Sustainable Life

The hidden environmental benefit of E-Bikes

What generates fewer carbon emissions, pedaling a regular bicycle or an E-Bike? The answer may surprise you.

TRIP takes a bow after cleanup

Troutdale Reynolds industrial park awarded for change into major regional employer.

Waste Management gets nod to process our food scraps

Metro chooses nation's largest garbage hauler, which is working with Portland sewer authority, to build plant in North…

Is the city trying to soak houseboat residents?

Floating home residents say the Bureau of Environmental Services is trying to tax the rain

Both North Portland oil recyclers rack up PCB violations

DEQ orders PCB cleanup at EcoLube Recovery facility near Portland Expo Center


Ongoing studies of salmon and trout in Tryon Creek support efforts to replace the concrete culvert under Highway 43

Could Vanport Flood happen again?

State study shows just how vulnerable we are if any Columbia River flood-control levees fail

EarthTalk: Drowning in Boxes

Is more cardboard recycling really the answer to the growing use of product packaging, especially when we shop online?


Fire and safety violations plague ORRCO and EcoLube Recovery oil refineries in North Portland.

Interest groups respond to 'cap and invest' bill

The first draft of a bill that would put a price on carbon emissions and invest in projects to reduce the release of…

That Multnomah Falls selfie could cost $300

U.S. Forest Service says fines being imposed for violations at famous waterfall Multnomah Falls.

Mt. Hood Meadows explores addition to South Lodge

United States Forest Service in preliminary stages of proposed expansion project

Elevated levels of lead found in water of 8 Gresham homes

In 1986, Gresham removed all known lead-containing service connections from its distribution system.

Wood smoke ban prepped for final vote

No-burn order expected three to five times a year, County Commissioners say.

Inaugural Hillsboro recycling event draws big crowds

Organizers from Westside Master Recyclers hope to make PlanetCon an annual activity.

Volunteers needed for native-planting events

North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District is offering three work parties in January and February

A new kind of resolution: recycle

There are two main ways we can ruin recycling, writes editor Leslie Pugmire Hole.

State Parks rake in the GREEN

State Parks generate $52 million for businesses, economy in East Multnomah County.

Letter: Driving into a future dead zone

It is unconscionable that our political leaders not only turn a blind eye to the poisoning of our nation, but those in power…

Local nonprofit brings gardens to every FGSD school

Leaders are welcoming Dairy Creek Community Food Web's assistance in installing school gardens.

Trails, parking lot reopen at Fernhill Wetlands

Resurfacing work is planned for later this year in the parking area, says Clean Water Services.

City's ban on fossil fuel terminal expansion upheld on…

Oregon Court of Appeals rules city didn't violate U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause

Lake Oswego's Climate Action Plan nears the finish line

City and community groups have spent the past year developing a plan for the city to combat climate change

Auditors: DEQ backlogs 'endanger state's air quality and…

The issue of air pollution has been a topic of interest in the wake of enforcement action based on elevated levels of toxins…

What the Bus? I Thought Trains Were The Greenest Transit…

Studies show taking a bus may be the greenest way to travel longer distances in the United States

Home Energy Score mandate goes live

Starting this month, home sellers in Portland must report potential energy bills at their home, giving buyers more…

Audubon bird count flies under sunny, cool skies

Roughly 50 counts will be conducted in Oregon and Southwest Washington during the three weeks surrounding the holidays.

Oak habitat protection stretches to western Washington…

Funding is approved for preservation of oak prairie, which can be found in Forest Grove's vicinity.

Willamette upriver study seeks to ID source of contaminants

DEQ to examine stretch from Oregon City to Sellwood for possible future environmental work.

Earthtalk: Can 'dirty' air mar your sleep?

Air filters and other ideas to get cleaner indoor air quality in your bedroom to help you sleep better

'Cap and invest' bill takes shape

The sponsors of an upcoming cap and invest bill for the Legislature's February session released more details about the…

Holiday cleanup 101

Here's some tips on how to recycle all the stuff left over from gift exchanges, and what to toss

Deadline set for crypto filtration plant

Oregon Health Authority required Portand Water Bureau to begin filtering Bull Run water in just under 10 years, and to take…

When the levee breaks.....the bank

Entire Portland area may be asked to help improve levee system via property tax-funded bonds

EPA deal with industrial polluters comes amid signs of…

Businesses, parties begin to negotiate cleanups on Willamette River 'hot spots' as Trump administration inks deal with a DDT…

Dime deposit coming for coffee, sports drinks

OLCC expanding recyclables to include kombucha, tea, coffee and hard cider in 2018.

Milk dispensers trim waste at Canby schools

Clackamas district school becomes first in state to replace traditional cartons; hopes others follow suit

Water filling stations burst plastic bottles' bubble

DEQ hopes Gresham pilot project spurs more use of refillable stations at Oregon schools

You have food choices - pick organic

Avoiding chemicals in food is healthier for our bodies and for our environment

Bullseye says DEQ greatly exaggerated toxin danger

Glass company claims agency has let pollution of all sorts persist while it was targeted

Gift ideas for gardeners

Stuck for what to give for the holidays? Consider this exhaustive list of possibilities

Wind warning issued for Corbett, Multnomah Falls

The windiest locations are forecasted to be along the Old Columbia River Highway.

Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro getting a makeover

City and partners work to make 270-acre natural area a sanctuary for native plants, wildlife

Rethinking 'Smoky Bear'

Some scientists say it might be better to let modest fires burn rather than rush to extinguish them, to protect long-term forest health

Gear up locally for winter

Sustainable duds are easy to find from Portland-area clothing and shoe companies

Eagle Creek Fire now 100 percent contained

Hot spots from wildfire may still smolder in remote areas of Columbia River Gorge.


'Legacy' chemicals once used in firefighter training at airport seen as emerging pollutants

Multnomah Falls Lodge reopens to visitors

Guests must share 186 parking stalls at scenic waterfall site in the Columbia River Gorge.

DEQ details cleanup procedures for West Linn paper mill

Environmental mitigation at the site is likely to occur after a purchaser is identified

Washington energy siting council rejects oil train terminal in…

Tesoro-Savage terminal would transfer trainloads of crude oil onto ships headed down the Columbia River, starting near Hayden Island.

Multnomah Falls lodge to open in December

Trek to top of Multnomah Falls not planned for re-opening until at least one year from now.

Vista House, 2 trails now open in Gorge

The Latourell Falls loop and the Bridal Veil Falls hike have re-opened to the public, ODOT says.

Solar panel makers may win relief, but installers are worried

International Trade commission ruling pits panel manufacturing jobs against cost savings from cheaper panel imports

Having her sei

Portland newcomer from Marshall Islands works at international level against climate change

Living with danger in Linnton

Earthquakes, fires other disasters could leave residents of the old mill town off Highway 30 especially vulnerable

Paradise Papers investigation calls out Reed College fossil…

Leaked documents show Reed College, which rejected students demand to divest in fossil fuels, is invested in an off-shore fossil fuels fund.

NEWS BRIEFS: Oregon State Parks waive parking fees

More News: Christmas couple returns to Harlow House, Gorge2020 plan subject of review.

Portland home sellers must get energy audit

City requirement to get Home Energy Score before properties are listed for sale takes effect January 1

Trees take root at Thousand Acres

Port of Portland, Friends of Trees adds native plants at Sandy River Delta Park near Troutdale.

Multnomah County regulations ignite debate on wood stoves

Proposal would restrict burning on days when air quality is poor; low-income residents with no other heat source would get exemption

World Forestry Center hosts display on cross-laminated timber

The Future of Tall exhibit at the Portland museum near the zoo highlights new CLT and other mass timber products

Vancouver oil terminal project in jeopardy after port election

Terminal critic Don Orange appears to win decisive victory for port commission after costly election

Polluters in driver's seat for Superfund cleanup plan

Oregon, city, tribal officials wary that existing 16-year study could be unraveled by EPA deal

Using social media to rescue unused food

Waste Not Food Taxi mobilizes volunteer drivers via NextDoor and Facebook to transport food leftovers to the hungry

'Plywood on steroids' can benefit climate, forests

Buildings made with cross-laminated timber account for less than half the carbon emissions of structures using steel and concrete

Portland homeowners on the hook for costly elm tree removal

City stops paying to remove trees with Dutch elm disease, which can cost up to $10,000 per tree

Bill Bradbury: 'World depends on' tackling global warming

Former secretary of state in Milwaukie to boost efforts to slow climate change

Eudaly: ADUs could aid Portland's housing crisis

Commissioner eased ban on tiny houses, RVs, but favors ADUs as pivotal for addressing affordability problem

'Plywood on steroids' holds great potential for Oregon economy,…

Oregon BEST study finds the state could gain thousands of jobs by nurturing the cross-laminated timber industry.

SOLVE seeks volunteers who want to help the gorge, eventually

The nonprofit wants to be in position to channel considerable interest among volunteers to help restore fire-damaged areas

Local recyclers in turmoil as China closes door on exports

Experts say new purity standards for mixed paper and plastics are impossible to meet, casting pall on multi-billion export sector, and fears about…

Portland hosts national summit on Accessory Dwelling Units

Participants will discuss ways to use ADUs to promote affordable housing, environmental sustainability and to counter displacement

Crackdown in China may send recycling to landfill

Newly established standards could upset regional system controlled by Metro.

Portland chicken bones, other food scraps could be turned into…

Metro narrows down list of processers to firms proposing to build in Portland and Wilsonville

Green lodging a selling point for Portland-area hotels

Many tourists expect sustainable amenities when staying overnight in the Rose City

Green Tip: Home composting

Learn how to do your own recycling of food scraps and yard debris to feed your garden

What to do with yucky stuff in the garage

Metro offers two hazardous wastedisposal centers, in Oregon City and Northwest Portland

Going nuts for solar energy

Northwest Hazelnut Co., the largest processor in the nation, leads the pack on green energy

GREEN TIP: Bright ideas for saving energy with lighting

LED light bulbs are the best way to save energy, shave carbon emissions and save money

Green dilemma

Wood vs. vinyl fences: what are the environmental and other tradeoffs with either choice?

Old electronic gadgets may be valuable - or toxic

Oregon offers ample places to recycle old computers, cell phones and other electronics

Clackamas-based fruit leather partners with Bob's Red Mill

Fruitful Children company proud to be using wind energy to power its dehydrators creating innovative and healthy snacks for all ages

Swift clouds smaller but still draw attention

Banks chimney home to 850 swifts stopping in Oregon during their migration to South America

Bonnie Olin: Owyhee River 'belongs to all of us'

Author of 'Owyhee River Journals' to share presentation Oct. 4 at the Happy Valley Library

Hogan Butte, Gresham's crown jewel, opens to public

Hogan Butte Nature Park opens for community to enjoy views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams.

Drawing GREATness in Gresham

Eight year old artist Grant Hendrickson awarded for sustainable business practices.

Hogan Butte Nature Park to open Sept. 23

Gresham's 'crown jewel' offers views of area peaks starting Saturday, September 23.

Take it outside!

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

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 Farms

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

Clean up a beach or waterfront near you

SOLV reprises its annual effort, when volunteers fan out across Oregon to beautify the state's natural areas

Forest Service says fire shows need for Crystal Clear…

Bark environmental group says plan for 'fuels reduction' is off-base, given that older trees are most resistant to fire

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 downed trees, fallen boulders…

With help, Multnomah Falls Lodge survives Eagle Creek Fire

A virtual army of fire engines, water tenders and firefighters was sent to protect the lodge.


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