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$1.7 mil for clean energy, big high-speed rail hearing and lessons from Seattle's defeat

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/16/09 @ 9:21am

  • Richard Stuebi blogs about helming the new $1.7 mil. NorTech Advanced Energy initiative.
  • ODOT and Ohio Rail Development Commission public meeting on the 3C passenger rail stops in Cleveland today (Sept. 16). The state has posted Amtrak's draft feasibility study of the 3-C with recommended route and station alternatives, preliminary ridership, and travel-time estimates here. If you cannot make it, take the online survey.
  • The Senate is debating High Speed Rail funding today (it wants to reduce to $1.2 billion the House bill seeking $4 billion. This is separate than President Obama's $8 billion for high-speed rail). Weigh in here.
  • What lessons can cities working toward Zero Waste strategies take from Seattle's recent defeat of the twenty-cent plastic bag fee? Was twenty cents too ambitious? Could the campaign have quietly worked behind the scenes with the Grocer's Association to hammer out a deal? Is the chemical industry lobby too strong to agree to cooperate? (On the bright side, Seattle launched mandatory curbside composting earlier this year as part of its goal for its residents to divert 60% of their waste from landfill disposal).

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