Category: Sustainability

  • 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…

  • A Little Validation

    The Portland region is begin recognized by the EPA as one of five communities highlighted for “Smart Growth Achievement”. The award specifically calls out the 2040 growth concept.

  • The Long Coffee Supply Chain

    This diagram was developed out of a stakeholder interview for the sustainable freight task force I just served on. It’s illustrative that even if you get the last mile to be very sustainable, there’s a lot of complexity in moving even a very simple commodity. click on image for a larger view

  • One of the Keys to Sustainable Freight: Full Trucks

    I’m serving on a small working group that is trying to develop some high-level ideas for how the City of Portland could encourage more sustainable freight. It’s a little bit of a mind-bender, because all of my urban design sensibilities push for smaller vehicles. But in fact from a fuel efficiency perspective, there is a…

  • End to a Positive Trend?

    Sightline reports that per-capita gasoline usage in the Northwest is seeing an uptick after nearly a decade of decline.