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Reduction junction, what’s your function?
Climate protestors march in Portland against the use of fossil fuels.

Funding will go toward projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions.


Photo via city of Portland

Did you know that as of 2021, 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US come from transportation?

That stat makes the transportation sector the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to the burning of fossil fuel for vehicles like cars, trucks, ships, trains, and planes.

Yeah, we know… kind of a bummer, and maybe not the news you want to start your morning with. So let’s get to the good stuff: the Carbon Reduction Program, an effort to reduce transportation emissions through local and statewide projects that are federally funded.

What is the Carbon Reduction Program?

In an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US, the Carbon Reduction Program was created in 2021 to distribute $6.4 billion in formula funding over a five-year period.

The funding goes toward states developing carbon reduction strategies and projects that reduce transportation emissions. Some examples include:
  • Creation of new road diets for traffic management
  • Electrification of freight vehicles or personal cars
  • Construction of rapid public transit corridors
  • Installation of bike safety infrastructure

What’s driving the news?

By Wednesday, Nov. 15, states and designated metropolitan planning organizations are tasked with unveiling their strategies to reduce emissions through the program.

They’ll also need to disclose which projects will be funded by the program — whether that be installing protected bike lanes in one city, creating a new bus rapid transit system in another, or a different project that helps reduce carbon emissions.


While the FY2024 funding that will be allocated to urbanized areas hasn’t been released yet, you can still view last fiscal year’s funding sheet, which shows that a total of 224 urbanized areas with a 200,000+ population — from Washington, DC to Chattanooga, TN — received funding.

Our question for you while we await more funding news: How would you like to see this grant used in Portland? Let us know, and we may share your answer in a future newsletter.
What kinds of projects in our city would you like to see funded by the Carbon Reduction Program?

A. Public transportation
B. Pedestrian-friendly roads and facilities
C. Fuel alternatives
D. Traffic management/road diet projects
E. Other
Tuesday, Nov. 14
  • Siddhartha - US Tour 2023 | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 8 p.m. | Roseland Theater, 8 NW Sixth Ave., Portland | $35-$65 | Spend the night swaying to the smooth vocals of this solo artist from Guadalajara, Mexico.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Kirk Johnson in Conversation With Theo Downes-Le Guin | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland | Free | Join a discussion about “First Meal,” a project that blends narration and art to create powerful portraits of just-freed prisoners and what they decide to eat once liberated.
  • The New Pornographers - Continue As A Guest Tour | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 8 p.m. | Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Ste. 110, Portland | $40 | Jam with the indie rock band out of Vancouver, BC, as they take their ninth studio album around the world.
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Customize a Hat Workshop | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Creative Culture, 1452 NE 28th Ave., Portland | $65 | Learning how to add personal touches to your headgear can be a real feather in your cap.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Portland Fall Cider Fest | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | 12-8 p.m. | Pine Street Market, 126 SW Second Ave., Portland | $25 | Take your pick from 40+ ciders and celebrate the harvest season.
  • Harvest Dinner | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Cafe Olli, 3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland | $155 | Sit down for a multi-course meal made with ingredients sourced from local farms — and share the food with the farmers who grew it.
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7 p.m. | Moda Center, 1 N. Center Court St., Portland | $53+ | Wear your finest Rip City fits at this year’s meeting of the Anti Laker Blazin Club.
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News Notes
  • With the holidays fast approaching and the strike ongoing without an end in sight, parents of Portland Public Schools students are being forced to juggle work and childcare. Concerns are high that schools could remain closed until after Thanksgiving, with classroom sizes a main sticking point in negotiations. (KGW + KOIN)
  • Eclectic art comes together to create a playful aesthetic inside Portland’s newest spot to enjoy a cocktail. Enter: Collector Bar, which opened Friday, Nov. 10 in the Kerns neighborhood. The intimate space’s visual highlights include a taxidermied peacock, a handsaw adorned with painted horses, and a pyramid of snowy owls.
  • Africa Fashion” is strutting down the runway to open at Portland Art Museum this Saturday, Nov. 18. The exhibition, which celebrates the continent’s global influence with 50+ outfits and designers hailing from 21 countries, just finished runs in London and Brooklyn. It will be here until mid-February.
  • Portland’s Bureau of Development Services, the agency in charge of permitting, will lay off 56 more workers after Thanksgiving. The move, the city says, will align the workforce more closely with demand as construction slows due to high interest rates, difficult lending conditions, and other factors. (Portland Business Journal)
  • Yelp users have crowned Five Stars Family Burger as the best spot for a cheeseburger in Oregon. The Cornelius restaurant offers a diverse menu, with toppings ranging from avocado to kimchi served atop oak charcoal-grilled burgers made with meat from Carlton Farms.
  • Sensory-friendly shopping hours have arrived at almost all New Seasons Market locations (Milwaukie will add the offering in 2024). Once a week, stores will pick an hour when they won’t make any overhead announcements, won’t play music, and will turn down the volume on employees’ walkie-talkies. Exact timing for this inclusive environment will vary. (Grocery Dive)
  • It looks like we’re set for some not-very-November weather this week, with high temperatures hovering around the mid-50s and minimal precipitation. Expect to see stretches of sun before the rain showers return Saturday morning. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • Did you know some foods contribute to unwanted pounds, especially around your midsection? Three common breakfast foods can act like glue and attract fat — this video explains how.*
  • It’s here — Oprah’s Favorite Things list, just in time for the holidays. We’re seeing: luxury flaky sea salt, all-weather boots, fleece robes, and a baked brie board.*
🎁 Festive family fun
Two people pose in front of a storefront with an ugly sweater cut out for the Light Up St. Johns campaign.
Take a photo at each of the 15 businesses (like Tré Bone) for 15 contest entries. | Photo by @stjohnsboosters
Frost has yet to get a grip on the windows around Portland, but there are other signs of the upcoming winter holidays adorning the glass storefronts in St. Johns.

Ugly sweater-inspired scenes have been painted along the neighborhood’s main drag as part of the Light Up St. Johns campaign, adding a bit of festive flair to participating businesses.

Starting Friday, Nov. 17, visitors will be able to take photos with ugly sweater cutouts and post them on Instagram with #uglysweaterstjohns to enter into a drawing for weekly gift cards for local restaurants and breweries. There will also be a scavenger hunt for mini ugly sweaters; find 10 hidden designs for a chance at raffle prizes.

Additional events on the calendar include a community tree lighting (Friday, Nov. 17), a celebration and shopping event (Saturday, Nov. 25), and an ugly sweater bar crawl (Saturday, Dec. 9).
The Buy
Something to make sure you don’t forget yourself this holiday season. Here’s a little self-care gift just for you.
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