Getting to 2100

 

Getting to 2100

Smart Resource Use Archive

13 January 2015

In a surprise move, the recently appointed Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission was fired by Governor John Kitzhaber for not approving subsidies for coal exports at the port of Clatskanie, reported by the Oregonian today. Surprise because the Governor has previously come out against exporting coal from Oregon ports, saying that coal, as well […]

24 February 2014

Its normal to assume that future households will be pretty much the same as today’s, yet if we look back just a few decades, most houses in Portland had many more people living in them. Over half had children in the home in the 1960s and many also had grandparents or aunts and uncles under the same roof. Today, over a quarter of households consist of one person and only one in five has school age children. What about the future?

6 November 2013

“…Patterns of idea flow…are directly related to productivity growth and creative output. Individuals, organizations, cities and even entire societies that engage with one another and explore outside their social group have higher productivity, greater creative output and even longer, healthier lives…photo

10 June 2013

Up in the hills between Osaka and Tokyo is a small village that is pretty typical of much of rural Japan. Beautiful old houses, forested hillsides, a river running through it and silence. The woods are quiet because it is cheaper to import wood from Indonesia than to cut and process here. The town is quiet because many of the houses are empty…IMG_1170

9 May 2013

Watch Outdoor School on PBS. See more from Oregon Field Guide.

For me, it all started with a sticky bun. But, of course, it started much earlier with the first Outdoor School in Oregon in the 1960s and the story got complicated by Measure 5 property tax limitations and all that, but for me, it did start with a sticky bun…

3 May 2013

photoThis morning on my commute into work I looked over the Willamette River and saw what to many Portlanders isn’t such an unusual sight–people fishing for salmon. And soaring above them a pair of ospreys, or fish hawks.

1 May 2013

Going for the Gold
Urbanization doesn’t have to mean the loss of viable habitat for wildlife. Vast amounts of metropolitan areas are thinly settled, with single family homes on big lots — space for re-creating native habitat. In the Portland, Oregon region, the Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Land Trust and Friends of Tryon Creek have teamed up to create a unique Backyard Habitat Certification Program. You can do it, too! Read on…

2 April 2013

Following up on the recent spate of articles on mandating off-street parking, here in Portland and nationally, here’s a research article based on real world experience in Los Angeles: Parking requirements as a barrier to housing development: regulation and reform in Los Angeles Abstract: Using a partial deregulation of residential parking in downtown Los Angeles, […]

26 March 2013

econforecast
What would happen if we decided to tax the burning of fossil fuels–gasoline, natural gas, coal–and gave back the money to businesses and individuals as rebates on their income taxes?

4 February 2013

WindmillsOne of the big questions hurled by the defenders of the fossil fuel age is that low-carbon energy technologies just can’t be ramped up to meet the burgeoning need of growing economies worldwide. And, of course, they shed alligator tears at this point over their concern for the billions of poor people yearning for refrigerators and cars who, they contend, would be left in poverty by the heartless “climate alarmists.” But it is a great question. Can we produce the energy for a vibrant, equitable economy without fossil fuels?