I went to Oregon to attend the Oregon NASW Conference and hung out all day with really dedicated social workers. There was a great luncheon keynote by the NASW national director. It wasn't nice to hear about social problems but it was great to learn about solutions being developed and implemented to help solve them.
Portland was in full fledge springime...
Bikes, biodiesel, wind generators, dedicated bike lanes, solar panels, free seeds for growing food, mandate for light-rail down the Seattle-Pdx corridor, the Pdx MAX, wind generators, organic food, progressive politics, tattoos, CSA's (community supported agriculture) and pink and blue hair. Very fashionable city with lots going on working towards sustainability.
Rode the Cascade Train down to Pdx from Seattle. SOLD OUT!