I kept my eyes peeled for interesting environmental stories while I was back in the Midwest over the holidays. One of the things that naturally happens over Christmas with my family is I drive to a lot of new shopping centers. I was intrigued by this empty hybrid car parking space at Ikea in Bollingbrook, Ill. – the next closest space after the handicapped spots. I wound up with a longer walk in the frigid cold because I wasn’t driving a hybrid. Have you seen this kind of parking incentive used around Oregon? In Chicago, the parking rates are so high (up to $15-20 an hour!) they discourage people from driving downtown. I’d love to hear about the green incentives you’ve seen around town – and maybe the not-so-green, too. Like skipping the cost of sidewalks and public transportation so people are more likely to drive.