Portland commits to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050

April 13, 2017 by  
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Portland just announced that it plans to be completely powered by clean energy by 2050, making it one of the largest cities in the country to make the move. It’s an ambitious goal for the city, but Mayor Ted Wheeler believes that it is essential for the health of the planet and its citizens. The decision puts Portland in a growing group of 25 cities across the country who have committed to transitioning to green energy. In announcement this week, city leaders revealed plans to meet the city’s electrical needs with renewables within the next 18 years. After that the city plans to transition existing fossil fuel sources for heating and transportation over to green ones by the middle of the century. Related: Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets Portland has been working hard to encourage green energy – from supporting wind and solar energy growth to exploring more unusual methods like getting power from water pipes and flushing toilets . “Getting our community to 100 percent renewable energy is a big goal,” Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland. “And while it is absolutely ambitious, it is a goal that we share with Nike, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Google, GM, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart. We have a responsibility to lead this effort in Oregon.” Via CNBC images via Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Portland shuts down a car lane to make room for more cyclists

May 26, 2015 by  
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The city of Portland, Oregon is giving the city’s bikers and pedestrians, if only for a little while. As of Friday (May 22) and through June 5, the city is creating “pop-up” bike and pedestrian lanes by partitioning off a 15-foot wide, one-mile-long stretch of road that is usually reserved for northbound traffic. Portland has the highest rate of commuter cyclists in the U.S. (between six and eight percent), but there has been angst between the cyclists and walkers. Read the rest of Portland shuts down a car lane to make room for more cyclists Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: new bike lanes , oregon bike lane , pop up bike lanes , portland bike lanes , portland oregon , safer biking paths , test bike lanes

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Splyt’s LED light trees are made from modular parts – so you can build your own!

May 26, 2015 by  
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Do you ever look at designers and think, wow, I wish I could do that? Well, there’s a way for you to try out your lighting design skills without having to do all the hard work thanks to Jason Krugman and Scott Leinweber, who teamed up in Brooklyn to create a line of interactive lighting systems that are both simple and affordable. We ran into the duo at the ICFF furniture fair , a giant candy store for design aficionados. Hit the jump for a closer look at the Splyt lights and learn how you can create your own. Read the rest of Splyt’s LED light trees are made from modular parts – so you can build your own! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco lighting , energy efficient lighting , green design , green designers new york , green furniture fair , green lighting , ICFF , ICFF furniture fair , interactive lighting , LED lights , modular lighting , new york design , new york design week , new york furniture fair , splyt light , sustainable design

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Portland bans an insecticide in an effort to help save threatened bee population

April 2, 2015 by  
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The city of Portland, Oregon  is doing their part to save the bees by banning the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on city-owned property. The Portland city council unanimously approved the emergency measure on Wednesday, making the ban effective immediately. While the chemical pesticides are efficient at their job, they have also been effectively killing birds, bees and butterflies for years, as the chemicals persist in the environment. Studies have shown that massive bee colony die-offs are likely caused by the insecticides and in 2013, Oregon officials blamed the death of tens of thousands of bees on “improper use” of pesticides. “We’re doing another good thing for the people of Portland, Oregon, the United States, maybe the entire world,” said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who introduced the policy. While the ban does not apply to private property , it is an important first step, Fritz said. “These toxicants kill bees outright , so this ordinance is critical to protecting Portland’s burgeoning local foods movement,” Lisa Arkin, executive director of Beyond Toxics , said in a press release. Similar ordinances in Seattle, Spokane and Eugene inspired the action. Image via Ziva and Amir  via Flickr Creative Commons.  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: #savethebees , backyard beekeeping , bee colony collapse , dying bees , honey bees , insecticide ban , pesticide ban , portland insecticide ban , portland oregon

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California issues first-ever mandatory water restrictions to combat disastrous drought

April 2, 2015 by  
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As record low snow packs threaten to increase the severity of California’s already-devastating drought , Governor Jerry Brown has issued the first mandatory water restrictions in the state’s history. Under the executive order, 400 local water supply agencies—who provide water to around 90 percent of all of California residents—will be required to cut water usage by 25 percent. Additionally, campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes will be required to make cuts, municipalities will no longer water ornamental grasses on medians, and 50 million square feet of lawns will be replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping . Read the rest of California issues first-ever mandatory water restrictions to combat disastrous drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture water reporting , california drought , executive order , governor jerry brown , Lake Tahoe , low reservoir , low snow pack , Sierra Nevadas , water restrictions , water shortages , water usage , wildfire threat

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Portland Gets America’s First EV Quick Charge Station

August 6, 2010 by  
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Yesterday the enviously green city of Portland, Oregon became the first city in the United States to have a public quick charging station for electric vehicles . The Takasago Rapid Charging Station was installed by Portland General Electric (PGE) in a parking lot at their Salmon Street headquarters

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Craftedsystems Creates Modern Decor to Help Build Community

August 5, 2010 by  
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Based in Portland, Oregon , Craftedsystems creates custom-designed interior pieces from sustainable felt. The company focuses on celebrating “modern craft” by providing an opportunity for those in need to learn new, real-world skills that they can also take joy in.

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