The Hidden Roadblock for Sustainability

According to Portland, Oregon Mayor Sam Adams, that roadblock is the lack of financing for clean technology upgrades for buildings. Fast Company talks to Adams about his goal to make Portland the most sustainable city in the world.
June 18, 2010, 2pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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To that end, Adams established Clean Energy Works, a pilot program to offer financing for clean energy upgrades. Other strategies Adams is employing include building bicycle boulevards and creating "20-minute neighborhoods."

From the interview: "Two-thirds of all trips in Portland and in most American cities are not about getting to and from work. So if I can offer quality, affordable goods and services, eliminate food deserts, have neighborhoods with schools and parks and amenities--if I can create these 20-minute complete neighborhoods all over Portland--it strengthens our local economy. "

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Published on Friday, June 18, 2010 in Fast Company
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