|Surlyurbanist riffs on importance of manufacturing|
|"Craft Industrial" is maybe not so silly after all -|
The Edgewater District and West Salem Zone Clean-up project
|Today's front page|
|April 3rd - via Twitter|
(It's not entirely clear whether you must install the app, or whether you can just use a regular browser from a desktop machine. If it works from just a browser, it may prefer chrome. It looks a little fussy, and it may be just easier to wait until they publish the video and support materials, and not try to participate live.)
Cherriots Restores Skeleton Service Network
|via Twitter - see details here|
Addendum on ODOT Climate Office
Because of the pandemic, I missed this from late last month.
ODOT is creating a new climate office. From the press release:
SALEM -- The Oregon Department of Transportation announces the establishment of a new Climate Office to respond to the challenges presented by climate change and to take active steps to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The new Climate Office will support implementation of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-04, the Oregon Transportation Commission’s Statewide Transportation Strategy for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and support the state’s transition to a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system....Right off, this looks like a lot of greenwash. OTC Chair says, "We need to make it easier for Oregonians to choose cleaner transportation alternatives, like driving electric and hybrid vehicles..." It's mainly about swapping fuel sources and keeping the same mileage and trip count of driving. But we know EVs will not be enough and we will also need very large decreases in driving itself, in VMT reduction. We will know ODOT is serious when they lead with We will make it easier for Oregonians to drive less and not to drive at all. At the moment ODOT sees this as self-negating, as they cannot conceive of transportation without driving. But we need a different understanding of mobility and transportation.
“Transportation is Oregon’s largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin. “We need to make it easier for Oregonians to choose cleaner transportation alternatives, like driving electric and hybrid vehicles and using mass transit. If a broad cross-section of our citizens make those choices, Oregonians will truly drive down carbon emissions in our state and dramatically improve air quality,” said Van Brocklin.
“Transportation agencies can and should be doing more. Under Governor Brown’s leadership, we look forward to working with our partners to reduce emissions and increase our resiliency wherever possible,” said Kris Strickler, Director of the Oregon Department of Transportation. “This new Climate Office is a critical step toward a clean, reliable, and sustainable future,” said Strickler.
Amanda Pietz will lead ODOT’s Climate Office beginning immediately. Pietz served as ODOT’s Program Implementation and Analysis Manager. The Climate Office will report to Cooper Brown, ODOT Assistant Director for Operations.