

Sustainable fun at Open Green Mapping Party on Oct. 9

FutureHeights invites volunteers to help map the sustainable features of the Coventry Village neighborhood at a mapping party and launch of the Sustainable Heights Open Green Map on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Coventry Village Library. A cross between an informal field trip and hands-on workshop, the party is open to anyone who would like to contribute.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 11:14 PM, 09.22.2010

Ruffing Montessori is honored for its commitment to sustainability

Ruffing Montessori School has been named a 2010 Emerald Award winner by Crain’s Cleveland Business for successfully implementing sustainable practices that trim costs, increase cash flow and reduce the school’s environmental footprint. Ruffing recently completed a campus renovation using sustainable building techniques and materials, and achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification this year, making it the first LEED-certified building in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 10:58 AM, 09.27.2010

Adults can also play at Oct. 9 event

Bring your children, your grandchildren, or just your inner child for an afternoon of games in the Heights.  Sustainable Heights and Funny Times are sponsoring "A Play Date in the Heights" from 4-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 The event is part of Sustainability Week, and is an opportunity to connect with nature, play and enjoy the fall weather. The central meeting spot for the event is the Coventry P.E.A.C.E Park. Play stations will be set up all around the park, playground and library. Participants will be able to listen to stories, play nature games and explore! Once you have had your fill of fun and games, enjoy some refreshments and relax.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 2:12 PM, 09.29.2010

Green events wanted

The Sustainable Heights Network is currently inviting events that highlight sustainable activities, practices, workshops, speakers, services or products in Cleveland Heights or University Heights to participate in Sustainability Week, scheduled from October 2-10. 

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 1:26 PM, 08.12.2010

Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition petitions CH City Council to improve bicycle infrastructure

Cities across the United States are learning the benefits of becoming more bicycle friendly.

Portland, Oregon, with nearly 100 miles of new bicycle lanes installed in the last decade, is now one of the top eight U.S. cities to attract recent college graduates.

In San Francisco, 66 percent of merchants said that bicycle lanes had a positive overall impact on their business, according to a survey conducted four and a half years after the lanes were painted.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 12:16 PM, 08.24.2010

Sustainability Week

Sponsored by the Sustainable Heights Network

October 2–10

The Sustainable Heights Network invites Heights residents to participate in Sustainability Week 2010, a week-long series of community events designed to help us build a more sustainable community.

The Sustainable Heights Network is an active and open group of over 50 organizations and individuals who came together in April to celebrate the work undertaken by the people, the community, and the organizations of Cleveland Heights and University Heights to improve their quality of life and to inspire others to become involved. The network is an outgrowth of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, a process that seeks to mobilize Greater Cleveland to create a green and sustainable economy by the year 2019.

Tour a solar-powered house, ride your bike to the farmer’s market, hike Doan Brook or participate in a Green Assets Mapping Party in historic Coventry Village. Most events are free and many are family friendly. See a partial list of events below and visit for a full list of events. For more information, e-mail the network at or call 216-320-1423.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 1:05 PM, 08.24.2010

Great Lakes keeps Cleveland competitive and green

John Carroll University, in conjunction with the Standard Products Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management, will host a daylong Second Annual Conference on The Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Marine Highway, "Fitting the Pieces Together" on Aug. 30 at the Dolan Science Center on campus. The conference purpose is to discover how the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway give Northeast Ohio manufacturers and shippers a competitive advantage in the global economy.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 8:05 AM, 07.24.2010