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The City of Cleveland launched a 10-year initiative in 2009 to transform itself into a "Green City on a Blue Lake." With the goal of making the region attractive to young professionals, this administration seeks at every turn to reduce carbon emissions, expand green spaces, increase bike access, and improve the health and wellbeing of its residents -- all while fostering sustainable economic growth. Sustainability is about more than installing CFLs; it is a way of looking at everything from food and art to architecture and transportation with an eye towards the future. Paying heed now to the triple bottom line ensures that tomorrow's generation will have the opportunity to do the same.

Features

Brendan Ring and the Nighttown Limo

happy 50th anniversary, nighttown (you figure it out!)

Fresh Water's inveterate barfly looks through the bottom of her pint glass at the history of Nighttown, one of Cleveland's oldest and most celebrated bars, restaurants and music clubs.

The fate of historic Watterson Lake School hangs in limbo

school's out forever: the challenge and opportunity of surplus schools

Cleveland and other cities have struggled for years with vacant schools. As empty buildings hang in limbo, they deteriorate, increasing the likelihood that they'll be torn down. Adaptive reuse, while challenging, can be a tool for preservation.

Todd Kennedy's tumbling class at Franklin Circle Christian Church

igniting the fire: social innovators spark cleveland's neighborhoods, kids

From a team of cyclists turning trash into earthen gold, to one man who helps kids tumble into a brighter future, Cleveland's social innovators kindle projects that are illuminating people and places across the city.

Dwellworks Interns

start of something: internships can give both students and employers an edge

Today's internships are about more than making coffee and copies. They connect employers with a pipeline of talent, help students obtain real-world skills and attract talent to Cleveland.

KnotProfit founders Kritika and Josh Cerreta

off and running: six startups to watch in 2015

Cleveland's entrepreneurial scene is increasingly vibrant, with new small businesses and technology startups being launched at a fast clip. Here are six companies started in the last year that are poised for rapid growth.
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Green Founders

jeff battershell

jeff battershell

City: Lakewood
Meet Jeff Battershell, founder of Keepin’ it Fresh, an embroidered product company that focuses on water conservation and the brewery industry.
ann king

ann king

City: AsiaTown/St. Clair Superior
Meet Ann King, founder of BORROW Rentals, a custom rental house for unique furniture and accessories in Cleveland with four employees. 
bill ayars

bill ayars

City: Cleveland
Meet Bill Ayars, co-founder of Perspectus Architecture, a full-service planning and architectural design firm in Shaker Square with eight principals and 36 employees. 
alec mcclennan

alec mcclennan

City: Emerging Neighborhoods
Meet Alec McClennan, founder of Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, a Cleveland landscaping company with 25 employees.
deej lincoln

deej lincoln

City: MidTown
Meet James "Deej" Lincoln, founder of Reclaimed Cleveland, a retail and custom furnishings company in Midtown.
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