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Greening the Planet with Open Source Software

Occasional Portland Transport contributor Garlynn Woodsong is the presenter at the next PSU Transportation Seminar:

Speakers: Garlynn Woodsong, Calthorpe Associates
Topics: Regional Planning, Greenhouse Gases, and UrbanFootprint open source software
When: Friday, January 31, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204
Abstracts: Since about 2008, the planning world has been experiencing a paradigm shift that began in places like California and Oregon that have adopted legislation requiring the linking of land use and transportation plans to outcomes, specifically to the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs). In response to this need, Calthorpe Associates has developed a new planning tool, called UrbanFootprint, on a fully Open Source platform (i.e. Ubuntu Linux, PostGIS, PostGreSQL, etc.). As a powerful and dynamic web and mobile-enabled geo-spatial scenario creation and modeling tool with full co-benefits analysis capacity, UrbanFootprint has great utility for urban planning and research at multiple scales, from general plans, to project assessments, to regional and state-wide scenario development and analysis. Scenario outcomes measurement modules include: a powerful ‘sketch’ transportation model that produces travel and emissions impacts; a public health analysis engine that measures land use impacts on respiratory disease, obesity, and related impacts and costs; climate-sensitive building energy and water modeling; fiscal impacts analysis; and greenhouse gas and other emissions modeling.

 

A Little Wonkery From One of Our Own

The PSU Winter Transportation Seminar Series kicks off with a panel of student presentations, including one from Portland Transport contributor Zef Wagner:

Speakers: Nick Foster, Christopher Muhs and Zef Wagner, Portland State University
Topics: Evaluating Driver and Pedestrian Behaviors at Enhanced Multilane Midblock Pedestrian Crossings: Case Studies in Portland, OR — Bicycling is Different: Built Environment Relationships to Nonwork Travel — Benefit-Cost Evaluation Method for Transit Stop Removal
When: Friday, January 10, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204
Abstracts: Abstracts for each of these topics can be found here.

Portland State University
Winter 2014 Transportation Seminars

If you should happen to see…

A silver/gray Trek 7000 hybrid with a black Soma porteur rack on the front, it’s probably mine.

Last night someone literally ripped the door of my bike shed off of its hinges and took my main ride and a few accessories.

I’m off to buy bigger hinges now…

(Yes, I’ve listed it on the BikePortland stolen bike page and filed a report with PPB – since it’s a “break-in” an officer came out to check it out.)

Happy Holidays and a Merry Tax Year

On behalf of all of our contributing writers here at Portland Transport, let me wish our readers and their families a happy and safe holiday season and a joyous and prosperous new year!

And if you’re looking at those year-end tax deductions, please don’t miss the opportunity to put a little something in Portland Transport’s stocking, via PayPal. Our needs are not great, and your support goes a long way to help meet them.

Thank you all for another great year.

Chris