ECO SPEAKS CLE is where the eco-curious can explore the unique and thriving environmental community in Northeast Ohio. Each episode delivers inspiring stories of local sustainability leaders and provides practical tips to move from eco-curious to eco-confident. ECO SPEAKS CLE is hosted by Diane Bickett and produced by Greg Rotuno. Diane spent her 31-year career helping others to reduce waste and recycle more while working at Cuyahoga Recycles and Greg is a young, multi-media specialist. Together, Diane and Greg offer a multi-generational perspective to help sustainability newcomers and masters alike, connect, learn, and live with the planet in mind.
All About Monarchs with Marci and Amy
Marci Lininger calls monarch butterflies the guardian angels of the pollinator world. By doing good things for monarchs, we also help a myriad of other species that also need our help. This past summer, the monarch was officially designated as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Curious to know more about what that means and what can be done to help, we speak with Marci Lininger, with the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, and a returning guest, Amy Roskilly with the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District. In this episode, hear about these fascinating creatures and find out how to help them by collecting milkweed pods and growing the things that monarchs need on their long journey south to Mexico.
Marci Lininger - The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative
Amy Roskilly - Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
Film - The Flight of the Butterflies
The sound of butterflies
Common Milkweed Pod Collection with the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
Reading for kids: The Mystery of the Monarchs
Nature Inspired Innovation with Great Lakes Biomimicry
How does nature move liquids? How does nature manage structural forces? How does nature sense motion and temperature? These are some of the questions that the practice of Biomimicry asks when faced with a design challenge. Our guests, Trisha Brown and Carol Thaler are two Biomimicry practitioners that are helping accelerate innovation based on solutions already tried and tested through nature. They are the Co-Directors of Great Lakes Biomimicry. Since 2010, this organization has worked alongside academia, corporations, and business leaders to solve complex design and engineering challenges by asking "how would nature design it"? As Biomimicry 3.8 certified specialists, Thaler and Brown help us understand that in nature, there are 3.8 billion years of R&D and 30 million species to learn from. Recently, Great Lakes Biomimicry became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ohio Aerospace Institute and is working to make the great lakes region a leader in biomimicry innovation in aerospace and beyond. Join us as speak about how nature can inspire and guide all of us as we work to live more gently on this planet.
Trisha Brown Co-Director, Great Lakes Biomimicry
Carol Thaler Co-Director, Great Lakes Biomimicry
About Great Lakes Biomimicry
What is Biomimicry?
Janine Benyus TED Talk
The Biomimicry Institute
University of Akron Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center
ECO MEET CLE event on September 20, 2022
Creative Reuse at Upcycle Parts Shop
Upcycle Parts Shop is a creative reuse center in Cleveland’s St. Clair Superior neighborhood. In this episode, we speak with Nicole McGee, the center's scrappy founder and executive director. Since 2014, the shop has diverted over 47 tons of material from landfills while providing the materials for creative inspiration to local artists and makers. Located in the historic National Slovenian Home on St Clair Avenue, Upcycle Parts Shop is one of several social enterprises in the neighborhood working to do good for people the planet, and the economy. Join us as we take a trip through this eclectic neighborhood and hear Nicole speak about how she became a reuse artist and entrepreneur and how her shop is provoking creativity and promoting community through reuse, resourcefulness, and relationships. She is someone you want to know.
Nicole McGee, Founder and Executive Director of Upcycle Parts Shop
Visit Upcycle Parts Shop
Resources for students and teachers
Other cool places in the St Clair Neighborhood - Kafela, Lucky's Charms, Diner on 55th, Goldhorn Brewery, Rebuilder's Exchange
Cleaning up Collinwood with Cleveland Plogs
In this episode, we met up with Stephen Love, founder of Cleveland Plogs for an evening of "plogging", a fitness and litter cleanup craze from Sweden that is quickly spreading throughout the world and right here in CLE. Cleveland Plogs seeks to inspire a city to discover the joy of plogging by hosting monthly cleanups in the Collinwood neighborhood. We recorded some ploggers talking about why they plog and the issues they care about. We also picked up a lot of trash while doing it. Listen and be inspired to become a plogger or plawker too.
Stephen Love, director of environmental initiatives at the Cleveland Foundation
What is Plogging?
Little Spark Refill Shop - Igniting Passion for Sustainability
In this episode, we wrap up our Plastic-Free July series by speaking with local entrepreneur, Rachel Regula, the founder and CEO of Little Spark Refill Shop. Little Spark is Cleveland’s first retail store devoted to sustainable living and zero waste. Her stores in Rocky River and Chagrin Falls offer customers a convenient way to refill household essentials, and personal care products, and purchase products that are safe for people and the planet. Hear Rachel share all the ways we can go plastic free and describe how her own health journey led her to open her shop and help others ignite their passion for sustainability.
Rachel Regula - Founder and CEO of Little Spark Refill Shop
Some Rachel Picks: Marley's Monsters, Detergent Sheets, Dryer Balls
Recycling at Little Spark Refill Shop
Plastic Film Recycling
Plastic Free July with Sierra Club Ohio
In this episode, we kick off Plastic Free July with Elissa Yoder Mann, Conservation Program Manager with Sierra Club Ohio. According to Elissa, "plastic-free" is more a journey than a destination, given all the ways that plastic packaging has invaded our lives, but there are ways to have a "plastic-less" life.
Sierra Club Ohio is participating in the global Plastic-Free July campaign by asking people to join the movement and refuse single-use plastic this month . Take the Plastic Free Pledge and receive weekly email tips, info on events and webinars, a monthly calendar to stay motivated, and more.
Elissa has been with Sierra Club Ohio for 8 years. She works on a statewide plastics campaign that focuses on the downstream impacts of plastic, calling out false solutions, and moving away from our take-make-waste system to a sustainable, circular economy.
Elissa Yoder Mann , Conservation Program Manager, Sierra Club Ohio
Global Plastic Free July Campaign
Ohio Plastic Free July campaign - Sierra Club Ohio
Take the Pledge
Makes me proud
Just moved to Cleveland, and sustainability is something I take very seriously. Glad I stumbled upon this podcast. Love hearing about the composting at the west side market!! Educational, informative and great hosts. Thank you!
Amazing new resource for Northeast Ohio!
Only five episodes in but this is already one of my new favorite podcasts! This is an excellent educational and actionable resource for northeast Ohioans to learn more and get involved in the various local ways to become more sustainable and encourage others along the way.
Interesting & energizing
As a former Clevelander, I had no idea of these hidden & not so hidden gems of innovation & sustainability. Topics are extremely interesting & informative. Narrators kept my interest & tips at the end of the podcasts are a nice touch & positive way to end.