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Mayor’s Town Hall on Portland’s Climate Priorities

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Let’s Talk Climate will host Mayor Ted Wheeler in a Climate Action Town Hall on Thursday, March 16th at 7 p.m. in TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland. Climate stability and preparedness were key topics during the 2016 election campaign and Portland citizens elected a mayor who has made climate action a top priority.
Portland’s Climate Action Plan calls for significant commitment from many of the city bureaus in order to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change. Hotter summers, more flooding, new levels of uncertainty – these are some of the predictions for the coming decades in Portland. This town hall offers an opportunity to hear from city officials as they consider climate action steps in the immediate future. How will the bureaus meet these new goals? How will the mayor set priorities? How can citizens contribute to help mitigate climate impacts?
The mayor will speak briefly, followed by comments by senior staff, with plenty of time for questions and answers in a t…

Let’s Talk Climate Creativity

Here is Stephanie Kaza's February column.
Yes, it’s true, 2016 was the warmest year on record for the planet. And that was also true for 2015 and 2014.The trend lines are pretty clear from the basic temperature measurements.And for those of us still relying on a fact-based world, these numbers are a wake-up call.Things are not miraculously turning around and getting better on their own, at least temperature-wise.
This could be a call for more anxiety and concern or it could be a call for more creativity. Let’s go with that as a basic policy – how can we apply our fantastic human imagination to climate challenges and be even more creative than we’ve already been? How could we reduce fossil fuel dependence AND, for example, also increase affordable housing?
One potential answer lies in the emerging “passive house” or net zero movement.  It is now possible to cut energy use almost to zero through advances in building sciences and technologies. New materials for walls and roof structures…