Monthly Archives: July 2012

BTA ambassadors become roll models for young riders

July 31, 2012
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BTA ambassadors become roll models for young riders

By Margaux Mennesson, Contributing Writer “I want to have your job when I grow up.” When the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Bike Safety Education instructors hear remarks like this from kids they’re teaching in Portland, it’s both rewarding and exciting. If we plan to meet the growing demand for bike safety programs in schools, we’ll need to…

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10 Simple Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottle Lids

July 30, 2012
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10 Simple Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottle Lids

At Planet Forward, we are always looking for items around the house to repurpose so we can reduce our carbon footprint and minimize waste. So far, we’ve found new uses for everything from mascara wands to mason jars to toothbrushes, and today we’re looking at plastic bottle caps. We’re all guilty of using a plastic…

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Inputs vs. Outcomes: Why Your Consulting Methodology Doesn’t Matter

July 30, 2012
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Inputs vs. Outcomes: Why Your Consulting Methodology Doesn’t Matter

“People don’t buy quarter-inch drills; they buy quarter-inch holes.”   –Theodore Levitt, Economist and former Professor at Harvard Your prospects aren’t that interested in how you do something (i.e. the input, intervention, methodology, etc). They care about the end result or business outcomes that improve the client’s condition. Your client is always thinking: “what’s in it…

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Trout Lake ride

July 30, 2012
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Ride to Trout Lake, Mount Adams, Glenwood and Klickitat, Washington Read the full post

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Yeon Mountain hike

July 30, 2012
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Hike over Yeon Mountain, to the Rock of Ages Arch, Devils Backbone and several falls Read the full post

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The Nahalem Divide Shay locomotive railroad tunnel

July 30, 2012
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The Crown-Zellerbach trail tunnel Read the full post

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Ride to Windy Ridge, Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument

July 30, 2012
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The annual Windy Ridge ride opener Read the full post

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40% of PG&E’s Renewable Energy to be Solar by 2020

July 30, 2012
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Solar continues to be a favored source of alternative energy. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. got just around 1 percent of its renewable energy from solar last year, with the bulk coming from wind, bioenergy, geothermal and hydropower dams. But that proportion is likely to change dramatically by the end of the decade, the Contra Costa…

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Smart Grid Technologies Present Challenges to Regulatory Policy

July 30, 2012
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Smart Grid Technologies Present Challenges to Regulatory Policy

State regulatory commissions have significant impacts on their local economies through oversight of privately-owned electric, natural gas, water, telecommunications, and various transportation entities.  The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) organizes regular Committee meetings that help commissioners develop public policy and share best practices.  Their recent Summer Committee meetings in Portland, Oregon focused on…

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Good Gift Ideas : Handcrafted Soapstone Art Sculptures

July 30, 2012
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Good Gift Ideas : Handcrafted Soapstone Art Sculptures

Good gift ideas of course might include a fabulous piece of artwork!    The dictionary definition of ART:  ART: beautiful things or thought-provoking works produced through creative activities of human endeavor. With that definition in mind, we at Good Gifts Naturally believe we can include our products as ideas for gift-giving and gift-making  under this “art-filled” category, since we believe…

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