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Down To Earth archive for Jan. 1, 2010


Flash Mobbin for Google

"Google is coming - Google is coming!"Well, not yet, but maybe. Our city officials and city PR people have until Friday, March 26th to make a push to attract Google's new fiber optic project, Google Fiber for Communities, to Spokane. What's at stake: Google is...

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Pedals 2 People's new location on the corner of Sprague and Pittsburgh in the heart of Spokane’s burgeoning International District. (Paul Dillon / Paul Dillon)

Pedals 2 People - a DTE multimedia feature

*From DTE:We tried something a little different recently - and the result is our first video feature to accompany a story we wrote about the very awesome Pedals2People. Is this the beginning of DTEtv?The following story can also be found as a multimedia package on...

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Upcoming Events

Bust out your iPhones and BlackBerrys - here are some upcoming events. And notice also that we try our best to keep our Events Calendar section updated with all of the events that come our way. And if there's an event you'd like to publicize...

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Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101 

Occasionally on our commute we see bicyclists do things that ruin it for everybody else. No signals, riding on a wrong way, running red lights, etc. Next time you see this rebel, find a way to get them to the below classes. Seriously: This is...

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

Another Green Monday

“This is what change looks like.”After an impassioned speech from President Obama and all the votes were counted, the Health care bill passed 219-212. (View a cool map that breaks down which representatives voted for and against.) But the struggle for health care reform has...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

Friday Quote: RiverSpeak Spokane Limerick competition

When it comes to litter pollution,Spokane has a clever solution.Now I don’t mean to gloat,but a trash-eating goat?Why the logic is downright Confucian - Devon KelleyFor the month of March, Spokane RiverSpeak, a local arts non-profit group sponsored by Community-Minded Enterprises ran a Spokane-flavored limerick...

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USDOT supports Complete Streets

Great news for Complete Streets: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood issued a policy statement calling for pedestrian and bicyclist transportation projects that also focus more on transit riders and people of all ages and disabilities. “This is end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense...

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Make your streets safer

Pedestrian safety week is coming up and the City Of Spokane will have a walkability audit workshop this Saturday.The Office Of Neighborhood Services partnered with the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and the Pedestrian Transportation and Traffic Committee (PeTT) to host a walkability audit workshop on...

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Who's to blame for obesity? 

From Stephen McDaniel at Freaklytics. Here's an alternative take. You’re looking at the correlation between subsidies and federal nutrition guidelines. In the next chart, McDaniel changes the numbers to display how the federal government would have to change agricultural subsidy spending to connect with federal...

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Tuesday Video: Are you bike-curious?

45 million Americans are and Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer says you might be as well. According to Grist, the “Portland politician is pedaling bi-opportunities left and right: bipartisanship, bipeds, and bicycling.” Ha. His point stands though: Commuting two to three miles by bike takes about...

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

Another Green Monday

One of our favorite worldwide demonstrations about climate change, energy conservations, and sustainability is fast approaching, and we wanted to share a little bit of good news about it. We're of course talking about Earth Hour - the one hour each year where hundreds of...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

Friday Quote: Outgrow Growth

“When the economy’s expansion encroaches too much on its surrounding ecosystem, we will begin to sacrifice natural capital (such as fish, minerals and fossil fuels) that is worth more than the manufactured capital (such as roads, factories and appliances) added by the growth. We will...

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Update: Special Legislative Session

Below is a supplement to this afternoon's Washington state legislative session recap post. This update is courtesy of Environmental Priorities Coalition and Brendon Cechovic of Washington Conservation Voters. Update: Special Legislative Session March 11, 2010As the campaign director for the Clean Water Act of 2010,...

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Overtime in Olympia

At the stroke of midnight tonight, the constitutionally prescribed 60 days for the 2010 Washington State legislative session will expire. My how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that we were rallying support at the start of the session for the Environmental Priorities. But...

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Text Dolphin

Remember this video we posted last Friday? Well, our interest in the Oscars paid off, and so much more.We had said we were excited about two environmental docus - Food Inc and The Cove, and as it turned out, the Academy was excited about The...

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Transportation Benefit District in Spokane?

One of the best blogs in the region is the SRTC blog. Seriously. It’s your daily source for great transportation news, operated by SRTC staff members Staci Lehman, the Public Education/Information coordinator and Jeff Selle, the Manager of Government Relations. It’s fun, well-written and very...

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Evangelicals on climate change 

This was taken last year but writer Matt Nisbet asserted the difference “between Evangelicals and other religious groups on perceptions of climate change is more likely to be because of the confounding influence of partisan identity rather than specific religious identity.”

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How we commute

While checking out The Stranger's blog, Slog, we came across a post on how Seattle ranked against other American cities in terms of commuter choices: (Graphic courtesy of The Inrfrastructurist, click link to expand.)So how does Spokane commute?Several years ago, the National Transportation Policy project...

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Tuesday Video

What if you could watch a city grow, like really watch it grow.Sure, we've seen downtown Spokane transform and grow right in front of our eyes. We've seen neighborhoods pop up on previously uninhabited hillsides, and we've watched Liberty Lake and Airway Heights explode in...

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Another Green Monday

As most of you know, we’ve been at this whole Down To Earth thing for quite a while now. In fact, it was this time of year in 2007 that we decided we wanted to stay in Spokane and hatched the idea of starting an...

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