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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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City of Cleveland schedules additional meetings on proposed CREG Center

OEPA extends comment period until February 23, 2012

On Thursday, January 26, 2012 Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson will lead the second in a series of Community Meetings on the City of Cleveland’s proposed Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG).

Commissioner Henderson will be joined by Ron Owens, Commissioner of the Division of Waste and Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland to offer insight on the plans proposed for the Ridge Road Transfer Station.

The panel will offer a presentation outlining the project followed by a question and answer period. Residents will have three minutes to offer a comment or pose a question.

Additional community meetings will be held on February 8, 2012 at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd.; and February 9, 2012 at Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave.

Residents wishing to submit comments to the Ohio EPA regarding the draft air permit, please submit them to David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The deadline for submission has been extended until February 23, 2012.

WHO:     CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson

Division of Waste Commissioner Ron Owens

Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan

WHAT:    Community Meeting on CREG Center

 WHEN:   Thursday, January 26, 2012

6-9 p.m.

WHERE:     Zelma George Recreation Center

3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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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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Eastabrook Recreation Center site of Community Meeting on CREG Center

On Thursday, January 19, 2012 Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson will lead the first of a series of Community Meetings on the City of Cleveland’s proposed Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG).

Commissioner Henderson will be joined by Ron Owens, Commissioner of the Division of Waste and Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland to offer insight on the plans proposed for the Ridge Road Transfer Station.

The panel will offer a presentation outlining the project followed by a question and answer period.

Residents wishing to submit comments to the Ohio EPA regarding the draft air permit, please submit them to David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The current deadline for submission is January 23, 2012. If the deadline is extended, the City of Cleveland will send additional notices announcing the extension.

The City will also host a meeting on January 26, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Zelma George Recreation Center, 3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

WHO:        CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson

                  Division of Waste Commissioner Ron Owens

                   Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan

WHAT:        Community Meeting on CREG Center

 WHEN:       Thursday, January 19, 2012

                     6-9 p.m.

 WHERE:     Estabrook Recreation Center

                    4125 Fulton Road

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Proposed CREG Center will increase recycling, generate electricity, reduce costs and create jobs in Cleveland

The Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG) will allow Cleveland to maximize recycling, reduce dumping at landfills, and generate electricity while reducing city operating costs and creating jobs. It is a sustainable solution to the economic and environmental challenges of waste disposal and the need for alternative energy sources today and in the future. The net effect of the CREG Center will reduce the City’s overall carbon footprint.

Here are some facts about how the CREG Center will work:

  • The City of Cleveland will implement automated trash pick up and curbside recycling citywide. Every household will receive a container for recyclable materials to be placed out for convenient pick up.
  • Recyclables and municipal waste will be taken to a state-of-the-art material recovery facility (MRF) where waste will be sorted to ensure that all recyclable materials are recovered, and that hazardous materials, including products containing mercury, are removed from the waste stream.
  • Recyclables will be sold, creating an additional revenue source for the City. Hazardous materials will be disposed of properly. And the remaining municipal solid waste will be converted into fuel pellets.
  • The fuel pellets will then be gasified to create steam. This steam will do two jobs: generate electricity and then sterilize additional waste prior to pelletization.
  • The facility itself is projected to create up to 150 new jobs.

 Understanding the impact.

  • Gasification is not incineration. Rather, high heat and limited oxygen convert batches of solid waste fuel pellets into a synthetic gas and ash. The synthetic gas can be used to generate steam and therefore electricity. Potentially, the ash could be used to create decorative bricks, creating an additional revenue stream.
  • Emissions: What we put into the gasification process determines what comes out as emissions. The CREG Center will use a stringent pre-sort process to remove both recyclables and products containing harmful substances like mercury in an effort to reduce or prevent toxic emissions. In other words, if we don’t allow mercury and other toxins into the gasification process, we will not have mercury and other toxins coming out of the gasification process.
  • Truck traffic:  Overall, truck traffic will slightly increase – by about one trip (a truck either coming or going) per hour during daily truck operation times. The increase will be due to the additional trucks needed for citywide curbside recycling pickup. This increase is offset in part by a decrease of 20 tractor-trailer trips per day. Currently tractor-trailers are used primarily to haul waste to the landfill. With the CREG Center, the majority of the tractor-trailer trips will be to recycling mills.

To learn more about the project visit http://www.cpp.org/CREGCenter.html


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