New trails lead to rockclimber haven at Madrone Wall

New trails lead to rockclimber haven at Madrone Wall

Volunteers create paths in trail-building work parties; National Guard builds road, parking lot

State Land Board could agree to sell off Elliott State Forest

State Land Board could agree to sell off Elliott State Forest

Timber company teams with tribal groups in bid to harvest timber, manage forest lands

Restoring nature at Crystal Springs Creek

Restoring nature at Crystal Springs Creek

Removing culverts allowed salmon to swim three miles up the creek and spawn

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Portland's Toxic Graveyard For World War II Ships

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Sustainable Life Section

December 06, 2016

Portland wins international award for climate change efforts

by Steve Law
Consortium of large global cities honors Mayor Charlie Hales and city for its Climate Action Plan
November 30, 2016

The Plane That Won A War And Polluted A River

by Ashley Ahearn
(Oregon Public Broadcasting) a This is a condensed version of a story originally published Sept. 29, 2015. Read the complete story here.There's an old photograph in my father’s office that I’ve always wondered about. In it my grandfather…
November 30, 2016

Milwaukie's Blount Inc. fined for air-quality violations

by The Clackamas Review
DEQ dings Milwaukie manufacturer for emitting toxic hexavalent chromium into local atmosphere
November 23, 2016

Mandate to require Home Energy Score for houses on market goes to City Council

by Steve Law
Realtors oppose idea; advocates say it will make housing more affordable while reducing carbon emissions With a climate-change denier headed to the White House, city officials and environmentalists say it’s all the more important for Portland to pass…
November 23, 2016

Critics release video to campaign against Kalama methanol plant

by Steve Law
Project would cost $1.8 billion, bringing 200 jobs and longterm use of natural gas Columbia Riverkeeper has released a short film to press their campaign against a proposed $1.8 billion methanol refinery in Kalama, Wash. The environmental group…
COURTESY ALASKA AIRLINES - This flight from Seattle to Washington D.C. made history by using a mix of biofuels.
November 23, 2016

Maiden flight departs from Seattle using biofuels

by Steve Law
Fuel mix is made up 20 percent of forest materials. Alaska Airlines made history last week when it flew the first commercial flight using renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest materials. The demonstration flight from Seattle to Washington…
COURTESY: PORTLAND BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES - Aerial view shows 2009 flooding of  Johnson Creek onto Foster Road and surrounding area, at the intersection of the Springwater Corridor Trail and Southeast 104th Avenue, looking east.
November 22, 2016


by Steve Law
Ambitious project aims to aid homeowners, create jobs In 62 years living near flood-prone Johnson Creek, Chris Taylor has never had to evacuate or seen any flood waters approach her house. But the 77-year-old widow worries about being forced out of…
November 18, 2016

Food waste processing facility proposed in Wilsonville

by Claire Colby
Think backyard composting, only bigger and without the oxygen About 20 people gathered for a Nov. 17 public hearing for the air and solid waste permits needed for a proposed Wilsonville Sustainable Organics Recycling Technology (SORT) Bioenergy, LLC…
PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Trees that were topped in Oregon City were adjacent to this tall basalt cliff and boulder field that are beloved by the neighborhood on the southwest side of Waterboard Park.
November 17, 2016

Former county commissioner, state legislator Ed Lindquist sentenced for illegal tree cutting

by Raymond Rendleman
Longtime politician ordered city park trees topped to protect view from his home.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Demonstrators protest the sale of the Elliott State Forest at a recent State Land Board meeting. Only one proposal to purchase the forest was received by the state.
November 17, 2016

Only one proposal submitted to buy the Eilliott State Forest

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Timber company teams with tribes to submit offer for property held in trust to earn schools' revenue
COURTESY OF PSU, BY ANDREW NETHERWOOD  - PSU, Chilean and Australian researchers monitor moss carpets near Collins Glacier on King George Island, Antarctica.
Nov 15, 2016

Antarctica going green ... and that's bad

by Jennifer Anderson
Portland scientists use spread of moss to answer climate change questions
Nov 17, 2016

Enviro groups strike deal over coal train pollution with BNSF

by Steve Law
Both sides agree to table trial court proceedings while a final agreement is forged
COURTESY PGE - PGE will stop burning coal at its Boardman coal plant in Eastern Oregon by the end of 2020, and is charting how to replace that energy.
Nov 15, 2016

PGE offers peek at renewable energy future

by Steve Law
Utility to close Oregon's lone coal plant in late 2020
COURTESY: FRIENDS OF FAMILY FARMS - Turkeys mingle on a farm owned by a Friends of Family Farms member.
Nov 15, 2016

Keeping family farms afloat

by Jo Ostgarden
When most people go out to enjoy a meal at their favorite restaurant, they don’t give much thought to where the food comes from. But if advocacy groups like Friends of Family Farmers are…
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - This years CALC students taking the sustainability class are making protein-packed lunch bars to eat and also to sell. They use the Forest Grove United Church of Christ kitchen to cook. Charlene Murdock and Richard White of Nana Cardoon Urban Farm & Learning Center are helping out with the recipe.
Nov 12, 2016

Panel brings Earth-friendly projects to schools in Forest Grove

by Stephanie Haugen
Projects teach students to waste less
COURTESY MAYOR'S OFFICE  - Lincoln High School students supporting a move away from fossil fuels pose with Mayor Charlie Hales, who is advocating a ban on large new fossil fuel terminals in Portland.
Nov 11, 2016

Council to consider banning new fossil fuel terminals

by Steve Law
Existing oil and gas storage facilities also might be barred from future expansions
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - St. Helens City Administrator John Walsh speaks during a presentation in St. Johns on Wednesday, Nov. 9. City staff and consultants provided information on the city's proposed landfill to a community action group focused on protecting the area's rivers and wildlife, the Portland Harbor Community Action Group.
Nov 10, 2016

St. Helens staff pitches plans for stowing Superfund site waste

by Nicole Thill
Sediment would come from polluted Portland Harbor St. Helens city officials and a city-contracted consultant made a formal presentation to the Portland Harbor Community Action Group in St. Johns…
EO MEDIA GROUP - In 2015, Oregon lawmakers created mediation protocols for growers who believe nearby GMO farming practices are interfering with their operations. A lack of interest in the program, however, raises questions about its necessity.
Nov 10, 2016

Oregon GMO mediation needs legislative fix

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Program intended to address potential spread of seeds to organic farms
EO MEDIA GROUP - The legislative oversight committee considering the future of the Oregon Department of Energy Friday encouraged the Department of Justice to recoup money obtained through improperly issued Business Energy Tax Credits.
Nov 10, 2016

Legislators support clawback of fraudulent energy tax credits

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Big names in renewable energy, utilities cited in audit
PHOTO BY REBEKAH JOHNSON, COURTESY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - Jason Miner will lead Gov. Kate Brown's environmental policy team.
Nov 09, 2016

Brown names new natural resources advisor

by Steve Law
Jason Miner has led 1000 Friends of Oregon