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Unlocking Home

Three Keys to Affordable Communities

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Alan Durning takes a hard look at the pinch of expensive urban housing and sees what many others have missed. Hidden in city regulations is a set of simple but powerful barriers to housing for all. These rules criminalize history’s answers to affordable dwellings: the rooming house, the roommate, the in-law apartment, and the backyard cottage. In effect, cities have banned what used to be the bottom end of the private housing market. They’ve made urban quarters expensive and scarce. In Unlocking Home: Three Keys to Affordable Community, Durning details how to revive inexpensive housing in walkable neighborhoods—at no cost to the public—by striking a few lines from municipal law books. read more »

Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet

Everyday Things to Help Solve Global Warming

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What do a clothesline, a locally grown tomato, and a microchip have in common? According to Sightline’s book “Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet,” these are ordinary things that, with widespread use, can have an extraordinary impact on the fight against global warming, one of the most urgent challenges facing life on Earth in this century. read more »

Cascadia Scorecard 2007

Seven Key Trends Shaping the Northwest

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The 2007 Cascadia Scorecard–Sightline’s regional gauge of progress for the Pacific Northwest–identifies some real victories in the Northwest, but reveals that we still struggle when it comes to energy efficiency, economic security, and curbing sprawl. Despite our reputation for a good quality of life, the Northwest comes up short when we measure what really matters. read more »

Cascadia Scorecard 2006

Focus on Sprawl & Health

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The third edition of the Cascadia Scorecard examines the connections between urban design and health risks such as car crashes, obesity, and physical inactivity. It also identifies ways we can create communities that favor health by making it easier for people to get out of their cars and get more connected. read more »

Excerpt from Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet – The Microchip

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Facts about the microchip, from Sightline’s handbook for designing sustainability into the heart of our lives, communities, and economies. read more »

Excerpt from Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet – The Real Tomato

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Facts on the real tomato, from Sightline’s handbook for designing sustainability into the heart of our lives, communities, and economies. read more »

Cascadia Scorecard 2005

Focus on Energy

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The 2005 Scorecard gives a concise update on how Cascadia ranks in seven key trends, with a focus on one of the most critical issues facing the region: energy. It details the weaknesses of the region’s energy system and argues that Cascadia can achieve true security, and a stronger economy, by investing in a clean-energy revolution that is already gathering force. read more »

Cascadia Scorecard 2004

Seven Key Trends Shaping the Northwest

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Each minute in 2003 northwesterners cut one acre of the region’s forest. Every four minutes the Northwest’s population increased by one. Every 20 minutes, the population of poor northwesterners grew by one. These are small changes, but-as Cascadia Scorecard shows-over decades, such trends transform the region more dramatically than the fleeting headlines that so often makes front-page news. read more »

This Place On Earth 2002

Measuring What Matters

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If we don’t measure what we value, we’ll end up valuing what we measure. This Place on Earth 2002 takes a close look at why society’s most-influential indicators—from the GDP to the Dow Jones—are failing us. It also presents a first effort at an alternative yardstick for the Northwest, by measuring how the region is doing in critical areas such as salmon health, sprawl, income inequality, and land use. read more »

Create Markets For Conservation

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This excerpt from This Place on Earth 2001 explores the goods and bads of markets, and how we can harness their potential as a powerful remedy for environmental and social ills. read more »