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"A Livable Shade of Green"
Alex Steffen, 3 Jul 05

Nicholas Kristof looks at Portland's efforts to scale back carbon emissions (which we covered a few weeks ago):

In 1993, Portland became the first local government in the United States to adopt a strategy to deal with climate change. The latest data, released a few weeks ago, show the results: Greenhouse gas emissions last year in Multnomah County, which includes Portland, dropped below the level of 1990, and per capita emissions were down 13 percent.

This was achieved partly by a major increase in public transit, including two light rail lines and a streetcar system. The city has also built 750 miles of bicycle paths, and the number of people commuting by foot or on bicycle has increased 10 percent.

More at Portland's Office of Sustainable Development.

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