Sightline Daily top picks 06/01/2009

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Top Picks of the Day

1. What one stimulus buck could do

What if there were a way to simultaneously revive the flagging construction industry, slash energy use, and reduce carbon emissions using federal stimulus cash? Instead of green building showcases, one architect is turning to bank loans and interest rates to boost energy and financial efficiency. Mother Jones Magazine 05/31/2009
2. The greatest green building race

Jason McLennan has launched a race among more than 60 teams of architects to build the first “Living Building” – one that that pushes beyond energy conservation to more broadly address the well-being of people and the environment. Really, his plan is nothing short of radically transforming the way the world builds. Seattle Times 05/31/2009
3. Losing WA’s health care lottery

Steve Hill is about to make a tough decision that no one in state government wants to touch – including him. He must decide how to eject some 36,000 people from Washington’s Basic Health Plan, the popular state-subsidized insurance program for the working poor, perhaps by a controversial lottery. Seattle Times 05/31/2009
4. Flood of anger in BC over proposed Okanogan dam

A punishing drought, which gave the State of Washington a grim warning about global warming, has led to a US dam proposal that threatens to drown a British Columbia valley. It would provide more water in an area where irrigated organic orchards and vineyards have flourished as well as flood endangered species habitat in a proposed national park. Toronto Globe and Mail 05/31/2009
5. Battle over beets

Organic seed producer Frank Morton has been warning people for years that genetically modified organisms pose a threat to Oregon’s Willamette Valley’s vegetable seed industry. Now he thinks his worst nightmare may be coming true. Corvallis Gazette Times 06/01/2009
6. Oregon farmers markets go hyper-local

Once a staple of big cities that drew farmers from outlying areas, farmers markets are now cropping up in their own rural communities. Smaller Oregon towns are reaching out to growers to sell organic produce and flowers locally, while creating new gathering places. Eugene Register Guard 06/01/2009
7. Software to save the planet

Through the “greening of IT,” tech wizards behind many Internet companies are now hard at work building digital solutions to save water, energy, corporate coffers and maybe even the planet. Los Angeles Times 06/01/2009
8. Veterans struggling, homeless in Portland

Charles Triblett doesn’t hold a sign at Portland intersections saying, “Homeless veteran, out of work, please help.” The 46-year-old college graduate looks more like the middle-class professional who would lean out the window with a few dollars. But his story helps explain why the number of homeless veterans in the Portland area has swelled 78 percent since 2007. Oregonian 06/01/2009
9. How Obama made energy ‘pop’

President Obama has elevated energy and climate issues to near the top of his agenda and made them “pop” by packaging them as ways to create green jobs and reduce US dependence on foreign oil. Washington Post 05/31/2009

10. Free carbon permits could cost consumers
Those free passes that the House climate bill gives to major greenhouse gas-emitting industries might not be so free for consumers. New York Times 05/31/2009

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