City It’s Official: Portland Is Greener Than Seattle
posted by November 8 at 16:23 PMon
It’s been established that Portland’s more bike-friendly than Seattle. They also managed to build a light rail system without shackling its approval to roads. And now, they’re looking at legislation that would tax housing that isn’t energy efficient, and provide payments to builders that build efficient homes.
From the Oregonian:
Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the carbon fee and inspection requirement would levy taxes upon builders who merely comply with the energy efficiency requirements of the Oregon building code, already one of the most stringent in the nation. It would then pay cash rewards to developers who make buildings that save at least 45 percent more energy than the code requires.
Can our mayor and City Council get on this NOW, please?
UPDATE: Hmm. Probably not. The city’s Department of Planning and Development is proposing that new buildings in South Lake Union meet the anemic (and actually pretty meaningless) LEED Silver standard, but only if they want to go above current height limits. Not exactly inspiring stuff.