Panel starts adding anti-gentrification planks in Portland comprehensive plan

Panel starts adding anti-gentrification planks in Portland comprehensive plan

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission agreed Tuesday night to start adding a series...

Just Freshy goes online with local foods, goods

Just Freshy goes online with local foods, goods

Sara Tetreault grows padrón peppers in her Mount Tabor backyard garden — the kind you can...

Red tailed hawks learn to fly, get reunited with parents

Red tailed hawks learn to fly, get reunited with parents

The city of Portland has found a new use for green roofs: a flight training center for young...

Illegal ivory held by Oregon Zoo gets pulverized

Illegal ivory held by Oregon Zoo gets pulverized

The Oregon Zoo shipped 250 pounds of elephant ivory to federal authorities in New York, to be...

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Alison Hilkiah, construction project manager of Malden Court Community Orchard, at a June 13 work party.
June 30, 2015

'Food forest' takes root in Lents

by Shasta Kearns Moore
If you could create an ecosystem from scratch, how would you do it? For the folks behind Malden Court Community Orchard, it would have to include lots of food for humans to eat, a variety of…
June 29, 2015

State energy credits pay off for investors, not taxpayers

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon has given hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tax credits to help developers kick-start investment in renewable energy and efficiency projects around the state. The credits…
June 25, 2015

Corvallis agrees to divestment

by Steve Law
The city of Corvallis has agreed to divest its funds invested in fossil fuels stocks, according to the local chapter of 350.org. Corvallis joined Eugene and Ashland as Oregon cities that have…
June 24, 2015

New Climate Action Plan targets fossil fuels

by Steve Law
The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an updated version of the joint city/county Climate Action Plan, and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is expected to…
PHOTOS BY ELLEN SPITALERI - From left, Kate Bodin, associate director of Earthtones Music Therapy Services, intern Sandra Galli, Melodie Reid, activities and volunteer coordinator at Rose Villa, and resident Nancy Bosh check out the fast-growing peas in the courtyard garden boxes. The garden boxes are easily accessible to residents with mobility issues.
June 22, 2015

Horticultural therapy blooms at Rose Villa senior community

by Ellen Spitaleri
Melodie Reid is always looking for better ways to get to know the residents at Rose Villa, and she has found that perfect match with horticultural therapy. “It sparks cognitive stimulation, and…
COURTESY OF SPROUT UP! - Ada Hays and Melissa Martin hope to raise money for a grocery store featuring local, affordable produce.
June 22, 2015

Finding a home for 'ugly produce'

by Anyi Wong-Lifton
Melissa Martin and Ada Hays want you to give curvy carrots a chance. These uniquely shaped carrots and other “ugly” produce are rejected by most grocery stores even though they have the same…
PHOTO COURTESY OF NEIL KELLY REMODELING  - Workers install solar panels in a motel in North Portland's Delta Park area.
June 19, 2015

City, county ready to adopt updated Climate Action Plan

by Steve Law
Portland and Multnomah County may start promoting Meatless Monday campaigns to get more residents shifting to vegetarian diets, and consider taxing or levying a fee on carbon emissions if the…
COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - Oregon Pollinator Week, June 15-21, celebrates the yellow-headed bumblebee along with other bees, bats, butterflies and hummingbirds as essential to the state's agricultural sector and livability.
June 17, 2015

Oregon celebrates Pollinator week with beer, other ways to take…

by Jennifer Anderson
Drink a beer, save a butterfly? June 15-21 is Oregon Pollinator Week (in addition to Portland Beer Week), and Pelican Brewing, based in Pacific City, has come up with a remedy for both. Their…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Titan Caldwell, the son of farmers Judy and Brett Caldwell of Caldwell Family Farms (vendors at the Oregon City Farmers Market) holds one of their chickens. They will have hens for sale at the Householding Fair, along with their produce.
June 17, 2015

Oregon City Farmers Market Householding Fair promotes hyperlocal…

by Raymond Rendleman
In an era when “go local,” organic food and sustainability are buzz words, you can come to the Oregon City Farmers Market on Saturday and turn talk into action by learning to be more…
June 16, 2015

Got plans for Father's Day?

by Steve Law
A lot of Portland fathers will be bicycling on Father’s Day. The city’s Sunday Parkways program returns to North Portland on Sunday, June 21, and families will be taking over roads cleared of…
Jun 16, 2015

Convention center plans Portland's largest solar array

by Jules Rogers
Portland soon will get its largest solar array yet, at the Oregon Convention Center. The sprawling complex, marked by the striking twin towers at 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in…
COURTESY TUALATIN RIVERKEEPERS  - Kayakers enjoy a relaxing paddle on the Tualatin River.
Jun 15, 2015

Experience the Tualatin River by boat

by Steve Law
Ever have a desire to get into canoeing or kayaking? Tualatin Riverkeepers invites the public to paddle the Tualatin River at the 26th-annual Tualatin River Discovery Day, on Saturday, June 27.…
Jun 11, 2015

Big Pink switches to gold

by Steve Law
Big Pink has graduated from LEED silver to LEED gold. The iconic pink-colored U.S. Bancorp Tower, downtown Portland’s largest Class A office building, earned a gold rating for Leadership in…
Jun 11, 2015

Hundreds of Oregon companies register to go green

by Steve Law
Oregon’s new program for registering environmentally conscious companies has gone viral. Just 18 months after the state enabled firms to register as Benefit Companies, the state has signed up…
COURTESY: SHERRI KAVEN - Portland-based Lucid Energy builds small turbines such as this one to generate energy from inside water pipes.
Jun 11, 2015

Green Bonds: a new way to pay for clean, green projects

by Steve Law
Cleaning up pollution and cutting greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t come cheap. To make it easier, the city of Portland is poised to adopt a new way to finance environmentally friendly projects.…
PHOTO BY CHELSEA CALL, COURTESY OF HEALTH AND HARMONY  - An employee of Alam Sehat Lestari works on reforestration of Gunung Palung National Park, on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.
Jun 10, 2015

Portland group honored for preserving forests, orangutan habitat…

by Steve Law
Health in Harmony, a Portland-based nonprofit, was honored by a Danish think tank for its innovative work in Indonesia addressing human health and deforestation. Sustainia, based in Copenhagen,…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Bikers and hikers might one day take the North Portland Greenway Trail from inner-east Portland's waterfront all the way to Cathedral Park, shown here at the base of the St. Johns Bridge, and on to the Columbia River at Kelley Point Park.
Jun 08, 2015

NoPo greenway group bulks up

by Steve Law
The nonprofit group that’s spearheading a campaign to build a riverfront greenway in North Portland has hired a veteran community organizer to lead the effort. St. Johns resident Shamus Lynsky…
Jun 08, 2015

Developer honored for saving rare walnut tree

by Steve Law
Conservationists will gather Tuesday, June 9, to celebrate a successful campaign to save a threatened paradox walnut tree in Southeast Portland’s Mount Tabor neighborhood. Steve Melkerson,…
PHOTO BY CONRAD WILSON, COURTESY OF EARTHFIX  - The Port of Longview could handle 45,000 barrels of oil per day. Two-thirds of the volume would be petroleum-based products and the rest would be biofuels.
Jun 08, 2015

Gov. Inslee's administration courting oil refinery on Columbia

by Conrad Wilson and Tony Schick, EarthFix
A new oil refinery is the last thing you might expect Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration to be courting. After all, Inslee has developed a national reputation as a champion of curbing…
Jun 05, 2015

Nike scores well among greenest corporations but not Precision…

by Steve Law
Nike fared well in Newsweek magazine’s annual Green Rankings of the largest publicly traded corporations. Precision Castparts, the Portland-based metals manufacturer, fared not so well. Nike…