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Celebrate EarthFest 2014 this Sunday!

 

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Here’s a late post for Transformation Tuesday. Our apologies for the delay, but we had technical difficulties yesterday.

Cleveland Public Power will join the Earth Day Coalition as it celebrates its 25th Annual EarthFest Sunday, April 13 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The theme for this year’s celebration is Zero Waste, in partnership with the City of Cleveland’s Sustainability 2019 declaration of 2014 as the “Year of Zero Waste”.

As the City owned electric utility, Cleveland Public Power will be on hand to educate consumers on ways they can reduce energy costs and to promote the utility’s sustainable efforts.

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CPP is pursuing advanced energy concepts to help reduce the City of Cleveland’s carbon footprint and reach advanced energy source goals established by Mayor Frank G. Jackson. One of the projects CPP has initiated or partnered in to achieve these goals includes the installation of Solar Photovoltaic Arrays at Cleveland’s Rockefeller Greenhouse. These arrays seek out the sun’s rays and convert them into energy that is utilized to help reduce costs at the Greenhouse.

EarthFest will feature 250 exhibitors in 9 sustainability exhibit areas including: Zero Waste, Advanced & Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, Local & Sustainable Food, Clean Transportation (with Ride & Drive), Health & Fitness, Community Works, Family Fun and Green Home & Garden. Families will enjoy all day entertainment with eco-activities, biodiesel powered amusement park rides, music on 5 stages, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks, the NASA “Village,” Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s mobile planetarium and wildlife rehab exhibits, Valley Exotics Zoo, Jungle Bob with his animal friends, pony rides and much more…

Presented and organized by Earth Day Coalition since 1990, EarthFest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

To learn more about CPP visit http://www.cpp.org.

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White Paper says Waste-to-Energy projects have significant benefits

The City of Cleveland and its electric utility Cleveland Public Power have been investigating the merits of a waste-to-energy facility for more than two years to ensure they had the best viable option to present to the community.

Many in the environmental community have come out against the project citing White Papers from 2009 and exaggerated numbers as the basis for their opposition.

Just last week, The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) released a White Paper entitled, “Waste-to-Energy Facilities Provide Significant Economic Benefits.”

It is a good read and they utilize information from facilities that are currently operating in the United States. Key to this paper is that they also give a little glimpse into why failed projects are not the norm.

So if you want to know more about utilizing waste to produce energy check out their White Paper here.

If you want to hear more from the City of Cleveland, please join us for a Community Meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Rd. The meeting is from 6-9 p.m. and will include a question and answer session after the presentation.

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Curbside Recycling – A Key Component of CREG Center

As the City of Cleveland takes on the challenge of reaching its Sustainability, Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard and Recycling goals it is looking to the Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation (CREG) Center as one answer in achieving these missions.

A key component of that mission is recycling household waste. The City currently operates a curbside recycling program which started as a Pilot program servicing about 15,000 households in 2007. Each year the City has added additional households, and to date there are approximately 45,000 households participating in curbside recycling. Additionally, residents who are not a part of the curbside program have the option to bring their recyclables to the Ridge Road Transfer Station.

The Center will allow the City to accelerate its efforts to implement a city-wide curbside recycling program. The accelerated program will working in conjunction with a state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility allowing the City to extract additional recyclables ensuring that only the smallest amount of waste is sent to landfills.

The Material Recovery Facility will allow the City to handle its recyclables locally, whereas today they are shipped out of state.

By including curbside recycling as part of this Center, the city is capitalizing on the most comprehensive plan for reducing, recycling and recovering resources from Cleveland’s municipal solid waste.

For more information on the CREG Center visit http://www.cpp.org/CREGCenter.html

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