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Sustainable Life Section

April 16, 2014

Neighbors organize to save Portland's only Paradox walnut tree

by Julia Rogers
With a trunk 15 feet around, an ancient Paradox walnut tree stands tall on the corner of Southeast 50th Avenue and Mill Street. It is slated for destruction to make room for a 14-unit housing…
April 15, 2014

Portland's solar energy generates top 20 label

by Julia Rogers
Portland was propelled into the top 20 solar-powered U.S. cities this week by generating solar energy through programs including Solarize Portland, Environment Oregon and Solar Forward. At…
April 14, 2014

WSU hosts lecture on copper mining effects

by Julia Rogers
Washington State University is hosting a lecture in Vancouver, Wash. by Bill Carter, director and writer of "Boom, Bust, Boom - A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World." He will be…
April 11, 2014

New meanings for waterway markers

by Julia Rogers
State marine board officials this month will discuss new rules for boaters and other water transportation recreationalists in Oregon. Staff from the State Marine Board Office will take public…
April 10, 2014

Zenger Farm sets July groundbreaking date for Urban Grange…

by Julia Rogers
Zenger Farm, Portland’s largest urban education farm, is nearing the finish line in their fundraising goal for their Urban Grange project. Two recent grants put them at $1.6 million of their…
April 09, 2014

Sell outdoor gear, save the wild

by Julia Rogers
Calling all adventurers. If you enjoy hiking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, camping and other outdoor adrenaline rushes but have a lot of old gear sitting around, now's your chance to sell it and…
April 08, 2014

Cheaper, longer-lasting electric car battery in the works

by Julia Rogers
A Eugene-based electric car company, Arcimoto, is partnering with the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Energy Storage Laboratory to develop a cheaper electric vehicle battery with a longer…
by: CYNTHIA ORLANDO - Red flowering currant is a showy and attractive deciduous northwest shrub that's easy to grow and establish.
April 07, 2014

Gardening for busy urbanites

by Cynthia Orlando
Yard and garden tips for busy urbanites While gardening still ranks as one of the top ten most popular U.S. hobbies, it takes time, and many Portlanders face long commutes or lead busy lives…
April 04, 2014

March: Top 10 Sustainable Life reads

by Julia Rogers
1. Passive house geeks and gurus converge in Portland www.pamplinmedia.com/sl/213817-72738-passive-house-geeks-and-gurus-converge-in-portland- The passive house movement promotes super…
April 01, 2014

PSU hosts arbor month activity day

by Julia Rogers
April is Arbor Month, and Portland State University has invited an arborist and an author to Portland for a book signing, film viewing and tree planting. PSU has scheduled the event for April…
Apr 02, 2014

NW officials to Kitzhaber: Deny coal project permit

by Julia Rogers
Ambre Energy has requested that the state delay its decision whether to permit the Morrow Pacific coal export proposal along the Columbia River. It is the group's seventh request for delay in…
Apr 01, 2014

Volunteers gather to clean up SE Portland neighborhood

by Julia Rogers
Each year, volunteers raise money, recycle, pick up trash and take care of graffiti in Southeast Portland neighborhoods. The Kerns and the Buckman neighborhood associations are hosting their…
Mar 31, 2014

Wristband detects wearer's chemical exposure

by Julia Rogers
The chemicals an individual is exposed to in their daily environment can now be easily measured via a simple silicone wristband. Oregon State University designed a wristband that detects…
by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Will Levenson is working with the Porland Parks and Recreation to install new signs at the Tom McCall waterfront beach.
Mar 31, 2014

New signs could promote downtown beach

by Steve Law
Portland Parks & Recreation is installing two new signs at Tom McCall Waterfront Park to notify people they can swim in the Willamette River there, at their own risk. The signs replace one…
Mar 31, 2014

Help plant trees along Springwater Trail Corridor

by Julia Rogers
Friends of Trees invites citizens to participate in tree care and planting along the Springwater Trail Corridor, a bike and pedestrian route on a former railroad line that stretches from…
Mar 27, 2014

New solar power tops wind worldwide in 2013

by Steve Law
There was more solar energy installed throughout the world in 2013 than wind energy, according to a new report by Portland-based Clean Edge. It was the first time solar installations outpaced…
by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Cindy Dolezel, sustainability manager with the city of Beaverton, scales solar panels atop the Beaverton City Library, which she helped get installed. The panels are one of the more visible signs of the city's support of renewable energy sources, which Portland General Electric recently recognized with an award.
Mar 27, 2014

City gets nod for renewable energy investments

by Shannon O. Wells
Wind-power offsets, solar panels put Beaverton at renewable energy forefront Portland General Electric designated the city of Beaverton Oregon’s only municipality to collect 100 percent of its…
by: PHOTO COURTESY OF CATHERINE BECKETT - Dylan Beckett practices for fundraiser at rockclimbing gym.
Mar 26, 2014

Portland youths climb walls to fight climate change

by Steve Law
Some Portland elementary school students are going to great heights to raise money to fend off climate change. Led by 3rd-grader Dylan Beckett, the youths are organizing a “Climb-a-Thon for…
Mar 25, 2014

Anti-coal export coalition buys billboards, radio ads to prod…

by Steve Law
The Power Past Coal coalition launched a billboard and radio advertising campaign Tuesday, March 25, to pressure Gov. John Kitzhaber to reject Ambre Energy’s proposed coal export terminal in…
by: COURTESY PHOTO: JENNIFER NELSON - Farmers and others got to unload unused pesticides at a collection event in Cornelius.
Mar 25, 2014

Eight tons of pesticides collected in one day

by Stephanie Haugen
Nearly 30 farmers, golf course owners and others brought almost eight tons of unused pesticides to a pesticide-collection event in Cornelius in early March, which will help to keep it out of…