Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Digital not necessarily greener

Silicon vallyImage by jpockele via Flickr

Digital devices take a lot of energy, even if they only consume a little bit during operation. Tremendously important that we understand this as we head into the Long Emergency.
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Great idea: refer the Gas Tax/Highway Porkfest to Voters

Greenhouse gas emissions per capita in 2000 Da...Who's destabilizing the climate -- that's right, we are! Graphic is 2000 per-capita greenhouse gas emissions with red highest, natch. Image via Wikipedia

Environmental group pushing Legislature to combat emissions

SALEM — An environmental group is threatening to refer the Legislature’s gas tax to the ballot unless lawmakers do more to combat greenhouse gas emissions in the Eugene-Springfield area specifically, and elsewhere in Oregon. . . .
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Another Salem Cinema gem

We are so lucky to have Salem Cinema.

Help collect the data needed for better bike facilities in Salem

Eric L., the indefatigable instigator of incessant bike information sends:

A common utility bicycleImage via Wikipedia


Last summer, 21 volunteers counted bicycles at 32 locations and generated
40 manual counts. It was a great success! Already it is informing decisions about bicycle infrastructure, funding, and future demand.

And it's time to do it again!

Help document the way biking is growing in the Salem-Keizer area. We need volunteers to count bicycles at key intersections in the region. We hope to bring the number of locations up to about 50. There are areas of town where we didn't count, significant new pieces of infrastructure to assess (hello Union St. Railroad Bridge!), and year-over-year changes to note.

Counts will be performed in July, August, and some in September. They will be scheduled for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, and occur during rush hour - either between 7am and 9am, or between 4pm and 6pm. You can choose the day and time slot that works best for you!

If you'd like to participate, we'll treat you to some pizza and soda. On Wednesday, June 24th at 5pm, the City of Salem, Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study, and Mid-Willamette Valley Bicycle Transportation Alliance will hold a training and orientation. It will last about an hour. Please RSVP to salembikes [at] gmail [dot] com.

For more see the Breakfast on Bikes site (2008 or 2009).
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