11 24 2014
  1:14 am  

Green Building Gets Nod

The green building industry may soon be an important player in Portland's economy, according to a report from the Portland Development Commission and the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development.
"Economic Opportunities for Portland's Green Building Industry," identifies green building products, services and systems that could provide economic benefits for the city and state.
A key goal of the report was to identify opportunities for import ....

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Solar Home Contest on Display in Washington, D.c.

Solar power, still a tiny fraction of the energy used today, may be heading closer to the mainstream - if a display on the National Mall over the past week is any indication.
Twenty universities brought solar homes to Washington, assembled them in the shadow of the Washington Monument and became a weeklong magnet for people wanting to see what these technology-filled homes were all about. To many visitors, they no longer looked like oddball experiments, but dwellings that had the look and feel _ although smaller _ of houses in suburbia.
Even storm clouds and drizzle didn't keep the curious from standing in long lines one afternoon to look at the one-bedroom homes that had been assembled by students from 16 states .....

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The Economic Backsliding of Black America

Every politician, every news anchor and every newspaper eulogized Coretta Scott King after her Jan. 30 death, praising her commitment to civil rights. But how much attention did we pay to Mrs. King's words and actions when she was alive?
Must it only be upon the passing of our iconic leaders that we pause to grasp the depths of racial inequality around us, a real and present danger that we ignore at our own peril?
Mrs. King's commitment was not just to a narrow definition of civil rights as legal freedom from discrimination. She spoke up for economic justice and peace, both before she met her late husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and after his death ....

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Architects Help Natural Systems Stay Green

Vigil-Agrimis Inc.: U.S. Small Business Administration's regional Minority Small Business of the Year for 2007.    
Latino-owned and operated, Vigil Agrimis, based in Portland, specializes in planning, analysis and design of water and natural resources projects. Since Ken Vigil and Paul Agrimis formed the company in 1999, it has become a leader in providing design services in the Western United States — particularly for Oregon, Washington, and ...

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