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Getting closer

The photo shows yours truly signing a "mylar" copy of the subdivision plat down at the City of Salem this morning. This a key step on the road to legal status for all the lots at Pringle Creek Community, hence the smile. It's not always easy to do something very creative--but well worth it. The rewards will be all around us as we create one the most sustainable communties in the country!The mylar is the reproducible original plan that is kept at the County Recorder's office. Our Pringle Creek team has been working for two years toward recording the ... 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

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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