Marc Lefkowitz
Marc Lefkowitz

Stories by: Marc Lefkowitz

Marc Lefkowitz is a sustainability consultant with more than 15 years of experience writing, speaking and advocating for a more sustainable Northeast Ohio. He served as Director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute and editor of its well-known blog at He has a B.A. in English from Ohio State University and an M.A. in urban planning from Cleveland State University. He is a regular bike commuter and transit rider. Photo: Liz Cooper.
Built on hope: Esperanza wins national recognition for Latinx education
Esperanza recently was recognized by Excelencia In Education for its post secondary program, Lideres Avanzando, which provides college mentoring, scholarships, and other support to local students in their first two years of college.
Come together: Arts Innovation Summit seeks unity, collaboration in uncertain times
The 7th Annual Arts Innovation Summit & Performance at Baldwin Wallace University this week will cover diversity, collaboration, funding, and support for artists and the arts—with a conversation and performance by Mourning [A] BLKstar.
Film’s big fall: A look at upcoming CLE film festivals and their thought-provoking content
As fall approaches, the season is ripe for upcoming film festivals. Three festivals that focus on unique and timely topics are already beginning. 
Superior Arts District’s new tenant brings jobs, art to in renovated warehouse
After three years in the making, the new CrossCountry Mortgage will this fall open its new headquarters in an historic renovated building complex in the Superior Arts District. To show its commitment to the neighborhood, the company is sponsoring a Paint the District competition that will bring a mural to the neighborhood.
Boosting the dream: Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grants set these two artists on an upward trajectory
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's Support for Artists program can launch artists' careers with grants and other assistance. Two artists share their stories of how the CAC helped bring their visions to realities. 
Summer (arts) loving: With CAC funding, these summer arts camps aim to cultivate minds and bodies
Summer is coming and it's time for camp! Thanks to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, there are a bunch of camps that will engage the kids' minds and bodies while having a fun summer break.
AT&T continues to close CLE's digital divide with investment in Glenville
On its quest to narrow the digital divide, AT&T opened its second Connected Leaning Center earlier this month at Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center in Glenville, and announced the availability of AT&T Fiber to hundreds of homes in the neighborhood.
Local food group hopes to grow stronger, nimbler with mobile app and a new location
Food Strong, the nonprofit working to end food insecurity and promote healthy eating habits among children, is expanding its reach with a new app and larger offices in Tremont. 
Landing a reboot: CycleWerks co-founder transitions into launching a new e-bike breed
Scott Colosimo launched his e-bike career with Cleveland CycleWerks in 2009, but now he's on to bigger and better things with the LAND District—a new business and a new generation of transitional vehicles. 
New eco-friendly HealthLine buses mark a milestone for the storied transit line
Thirteen years after city officals cut the ribbon on the  Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, the once-futuristic fleet of 60-foot-long bus-rapid transits on the RTA HealthLine have been replaced with the next generation of eco-friendly vehicles.
Celebrating 50 years of rocking the falafel on Coventry
Crowds came out to Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights last Friday to wish Tommy's  owner Tommy Fello a happy 50th anniversary of the iconic restaurant.
A little help goes a long way for artists weaving our communities back together
In a joint partnership, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Neighborhood Connections   awarded $59,587 in grants to support 22 artists and entrepreneurs working on projects related to the pandemic in Cleveland and East Cleveland.
Blazing trails: Metroparks wins federal money to build east side Towpath Trail equivalent
Federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will allow for the planning and design of four small trail sections that make up 5.7 miles of trail and bicycle connections on Cleveland’s east side and find the best path from Euclid Creek Reservation to the lakefront and to connect the new Opportunity Corridor bike path to downtown.
Staging a comeback: CAC Culture Heritage Grant winners elevate new voices
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture provided its newly-established Cultural Heritage Grants this year to 11 culturally-specific organizations to to support to new work and performances—both virtually and in person—at a time when a resurgence of COVID-19 cases is keeping audience capacity limited at some venues.
Unidos por el Arte shines light on local Latinx artists
Now in its third year, Julia de Burgos' Unidos por el Arte program uses Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grant money to funds projects by local Latinx artists.
Students, artists team up with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to tout LGBTQ+ Pride and racial equity
this summer, artist and Civil Rights activist Amanda King has been busy with her “It’s Almost Tomorrow” mural in Public Square as part of #VoicesofCLE project and her participation in Learning Lab.
The big idea: City Club’s archives inspire one artist to create a video series on important moments
When theater artist Chris Szajbert found herself out of work during the pandemic, she got creative and found a unique way to embark on a new video series.
Housing rights: Cleveland Heights is the latest suburb to fight rental discrimination by landlords
In May, Cleveland Heights became the latest suburb to pass a law shielding home renters from landlord discrimination by adding Source of Income as a protected status to its existing fair practices law.
Phone calls and fliers: Clevelanders go back to basics to fight vaccine hesitancy
Millions of Americans have already rolled up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine. Now comes the next phase—reaching people who are hesitant or face barriers accessing it. 
Environmental injustice: Exploring the practices that fuel health and wealth hardships
The Cleveland Bar Association recently hosted a panel discussion examining the historic and continued environmental justice concerns that have fueled ongoing health and wealth impacts in city neighborhoods.