In today’s paper: Carpooling, trash and the other downtown

A story in today’s Savannah Morning News reports the flame has gone out at the city’s controversial incinerator. Scott Larson’s story “City dumps garbage incinerator,” features an interesting quote from an elected official about refuse that would previously have been burned, but will now end up in the landfill:

Chatham County Commissioner Dean Kicklighter represented the residents, calling Southbridge “the downtown of West Savannah.” Birds, increased traffic and odor could hurt property values in the subdivision. He suggested the city contract with a private hauler who would take garbage to another site.

Seems to me that Kicklighter and residents of the other downtown should now have a vested interest in recycling.

In the Exchange section, Kayvon Gerami wrote “High gas prices force students and employees to find creative approaches to commuting,” which detailed carpooling incentives offered at Georgia Southern University:

423813351_ee49c0b3e7.jpgGSU is one of many schools that offers preferred-parking for “carpool commuters.” Students purchase carpool parking decals and are able to park in the first rows of the most convenient lots on campus. “This is an incentive for people to ride to classes together,” said Parking Services supervisor Joanie Greenlees. “It is preferred parking at a discount price: $70 a year for carpoolers but $128 for single commuters.”

GSU’s strategy is a sound one that ought be emulated by other employers. When the Metropolitan Planning Commission unveils its Coastal Commuters program later this year, incentives like premium parking and reduced parking rates for carpoolers will be useful in encouraging ride sharing.

Gerami also talked with Patrick McClaughlin of the bicycle cooperative, who reminded readers about the economic benefits of transportational cycling:

“A lot of people who come here to repair their bikes use their bikes to get to work,” said Patrick McLaughlin, president of Cog. “People tell me that they save $50-$100 a week biking to work or running errands.”

Photo credit: Richard Drdul via Flickr.

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Transportation, land use, local farming and green building are all potential topics for Sustainable Savannah. The goal is to aggregate content about local events and projects, so there will be a central place to review everything that’s happening. The site is aimed at encouraging collaboration and information sharing between groups and individuals currently engaged in sustainability efforts. The site can also provide a snapshot of Savannah for green-minded people who are considering visiting or moving to the area.

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