Tag Archives: Portland

Portland Wins C40 Cities Award For Best Climate Action Plans

The ECOreport looks at one of the North American leaders,  Portland Wins C40 Cities Award For Best Climate Action Plans

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Portland’s Climate Action Plan lays out a pathway to reducing the city’s GHG emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. This includes a shift in transportation sector that would result in half of all trips being made public transport, cycling or walking. Buildings are to “reduce their energy use by 1.7% annually, resulting in an annual GHG emissions reduction of 280,000 metric tons in 2020.” These are just a few examples of why Portland Wins the C40 Cities Award For Best Climate Action Plans.

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Portland Poised To Curtail New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

The ECOreport looks at news from Oregon, Portland Poised To Curtail New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmAt a time when the United States government appears to be falling under the control of the fossil fuel sector, cities are taking the lead in transitioning to a cleaner economy. In Oregon, for example, Portland is poised to curtail new fossil fuel infrastructure.

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Another Oil-By-Rail Fire Near Portland

The ECOreport questions the risks involved with transforming the Columbia into a major fossil fuel artery. There was a fatal accident last December & another oil-by-rail fire near Portland today

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are currently only one or two trains going through the Columbia River Gorge every day. Imagine what would happen if all the fossil fuel projects in this region were approved. Up to a hundred trains, averaging between a mile and a mile and a half in length, and would make this same trek weekly. Six months ago, a truck driver was killed in a railway accident within Portland’s city limits. The flames spread to eight railway cars, carrying oil or asphalt, which luckily did not catch fire. There was another oil-by-rail fire near Portland today.

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Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

As the Governor’s of Washington, Oregon and California join with BC to sign a new climate plan,The ECOreport asks do the Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders mean business?  

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?

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Vancouver Challenging Portland As North America’s #1 Biking City

The ECOreport looks into the possibility Vancouver surpasses Portland As North America’s #1 biking city

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortland has long been been North America’s #1 bike-friendly city. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 7.2% of “commuters go by bike.” That figure is taken from the 2014 census, which also shows the closest U.S. competitors as Minneapolis (4.6%), San Francisco (4.4%) and Seattle (3.7%). Now a new report shows Vancouver challenging Portland as North America’s #1 biking city.

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How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

The ECOreport looks at the Pacific Coast Collaborative’s progress in their joint target of making 10% of all vehicle purchases electric. How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative doing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has been nine months since the Governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia embarked upon a shared initiative. In their joint press release, group spokesperson Governor Kate Brown explained “The West Coast Electric Fleets initiative leads the way in helping fleets scale up zero-emission vehicles to reach our goal that, by 2016, 10 percent of all new purchases are electric vehicles.” How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

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Shining Cities Leading America To 100%

The ECOreport looks at Environment California’s new report, which shows Shining Cities leading America to 100%

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCities are a driving force behind the U.S. adoption of solar energy.  According to Environment California, the United States currently has 27 GW of installed solar capacity and much of that comes from more than 780,000 rooftops around the nations. Cities are not just centers of demand, are potentially major providers of electricity. Those are a few of the facts found in the 2016 report of Shining Cities leading America to 100%.

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Portland’s New Homelessness Toolkit

The ECOreport found an incredibly simple, but effective, online resource in the war against homelessness: Portland’s New Homelessness Toolkit

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOn any given night, there are 3,800 people sleeping in Portland’s streets, shelters or temporary housing. The city of Portland has received countless phone calls, e-mails, and social media messages requesting information about this problem. “We heard them, and we responded with an easily accessible warehouse of information,” says Mayor Charles Hales.  Portland’s New Homelessness Toolkit is a portal of information on the city’s homelessness initiatives, from safe sleeping guidelines to volunteer opportunities.

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Cities Transitioning To A Fossil Fuel Free Economy

The ECOreport examines the movement of West Coast cities transitioning to a fossil fuel free economy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After 23 years of attempting to bring about change on the state and national levels, Daphne Wysham came to the conclusion that the last bastion of hope in the fight against the fossil fuel industry was at the local level. America’s mayors and city councils are much more accountable for health and safety of their constituents. She focused her attention on the Pacific Northwest, where there are currently 27 proposed coal, oil and gas by rail projects. This initially brought her into conflict with Portland Mayor Charles Hales, who subsequently became an apostle for cities transitioning to a fossil fuel free economy.

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Train Fire In The Outskirts of Portland

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There was a train fire in the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, after a semi-truck lost control of his vehicle around 8:45 am this morning. According to Oregon Live, the train was not moving. A neighbour work up after hearing a “boom,” followed by three more explosions. Another witness says he heard a total of six “booms.” The truck driver was killed. Flames spread to eight railway cars. containing oil or asphalt, which did not catch fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze by 11:00 a.m.

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