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Build it and they will come?
Published 4 November 2008 by Portland Office of Transportation Commuter Central Blog (original article)

Portland bicycle planners have often employed the phrase, "Build It and They Will Come" to explain their approach to building a bicycling infrastructure from scratch in the early 1990s when there appeared to be limited demand. Some 15 years later it is easy to see their logic. The City did indeed build a vast network of bicycling facilities, and cyclists have come in droves. Two recent articles are showing that the-build-it-and-they-will-come theory may also hold true in other cities, as well.

Utilities putting new energy into geothermal sources
Published 3 November 2008 by L.A. Times (original article)

Geothermal energy, which takes less space than solar or wind farms and provides consistent baseline energy, is getting increased attention despite the high upfront costs. A new geothermal plant near Reno, Nevada produces more than enough electricity to power every home in Reno, population 221,000.

Resolution/Ordinance: A Resolution Acknowledging the Challenge of Peak Oil (Chapel Hill, NC)
Published 27 October 2008 by Town of Chapel Hill (original article)

On October 27, the council of the town of Chapel Hill passed this resolution, recognizing the challenge of peak oil. The council recognized an obligation to inform the citizens of the potential risks, and directed that the issue be integrated into the Sustainability Committee's Sustainability Work Plan.

Resolution/Ordinance: Energy Scarcity Resolution - City of Nevada City California
Published 22 October 2008 by APPLE-NC (original article)

On October 22, 2008, the City Council of Nevada City passed this resolution recognizing the problem of peak oil and authorizing the creation of an "Energy Solutions Task Force." The coordination of the task force is assigned to local nonprofit community groups.

Nevada City, CA adopts energy scarcity resolution
Published 29 October 2008 by APPLE-NC (original article)

On October 22, 2008, the City council of Nevada City, California voted to adopt resolution #2008-58 regarding future energy scarcity and Peak Oil. Specifically, the resolution supports continued efforts to reduce the City's dependence on petroleum, natural gas, and other forms of energy imported to the area. The resolution also calls for the formation of an Energy Solutions Task Force to investigate local vulnerabilities to more expensive and less available energy inputs, and to suggest specific local mitigation strategies.

Eugene, Ore. adopts goals to reach carbon neutrality by 2020
Published 30 October 2008 by Daily Journal of Commerce - Oregon (original article)

Eugene, the second largest city in Oregon, has adopted two recommendations from its sustainability commission to move the city's facilities and operations toward carbon neutrality.

Q&A about the Bellingham/Whatcom County Task Force
Published 3 August 2008 by Relocalize.net (original article)

An interview with David MacLeod of Sustainable Bellingham about the formation and goals of the joint Bellingham / Whatcom County Energy Resource Scarcity / Peak Oil task force.

Sustainability and the Bellingham/Whatcom County Energy Resource Scarcity and Peak Oil Task Force
Published 3 August 2008 by Relocalize.net (original article)

Whether it is plastered on the side of a bus to promote public transit or peering out from the window of a locally-owned business, support for sustainability is gaining ground in Whatcom County. As one potential solution to globally diminishing natural resources, sustainability, among other things, will be studied as part of an Energy Resource Scarcity Task Force.

Transit systems in a bind
Published by various

The atmosphere in the U.S. is right for growth in mass transit, but those who are trying to make the shift are finding that the funding is not there - due to years of neglect, underfunding, and now systemic economic problems that are threatening many new and existing plans.

Northeast Climate Policy Forum
November 20, 2008 - Nov 20 2008
Published by The Climate Registry (original article)

The Climate Registry, a nonprofit organization devoted to reducing greenhouse emissions, is hosting the first in a series of forums that will approach climate policy on a more focused, regional level. This forum, taking place in Boston, Mass., will bring together Northeast state governmental leaders, Registry Members and industry and academic stakeholders to address climate change policies and how they will affect the Northeast. Industry representatives will discuss how they will prepare for the future and the opportunities they see in this changing environment.



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