Keeping car seats out of the landfill

Keeping car seats out of the landfill

Child car safety seats are a blessing and a curse. They save lives, but the bulky contraptions...

Preserving heirloom apples

Preserving heirloom apples

Apple enthusiasts and history buffs might know that Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple was...

Monarch butterflies receive a helping hand

Monarch butterflies receive a helping hand

A Newberg man has made it his goal to spread the word about milkweed – and to promote the native...

Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

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Sustainable Life Section

July 27, 2016

Endangered species initiative qualifies for ballot

by Paris Achen
SALEM - An initiative petition that seeks to prohibit the sale of items made from 10 endangered species has qualified for the November general election ballot. The IP 68 campaign turned in 151,544 signatures, and 113,121 were found valid, according…
July 28, 2016

State sends landfill expansion decision back to the county

by Gary Allen
Texas-based Waste Management’s efforts to expand Riverbend Landfill, the primary repository for not only most of Yamhill County’s garbage but much of the Portland metropolitan area, took another hit recently thanks to a ruling by a state agency. In…
July 26, 2016

Wild Horse Advocates Sue BLM Over Spay Procedures

by Amanda Peacher
(Oregon Public Broadcasting) — An advocacy organization has announced it will sue the Bureau of Land Management over proposed spaying procedures for wild horses in eastern Oregon. Feral horses and burros are protected under the 1971 Wild…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A measure to use Lottery funds to pay for Outdoor School has qualified for the November general election ballot.
July 27, 2016

Outdoor School initiative qualifies for ballot

by Paris Achen
An initiative petition to fund a statewide outdoor education program with Oregon Lottery revenue has qualified for the November general election ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Friday that the campaign for IP 67 gathered 93,102…
July 26, 2016

Union Pacific Stands Out For Track-Caused Derailments But Not Oil Spills

by Tony Schick
(Oregon Public Broadcasting) — After last month's fiery oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge, federal regulators put the blame on Union Pacific Road for failing to maintain its track. Soon questions arose about the railroad's safety…
July 25, 2016

Yakama Nation demands more rigorous cleanup of Superfund site in Portland Harbor

by Steve Law
Representatives of the Yakama Nation met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 25, to urge the federal agency to adopt a more aggressive plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The tribe, which secured…
July 14, 2016

Subs on the Slough

by Steve Law
The Portland Water Bureau and Columbia Slough Watershed Council will offer a free lunchtime tour of the slough on Friday, Aug. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can learn how to protect the city of Portland’s underground drinking water…
July 14, 2016

Leading bicycle group to advocate for walking, transit

by Steve Law
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, one of the leading advocacy groups for two-wheeled transport in Portland, is going “multi-modal.” The nonprofit group is expanding its mission to support walking and transit, along with bicycling, as alternatives…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JAIME VALDEZ - Precision Castparts Corp. has two twin plants straddling the Portland-Milwaukie border, next to the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.
July 13, 2016

Neighbors file suits against Precision Castparts Corp.

by Paul Koberstein
Six residents of Southeast Portland have filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Precision Castparts Corp., alleging that its toxic air emissions have harmed their health and decreased property values, according to court documents filed in…
COURTESY PORTLAND HARBOR COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP  - This year's Willamette River Festival theme is to celebrate the river, and its impending cleanup.
July 08, 2016

Celebrate the Willamette River, and its cleanup

by Steve Law
Now that the EPA has finally released its cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site, the citizens group working on the project wants to get public feedback on the plan, and dreamed up a fun way to get it — at this year’s Willamette River…
COURTESY EARTHFIX  - An aerial view of the Mosier oil train derailment.
Jul 08, 2016

How train inspectors missed broken bolts that caused the Mosier…

by Tony Schick and Conrad Wilson, EarthFix
On April 27, Steve Holm and three other inspectors drove right over a set of broken railroad bolts that later would cause a massive oil train explosion. Holm rode shotgun as Union Pacific…
Jul 08, 2016

Forest Grove mixes food waste with yard debris

by Travis Loose
On July 1, Forest Grove residents began combining their food waste in their yard debris bins for recycling by Waste Management. At least that was the plan. It’s unclear how many people actually…
PHOTO COURTESY SABAH WILDLIFE RESCUE UNIT - Rescued elephant calves take an afternoon walk with staff at the Sepilok Wildlife Medical Care Center in Sabah, Malaysia.
Jul 07, 2016

Endowment fund to promote elephant conservation created by…

by Steve Law
The Oregon Zoo Foundation has created a $1 million endowment fund to finance projects promoting elephant conservation. Earnings from the endowment will be earmarked to support endangered Asian…
PHOTO BY ELI MANGOLD, COURTESY OF GROUNDWORK PORTLAND  - Rose Longoria, regional Superfund cleanup projects coordinator of Yakama Nation Fisheries, addresses a recent rally in front of the Portland Building, calling on the EPA to adopt a more aggressive plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.
Jul 07, 2016

Is the EPA lowballing Superfund cleanup costs?

by Steve Law
One might think that polluters on the hook to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site would be overjoyed when the EPA slashed the projected price tag in half last month. But many say EPA…
COURTESY OF SAVE ENDANGERED ANIMALS OREGON - Supporters appeared to have gathered enough petition signatures on a ballot measure to bar sales of parts from endangered and other exotic species in Oregon.
Jul 07, 2016

Ballot measure would bar trade in parts from endangered and…

by Steve Law
The Save Endangered Animals Oregon coalition said it turned in more than 150,000 petition signatures on Thursday to quality a ballot initiative for Oregon’s November ballot. The initiative would…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: BIANCA PAHL - The Save Outdoor School for All Campaign announced it received enough signatures to provide a measure on November's ballot.
Jul 07, 2016

One step closer to Outdoor School for all

by Bianca Pahl
Oregonians likely will have a chance to vote on a measure that provides funding for every fifth- and sixth-grade student statewide to experience Outdoor School. The Save Outdoor School for All…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The McCormick and Baxter site on the Willamette River was cleaned up as part of an early action project in the Portland Harbor Superfund process. Most of the Superfund site has yet to be cleaned.
Jul 07, 2016

City gets ready to battle EPA on Superfund costs

by Jim Redden
Despite the city’s lead role in financing the Portland Harbor Superfund project to date, Portland officials do not believe the city is liable for much — if any — of the ultimate cleanup costs.…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JO OSTGARDEN - Cows get to roam the fields munching on grass at Milk E Way Farm outside Coquille in Coos County.
Jul 07, 2016

Not penned in

by Jo Ostgarden
Many people know that eating too much cheese can lead to obesity and unhealthy cholesterol levels. But there’s a way to make it a healthier part of your diet: Eat cheese sourced from sustainably…
COURTESY PSU - Students learn about bees and beekeeping at the new PSU Apiary at the colleges Community Orchard.
Jul 07, 2016

Beehives abuzz at Portland State

by Jennifer Anderson
Portland already is a hive of urban beekeepers, bee-friendly gardens and local honey products. Local chefs and grocery stores — even Portland International Airport — keep beehives. Now Portland…
CONNECTION PHOTO: KELSEY O'HALLORAN - Marian Grebanien reaches to thin apples from a tree at the Gabriel Park Demonstration Orchard.
Jul 07, 2016

Neighborhood bounty

by Kelsey O'Halloran
The Gabriel Park Demonstration Orchard keeps drawing Marian Grebanien back. “There’s something about being among the fruit trees,” the Southwest Portland resident says, plucking tiny apples from…