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We have here a batch of good articles that we've been saving up for this forum. Some of them are already a few weeks old. We expect that in the future we will bring to your attention newer news.From the Urban Land Institute: The Next Thing: Miles Per House? ULI Experts Discuss Impact of Transportation Costs on Location Decisions; Look at Future Infrastructure Financing. Senior Fellow of Transportation at the ULI, Bob Dunphy, mentioned in the article, came to Salem last summer to give a talk. Many people were excited about Dunphy's ideas for our fair city. As for ... Read more

Straub Lecture

Thursday, January 25, 2007Sustainable America: Why Doesn't US "Get" Equity, Presented by Robin Morris Collin7:00 - 8:30 p.m.Salem Public Library's Loucks AuditoriumWillamette University Law Professor Robin Morris Collin examines why sustainability programs in the United States ignore poverty to our detriment, then explores ways to systematically include such equity issues into our thinking. A widely sought speaker on ethics, sustainability, environmental justice, and civil rights, Professor Morris Collin was awarded the David Brower lifetime achievement award in 2001 by the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and the Orlando John Hollis Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997.In case you hadn't looked ... Read more

OR Business Community Attains Enlightenment

We are calling this not a mere trend, but a tipping point: Oregon’s business community just went over to the green side. Our evidence is below: articles about the recent business summit and the Oregon Business Plan.Sustainability is Oregon's claim to fame. We have a reputation, and it rests on the shoulders of progressive leaders going back many years--Tom McCall and Neil Goldschmidt come to mind first. It’s a reputation that can be marketed, branded; using Oregon’s livability and sustainability to bring about more livability and sustainability.Exhibit A, "Oregon Plan is Tinted Green," Ted Sickinger, Oregonian 1/05/07 [no longer ... Read more

Green tipping point?

Warren Karlenzig has listed what he thinks are the Top Ten Sustainability Stories for 2006 on his "Green A City" blog [my dictionary confirms that "green" is a verb; I'll be greened]. Number five on the list: Portland’s new renewable fuels ordinance, which will require:"...that the city's gas stations provide 5 percent biodiesel of all diesel fuel sold by July 2007 and 10 percent by 2010. This has stimulated local production of biodiesel start-ups, and will enable local farmers to have a market for biodiesel crops such as as canola, which can be grown in eastern Oregon."Other stories on ... Read more

Breakfast in America

We'll start with a headline from the Oregonian that jumps out at you: Making your breakfast every morning pumps nearly 200 pounds of CO2 into the air each year. What can you do about it? [no longer available]Is it my toaster?Part of the impact of the headline comes from making a switch from "every morning” to “each year.” But still, it’s a fine long article on specific causes of carbon dioxide in our daily lives and how we can cut down.Run your 1,200-watt hair dryer for 20 minutes? You won't see smoke. But 160 miles away at PGE's Boardman ... Read more
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