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Energy Efficiency Month

Friday, October 09, 2015

October means football season, pumpkin lattes, Halloween costumes and many other fun seasonal changes. In September 1991, President George Bush declared October as National Energy Awareness Month, encouraging government and organizations to raise awareness of the importance of sustainably managing the nation’s energy resources.

Recognizing the significance of the energy-water nexus, the Department of Energy has chosen to dedicate this year’s campaign to promoting both energy and water conservation. As we recently discussed on our blog, energy and water are highly connected and there is ample opportunity to reduce waste of both resources.

Energy Efficiency Tips for Fall

During the fall, cold temperatures cause electricity bills to increase due to continuous use of heating systems, which account for 42 percent of residential energy use. It can be tempting to turn up the heat as temperatures drop, but consumption can be minimized by ensuring HVAC systems are properly maintained. Dirty filters can slow air flow, making the system work harder, wasting more energy. Air leaks and improper insulation can be another major source of heat loss. Consumers can reduce heating bills 20 percent by checking air leaks around walls, ceilings, windows, doors, fixtures, switches and electrical outlets.

Bridge of the People

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tilikum Crossing
Bridge of the People


On September 10th, 2015, Portland officially welcomes its latest addition: Tilikum Crossing. The bridge links the city’s South Waterfront, home to an Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus and the Portland Aerial Tram, to the Central Eastside, known for visitor favorites like the Eastbank Esplanade and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), plus some of the city’s best dining and nightlife.



The bridge contains 178 LED lights that power the display. TriMet will host a BridgePort beer garden (who also released a Tilikum Crossing IPA), food carts, a live broadcast of music to accompany the show and the best view in town. TriMet will host a BridgePort beer garden, food carts, a live broadcast of music to accompany the show and the best view in town.

The Tilikum Crossing, otherwise known as the Bridge of the People, is set to open to the public September 12. It will be the nation’s only multi-model bridge that won’t allow private motor vehicles, and will instead serve as an exclusive crossing for the lightrail, buses, bikers and pedestrians.

The lighting system, which is a part of the public art program for the soon-to-be-opened MAX Orange Line, is timed with the currents of the Willamette River through a computer system that pulls real-time data directly from the U.S. Geological Survey river monitor located near the Morrison Bridge.


“Tillicum Bridge = Bridge of the People (in the native language). To honor those who loved this place first and those that still do.”

“To honor Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest who used this word to name a friend, or refer to the common people.”

“This is a people’s bridge (not a car bridge) in more ways than one. This name also ties us to the past and present through this Northwest Native American word.”

“Relates back to the original heritage of the state and its first people. Dignified name.”

“A beautiful name bridging past People, families and traditions with those of the present and the future of those who will come.”


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