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Archive for February, 2009

Sign in Here & This Month’s Incentives – Green Streets Day, Friday, February 27th!

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Sign In Here

Say “I love you!” to your body, your mind, your wallet, and your planet by getting around green! 

Sign in now here (click here) – Please take a minute and sign in now (and every month!) if you plan to walk, bike, take public transit, carpool, and/or telecommute this Green Streets Day – Friday, February 27th. (Click here and scroll down our main page to see who qualifies as a Green Streeter – anyone can do it!)

And read the rest of this entry (click the “Read the rest of this entry” below and then scroll down the post) for the freebies, discounts, and raffle items from local businesses – for those in Greater Portland who:

  • Wear Green (shirt, pants, socks, whatever!)
  • and Get Around Green (walk, bike, take transit, carpool, telecommute, etc.) on Green Streets Day!

As always – please e-mail us photos of you (& any other folks!) getting around green at PortlandGreenStreets@yahoo.com!


REMINDER: By Feb 28 – Sign Up for Free for U Car Share!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Reminder: U Car Share has arrived in Portland and you can sign up for FREE until March 1st! For more info click here

February, March, April Events & Opportunities

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

By Feb 28 – Sign Up for Free for U Car ShareReminder: U Car Share has arrived in Portland and Green Streeters can sign up for FREE until March 1st! For more info click here

By Feb 28 – Have Bike, Need Rack?

Portland’s Health Initiative asks bikers for help selecting new bike hitch locations – deadline for submitting a request is February 28thTo learn more and for the request form (click here)

March 2 – Make Climate Justice History

Capitol climate action – mass civil disobedience in Washington, DC on March 2. From an open letter from Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben: “There are moments in a nation’s-and a planet’s-history when it may benecessary for some to break the law in order to bear witness to an evil, bring it to wider attention, and push for its correction. We think such a time has arrived, and we are writing to say that we hope some of you will join us in Washington D.C. on Monday, March 2 in order to take part in a civil act of civil disobedience outside a coal-fired  power plant near Capitol Hill.  Read more

Sign up for March into May!

Join March into May, Healthy Portland’s 10 week, fun, free physical activity promotion program! Help yourself “Get More Out of Life” with increased exercise (and/or get rewarded for the work you’re already doing) – simply join on your own or with a small team.  (Walking and biking to work count, too!) To register click here

April 3 – A Town Hall Meeting on The Economy, Healthcare, War, and the Environment

Town Hall Meeting for Maine residents to voice their concerns directly to their elected representatives – focusing on the fragile state of our economy, our fractured healthcare system, our ongoing foreign wars, and the continued threats to our environment.  Meant to be as inclusive, non-partisan, and open-minded as possible.  Bringing together a wide variety of individual and group interests together to voice our collective concerns to both our Congressional delegation in Washington and our State and Municipal leaders here in Maine. Friday, April 3rd; 6-9:30 (exact hours are subject to potential change.) Hannaford Hall, USM Campus, Portland, ME.  All welcome.

(Organizers include: American Friends Service Committee Maine, Food for Maine’s Future, Forest Ecology Network, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Green Horizon Foundation, Maine Campaign for a U.S. Dept. of Peace & Nonviolence, Maine Chapter National Lawyers Guild, Maine Green Independent Party, Maine Toxics Action Coalition, Maine Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, NAACP Portland Branch, Pax Christi Maine, Peace Action Maine, Southern Maine Labor Council, Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan, Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine, WMPG’s “This Better Be Good”, Women in Need Industries)

New Green Streets Promotional Poster!

Download this great new promotional poster (click here) for Portland Green Streets and post it at the office, your favorite public space – wherever!  And thanks to Corey Templeton of Portland Maine Daily Photo for designing it!

Winter Saturday or Sunday Getaway to Boston on the Train!

Early Bird Special
Early risers are rewarded on Saturdays and Sundays. Pay just 50% of the full adult fare when departing on train 690 and returning on 695, 697, or 699. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance of travel. Please reference promotion code v175. Some blackout dates and restrictions may apply.


Donate a Bike to the CBC in Biddeford

The Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford needs gently used bikes for its programs that teach bicycle repair to youth and community members.  Email the center to find out more about the types of bikes that they can use.

Climate Change Impact of Transportation Planning – Maine Legislative Push

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) will play a leadership role this year in advocating for legislation that asks state agencies to consider the potential climate impacts of long-term state projects, such as highways and schools. Designing and developing communities and roads where we can safely bike and walk is an important first step in reducing Maine’s carbon footprint. This month, BCM joined with representatives from 26 other Maine environmental and public health organizations (collectively known as the Environmental Priorities Coalition) to endorse that bill and several others that will protect Maine’s natural heritage. We’ll keep you updated about the details of this legislation and its progress at the Statehouse. Please encourage your state legislators to support the measures.

January Raffle Results!

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Thanks so much to all of you who signed in with your participation in Green Streets Day, Friday, January 30th!

We loved seeing the numbers bump back up after the holidays! With people able to report others going green at their locations, we have an estimated number of 336 total participants – and there were 99 of you great folks signing in:

  • 39 walking, 15 biking, 16 taking the bus, train or ferry, 19 carpooling or vanpooling, and 3 telecommuting, and 7 using multiple modes (i.e., some combination of the above)!
  • collectively saving 899 single-occupancy vehicle miles! (many of you saving those kinds of miles every day)
  • keeping approximately $73 in gas money in your wallets!
  • improving our air quality & individual health, & reducing our CO2 emissions by approximately 702 pounds!
  • enjoying the opportunity to get outdoors a bit more and/or share transportation with others
  • starting (& continuing) a fun and important conversation with the people of our community about how we get around!

Note: please continue to sign in every month – and please talk to other Green Streets participants about doing so as well. It helps us with participation data, like number of miles & emissions saved, commuting methods used, etc!

Now! The winners for this month’s raffle items are:

Winners will be notified how to claim their prizes.

Thanks again to the Portland Downtown District, Rosemont Market & Bakery, South Portland Bus Service, Others!, Maine Running Company, O’Naturals, the Children’s Museum, Nomads, Port City Life, METRO, WMPG, and Healthy Portland for your gifts to the Portland Green Streets initiative!

Have a great month out there going green andand take note of the other upcoming Events and Opportunities for January and February!