Transportation Posts

Students for Sustainability to spend spring break lobbying for climate change solutions

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Education, Featured, Neighbors, Transportation | 3 comments

Students for Sustainability to spend spring break lobbying for climate change solutions

Students at Port Townsend High School intent on devoting their spring break to lobbying officials in “the other Washington” to take action on climate change solutions first had to answer a troubling question: How to get there? It’s approximately 3,000 miles from the Olympic Peninsula to Washington, D.C. Anyway you slice it, the trip will produce carbon emissions. The ethical answer was to travel by public transportation. That means bus and ferry to Seattle’s Amtrak station, and from there a round trip to D.C. by train....

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Singing, Biking, Sharing in The Great Turning

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Education, Transportation | 3 comments

Singing, Biking, Sharing in The Great Turning

I’ve just come down from the clouds—the lofty emotional highs—of a two-day workshop on The Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy herself. And, yes, I rode my bike the two miles to Fort Worden Conference Center, along with a dozen or so of the 50 workshop participants. That’s a pretty good bicycling turn-out, but then again, this was a gathering of sustainability activists! I’m still processing, and will be for a while, what I learned from the 84-years-young Joanna Macy  of Berkeley this past weekend, along with the lessons...

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Pedalpalooza to the Solar Tour!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Housing & Shelter, My EcoChallenge, Renewable Energy, Transportation | 1 comment

Pedalpalooza to the Solar Tour!

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”  —Tom Peters That’s just what two free, family-friendly, sustainability events in Port Townsend aim to do this weekend. The first annual PT Pedalpalooza bicycle festival (website) runs today (July 11) through Sunday (July 15). The annual Jefferson Solar [Homes] Tour (website)  is this coming Saturday, July 14. I’m super excited for—and plan to be involved in both of—these celebrations. By showing us a critical mass of what we WANT to see, they show us the way. •  Homes with...

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Tips for the Sustainability Tourist

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Education, Featured, Food, Local Economy, Transportation | 5 comments

Tips for the Sustainability Tourist

I’m an advocate for promoting Port Townsend as a destination for sustainability-minded tourists. We can welcome people who want to test-drive a sustainable community, even if just for a few days. Maybe we can convince them to move to our scenic Victorian Seaport and join the cause! Well, one of these tourists contacted me for advice a few days before the Memorial Day weekend. He gave me permission to turn our e-mail exchange into a blog post.   Hi Shelly, I found your blog about a year ago and have been following it since. I’m a...

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VIDEO: Transportation (Presentation to Chamber of Commerce, 11/14/11)

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Education, Transportation | 2 comments

VIDEO: Transportation (Presentation to Chamber of Commerce, 11/14/11)

We’ve been snowed in the last couple of days, and the walkability of our 1880’s-era neighborhood has had a chance to shine. As Soren and I traveled on foot to the corner grocery, the post office, the coffee shop, and our friends’ houses, we encountered 10 times as many pedestrians as we normally do and 10 times fewer cars. It was so sociable, so cheery, so safe to pull Soren on his sled down the middle of the road. I almost wish the snow would stick around! Port Townsend’s historic core was built before automobiles...

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