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The University of Akron is experimenting with new ideas to enhance sustainability and foster a better relationship with the City of Akron. Faculty and students are working together to establish a plan to make it happen. Anthropology professor, Carolyn Behrman, said they’re focusing on four areas including water, polymers, food, and the university’s identity as it prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary. She said the launch of the nine-month effort coincides with the arrival of the university’s new president Gary Miller.

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The City of Akron has partnered with local sustainability organizations to institute a Recycle Right campaign. ReWorks and Keep Akron Beautiful will work with the city to teach residents how to properly recycle.

Keep Akron Beautiful CEO, Jacqui Ricchiuti, says people need a refresher on what is recyclable.

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A local developer is close to getting final approval for an environmentally sustainable resort in Canal Fulton. 

Monarch, A Living Resort would have meeting space, private guest rooms and wellness activities designed for corporate retreats and workshops, said developer Wendy Kertesz.

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The Summit Food Coalition released its new food guide to increase access to locally grown food.

The Local Food Advocacy Day on Tuesday highlighted local farms, farmers markets and other local food sources.

Beth Knorr, director of the Summit Food Coalition, said the guide makes it easier to support these businesses.

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Cleveland is taking issue with a study from a group affiliated with the United Nations that says Northeast Ohio's largest city is one of the least sustainable big cities in the country.

The study by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranked the city 99th out of the 100 most-populated cities. The report takes into account poverty, unemployment and high CO2 emissions.

Cleveland Ranks Low on America's Most Sustainable Cities

Aug 12, 2017
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A new report evaluating the sustainability of America’s most populous cities ranks Cleveland at the bottom of the list – number 99 out of 100 cities.

Detroit, Cleveland, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, round out the bottom of the list.  The report –comes from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network – a United Nations effort to promote sustainable development.  It cites high levels of poverty, car use, and unemployment as reasons for Cleveland’s low ranking.

2016 Sustainable Cleveland Summit

The 8th annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit wrapped up today.  The two-day event, hosted by the city of Cleveland, provides opportunities for participants to learn about and build on environmentally friendly renewable processes. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on some of what the summits have contributed since the beginning in 2009.

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The Democratic party's platform on the environment, has lofty goals. The Democratic National Convention itself in Philadelphia is trying to live up to them while hosting 50-thousand people.

Can all those people travel, eat and party without taking a toll on the environment? 

If you're looking for a trash can at the Pennsylvania Convention Center or the Wells Fargo Center, where the DNC events are taking place, you'll likely come across a set of three bins: one for recycling, one for compost, and one for the landfill.

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Every year, Peninsula holds a festival to welcome the arrival of ramps. They’re a native species that smells like garlic and tastes like onions, and they’re highly prized by country folk and chefs alike. But the “little stinkers,” as they’re known in the Cuyahoga Valley, aren’t easy to find as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite.

“Want to ride the rest of the way?” 

The weather’s fine, but it’s a bit of a walk down Riverview Road from the parking lot. So Nancy Rhodes rides the packed shuttle bus to Ramp Up Peninsula.

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The Akron Zoo and Habitat for Humanity have a partnership that’s giving new life to remnants of old homes near the zoo.

The zoo and Habitat are deconstructing four homes in the neighborhood near the zoo: two last week and two more starting today. Any reusable pieces -- such as windows and cabinets – will be offered for sale at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Akron.