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Sustainable Life Section

January 27, 2015

Green science expert, mountaineer, offers free lecture at Reed

by Steve Law
Arlene Blum, executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute, returns to her alma mater for a free lecture on “A Life of Mountains and Molecules” on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - Environments will seek a ban on burning coal, even if done out of state, to supply Oregon customers, in the 2015 Oregon legislative session.
January 26, 2015

Green coalition seeks ban on coal burning for Oregon customers

by Steve Law
A bill calling on Oregon’s largest utilities to stop burning coal to produce electricity just got some more firepower behind it. The Oregon Conservation Network agreed to make the Coal to Clean…
Photo Credit: COURTESY CLACKAMAS RIVER BASIN COUNCIL  - Crews plant native trees along streams in the Clackamas River watershed. Shade helps provide better fish habitat.
January 22, 2015

More than 100,000 trees and shrubs being planted along Clackamas…

by Steve Law
The Clackamas River Basin Council has begun a massive effort to plant 112,000 native trees and shrubs along streams in the lower Clackamas River watershed this winter. Crews are working with…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORT OF PORTLAND  - Pembina hopes to build one of the most expensive projects ever undertaken in Portland along this strip of Port of Portland land in North Portland. At right is West Hayden Island.
January 22, 2015

A primer on Pembina terminal project

by Steve Law
Raging Northwest debates over fracking and fossil fuel exports are hitting close to home in Portland, thanks to a Canadian company’s proposed propane-export terminal at the Port of Portland.…
January 21, 2015

Utility customers subsidize solar for Oregon Convention Center

by Steve Law
Portland-based Pacific Power will devote $1.8 million to subsidize solar projects in 10 Northwest communities this year, thanks to the utility's customers who contribute through its Blue Sky…
January 20, 2015

UO Senate votes to urge divestment of fossil fuel stocks

by Steve Law
The University of Oregon Senate has voted unanimously to request the university divest its endowment fund holdings in fossil fuels. The Senate, which includes faculty, students and officers,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY LUCID ENERGY  - Portland Water Bureau installs new pipe under Southeast 147th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. The new pipes contain turbines that produce hydro power from potable water flowing downhill.
January 20, 2015

Lucid begins producing electricity inside city water pipes

by Steve Law
No salmon will be sacrificed for new form of hydro power. Some Portlanders will soon get their electricity from hydro power generated inside Portland Water Bureau pipes. Portland-based Lucid…
January 16, 2015

2014 second warmest ever for Oregon

by Steve Law
Last year was the second-hottest on record for Oregon, since records started being kept in 1895, according to researchers at the Oregon Climate Change Institute of Oregon State University. “We…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY MICHAEL DURHAM, COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - Volunteers search for amphibian eggs in a pond at Clackamas Community College, as part of a two-year survey. No Western pond turtles were found in 15 sites surveyed.
January 15, 2015

Imperiled turtles not found in Clackamas County survey

by Steve Law
A two-year survey of likely Western pond turtle habitat in Clackamas County found no trace of the imperiled species. A team of volunteers led by biologists searched 15 potential sites in the…
Photo Credit: PHOTO: PETER WONG - Catherine Mater, the former chair of the Oregon  Transportation Commission, speaks with commissioner Dave Lohman after the Jan. 15 hearing in Salem
January 15, 2015

Foe restates opposition to state money for dock project

by Peter Wong
Ousted chair of Transportation Commission says it's connected with coal exports. SALEM — The former chairwoman of the Oregon Transportation Commission says she has no apologies for her…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM CRUCE - A hummingbird takes a drink from a backyard flower.
Jan 15, 2015

Scholars track changes in peoples' yards

by Virginia Werner
Researchers finding natural, social benefits of program “People can think the world is going to hell from looking at the news,” says Portland State University professor Marion Dresner. “There…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Home weatherization projects may not qualify for Energy Trust of Oregon incentives because the payoff isnt so favorable when natural gas prices are low.
Jan 15, 2015

Conservation hit by falling gas prices

by Jim Redden
Advocates want the Oregon Legislature to reverse the PUC Oregonians could lose access to longstanding home-weatherization subsidies because falling natural gas prices means such projects are not…
Jan 15, 2015

Green Briefs

by Steve Law
State sets record for producing less waste Oregon recovered 53.9 percent of all waste in 2013 via recycling, composting and energy production — the highest rate in the state’s 22-year history of…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF RICH HATFIELD - This native bumblebee is foraging for nectar on native rosy plactritis. Homeowners learn how to use native plants to attract pollinators through the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.
Jan 15, 2015

Bring on the birds and the bees, and butterflies

by virginia werner
Backyard Habitat Program helps folks transform yards It used to be the only critter spotted in Jinnet Powel’s North Portland backyard was an occasional chicken running madly about. Now it’s…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Former Mayor Sam Adams in leaving Portland for a job with a Washington, D.C., environmental organization.
Jan 14, 2015

Adams headed to new job with national environmental group

by Pamplin Media Group
Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams is leaving the Rose City to become the new director of an environmental initiative in Washington, D.C. Adams will lead the U.S. Climate Initiative, part of the…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PEMBINA PIPELINE CORP.  - A train is loaded with propane in Pembina's operations in Alberta.
Jan 13, 2015

Critics, supporters turn out en masse on proposed propane…

by Steve Law
About 300 people turned out Tuesday for the first public hearing on a proposed half-billion-dollar propane terminal in North Portland. Canada-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. hopes to build one of…
Jan 12, 2015

Portland fined for allowing untreated sewage into Willamette

by Steve Law
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the city of Portland $9,600 for discharging raw, untreated sewage into the Willamette River on or around Sept. 28. The discharge was…
Photo Credit: JAIME VALDEZ - Port of Portland spokesman Josh Thomas (right), the Port's environmental planner Richard Vincent and Gary Conkling, a local consultant for Pembina, discuss a proposed Pembina pipeline nearby that would bring propane from storage tanks to an oceangoing ship for export.
Jan 12, 2015

Hearing gives public chance to weigh in on propane plant

by Steve Law
Zone change would be first step for port pipeline, terminal. A Canadian company hoping to erect a $500 million propane terminal along the Columbia River gets its first real taste of public…
Photo Credit:  PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT STOECKER - A still photo from DamNation shows Iron Gate, the most downstream of four controversial dams strangling the Klamath River.
Jan 10, 2015

TELLING THE DAM STORY

by Ellen Spitaleri
Greg Baartz-Bowman wants people to realize that on this planet we live in “one enormous watershed,” and the best way to guarantee the good health of that is to start restoring our local…
Jan 10, 2015

State commission sets hearing on funding for dock, other…

by Peter Wong
Focus is likely on Port of St. Helens work seen as proxy in debate about coal exports to Asia. The Oregon Transportation Commission is prepared for a big turnout when members hear public…