6 results for author: Sara Wright


Transportation Pricing for Equitable Mobility

The roads belong to the public. We own the right-of-way, the sidewalks and curbs and the street.

Transportation Transformation: The Writing Is On The Wall

Greenhouse gas emissions aren’t something you can easily feel or smell or see in your daily life. It’s hard for us to get a sense of what the volume is, and whether it’s going up or down. That’s why it’s so important to track the measurements to see what’s working and what isn’t workingOn September 18, the City of Portland released a report on greenhouse gas emissions in Multnomah County from 1990 to 2017. This report tells us that some things are working, though not quickly enough, and some things are working much worse than others.Here’s the good news: Emissions are down nearly 40% from 1990 levels, even though the population ...

What does clean air mean to you?

Oregon Environmental Council is celebrating Park(ing) Day on September 20, 2019. Park(ing) Day is a global event that allows us to reclaim our public space and imagine what we could do with them if we weren’t using them to store cars. Roadways used to be spaces for pedestrians, but with the advent of the automobile, our relationship to the “public right-of-way” has changed. On Park(ing) Day, groups and individuals adopt parking spaces around Portland for a day to celebrate, learn, relax, and enjoy our public right-of-way with art, activities, living room spaces and more.For our first ever Park(ing) Day, we wanted to honor our core values ...

Do everything

For any person or organization to try to “do something” about the climate crisis, the problem can feel overwhelmingly huge and complex.Everything we do tugs on something else, and the struggle to find the “right way” to make a difference feels impossible. Announce you’re doing something on social media or at a party, and people are likely to inform you of all the ways you’re taking the wrong approach.The thing is, we need to do everything. Everything helps, and we can’t afford to leave anything undone. We can’t choose one thing off the climate crisis list and leave the rest for later.As an example of this, Oregon Environm...

The 5 Ws of electric buses

Ask any journalist, researcher, crime investigator or just any good storyteller, and they’ll tell ya: who, what, when, where, why (& how) must be answered to get a full understanding of an issue. Electric buses have found a few routes in Oregon for travelers to enjoy and more are coming. So here are Oregon Environmental Council’s 5 Ws of E-buses. Why do they matter and who are they for? Buses carry a lot of people in a space-efficient and energy-efficient way, making them critical to a sustainable, equitable transportation system. Buses fueled by electricity are even better because they are nearly pollution-free.  When electric ...

Legislature Passes Two Electric Vehicle Bills

Imagine a transportation system with lots of options for getting around. Imagine vehicles that produce no air pollution and are safe for our climate. Those solutions are needed to tackle the fact that nearly 40% of Oregon's climate pollution is caused by transportation and that transportation is also a major contributor to smog and soot that harm our health.The good news is that we can get there. On the vehicle technology front, Oregon has taken action in the last few years to promote the adoption of electric vehicles, also known as zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), allowing utilities to invest in charging stations and providing state rebates so that ...