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Kathy Wilson
Tue, 12/16/2014 (All day)

If you live in Bend, you’ve probably heard pros and cons about the development of the OSU-Cascades campus. If you haven’t been following the issue, the University is planning to build on a 10-acre site to accommodate more students and then potentially expand onto an adjacent 46-acre site in the future. This has raised concerns about increased traffic, increased stress on the already stressed housing market, and the location of the campus itself - whether or not the 46-acre site is even safe or desirable to build on. Recently, after the project was approved by the City Council...

Kathy Wilson
Mon, 12/15/2014 (All day)

This Thursday, December 18th, the Metro Council will hold a public hearing on the draft Climate Smart Strategy. We’ve asked young leaders in the community their opinions about and hopes for Metro’s Climate Smart Communities...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 11/25/2014 (All day)

Your comments still needed!

On December 18, 2014, the Metro Council will make a decision with far-reaching implications for our communities today and for generations.  Whether that decision boldly addresses climate change or is merely nice words on paper depends on each of us.  So, we are asking you to take just a few minutes now to make sure our children and grandchildren will be as thankful for the region they live in tomorrow as we are today.

The Metro Council has before it the proposed Climate Smart Communities Strategy.  Over the last 4 years, thousands of the region’...

A household energy efficiency effort to benefit 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Visit www.neilkelly.com/1000friends/ to sign up! 

By now we all know winter is coming. You could just accept the drop in temperatures and rise in energy costs. Alternatively, you can participate in a program that supports 1000 Friends, makes your home more comfortable, could save you money on your...

by Kathy Wilson, 1000 Friends Intern & Masters in Urban and Regional Planning Candidate

This summer 1000 Friends piloted a field trip series to give members and the interested public opportunities to learn about land use planning and policy issues around Portland-Metro. Field trips visited agricultural communities like Helvetia, French Prairie, and the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program, and investigated brownfields in urban Portland, as well as equity in East Portland. (A final “Ghost Freeways” walking tour is scheduled for October 16. Click here for details.) Meeting with stakeholders involved in land use...

What impact do different kinds of development have on taxpayers? Can tax policies create incentives for sprawl? Can governments estimate the impact different kinds of development will have on their budgets up front? What tools are available to measure the economic impact of varying approaches to development? Join us September 25 for a presentation by a national expert, analysis of a local case study, and panel discussion by regional leaders. 

 

Joseph Minicozzi & Gerard Mildner Present: 

Transit Oriented Development in the Pacific NW

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Thanks to passionate advocacy by youth, the City of Eugene is moving from general goals to steadfast statute when it comes to climate change. City Councilors voted July 28 to adopt a strong climate change ordinance seeking to cut fossil fuel use to 50 percent below 2010 levels by 2030.

The Register-Guard reports:

The so-called “climate recovery ordinance,” which passed on a 6-2 vote, seeks to cut...

Victoria Lim, an intern from Duke University, visited the Oregon Coast for the first time on a service project in July 2014. She shares her reaction in this reflection:

 

Fog. Chilly Winds. Rain.

The Oregon Coast at Seaside was unlike any other coast that I have been to before. The beaches I have been to...