Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines
December 6, 2013
In Denmark and Holland, women take more of their trips by bicycle than do men.
Cyclists are pushing the limits of what they can haul on cargo bikes — sturdy two-wheelers built to haul lots of stuff. The so-called SUV of bicycles are increasingly popular in pedal-friendly communities, from Washington state to Massachusetts.
The Tacoma News Tribune | Bicycles
An eco-friendly building rating system that has powered a green arms race across the nation faces a challenge from policymakers and an upstart rival.
Eugene Register Guard | Green Building
Oregon’s slow rebound from the Great Recession is setting the state apart as one of the hardest hit by reductions in food stamp funding — $84 million was cut this year from the safety net that has helped one in five Oregonians through the sluggish recovery.
Salem Statesman Journal | Economy
Approval of gay marriage has also made Washington a draw for people from other states — 24 percent of the same-sex couples married here have traveled from another state.
Puget Sound Business Journal | Gay marriage
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require the government to study the most practical ways of taxing drivers based on how far they drive, in order to help fund federal highway programs.
Planetizen | Driving
Portland’s plastic bag ban went into full effect Oct. 1, and on Nov. 4, one of the Northwest’s largest retailers stopped giving a nickel discount to customers who brought in their own reusable bags.
The Oregonian | Plastic bags
In a case that will be argued before the Oregon Court of Appeals next month, the state maintains that the public trust doctrine applies only to those waters that the state owns, not to the atmosphere, the pollution of which threatens the very existence of the planet through greenhouse gas emissions.
The Oregonian | Climate Change
President Obama ordered federal agencies Thursday to more than double their use of electricity produced by renewable resources, a directive that requires them to make solar, wind and hydro power 20 percent of the government’s energy portfolio by 2020.
Washington Post | Renewable Energy
Dozens of companies — including the five biggest oil-producers — report that they are using carbon pricing estimates to plan for hypothetical future regulation in the U.S.
Grist | Carbon pricing
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency analyzed single samples of untreated and treated water from 25 U.S. utilities that voluntarily participated in the project.
The Georgia Straight | Toxics