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Alternate Fuels Will Power 1/3 World’s Vehicles By 2030

The ECOreport looks at a new paper predicting that alternate fuels will power 1/3 world’s vehicles by 2030

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1We already possess sufficient clean alternatives to take over from most fossil fuels. Only, the world’s economies are market driven. Clean technologies need to be competitively priced before mass adoption is possible. Some argue this will change as the true cost of fossil fuels becomes more evident. A new Lux Research report uses a more conservative approach, when it predicts alternate fuels will power of the 1/3 world’s vehicles by 2030.

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Vancouver Should Take Note Of Houston’s Affordable Housing

The ECOreport reposts Vancouver Should Take Note Of Houston’s Affordable Housing

The Vancouver SUN via Fraser Institute

By Kennith P. Green, Ian Herzog & Josef Filipowicz, of the Fraser Institute

A recent Wall Street Journal article featured a number of cities that stand out, giving well-deserved praise to Vancouver’s walkable urban landscape. But while Vancouver continues to become even more pedestrian friendly, a much bigger problem is going unsolved. Growing housing costs are consistently outstripping income increases in the city.

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Praise for San Diego’s forward Thinking Budget

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere were few criticisms when Mayor Kevin Falconer announced that San Diego will spend $127.3 million to carry out the city’s Climate Action Plan during the fiscal year 2017. $32.7 million of this is for projects tackling the city’s emissions and another $94 million for items indirectly supporting the plan. The largest single item, $65.7 million, is for the city’s water recycling program which is to supply up to a third of the city’s need by 2035. Some wanted more detail, but there was mostly praise for San Diego’s forward thinking budget.

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5 Million Tourists Came To BC In 2015

The ECOreport looks at British Columbia’s booming tourist trade and why 5 Million Tourists Came To BC In 2015

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMTourism has long been one of British Columbia’s main industries, employing more than twice the number of people as the combined figures for the entire natural resources sector. 1 A news release from the Ministry of Tourism reported that close to 5 million tourists came to BC in 2015.

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  1. According to Statistics Canada, B.C.’s  Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas sectors employed 52,000 in January 2016. A provincial government news release states “Tourism supports approximately 19,200 businesses and 127,500 employees in British Columbia.”

San Francisco’s innovative Street Solutions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMClarence Eckerson Jr. of Streetfilms was on vacation.  He just happened to step out on Market Street, with a camera, when a sea of bikes took over San Francisco.  The city encourages this. They hope to see 20% of all commutes within the city make by bicycle by 2020. This is just one of San Francisco’s innovative Street Solutions.

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Exploring the Walkable Streets Of Stockholm

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Stockholm is a leader in the movement to create more liveable cities. There are more bicycles than cars in many parts of the city. The  Medieval core has been given over to pedestrians and is virtually car-free. Instead of killing business, as many merchants feared, this has brought people to their doors. Streetfilms.org went exploring the walkable streets of Stockholm in the two videos below.

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Vancouver Has Made Significant Progress

Towards Becoming the World’s Greenest City

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In 2009, Gregor Robertson was elected mayor of Vancouver after campaigning to make it the greenest city in the World. Two years later, the Economist ranked Vancouver #2 in North America. In 2013, Vancouver was chosen as the planet’s first Global Earth Hour Capital. The judges were impressed by the city’s overall holistic approach to climate action. According to the city’s sustainability director, Amanda Pitre-Hayes, Vancouver has made significant progress.

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Sustainable Transportation

Bv Steve Heckeroth

When you wake up in any city in America you hear the roar of hundreds or even thousands of internal combustion engines. There are over 200 million licensed drivers in the US who annually each burn an average of 800 gallons of fuel to go a total of over 3 trillion miles. We seem to have forgotten that we have legs. The only walking many people do is to and from their car. Even many of the people who realize the critical importance of exercise get in their car to drive to the gym. To make matters worse the top selling auto in the US for the last 32 years is the Ford F series pickup truck and last year three out of the top five selling autos in America were pickup trucks that get less than 18 mpg. This may explain how America with only 4% of the world population burns about 25% of the oil consumed in the entire world.
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Civitia: A Community for Tomorrow

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Seventy years ago Civitia was a sand and gravel quarry in the heart of the Mission Valley. The original owners, Franklin and Alta Grant, had been seeking oil, but instead provided much of the aggregate for San Diego’s buildings, roads and highways. Now their grandchildren have teamed up with Sudberry Properties to transform the 230 acre parcel into a walkable village that a recent New York Times article called “a perfect model for the future growth of the region.” Continue reading Civitia: A Community for Tomorrow