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East Bay Greenway Groundbreaking Celebrationfriday, 04.10.13, 10am.
"Meet up at Oakland City Hall at 9:00am with Oakland Public Works Director Brooke A Levin for an easy bike ride out to the groundbreaking ceremony. We’ll take the Bay Trail route along the Embarcadero to Coliseum BART Station.
…This half-mile link in a 12-mile Class 1 bike/ped multiuse pathway will connect the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station to 85th Avenue in Oakland.”
via ebbc.
@telegraph beer garden.
that bike is too tall for that girl.
happy friday!
» How an Environmental Law Is Harming the Environment

California’s signature environmental law needs to be reformed because NIMBYs are using it to block smart growth.

Parker Place provides a case study in how CEQA could be reformed.

Ali Kashani thought he had a sure thing. In 2008, the longtime Berkeley developer proposed to build one of the greenest housing projects in East Bay history. Kashani has long been an advocate for smart-growth development — dense housing and mixed-use projects built on major transit corridors in urban areas. And the architect that he commissioned for his smart-growth project in Berkeley designed it to meet LEED Platinum standards.

….In other words, the Parker Place project is a liberal environmentalist’s dream.

But nothing’s ever a sure thing in Berkeley, a city that is home to some of the most vocal and stubborn anti-growth activists in the state. In November 2010, after the Berkeley City Council approved Parker Place, a small group of these activists sued to block the project, using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to do it. And now, more than four years after Kashani unveiled his proposal, it’s still tied up in litigation. “They really don’t like infill projects,” Kashani said, referring to how anti-growth activists view urban development. “And they’re holding up good projects that could be on the market.”

"The law has become so dysfunctional," said Jennifer Hernandez, an attorney for the Holland & Knight firm and a Berkeley resident who advocates for broad reforms of CEQA. "To call this environmental protection anymore … it’s really about quality-of-life" issues.

The California Legislature has approved minor reforms to CEQA during the past decade in an effort to spur smart growth. But CEQA still allows anti-growth activists to pervert environmental law. For example, the group that sued to block Parker Place contended that the city’s environmental study was “inadequate,” essentially because the project involves the cleaning up of polluted soil and groundwater.

Yes, you read that right. A project that would not only help fight climate change, but also would clean up contaminated soil and groundwater in downtown Berkeley has been blocked in court thanks to a law that’s supposed to protect the environment.

read more: eastbayexpress, 13.03.13.

more greenery on center st., downtown berkeley.
» The surprisingly low-tech solution to big cities’ climate woes: Triple-pane windows

in a report released on Thursday, the nonprofit Urban Green Council makes the case that the country’s largest population centers needn’t rely on a federal breakthrough. Specifically, the 51-page report, titled “90 by 50,” finds that New York City could slash its emissions by a whopping 90 percent by 2050 without any radical new technologies, without cutting back on creature comforts, and maybe even without breaking its budget…

The report takes as its starting point this foundational statistic: 75 percent of the readily measured carbon emissions in New York City come from buildings. That makes it very different from the nation as a whole, where agriculture and transportation are among the biggest culprits. 

But the Urban Green Council’s plans would carry these standards to unprecedented levels — not just double-glazed windows, but triple-glazed windows — and apply them to existing buildings as well whenever they’re updated. That’s an awful lot of work, but the potential payoff is bigger than you might expect. Think of how much a heater has to run just to keep a room at a constant 70 degrees on a 35-degree day — and then imagine instead that the room is so thoroughly sealed that it can stay near 70 for much of the day on its own.

grist, 16.02.13.

at a safeway in sf. 28.12.12.

this also applies to paper bags, apparently. so if you’re going shopping in sf, make sure to bring your own bag. 

I’m pretty proud/glad of this. yeeah bay area! almost gonna be as good as europe one day: everyone brings their own bag to the supermarket, and everyone will have walked, biked, and/or taken public transit there.
The City of Vancouver has set the lofty goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020 and, judging by their latest green innovation, they are thinking outside of the box to get there. To help up their green quotient, Vancouver has started paving its streets with recycled plastic. The city teamed up with GreenMantra of Toronto to melt together old plastic and asphalt to create a paving mixture that is much better for the environment than traditional asphalt.
Vancouver Becomes First City to Pave Their Streets With Recycled Plastic. inhabitat, 25.11.12.

Thanks for sharing! I like these goals/achievements…

Vancouver Greenest City by 2020
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