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Sometimes It’s Easy Being Green – Eco-friendly Options in Cleveland Plus

RTA Healthline (photo by Jason Miller)

You might not figure that a place with a steeltown reputation spends much time thinking green, but thanks to regional environmental and sustainability initiatives across Cleveland Plus, spending time enjoying Northeast Ohio can appeal to your eco-friendly side, too.

A quartet of Cleveland hotels – the Crowne Plaza, the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade, the Radisson Gateway and the InterContinental – have all taken steps from using more efficient light bulbs to unplugging unused extras like room refrigerators and hair dryers to ditching aerosol cleaners. And guests can do their part if they’d like by opting for fewer linen and towel changes. Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky is the first – and only – hotel chain to have all its US properties Green Seal™ certified and this family-friendly waterpark resort goes to great lengths to be environmentally conscious.

Getting around is greener, too, with the RTA Healthline’s hybrid buses and 1,500 new trees along the newly-polished Euclid corridor connecting Public Square with the East Side.

Chef Jonathon Sawyer (photo by Scott Meivogel)

Catching an Indians game at Progressive Field? You’re not the only one soaking up the rays: An array of upper deck solar panels provides enough electricity to run the stadium’s 400 televisions. And the stadium’s recycling habits date all the way back to Opening Day of 1994, continuously expanding to the tune of 150 tons of recycled material in 2009. The Tribe has also turned to using environmentally-friendly items like plastic cups and cutlery based not on petroleum but on compostable materials like corn starch and sugar cane.

Head over to East Fourth Street’s Greenhouse Tavern for a mouthwatering meal that includes sustainability as a major not-so-secret ingredient. Founder and chef Jonathon Sawyer and his wife Amelia embraced the importance of local foods and low-impact restaurant operations from the start, putting their restaurant in a refurbished building and using recycled and repurposed materials and furnishings every place they could.

And when it comes to food, Jonathon has long believed that the closer a kitchen is to its farms, the better the dishes it will serve. That’s why you’ll find a menu rich in local fare from Northeast Ohio farms that cuts down on costs and carbon without carving away an iota of flavor.

Turns out that in Cleveland Plus, being green can be as easy as dinner, a night out and a stay downtown. –Submitted by guest blogger John Booth

Why Ride the RTA? (03.03.09)

RTA Shaker station, credit: Jeff Greenberg

RTA Shaker station, credit: Jeff Greenberg

Every year 60 million Clevelanders use the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to commute around the city. So, it might be surprising that I am now just discovering this incredible amenity.
Preparing for my new job at Tower City, I did the research and learned that most downtown parking lots (at least those that don’t require you to walk a mile uphill in downward wind) run anywhere from $5 – $8 a day.
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RTA HealthLine is Open! (10.24.08)

The opening of Cleveland's HealthLine

The opening of Cleveland's new HealthLine.

The RTA HealthLine officially opened Friday, October 24, 2008 and most of our office was there for the celebration.  Since our offices moved into the old Higbee Building on Public Square, we’ve seen a lot of construction and progress over the last year. 
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10,000 Visions of Cleveland (09.06.08)

An inspiring event took place downtown.”10,000 Visions of Cleveland” was held in the Galleria at Erieview from 11am-4pm. Supported by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Cleveland 365, “10,000 Visions” showcased Cleveland Plus organizations in three distinct categories: lifestyle, sustainability and economic growth. Participants included a varied collection of Cleveland organizations from those focused on the region’s ecomic growth like Greater Cleveland Partnership, COSE and Positively Cleveland, to cultural and educational institutions like PlayhouseSquare, University Circle and Cleveland State University. One of the goals of this event was to give the community the opportunity to share their visions for the city and the Cleveland Plus region.  It was also a way for Greater Clevelanders to learn about regional organizations: What they do, their involvement with the community and so on.  Following the event, the Regional Transit Authority or RTA (which was also a participant) provided transportation via the new HealthLine buses to a special Block Party on West 6th in the Warehouse District.  With a good turnout, I hope we see “10,000 Visions” grow and become an annual event. –CM

Rediscovering Cleveland with Friends (08.07.08)

Public Square Downtown

Public Square Downtown

This past week I had some Italian friends in town, so of course I put my money where my mouth is and tried to show them that Cleveland is full of interesting things to do. We were disappointed, but not for lack of activities—with all there was to see and do, we actually ran out of time. We spent three days out sightseeing, shopping and museum-hopping and didn’t even fit in one-third of all the things I would have liked us to have done.

On Wednesday we went to University Circle to visit the newly-reopened art museum, then dashed over to the botanical garden for a delightful trip through Madagascar, Costa Rica and the outdoor gardens. (By the by, if you museum hop in University Circle, present your admission ticket from one museum at another and get a $2 discount!) We finished up that day with a stop inside the Frank Gehry-designed Peter B. Lewis building, and then recuperated with mochas at Arabica, a local coffee shop. 

Thursday was our shopping day, starting off at funky Coventry in Cleveland Heights. City Buddha, Record Revolution and Big Fun did not disappoint. Next we went for a melt-in-your-mouth lunch at the Melting Pot and took in the sights and stores of Legacy Village in Lyndhurst. By the time we finished with all those stores we barely had time to tour the shops down the street in La Place across from Beachwood Place and take a peek at the incredible delicacies at the White Flower Cake Shoppe. That evening I was proud to take my friends to Nighttown, a neighborhood joint with an Irish soul and world-class jazz. We indulged in flourless chocolate cake and watched the jazz trio work the crowd like the pros they were.

Friday was the big downtown day. We headed to Tower City on the rapid with plans to do a quick tour of the building and the downtown area, then head over to the Great Lakes Science Center for an afternoon of interactive exhibits. We never made it inside the museum—Cleveland itself proved too distracting. First, there were all the cute shops in Tower City. Chic et Mode enticed me to buy a watch, the Hard Rock Café enticed my friends to see Jimi Hendrix’s purple velvet pants, and the guitars placed all around the mall beckoned us to come and take a picture with them. We then headed out to Public Square where we admired the architecture of the Old Stone Church, and reveled in the cool marble hallways of the Cleveland Public Library. As we meandered over towards North Coast Harbor, one friend said to me, “Cleveland is so big!” I informed her that Cleveland is actually about half the size of her home city. She was incredulous and concluded that everything here just felt big.

Great Lakes Science Center on a sunny day.

Great Lakes Science Center on a sunny day.

We got our first good view of the lake walking down West 3rd Street, heading towards Browns Stadium. Although it’s not an afternoon in Cleveland without running into diehard fans of the Indians, the Cavs or the Browns, we didn’t know the Browns were holding an open practice that afternoon. When we reached the stadium there were throngs of people decked out in brown and orange, along with food, games and live entertainment. From the edge of Browns Stadium, the view of the science center was gorgeous, the glowing white of museum and wind turbine silhouetted against the blue sky and blue lake. I was thrilled that my friends would have this picture of Cleveland in their mind. I also thought it was a shame that my Cleveland friends don’t have the same picture. Hopefully, with my newfound appreciation of all there is to do and see here (plus 475 Cleveland photos courtesy of my friends), I can help change that. –LB

The Foo Rocks “The Q” (07.25.08)

Quicken Loans Arena

I consider myself to be an avid fan of rock and roll music and one of the great things about calling Cleveland home is its reputation for memorable rock and roll concerts. Whether it’s a secret show by Akron’s Black Keys for 100 people at the Beachland Ballroom (in the small tavern side) or a comeback tour stop by Stone Temple Pilots and native frontman Scott Weiland at PlayhouseSquare’s 5,000-seat State Theatre, I’m never at a loss to see a great rock and roll show. This is, after all, the home of rock and roll.

Last Friday I took my fiancé to see the Foo Fighters in concert at Quicken Loans Arena for her birthday. We were running late to the show and with the Cleveland Indians playing next door at Progressive Field it could have been difficult getting to the show on time and finding a parking spot with all that traffic, but here’s a tip . . . take the RTA. We live close to a RTA Red Line Rapid Station which makes it very convenient to travel to downtown. In less than 15 minutes we arrived at Tower City Center and took the Walkway to Gateway that leads right into Quicken Loans Arena.  

It was a homecoming of sorts for the Foo Fighters with Dave Grohl being from nearby Warren, Ohio. The Foo seemed to play harder, louder and longer. Pulling out all the stops for the hometown crowd, which included Grohl’s father, in a 2 ½-hour show that included a few surprises.

The band opened up an electric set with “Let It Die,” a track off their latest album and mixed in a few hits with “Times Like These” and “Learn To Fly” as well as a cover by The Who called “Young Man Blues.”

Halfway through the show the band took to a small circular stage about 30 feet from our seats and played an acoustic set featuring “Marigold” (a Nirvana B-side), “My Hero” and “Monkey Wrench” with Pat Smear, a former Nirvana bandmate, on guitar. The good times continued to roll with Kelly Pavlik, the middleweight boxing champion from Youngstown, Ohio, coming on-stage to lead the audience in a raucous “O-H-I-O” chant.

The band topped that with another lively cover of The Who’s “Bargain” with Supergrass’ Gaz on leads vocals and “Best of You” for the encore. Another fine show indeed –Cleveland style.

Next up on my concert schedule…Dr. Dog at The Beachland Ballroom and the British band Coldplay comes around these parts in October. – MS

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