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I resisted leaving my handprint

At this beautiful place we will enjoy our walks. Sidewalks and trails, by the creek, over to the Village Center. In the morning with the pooch, in the evening with the mate. Kids will be able to bike all over the place, including school, safely.This week, North Santiam Paving poured concrete to create more than a thousand feet of sidewalks. These will connect to the greater system of walking trails.And now all of the streetlights are installed. They will be lit up next week. Pringle Creek will be seen in the glow of its streetlights.Don Myers Read more

The economic gold of the times

This piece from American Prospect Online, Sustainable Cities: Smart growth is newly fashionable. But what will it take to turn fashion into national policy? touches on issues I think are very compelling (as did this article, where Oregon business leaders described "Sustainability as Oregon's Brand and Niche," written about in this blog post). Peirce is a highly regarded Washington Post columnist on community and development issues.From Philadelphia to Seattle, Boston to San Diego, city officials agree that green urban settings are a critical draw in an era when highly educated, mobile professional workers -- the economic gold of ... Read more

OSU Extension website on sustainability

Go Beavs. Recommended by Sustainable Living Center director, Santiago, check out the OSU Extension Service website Looking for Oregon’s Future: What is Sustainability?, the goal of which is:. . . to promote dialogue among Oregonians concerning the future of our communities, industries, and economy, and concerning the quality of life we want to make possible for our grandchildren.This page from the website is an interesting piece about former Governor John Kitzhaber’s Oregon Solutions initiative from 2000. Read more

Two new sustainability goals

Submitted by Santiago, Sustainable Living Center directorPringle Creek will be adding two new "Sustainability Goals" to our list of 35.36) Harvested Timber Used Onsite. Half-a-dozen fir trees, that either fell naturally during this year's big wind storm or had rotted-out bases and needed to be removed, were brought up the hill, decked and milled last week into dimensional lumber, which we will be able to use onsite. Kevin Caster brought in his portable sawmill and cut the trees into boards and large beams that we will be able to use in houses and buildings at Pringle Creek. Click ... Read more

Energy-intensive food

We hope you’re not already bored by media coverage of global warming, because it’s a topic that is going to be with us for awhile--as in “geologic time”. Energy, environment, population, food, individually and together, will be on the front burner from now on.We wrote, recently, that buying locally grown food would reduce your carbon footprint. Below, from an interview with Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, some discussion of just how energy-intensive agriculture has become.McNally: Our current way of feeding ourselves in America is unsustainable. Everything on our plates ... Read more
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