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Month: March 2019

EU Plastic Ban

Europe is showing strong leadership on environmental issues again! A ban on plastic consumer items, including plates, cutlery, and straws will go into effect by 2021. This will reduce plastic waste entering our oceans by a meaningful amount. Well done Europe! There’s a growing interest in planning single-use plastic items,…

Carbon fee and dividend

Often, environmental measures are cast as the enemy of business and growth. “We’d like to pollute less, killing fewer people”, politicians say, “but that might make some numbers in a spreadsheet smaller than they would otherwise be”. That doesn’t have to be the case. Improving our ability to live in…

Spring Bike!

This last week we’ve been blessed with unseasonably warm and dry weather, and the bikes are back! It’s so great to see so many people commuting to work by bike again. Biking is by far the most fun way of commuting I’ve ever found. Cars are OK if it’s a…

A tale of two blocks

In Seattle, on a small stretch of 14th Ave NW, a group of local citizens campaigned for, and got, a reworking of a two-block stretch. Before Before, 14th was a wide street, with two lanes of travel, parking on both sides, and a central strip of additional parking. Cars travel…

What could be

There is no such thing as money. It’s a made up concept that only works because we all agree to pretend it’s real. If everyone stopped pretending, those bits in the bank’s computer, and the paper/plastic in your wallet would be as useless as the plastic shrinkwrap on the latest…