Lamprey on the rise

Lamprey on the rise

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Woodstoves may be as toxic as cigarettes

Woodstoves may be as toxic as cigarettes

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New face in green building dust-up

New face in green building dust-up

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East Portland getting new Urban Grange

East Portland getting new Urban Grange

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July 23, 2014

Feds vow to improve oil train safety

by Steve Law
The federal Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it will seek to establish new regulations to improve the safe transportation of crude oil via the nation’s rail lines. The news…
July 23, 2014

Speaker says recycling successes overstated

by Jim Redden
Attention Portlanders, environmental expert Ed Humes has something to say. You are not as special as you think. In fact, when it comes to saving the world, you could learn a lesson from WalMart.…
July 23, 2014

GMO labeling measure qualifies for ballot

by Peter Wong
It joins six others for voters Nov. 4. Oregon voters will get their chance to decide whether to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms. The state Elections Division…
July 20, 2014

Hearing a proxy for coal, oil debate

by Peter Wong
Panel weighs funds for Connect Oregon projects. What the Oregon Transportation Commission does at its next meeting in August may shape the fate of projects prosed to ease the movement of coal…
July 17, 2014

Reed College won't divest fossil fuel holdings

by Steve Law
Reed College’s Board of Trustees has decided against selling off the college endowment’s investments in fossil fuels, as requested by climate change activists in the campus group Fossil Free…
by: PHOTO COURTESY HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT - The nonprofit trying to create an accessible beach southeast of the Hawthorne Bridge found this old dock buried in the river bottom. Heavy equipment will be used Friday to remove it from the site, which the Human Access Project calls 'Audrey Beach.'
July 17, 2014

Derelict dock to be removed from future urban beach

by Steve Law
The Human Access Project will remove an old derelict dock Friday that floated down the Willamette River and got embedded in the river bottom south of the Hawthorne Bridge. The nonprofit advocacy…
by: JOHN M. VINCENT - Electric cars, clean diesels and other alternative fuel vehicles will be on dispaly at OMSI on Saturday, July 19. The event is free and open to the public.
July 17, 2014

Alternative fuel vehicles coming to OMSI

by John D. Vincent
If there is one certainty in future transportation, it is that vehicles will be more efficient and produce fewer emissions. However, the question remains: How do we get there? That's the topic…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A prisoner crew observes and takes notes of the beehives behind the buildings of Coffee Creek.
July 17, 2014

Coffee Creek abuzz with new beginnings

by Caitlin Feldman
In the small woods beyond the buildings of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility sit three colorful wooden boxes. Bees zip in and out of the holes at the front of each box, all working to maintain…
by: COPYRIGHT MATT WUERKER - Matt Wuerker, a former Portlander who is now a cartoonist for Politico, won the 2012 Pulitzer Price for editorial cartoons. Wuerker made these cartoons available to Sustainable Life.
July 17, 2014

Sustainable "Cartoons"

by Steve Law
July 17, 2014

Down & Dirty

by Steve Law
Pitching in for the environment Lead the change you want to see Want to take a leadership role in local efforts to nurture the environment? The Portland-based Center for Earth Leadership is…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT  - Dametris Harrison floats along side swimmers near Water Front Park, a section of the Willamette River that may soon become a recreational beach area.
Jul 17, 2014

Green Briefs

by Steve Law
Jump into the Willamette Want to join the “Riverlution” to support opening up access to the Willamette River in downtown Portland? Here’s an enjoyable way to do it while lying down — on an inner…
by: PMG - LEED Certified Logo
Jul 17, 2014

Review gives best grades to LEED

by Steve Law
The BuildingGreen trade journal recently released an exhaustive, 100-page analysis comparing LEED and Green Globes. Their conclusion: Green Globes is cheaper and easier to use, but LEED is more…
by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Better Bean Co. president Keith Kullberg checks on the consistency of a batch of cooked beans at the companys Wilsonville plant.
Jul 17, 2014

Holding companies to a higher green bar

by Kendra Hogue
When Oregon rolled out its new Benefit Company law in January to complement the existing B Corporation certification for green-minded businesses, the similar-sounding names and concepts caused…
Jul 15, 2014

Local business leaders call for action on climate change

by Steve Law
Portland-area businesses are stepping up their advocacy for government actions to alleviate climate change. More than 70 Oregon companies issued a joint Oregon Business Climate Declaration on…
Jul 15, 2014

Portland ranks fourth in nation in clean tech index

by Steve Law
Portland was ranked as the nation’s fourth-leading city for “clean tech,” and Oregon the third-leading state, in the new U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index produced by Portland-based research firm…
Jul 15, 2014

Want to see more urban and suburban bike and walking trails?

by Steve Law
Want to promote more urban and suburban biking and walking trails? Metro is hosting its fourth-annual regional trails fair, where it will unveil a regional trails map and work plan plus a…
by: COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY  -  n Lane County, Mount Pisgah Arboretum offers vistas of Oregon white oak, riverside trails and a water garden where you can often spot Western Pond turtles.
Jul 11, 2014

Looking for a nice day hike amongst the trees? Try an arboretum

by Cynthia Orlando
With summer upon us, our thoughts naturally turn to the out-of-doors and places to enjoy the beauty of nature with friends and family. Many Oregon communities are graced with local arboretums…
Jul 11, 2014

Northwesterners support efforts to reduce carbon emissions

by Ashley, Ahearn, EarthFix
A new survey finds most Northwest residents think addressing climate change should be an urgent priority. The survey was conducted for EarthFix by the independent and nonpartisan firm, DHM…
by: COURTESY OF HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT - Rocks littering the beach in 1999 made the public area at the Hawthorne Bowl less inviting for wading or lying in the sun.
Jul 11, 2014

Want to help Unrock the Bowl?

by Steve Law
Want to help improve Portland’s most centrally located downtown beach on the Willamette River? Volunteers are invited to help “Unrock the Bowl” Saturday, July 12, at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront…
Jul 09, 2014

Early poll shows strong support for GMO food labels

by Devan Schwartz, EarthFix
Early polling shows strong support for a measure likely to appear on Oregon's November ballot requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods. A new poll for EarthFix of Oregon residents…