Sustainable Life

Take it outside!

Columbia Northwest chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters forms new partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Urban Nature…

EcoFilm Fest seeks to uplift, inspire

Forget doom and gloom; this year's lineup includes many local and women-made films

The challenges of recycling at apartments

Metro study finds lack of storage space, pickup service, makes it harder for multifamily tenants to be green

Pollution problems continue to plague Bullseye Glass

Art glass manufacturer fouled soil, water near its Southeast Portland plant

New executive director Krista Basis to nurture Schoolyard…

Courtney Leeds steps down as executive director to work toward a master's degree in public health at OHSU-PSU

Oak Lodge Water hires Sarah Jo Chaplen as general manager

Chaplen worked as a 'change agent' in leading Hillsboro during her tenure there from 2007 to 2010

City to support new downtown swimming hole on the Willamette

Kevin Duckworth Memorial Dock could become legal haven for swimmers, sunbathers and paddlers

The Alice Awards event is back, courtesy of The Street Trust

One new feature for this year's fundraising event: a valet parking service for those arriving by bicycle

DEQ hits SolarWorld with $13K fine

SolarWorld transported and stored flammable liquid without correct documentation, DEQ letter states.

SLIDESHOW: Eagle Creek Fire mop up operations continue

ODOT officials estimate Interstate 84 will remain closed at least through the weekend of Sept. 9-10, as crews clean up…

SLIDESHOW: Multnomah Falls survives the Eagle Creek Fire

The devastating Eagle Creek Fire was not able to overcome the efforts of fire crews battling to save the historic Multnomah…

Cost of going solar to rise

Loss of state tax credit could nearlydouble net costs for homeowners who hope to put panels on their roofs

Fire reaches Bull Run watershed, but not reservoir yet

Portland Water Bureau says it is prepared to switch over to groundwater wells along Columbia River if the need arises

Friends of the Columbia Gorge watch fire devastation

The Executive Director of the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge is heartbroken at the damage being done by the Eagle Creek…

Volunteers rescuing livestock from Eagle Creek fire

Rural residents in East Multnomah County need help transporting horses, sheep and small pets.

Students dig into cafeteria garbage

Sherwood youth form Compost Club to stop practice of throwing lunch leftovers in the trash

Solarize Milwaukie contracts solely with Sunlight Solar…

The goal of Solarize Milwaukie is to increase the community's use of solar from its current consumption of about 733 kW to…

Savoring the Willamette with the River Huggers

Advocate for swimming in Portland's downtown river shares his thoughts on why he does it

Free workshops offered on natural gardening

Naturescaping series covers everything from native plants to urban weeds to how to lure birds and bees to your property

TRASHY BUSINESS IN PORTLAND

Metro is shopping around for a new contract to stow the region's garbage, but this time it's a buyer's market for landfills

Adding native plants to our yards and gardens is more…

Arborist offers a wealth of ideas for adding plants, trees and wildflower meadows to your yard or property

Mt. Hood National Forest recovers from 36 Pit Fire

Three years later, officials say much of the affected forestland is on the road to recovery.

Need good seeds for the garden?Try the library

Sandy's seed library helps preserve healthy species that grow well here, and teach people how to do it themselves

Green Tip: Keep cool without stressing the planet

Use these simple suggestions to cut your cooling bill this summer, and shave your carbon footprint.

Moss may show lead in air near demolished homes

USFS scientists launch second round of study evaluating air pollutants absorbed by moss

Volunteer fixer-uppers repair broken items

Neighbors help each other restore broken or damaged items at Repair Cafe in Rosewood.

Campfires restricted, off-roading banned in Mt. Hood Forest

U.S. Forest Service restricts fires to grills, stoves and fire rings in developed campsites.

Metro dumps waste-to-energy plan

Council backs staff recommendation that cost outweighs benefits, but members say distant landfills for garbage are…

Benham Falls: A perfect late summer hike

Why not explore this scenic and accessible gem in Central Oregon, our columnist writes.

Solar farm near Estacada wins approval

Clackamas board splits 3-2 on issue of exception for high-value farmland; majority says need for renewable energy is key…

Environmental group plans public campout

Bark organizing public event to highlight its critique of large timber sale planned in Mount Hood National Forest

Hopkins garden flourishes for now

Teacher and garden advocate Casey Brennan is asking school district to support project financially

Want to live large but build small?

Tour two dozen accessory dwelling units to talk to architects, contractors and homeowners, and get design ideas

No decision yet on Port Westward farmland rezone

Columbia Riverkeeper and other environmental groups oppose conversion of farmland for industrial use by the port

Solar farm near Estacada wins approval

Clackamas board splits 3-2 on issue of exception for high-value farmland; majority says need for renewable energy is key…

Portland will defend fossil fuel ordinance before Oregon…

City Council voted Wednesday to appeal a recent LUBA decision that had overturned the city's ordinance sharply restricting…

Bullseye lawsuit seeks punitive damages

Case in Multnomah County Circuit Court puts blame on glass maker, state regulators, seeks class action status

Boosting diversity at Oregon State Parks

Kevin Price, the lone African-American manager in the state agency's history, works to get kids exposed to the outdoors

Biketown For All aims to boost diversity on two wheels

Portland State University study points the way to achieving greater equity in bikeshare programs

Championing sustainability under the big top

Cirque Du Soleil will plug directly into city's electric grid to avoid using a generator to power the show

County seeking used tires for recycling

Standing water in tires helps mosquitoes breed; project keeps tires out of landfill.

Loving the falls to death?

Huge crowds are resulting in parking and traffic concerns at Mutlnomah Falls.

Seven companies vie to convert Portland area food scraps into…

Metro releases names of firms that submit proposals, but won't divulge what they proposal or where they hope to build

Cultivating a culture

Local families trade their support for farm-fresh produce in Sandy, Estacada and East County.

Metro may trash plan to burn garbage rather than bury it

Burning solid waste may not reduce carbon emissions much, if at all, compared to putting it in a landfill, analysis concludes

Forest Grove food-waste program seeing success

Expectations for waste collection are met; resident 'delighted' with convenience, cleanliness

Gresham woman puts out the welcome mat for wildlife

Backyard Habitat Certification Program will host an open-garden event at Susan Spencer's home.

Community weighs in on future of Gabbert Butte Nature Park

Upgrades will provide better trail access and connections to other city buttes.

Electric Vehicle showcase opens in downtown Portland

EV advocacy group Forth launches new push for EVs as 2017 Oregon Legislature approves new rebates for buyers

Portland only so-so for national survey of green buildings

The Rose City is topped by many of its peers for promoting green building certification, construction

Portland restrictions on fossil fuel terminals overturned

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals reversed the city ordinance, siding with an appeal brought by the oil industry and its allies

MAKING WOOD WORK FOR TIMBER TOWN BASEBALL

KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Lynn Lashbrook has new ideas to bring MLB to Portland, and they include going back to the future

Spreading the climate change gospel

As Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Sequel' debuts, Bill Bradbury will be at the forefront, using it to educate the public

FROM FOOD TO FUEL

Metro to set rules to divert food scraps from landfill by requiring businesses to separate it for recycling, then convert it to electricity or biogas

Gresham middle school earns greenest green status

West Orient Middle School, led by its Green Team, is one of a dozen in Oregon to receive highest honor

Check out the slough

Free canoe and kayak rentals are available at the annual Columbia Slough Regatta, coming Aug. 6

Oregon Republicans bash Obama, defend Trump

Resolution adopted by state party's central committee calls on members of Congress to resign if they won't work on 'real issues.'

Damascus Farmers Market recovers from robbery

Clackamas County police return items from stolen utility trailer to Damascus Farmers Market.

Electric vehicle incentives included in transportation package

State rebates, added to federal incentives, double for those replacing cars 20 years old or more

In the bag

Gresham Early Risers Kiwanis group honors three women as Every Day Heroes during breakfast on Friday, June 23.

Timber company sues state over nixed sale of Elliott

Lone Rock Resources had been in line to buy big part of forest, util Land Board changed its mind on privatization

Clackamas County backs action on climate change

Resolution puts it among local and state governments rebuffing President Trump's move to withdraw from a 2015 global accord.

Explore the gorge without a vehicle

Shuttle services on both sides of the river take folks to beautiful scenery, hiking along the Columbia River

Big road package has some green features

Transportation package emerging from the Legislature favors bicycle paths, transit, electric vehicles

Spend time hiking, beautifying the coast

Oregon Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers to remove invasives at stunning Cascade Head near Lincoln City

PCC goes fossil-free

College has no current investments in oil, gas and coal companies, but new policy formalizes its commit to divestment

Preserve the Wonder

Friends of the Columbia Gorge launches public campaign to acquire seven natural areas north of the river

Bullseye Glass cleared on air pollution issues

Portland firm invests more than $1 million to lower emissions; monitor removed after it passes tests

Corbett resident's garden named best in state

Elaine Hutson's advice: Succeed throughtrial-and-error to cultivate a beautiful garden.

Oil recycler permit shows it emits more than foul odors

DEQ requires new pollution controls at APES plant in North Portland, but its emissions still will be toxic

Company removed LNG pipeline documents from public libraries

Jordan Cove representatives say the documents were outdated, so they removed them from public files in four counties

Gore in Seattle to train next batch of climate reality leaders

Former VP's 'Inconvenient Truth' sequel rolls out to public July 28, 11 years after original film

Business coalition forms to push for carbon pricing in Oregon

New group says it's not sure yet whether to pursue a carbon tax or a market-based cap and trade system

City says jump in the Willamette, the water's safe

Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services tests water each week in five locations to assure river is safe

Columbia Slough clean-up slated

Volunteers sought to paddle around the Northeast Portland wetlands to help beautify the area; no canoe needed

A vision for swimming

Docks are already in place and are underused, draft study finds, so why not promote them and make them safer?

Farmers market a launch pad for immigrant entrepreneurs

Burundi couple living in New Columbia community grows organic and African produce, sells at local markets

Climate change talk, through youthful lens

Let's Talk Climate PDX, a series of public forums, addresses how global warming affects young people

Russ Hoeflich: keeping Oregon wild

Q&A with the new executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, a former exec with The Natural Conservancy

Suction dredging restrictions signed into law

Governor signs compromise bill that bans controversial gold mining technique that ruins stream beds where salmon spawn

Business group announces effort to push for carbon pricing

Private sector leaders form The Oregon Business Alliance for Climate, led by Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly Co.

DEQ announces air pollution controls for oil recyclers

Hayden Island residents still not happy with state agency's slow response to odor complaints

Portland helps thwart Trump attempt to censor climate change data

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, following Chicago lead, posts banned EPA information on its website

Burning trash for electricity? No problem, report says

Draft Health Impact Assessment commissioned by Metro finds little cause for worry in proposal to incinerate Portland-area garbage in Brooks

DEQ announces air pollution controls for oil recyclers

Hayden Island residents still not happy with state agency's slow response to odor complaints

Welcome to Portland's first pop-up beach

Poet's Beach, south of RiverPlace, will be decked out this summer with lifeguards, picnic tables, a bathroom and other amenities

Discover the Tualatin River on the water

Annual Tualatin River Discovery Day provides a great way to tour the scenic, gentle waterway via kayak, canoe

Portland losing a top sustainability expert

Michael Armstrong leaving to cofound a nonprofit working nationally on similar issues

Clean Fuels Program pumps up demand, jobs at biodiesel maker

SeQuential reaps benefits from state mandate to cut carbon emissions from transportation sector

Wine country a bright spot for solar

Grapes, like solar panels, thrive with southern exposure, creating a sustainable blend in Oregon vineyards

Community solar's promise may go unfulfilled

Oregon Public Utility Commission treats new approach as a modest pilot project rather than a potential game-changer

County, city step up to address climate change as Trump retreats…

Multnomah County, and the city of Portland, vow to eliminate most use of fossil fuels in their territory within 50 years

Salt & Straw uses cast-off food waste to make latest batch of…

Ready to try Breakside Brewery's Spent Grains & Bacon S'mores, using spent grains and malts from the beer-making process and pork belly from local…

GATEWAY GREEN: PORTLAND'S NEW MECCA FOR OFF-ROAD BIKING

The Dirt Lab at the park features three miles of mountain bike trails, a skills course and other amenities

Farming for a drier future

Don Schmidt Nursery in Boring uses dryland farming method instead of irrigating, eschewing pesticides

Life cycle of a milk carton

Containers take a long journey, from Southwest Portland dairy to nearby elementary school to Hillsboro recycler to Asian paper plants

Whetting young appetites

FoodCorps works to make kids eager to join school lunch line

PGE backs off its request to build two natural gas plants

Utility had been pressed by environmentalists, Portland mayor, county chair, business to drop expensive projects

A sea of amethyst

Camassia Natural Area celebrates 55th anniversary as Oregon Nature Conservancy preserve, organization's first in Oregon

Hankering to learn organic gardening?

Nonprofit offers three series of classes this summer at school garden in East Portland

 

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