Making Sustainability Legal

Outdated Rules that Stop Affordable, Green Solutions

By Patrick Barber, with permission.

By Patrick Barber, with permission.

Some of the most innovative solutions for building thriving and sustainable communities in the Northwest are, at present, simply illegal. Current rules make it difficult to share bikes, find a cab, take toddlers on the bus, and hang a clothesline.

Even the best-intended rules become outdated. In June 2011, Sightline began rooting out laws that were past their prime. To date, we’ve compiled 16 case studies—and 3 success stories—into this report.

The Making Sustainability Legal project is continuing to check the expiration dates on a slew of regulations. By updating or eliminating rules that should have died long ago, we can pursue smarter solutions that fit today’s reality—and the Northwest can grow more affordable, fair, and sustainable.

Making Sustainability Legal

 

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Published: May 16, 2012