Oregon: Driving Downhill

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There’s a lot of history packed into this chart on Oregon’s vehicle trends: the seemingly relentless driving boom of the 1950s through 1990s; the decoupling of gasoline consumption from vehicle travel after the OPEC and regional economic crises in the late 1970s; and, most recently, the peaking of both gasoline consumption and vehicle travel in the late 1990s and early 2000s, respectively. It would be nice if Oregon’s legislature agreed with me.

World’s first sustainable wine tour–in Oregon

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W illamette Valley ’s Grand Cru Wine Tours is the first wine tour company in the world to earn certification through the rigorous Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program (STEP). This certification, offered through the non-profit Sustainable Travel International , demonstrates commitment to developing a sustainable business from first sip to last. It also serves the Oregon Rain water brand—locally collected Willamette Valley rain— packaged in biodegradable bottles.

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Peak Driving in Oregon

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When the economy took a nosedive in 2008, dragging jobs and disposable income with it, Oregon residents reacted by driving their cars less. Sightline Institute researches the best practices in public policy for a sustainable Pacific Northwest. The Oregonian ran an interesting piece in today’s paper , pointing out that total miles driven in the state peaked nearly a decade ago.

The New Oregon Carbon Tax Report is Out

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Last year, Portland State University (PSU) gave the Oregon legislature a teaser about how to face those problems with a carbon tax. The new and expanded analysis concludes that charging carbon polluters would cut pollution and it could create jobs and raise wages, if Oregon spends the money right. In every scenario other than $10 per ton, a carbon tax would enable Oregon to meet its 2020 goal of trimming pollution 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Oregon Legislature Passes New Motor Voter Law

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Oregon just passed a law that will cause the state to treat its citizens as if they have a right to vote! More than a decade ago, Oregon tackled the second chokepoint: Oregon is one of only 3 states to mail ballots to every registered voter. Now Oregon consistently has the highest or one of the highest voter turnout rates in the country—Oregon turned out almost 70 percent of registered voters in 2014, compared to just 36.4

Sightline on Shell’s Presence in Oregon

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As one bit of context, here is Sightline’s examination of Shell’s political spending in Washington and in Oregon. Sightline Institute researches the best practices in public policy for a sustainable Pacific Northwest. sHellNo! by Backbone Campaign used under CC BY 2.0

An eco-travel guide to Bend, Oregon


Bend, Oregon is a sunny spot in a state known for rain. This area of central Oregon is the fourth fastest growing region in the country. Crow’s Feet Commons is a must-visit for outdoorsy types who stop in for ski boot fitting, bike shopping and Oregon craft beers.

Everything Oregon Legislators Need To Know About Stopping Climate Pollution

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You have seven minutes to tell Oregon legislators everything they need to know about stopping climate pollution. That was my task last week when testifying at an Oregon Senate informational hearing about two bills that would stop the free lunch for climate polluters in Oregon—see the video of my testimony below. I used my time to make the following points: Oregon is not alone. Oregon could do the same. Quick!

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Natural Hair Care Act Passes in Oregon

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Hair braiding, by flickr user stevendepolo In a win for fairness and common sense, the state of Oregon will no longer subject people who practice African-style hair braiding (and other forms of natural hair care) to a bizarrely burdensome licensing process that’s more lengthy than what’s required for someone to fight fires or give lifesaving medical care in ambulances. Sightline Institute researches the best practices in public policy for a sustainable Pacific Northwest.

Rogue Wheat in Oregon

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Earlier this month the discovery of genetically modified (GM) wheat that was not supposed to be in an Oregon wheat grower’s field ignited an international uproar that threatens U.S. The Oregonian provided especially good coverage , even including other examples in Oregon where GM crops were found outside the areas where they were expected, at potential or real economic detriment to other growers or organic growers of the same crops. Food & Sustainable Living

Oregon State mass timber buildings sequester over 2,000 tons of CO2


Last year, the College of Forestry at Oregon State University welcomed Peavy Hall and the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory (AWP), two new mass timber buildings that serve as living laboratories for sustainable architecture. A sustainable design approach was also applied to the buildings’ operations, which are optimized for energy efficiency. Oregon State mass timber buildings sequester over 2,000 tons of CO2.

Oregon’s Chance to Fix the Electoral College

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The National Popular Vote Compact , already passed in Washington and now pending in the Oregon legislature, would use the power of the Constitution to modernize US presidential elections. Candidates held exactly zero public campaign events in the Pacific Northwest and spent almost no money advertising in Idaho, Oregon , and Washington. Similar Oregon bills passed the House in 2009 by a 39-12 margin and again in 2013 by a 38-21 margin.

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Listen In: Oregon’s Path to Making Polluters Pay

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Oregon Climate by Francis Eatherington used under CC BY-NC 2.0 Last week, the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on two climate pollution pricing bills (a cap-and-dividend bill and a limit pollution bill) …now what? Sightline Institute researches the best practices in public policy for a sustainable Pacific Northwest.

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Listen In: How Oregon Leads on Voting Rights

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Last year, Oregon continued its leadership in voting rights by passing the New Motor Voter law and starting to automatically register eligible voters. California has since followed Oregon’s lead.) Oregon’s Bus Project has been a champion of voting rights—this week on XRAY Radio’s Thank You Democracy , The Bus Project’s Executive Director, Nikki Fisher , and I talked about voting rights and representation with Jefferson Smith.

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Oregon State University building on a reclaimed mine targets net-zero energy


Ray Hall, a new Oregon State University Cascades Campus building with ambitious net-zero energy targets in Bend, Oregon. Designed to showcase OSU-Cascades’ commitment to sustainability, Edward J. Cedar sourced from Sustainable Northwest will clad the locally sourced and low-carbon mass timber structure; the cedar indoors will be left exposed and complemented by additional wooden surfaces. Oregon State University building on a reclaimed mine targets net-zero energy.

Listen In: Oregon’s Proposed Polluters-Pay Bills

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Oregon coast by Jasperdo used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 I recently gave some radio interviews to help make sense of the carbon pricing bills wending their way through the Oregon legislature. The recent Oregon legislative hearing about carbon pricing sparked interest in the possibilities. with Oregon Climate’s Executive Director Camila Thorndike last week about a proposed polluters-pay-plus-dividend bill. (I No time to sit down and read our Cashing In Our Carbon series?

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Event: Will a Carbon Tax Fly in Oregon?

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Next Thursday, join our senior researcher Kristin Eberhard to talk about carbon pricing possibilities for Oregon. Joining Kristin will be Jeff Renfro, senior economist at Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC); Jenny Liu, assistant director at NERC; and Nancy Shurtz, professor at University of Oregon’s law school. Host: League of Women Voters of Corvallis, Oregon For more information, visit LWV Corvallis’s Facebook page.

Sharing Your Car (in Oregon)

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Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Sharing Your Car (in Oregon) Posted by Jennifer Langston 03/03/2011 11:30 AM Oregon next in line to embrace peer-to-peer car sharing. Oregon could become the next state to pave the way for peer-to-peer car sharing companies, which allow people to rent out their personal vehicles when theyre not using them (which is usually more than 90 percent of the time).

Event: Carbon Pricing Options for Oregon

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Can Oregon make polluters pay and grow jobs? This Monday, join our senior researcher Kristin Eberhard to talk about carbon pricing options for Oregon. A wonderful panel of speakers will lay out smart climate policy solutions towards reducing Oregon’s carbon pollution. Oregon has an opportunity to be a critical leader on carbon pricing and to create an effective model for other states to follow. Read about Oregon’s new carbon tax report here.

Oregon has a climate law implementation problem. HB 3470 has an answer.

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Oregon is facing a similar dilemma: the Beaver state has had climate change pollution goals in law for eight years, but doesn’t have a mechanism to meet the legal pollution limits. Oregon House Bill 3470 —the Climate Stability & Justice Act of 2015—would create the framework to fairly and cost-effectively phase out fossil fuels. Oregon could do its part by attaining it’s current goal of reaching 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

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Coal, Oil, and Gas Spent $2 Million on Oregon Politics in 2014

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Photo credit 401kcalculator.org The last few months have been a wild ride in Oregon politics. Many observers now believe that Oregon’s lopsided democratic majority is position to ramp up renewable electricity standards and perhaps even enact a price on carbon emissions in the next legislative session. To try to tip the scales in their favor, they injected nearly $2 million—$1,972,783 to be precise—into Oregon’s democracy in the most recent election cycle.

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The Nature Conservancys Oregon HQ gets a green renovation


Portland-based LEVER Architecture has breathed new life into The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon headquarters with a LEED Gold-targeted renovation. Completed in 2019, the refreshed headquarters has received a much-needed facelift constructed from sustainably harvested materials as well as a new addition topped with a roof garden. In addition to a sustainable renovation and expansion, the architects have introduced new energy-saving and -generating systems.

Three New Marine Reserves for Oregon?

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Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Three New Marine Reserves for Oregon? One of the more encouraging developments in Northwest conservation has to be the quiet but steady advancement of marine reserves off the Oregon coast. All told, the five reserves and less-restrictive "marine protected areas" would take up just under 10 percent of Oregons territorial sea. Congratulations to Oregon!

A Sea Cleanse: Visiting the Oregon Coast

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Above: Starre Vartan visiting the Oregon Coast while wearing an ethical Gudrun Sjoden Miranda sweater and By Natalie Frigo glass and recycled metals necklace. My first visit to the Oregon coast, a couple of years ago, was during the winter; I came with my boyfriend, who is a native of Corvallis, a town that’s about an hour from the ocean, and who spent his childhood years vacationing in Yachats, Florence and Manzanita, the small towns that dot the coast.

The Oregon Soap Company

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The Oregon Soap Company. That place is the Oregon Soap Company , and I have been buying from them for as long as I can remember. That’s what’s so great about the Oregon Soap Company: they love the “less is more” strategy. Then you find something like the Oregon Soap Company, and you are rewarded by soaps that are created with actual ingredients grown from the Earth. Categories. Garden. Kitchen. New & Exciting. Electronics. Events. Health. Personal.

ARCspace’s prefab homes are a quick and sustainable housing solution


Builders are leaning into innovative designs and material development to curb the environmental impact through sustainable architecture. ARCspace is a division of Sustainable Building Council Ltd., As a parent company, the goal of Sustainable Building Council Ltd. Building materials In alignment with another Sustainable Building Council Ltd. goal to focus on sustainable architecture, ARCspace relies on high-grade steel as its primary material.

Portland, Oregon, USA - A model city

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Portland Ranked no 2 in the worlds Greenest Cities: Grist Where the car is not king: BBC Portland: Perfecting the art of citizen-based policy Portland : A Role Model for the Nation Portland : Profile on Smarter City Urban Planning & Design Highlights from Portland, Oregon Innovative Mayor Sam Adams Builds a Cleaner Portland :Fast Company. Tags: Policy Transportation Management Citizenship Sustainable-development Energy Urban Green Design Community Education Eco-design

Green Living 2.0, Sustainable Communities

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Many of the Baby Boomers were born or grew up the 1960s and 1970s, which set the stage for all kinds of sustainable concepts from communal or community living to vegetarianism, or not eating meat. If you live on the Pacific Coast, this could well be Lost Valley in Western Oregon. Founded in 1989, it contains a nonprofit educational center teaching a message of non-hostile communication, permaculture, simple living and, of course, sustainability.

Rootstalk Festival Generates Funds to Stop Oregon Wolf Killing

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So I was excited to hear that not only did Mountain Rose Herbs (a wonderful herbs/teas/body products company) recently host an awesome-sounding conference called Rootstalk with “over 40 experts and environmental groups who presented classes on sustainable. According to their info, “The Oregon Court of Appeals has temporarily stopped plans to execute the wolves thanks to this legal action.”

Eurail: best sustainable travel

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A very brief history of green wine Info News Views Our favs Useful resources Travel blogs we like Contact Eurail: best sustainable travel 12 March 11 · 0 comments | Green Travel News | F or the second year running, the group that manages and markets the Eurail Pass has been named the year’s best Sustainable Travel Provider.

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Sustainable TV?

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A very brief history of green wine Info News Views Our favs Useful resources Travel blogs we like Contact Sustainable TV? EarthCheck , a leader in eco travel and tourism certification and management, is teaming with the series Travel Wild to focus on destinations worldwide that take sustainability to heart.

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Dogwood and Hastings: Sustainable Homewares Launch!

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Check out the video below for all the details, and head on over to Kickstarter to support this new sustainable line of housewares that brings nature home. Oregon: Oregon Wild (protects old-growth forests and wildlands). Each of these prints comes from a minimally manipulated photograph I took in NYC, Oregon, and Mexico, repectively. Both of these images come from Oregon—the mountains and the beach. The post Dogwood and Hastings: Sustainable Homewares Launch!

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Portland: every day is Earth Day at Hotel Vintage

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All North America Oregon Portland The Americas United States Earth Day 2017 Portland eco-friendly Pazzo Portland green hotel in Portland Hotel Vintage Portland Kimpton Portland Portland eco-friendly hotel Portland farm-to-table dining sustainable dining Portland| Greening in Hipsterville | We live in San Francisco (just across the Golden Gate Bridge from it, anyway), so forgive us if we feel a bit proprietary about Earth Day.

PSUs LEED Platinum School of Business features regionally sourced timber


Downtown Portland’s reputation for sustainability has been elevated yet again with Portland State University’s latest addition — the Karl Miller Center, a LEED Platinum-certified renovation and a major addition to the University’s School of Business.

Which cities are the most sustainable? WalletHub releases Top 100 Greenest US Cities 2019


after comparing 100 of the country’s most populated cities across 28 underlying indicators of environmental-friendliness and sustainability. Green living is a growing public concern, perhaps because sustainability and financial needs are closely intertwined. This can be achieved via cleaner, more sustainable practices and habits. Portland, Oregon 10. Which cities are the most sustainable? Ever wonder which American cities are the most eco-friendly?

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This will be the largest CLT affordable housing complex in the Netherlands


Rotterdam-based architecture office Powerhouse Company has unveiled designs for Valckensteyn, a circular and sustainable building expected to become the largest timber-built affordable housing complex in the Netherlands.

Sustainable Toilet Paper Option: Caboo for Your Caboose

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Recently, Important Media traveled to Portland, Oregon, for the Green Festival and encountered a great company, Caboo, that certainly has. The post Sustainable Toilet Paper Option: Caboo for Your Caboose appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Green Lifestyle baby wipes eco-friendly Green sustainable toilet paperPerhaps you haven’t given a great deal of thought to where those white squares spinning off the roll several times a day come from.

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Teach Kids Sustainable Behaviors and their Parents will Follow

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What are the barriers to adoption of sustainable behaviors, and how can we encourage people to reduce their energy consumption at home? This report from Oregon State University explains that when kids learned ‘energy-saving’ behavior, the parents followed suit, giving us a great path forward for future [&hellip. The post Teach Kids Sustainable Behaviors and their Parents will Follow appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

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Bambu offers Beautiful, Sustainable Kitchen Products

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As a chef, I am always looking for fun new kitchen equipment– but as a eco-minded consumer I am aware the cutest choices are not often the most sustainable. But Bambu has created a line of sustainable kitchen products that is amazingly beautiful, totally eco-friendly, and best of all, very affordable. With roots in Portland, Oregon, Bambu designs, develops and manufactures handcrafted, modern home products made from renewable materials such as bamboo, cork, coconut, hemp and soy.

Sanya Farm Lab honors architecture, culture and agriculture


Related: ZHA designs sustainable expansion to China’s largest international exhibition center The multifunctional research compound and commercial display space features exhibitions covering high-tech advancements like agricultural robotics and indoor vertical farming. Eco Green a-press-release a-really-good agricultural architecture building chinese degrees-or-five design glass-building government oregon vertical farming

Marriott leads global hotel chains in sustainability

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A very brief history of green wine Info News Views Our favs Useful resources Travel blogs we like Contact Marriott leads global hotel chains in sustainability 24 February 11 · 0 comments | Green Travel News | C limate Counts , a nonprofit that scores the world’s largest companies on efforts to shrink their carbon footprint , has released its latest ranking of major hotel companies—and once again this year, Marriott heads the pack.

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Historic Portland hotel earns Green Seal Silver

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Green Seal Silver Certification sets strict environmental standards that properties must meet to achieve leadership levels in sustainability, including waste minimization, water and energy efficiency, hazardous substances handling and environmentally responsible purchasing. Green Seal is a nonprofit organization that uses science-based inspection tools and programs to help consumers identify and support sustainable companies. | Green Travel News |.

Sustainable fleets are at an inflection point


It’s still early days for many of these markets, and sustainability goals remain one of the top drivers for fleets to buy these vehicles. However, fleet managers say the market is constrained by supply outside of California and Oregon.

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