• by Elizabeth Willmott on December 8, 2013
    City sustainability directors face challenges in moving from bold greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals to achieving actual GHG reduction. Examples of strategies and tactics in energy efficiency, distributed renewable energy, and low-carbon transportation are available to emulate but creating a locally tailored package of actions that “adds up” to meet a long-term reduction goal requires some elbow grease. Read more
  • by Rich Feldman on June 5, 2013
    The early results are in: electric vehicles (EVs) are selling faster than the Toyota Prius hybrid did when it was first introduced to the market, and this is particularly true in the Northwest. Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on March 6, 2013
    To say that transportation is a headache for city leaders, businesses, residents, and employees in Hillsboro, OR would be an understatement. These challenges are partly the result of good economic fortune: Hillsboro has grown from a sleepy town to an employment center over the past decade to over 90,000 residents—with two consecutive expansions of a large Intel campus in the past year, hundreds of residential housing units coming online in the span of months, and new companies locating in the city on a regular basis. Read more
  • by Ross Macfarlane on November 7, 2012
    A new expert report warns that the dramatic increases in coal train traffic from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal may severely damage property values along the proposed route Read more
  • by Hendrik Van Hemert on January 10, 2011
    Pike Research projects that over 3 million electric cars will be sold in the US by 2015. Read more
  • by Patrick Mazza on November 9, 2007
    While growing biofuels feedstocks on farms is becoming a commonplace, actually making biofuels on the farm is fairly rare.  Two Pacific Northwest efforts to develop advanced technologies for farm-scale production illustrate significant potential to produce fuels from local feedstocks for local use.     Read more