An eco-travel guide to Bend, Oregon

AGreenLiving

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

Sightline Daily

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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An Oregon utility’s unique model for supporting clean energy goals 

AGreenLiving

An Oregon utility’s unique model for supporting clean energy goals Sarah Golden Fri, 03/19/2021 – 01:00 Want more great analysis of the clean energy transition? Portland General Electric (PGE) in Oregon manages a two-year-old program it hopes will accelerate the speed of renewable deployment in the state. The Wy’East Solar Project in Oregon. The deal was inked in February , and the solar project will be built in Wasco County, Oregon.

Technology in Transit

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Technology in Transit Posted by Eric Hess 03/04/2011 10:00 AM Transit planning and real-time information technology could get drivers on the bus. One of the first things I downloaded was OneBusAway , an app that provides real-time information on transit stops, routes, and arrivals using data provided by King County Metro. Skip to content.

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).

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

Sightline Daily

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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Three New Marine Reserves for Oregon?

Sightline Daily

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!

Transit-Friendly Streets

The Green Changemakers

Adapted from Transit-Friendly Streets: Design and Traffic Management Strategies to Support Livable Communities, published by Project for Public Spaces Transit-friendly streets are places that "balance" street uses over having any single mode of transportation dominate. In many cases, this means altering a street to make transit use more efficient and convenient, and less so for automobiles - while still accommodating them.

Sanya Farm Lab honors architecture, culture and agriculture

AGreenLiving

It is located in Nanfan High Tech District of Sanya, the southernmost city on tropical Hainan Island, an area transitioning into a scientific and agricultural research hub. Eco Green a-press-release a-really-good agricultural architecture building chinese degrees-or-five design glass-building government oregon vertical farmingThe new Sanya Farm Lab is a four-story exhibition space that provides 4,000 square meters of space for education, play and innovative ideas.

LEED-Platinum Knight Cancer Research Building champions team science

AGreenLiving

In Portland’s South Waterfront, the Knight Cancer Research Building at Oregon Health & Science University is using a “team science” approach to help scientists and researchers find cures to cancer. The research facility is strategically located at the heart of a pedestrian-oriented hub easily accessible by multi-modal transit. Green architecture biggest-concern green economy oregon portland president president-biden research-labs terraces

5 ways businesses can take action to reduce environmental racism

AGreenLiving

The business role in climate justice Business has an important role to play in helping to bring climate justice and racial equity front and center while shifting the finance for the energy transition. Business action, supported by government regulations, investments and incentives, is absolutely critical for transitioning to net-zero emissions by 2050. Billions of dollars will be spent, saved and made during this transition.

Tofurky Trots offer alternative Thanksgiving races for vegetarians

AGreenLiving

In Portland, Oregon, Northwest VEG is in its sixth year of partnering with Tofurky to host a Thanksgiving race. “It’s Founded in 2003, it is based in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Indeed, Thanksgiving morning can be rainy, icy and generally unpleasant in Oregon.

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Clean Energy State Rankings — Sightline Daily - Northwest News.

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Is it true that Oregon and Washington are leaders, or is it just a story we tell ourselves? Oregon ranked #3 and Washington ranked #6. For non-hydro renewable energy production , Washington was #10, and Oregon was #16. Ranked this way, Montana was #1, Washington was #2, Oregon was #3, and Idaho was #4. Washington led the region with the #15 spot; Oregon was #20, and Idaho was #26. Oregon landed the #2 spot while Washington netted the #4 position.

The Mekong: roll on, muddy river, roll on

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A very brief history of green wine Info News Views Our favs Useful resources Travel blogs we like Contact The Mekong: roll on, muddy river, roll on 23 February 11 · 0 comments | The Green Cruise | W hat better way to make the transition from touristed Thailand to laidback Laos than on that most famous of Southeast Asia’s rivers, the Mekong?

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How much do we spend on fossil fuels?

Sightline Daily

Here’s where your money actually goes: If you live in Oregon, you spend around $1,300 per year on K-12 education and around $2,800 per year on fossil fuels. Despite these benefits, both Oregon and Washington spend less than the national average per K-12 student. Two-thirds to three-quarters of the price of fossil fuels pays for the raw resources—crude oil, coal, and natural gas—but neither Oregon nor Washington produce any fossil fuels, so all that money goes elsewhere.

There’s Plenty of Room at Hotel California

Sightline Daily

Pretend you’re the governor of Oregon or Washington, or the head of a key committee in the state legislature in Salem or Olympia. Let’s say you’re convinced: Climate change is real, it’s a huge risk , and we need a fast, smooth transition beyond carbon fuels. Not only that, but Oregon and Washington have already done some of the groundwork for linking to California by contributing to the Western Climate Initiative’s 2010 framework.

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Columbia River Ship Traffic: the Impact of Coal and Oil Plans

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Using the Washington Department of Ecology’s “ Vessel Transit and Entry Counts ” database, we calculate the average volume of ship and barge traffic over the last decade and compared that to the number of vessel trips that would be induced by newly-built and planned fossil fuel sites in the region. Our figures refer to “transits,” which are ship movements, rather than “vessels,” which refer to unique ships.

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How the Oil Industry Will Try to Kill Carbon Pricing

Sightline Daily

As Oregon and Washington contemplate a carbon tax or carbon cap , the oil industry is revving the engines for an astro-turf scare campaign here. As Oregon and Washington start thinking about holding them accountable, the oil lobby is turning its scare machine our way. There are two things that Oregon and Washington can learn from Western States Petroleum Association’s “Wolf!”:

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What If Polluters Paid and You Got the Money?

Sightline Daily

The Oregon legislature is considering two bills that would take us there. Two Oregon bills contemplate mailing out dividend checks. If Oregon passed a polluters-pay-plus-dividend bill, the air would no longer be a free dumping ground for pollution, clean energy would be on an even playing field with fossil fuels, and each Oregonian would get a check for $500-$1,500 every year. What are these Oregon dividend bills and what do they do?

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Myths and Facts about Capping Climate Change Pollution

Sightline Daily

Author’s note: Some folks in the Oregon legislature have been fretting about falsehoods lately. Climate models predict that, without urgent action, the Oregon drought could morph into something like the California mega-drought. Don’t let false rumors—often circulated by entrenched fossil fuel interests tying to protect their profits—trip Oregon up on the path to clean energy. It works like this: Oregon sets a path for reducing pollution.

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VIDEO: The Pacific Northwest Can End the Free Lunch for Carbon Polluters

Sightline Daily

This is the first in a series of short videos about how the Pacific Northwest can use a carbon price to protect our communities and accelerate our transition to clean energy. Washington and Oregon can play a leadership role holding polluters accountable as part of a West Coast block for climate action. Have you ever tried to briefly explain to someone why we need to hold carbon polluters accountable? Here’s a 60-second explanation.

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New Video: The Pacific Rim Coal Bubble

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For those of you who don’t have the patience for a 3 minute video, here’s the short version: In early 2009, China’s growing coal consumption outstripped its production—transitioning from being a net coal exporter to a net importer, which made huge waves throughout the Pacific Rim coal markets. Related Stories Oil Trainspotting, Part 2 What the Northwest Can Learn from Louisiana Will Oregon Cook Up a Carbon Tax? Hey, kids!

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Indiana Jones and the Clean Power Rule

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The proposed US Clean Power Rule puts Oregon and Washington, along with other Western states, on a ledge, too. Oregon and Washington are on a quest to meet their own self-imposed climate targets, but the federal rule seems to lead them astray, requiring different goals and tangential negotiations that will sap their energy and make it harder for them to reach their goal. So the federal rule, perversely, encourages Oregon and Washington to abandon their kitchens and call for pizza.

All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map

Sightline Daily

Oregon and Washington leaders are contemplating turbocharging their clean energy transition by instituting carbon pricing here in the Pacific Northwest. For now, though, a price starting around $30 per ton would put Oregon or Washington in line with other programs and close to the economist-approved price. (3) For example, a 25,000 MT threshold would mean only about 48 businesses in Oregon and about 83 businesses in Washington would pay a carbon price.

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10 Key Takeaways from BC’s Polluters-Pay Model

Sightline Daily

Jealous decision-makers down here in Oregon and Washington might be asking “Yes, but how how did they start taxing pollution and helping businesses and residents? Hear that, Oregon and Washington? Advice for Oregon and Washington: keep it simple, fair, and resist pressure to create unwarranted loopholes. 30 per ton is a good start, but not enough to complete the clean energy transition we need. Head on Vancouver by Evan Leeson used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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"A Look at Six State Proposals to Tax Carbon"

Environmental Economics

Recently, six states have each proposed legislation to introduce a comprehensive state-wide carbon tax: Massachusetts , New York , Oregon , Rhode Island , Vermont , and Washington. And in California, where there is a robust cap-and-trade program, some legislators have suggested a transition to a tax. Half of the states—Oregon, Washington, and Vermont—cover only carbon dioxide with their tax proposals.

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Lots More Electric Vehicles Coming Soon to Massachusetts

Sierra Club Compass

In the past, I''ve blogged about Massachusetts lagging behind other states , like Oregon and Georgia, in EV incentives and sales. On Thursday, the governor also celebrated the launch of six new fully electric public transit buses in Worcester, MA. The growing company has e-bus contracts with transit agencies in a number of other cities, including Nashville, San Antonio, and Tallahassee.

ODOT Is Going Broke

Sightline Daily

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently admitted that, after going on a construction spending spree in the 2000s, it is now going broke. I mean think about it: Oregon’s transportation officials now admit that, even after a decade of massive highway spending, demand for all of that new road capacity is evaporating!

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Three Things to Know About CarbonWA’s Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax

Sightline Daily

By taxing pollution instead of commerce, Washington could spur the transition to clean energy at no cost to most Washingtonian taxpayers. By making polluters pay the true costs of pollution, the carbon tax would spur Washington’s transition to clean energy. A steady and predictably rising price on pollution could usher in an orderly transition to clean energy for free for most households, with the added bonus of improving Washington’s woefully regressive tax code.

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Weekend Reading 9/11/15

Sightline Daily

If you’re in the Portland area, be sure to check out Gaining Ground , a new documentary film by Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein: Gaining Ground tells the stories of two rural farms in Oregon and an urban farm in inner city Richmond, California, making extraordinary changes in their farming practices so they can feed their local communities healthy sustainably grown food. Education Election Reform Money in politics Public Transit WolvesKristin.

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A Mom’s Long Bus Ride

Sightline Daily

But because her main bus line in suburban Beaverton, Oregon, only runs once an hour on weekends, a one-way trip to the grocery store and one other stop can easily eat up that time. The Portland metro area’s transit agency has dealt with recent revenue shortfalls by cutting service five times over four years , which has been particularly hard on the region’s low-income, minority, and transit-dependent population.

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Why Price Carbon—Can’t We Just Regulate It?

Sightline Daily

Oregon and Washington have already set legally binding limits on the climate-changing gas. But what if Oregon and Washington’s lawmakers fail to insert sharp incisors in their beyond-carbon rules? Oregon might do the same, for its own revenue reasons. Such taxes would nudge the states’ economies toward a clean-energy transition, it’s true, but they would not guarantee that emissions drop to the statutory goals.

Five Things Northwest States Should Know About the Federal Clean Power Plan

Sightline Daily

Last fall I described how President Obama’s draft federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) gave Oregon and Washington a chance to leap into a clean energy future. The CPP is a carbon-pricing powerhouse: it gives Oregon and Washington’s governors authority, even without legislative action, to price carbon pollution and to join other states in a regional or national price on electric power sector pollution. Sunrise in Portland by Dave Gates used under CC BY 2.0

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Four Carbon Cap-Tax Hybrids

Sightline Daily

A tax and a cap are just different vehicles for delivering the same thing: a carbon price that holds polluters responsible for their pollution, drives the transition to clean energy, and staves off the worst risks of climate volatility. Could Oregon and Washington create a cap-tax hybrid that is custom-made for the Pacific Northwest’s unique circumstances, culture, and economy? Oregon or Washington could start with a cap and authorize a tax as a fallback.

The Washington Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce Report is Out

Sightline Daily

With caveats and cautions and needs for more research of course, but the bottom line is that Washington will not achieve its statutory carbon targets without a price, and Washington can design a price—whether a cap or a tax—to protect public health and the economy and make the transition to a post-carbon world. Washington could invest carbon revenue in clean energy and transportation options for a smooth transition to a post-carbon economy.

Ticket to Ride (The Bus for a Long Time)

Sightline Daily

Jason McHuff, flickr Portland’s transit agency is considering giving riders a perk that nearly no other in the country offers : The ability to board a bus or train and ride anywhere in the system for three hours before having to pay another fare. But there are reasonable disagreements about the assumptions that feed the models that transit agencies use to do these calculations.

The Columbia River Crossing: Sightline’s Greatest Hits

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flickr, Portland Afoot If you’re a keen observer of politics in Olympia, you may already know that the Columbia River Crossing—a massive highway expansion and rail transit project connecting Portland, Oregon with Vancouver, Washington—has emerged as one of the most hotly contested issues in the negotiations over the state’s transportation package.

Carbon Pricing and Northwest Businesses

Sightline Daily

They need to know: How would carbon pricing affect businesses and job creation in Washington and Oregon? In this article, I will spell out that answer, industry by industry, for Oregon and Washington. To bring these numbers down to the level of Washington and Oregon, consider EPA data on direct GHG emissions (not including electricity consumption) from large facilities, including all facilities that generate more than 25,000 tons of such emissions per year.

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March Calls for Expansion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Sierra Club Compass

The Moapa Band of Paiutes is an important voice for Nevada''s transition towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy future," said Reid. NV Energy''s recently announced statewide plan to transition away from coal takes place in the midst of a trend to end the use of coal in the West. Washington State enacted a law that will close its last coal plant by 2025, and Oregon will be coal-free by 2020.

Initiative Inflation

Sightline Daily

Just consider the many ill-conceived initiatives peddled by Tim Eyman in Washington or Bill Sizemore in Oregon. British Columbia and Oregon got marriage equality through the courts. Another archetypal referendum, playing out this year, is the mean-spirited question on the Oregon ballot of whether to halt a program through which immigrants can get driver’s licenses whatever their documentation status and, among other things, stop driving uninsured.

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David Keeps Winning: 10 Recent Victories That Will Give You Hope for the Planet

Sierra Club Compass

Over and over, against all odds, from the deep South to Oregon and everywhere in between, David keeps winning. Oregon: In a decision heralded around the nation, in August the Oregon Department of State Lands rejected a vital permit for one of the last remaining proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest , Ambre Energy's proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River.

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Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal

Sightline Daily

We at Sightline are always saying that a well-designed program can hold polluters accountable while transitioning the Pacific Northwest to a clean and prosperous future. The best uses of carbon revenue are investments that help spur the transition to a clean energy economy, that help low-income people pay increased energy prices in the short term, and that grow the middle class. Governor Inslee is proposing an entire package for transitioning beyond carbon.

Setting the Record Straight on Oil Trains

Sightline Daily

Here’s a fact: new projects could induce as many as 100 loaded crude oil trains per week to transit Washington. “New projects could induce as many as 100 loaded crude oil trains per week to transit Washington.” In just the last few years, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia have seen serious proposals for two new oil pipelines, 10 new or expanded coal export terminals, 14 oil-by-rail facilities, and at least six new natural gas pipelines.

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