Despite recent gains by wolves and Chinook salmon, key wildlife populations are well below their historic abundance. view graphic »
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The Cascadia Scorecard is Sightline’s sustainability report card for the Pacific Northwest.
Launched in 2004, the Cascadia Scorecard project measures the key trends that are shaping the future of our region. The Scorecard’s trends help us gauge whether the Northwest is making genuine progress towards shared goals: long and healthy lives, broadly shared prosperity, and a legacy of thriving nature. Since its inception, the Scorecard has evolved, exploring trends such as human health, population, energy, sprawl, wildlife, pollution, and more.
After efforts to reintroduce gray wolves in many states, populations are starting to make a comeback. They remain, however, far below their historical abundance. view graphic »
The population of Southern Resident Killer Whales, an iconic species for the region, have fluctuated in recent years, but remain far below their historic abundance. view graphic »
Total gasoline consumption in the Northwest states fell by 180 million gallons between 2007 and 2008. Per-capita use followed a decade-long trend of decline. The Northwest states are outpacing the rest of the nation by nearly 10 percent. read more »
Low-density sprawl—where houses, jobs, and stores are spread out, and virtually every trip requires a car—remains the norm in Cascadia’s major metropolitan areas. But compact neighborhoods are gradually gaining ground: since 1990, the share of residents living in walkable or transit-oriented neighborhoods has increased in each of the seven largest major Northwest metropolitan areas. Poorly planned, low-density sprawl contributes to a panoply of ills. It confines residents in their cars for virtually every trip; increases transportation and infrastructure costs; overruns farmland; frays forests; harms streams and wildlife; and commits the region to exorbitant expenditures on roads, vehicles, and highway fuels. read more »
Evidence from many sources—including an analysis of Cascadians’ breastmilk—shows that residents of the Pacific Northwest carry a thin soup of synthetic toxic chemicals in their bodies. Many of these compounds simply did not exist, or were present in only the most minute quantities, before the 20th century. But determining whether the concentrations of such chemical “body burdens” are rising or falling would require a comprehensive, long-term system of testing Cascadia’s human residents for the presence of toxic chemicals. At present, no such program exists. read more »
Spending on oil and gas imports in the Northwest states has tripled since 1997, sending billions of dollars out of the region. view graphic »
Vancouver, BC’s smart-growth leadership has slipped in recent years. This time-lapse map shows the growing sprawl. view graphic »