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How Green Are We?
Green and sustainable are two terms we hear bandied about a lot these days. President Obama has made green energy a big part of the $787 billion stimulus package. Governor Kulongoski says Oregon has a "green advantage." He's created a special advisory group — called the Oregon Way — to advise state agencies trying to get some of that federal money for projects that "promote sustainability, renewable energy, carbon reduction, energy efficiency and green development."
Am I the only one who is still wondering exactly what this future is going to look like? We did a show recently on greenwashing that attempted to define the two big buzz words of the day (again, those are green and sustainable). I think we got somewhere, but in the course of finding answers, we also found many more questions. Namely, what exactly is Oregon's green future going to look like? Are we really more sustainable than other places in the US? Is going green really the key to our future economic success? Or, as Desolation wrote on our blog,
"Green is NOT new, but the marketing is. I question the productivity and certainly the honesty and integrity of it."
Since there are so many questions, and so many story ideas, out there, we are going to begin a series called Sustainable Oregon. And this is where I'm looking for your input. Right now we're considering some of the following very broad topic areas:
- Green Jobs
- Renewable Energy
- Environmentally-friendly Transportation
- Sustainable Land Use and Community Planning
- Green Lifestyles (from eating locally to green funerals)
What would you like to hear? Are you interested in an hour-long discussion on wave and tidal power? Would you like to participate in a show on sustainable farming or tourism or event-management? Do you believe that the future is green?