As part of Earth Day Coalition's Instrumental Evening for the Earth fundraiser theme 'Harvest for Sustainable Neighborhoods' I have been helping them out by planning features spotlighting their work in different neighborhoods. The first article, below, is about Mt. Pleasant's NatureHood lot and especially how the creators of the east side lot were inspired by lot on the west side (W48th in the Stockyards).
To view the article on the Earth Day Coalition website click here here. To learn more about NatureHood click here. Additional information on the Instrumental Evening for the Earth fundraiser is here. For now, you can check out the e-blast here.
Harvest for Sustainable Neighborhoods:
Cynthia Weatherspoon is beaming with pride, pointing casually to the morning lilies in her own garden and then at her roses and explaining how she keeps them from getting tangled together. You would never know the East 134th Street Club President just spent the last four hours working on a project she has planned for over a year or that those four hours brought together volunteers from both sides of the city to carry out her vision. Instead, Weatherspoon beams with the pride of a gardener – that simple philosophy, as she states so naturally, “I just love to watch things grow.”
As an organization that is community based, Earth Day Coalition’s annual Instrumental Evening for the Earth’s theme this year is “Harvest for Sustainable Neighborhood.” In anticipation of the fundraiser, being held on November 10 at 6 p.m. at the Westshore Universal Unitarian Church in Rocky River, a few of the Greater Cleveland neighborhoods that Earth Day Coalition has direct programmatic impact on will be highlighted. The work of Earth Day Coalition’s NatureHood program on the East 134th Street lot in Mount Pleasant in one such success story.
Cynthia Weatherspoon’s modest idea to renovate the land at the site of a demolished home on her street by joining forces with Earth Day Coalition’s NatureHood program is a story of turning one woman’s dreams into a reality for the entire community. Although civic interest in creating green spaces out of urban vacancies may be one of the most positive environmental trends in recent years, the extent of positive impact from these initiatives often goes untold to the public.