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Sustainable Life Section

December 18, 2014

GREEN BRIEFS

by Steve Law
Study: Carbon tax could work here Oregon could levy a tax on fossil fuels that could enable the state to meet its 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions — without significant job or economic…
Using truffles to restore the land
December 18, 2014

Using truffles to restore the land

by Jennifer Anderson
Oregon truffle growers and harvesters are starting to realize the fungi’s environmental benefits. There’s a growing number of working examples in Oregon of the truffles’ symbiotic relationship…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VIRGINIA WERNER  - Brisk traffic on Northeast Columbia Boulevard near Cully Boulevard makes it difficult for bicyclists to cross over to Alderwood Road pedaling to the airport.
December 18, 2014

Airport plots better ways to get to PDX - by bike

by Virginia Werner
Some people flag a taxi to Portland International Airport. Some take the MAX or get a ride from a friend. Brian Burk, an airport operations supervisor, commutes to work by bicycle, though the…
Pedaling to PDX
December 18, 2014

Pedaling to PDX is no easy feat

by Virginia Werner
After interviewing PDX employee Brian Burk, I decided to give this real-life Frogger game a try. I started in Northeast Portland, in the Alberta Arts district. I rode down Killingsworth Street,…
December 17, 2014

Environmental groups lining up against propane terminal at Port

by Steve Law
Environmental groups are starting to mobilize in opposition to a planned $500 million propane terminal proposed at the Port of Portland. The Audubon Society of Portland, 350PDX and other groups…
December 17, 2014

Companies exposed public to asbestos fibers, DEQ says

by Steve Law
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued two fines after a contractor hired an unlicensed asbestos abatement company for a Southeast Portland home project. DEQ, which concluded the…
December 16, 2014

Bike, ped trail will connect Hillsboro to Forest Grove

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
After tallying costs, benefits and comments for and against various routes proposed for the Council Creek Regional Trail, trail planners finally chose a preferred path last week at a combined…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF HAMMER AND HAND - This Passive House in North Plains consumes 90 percent less energy than traditional homes.
December 15, 2014

Passive Houses score best green building awards

by Steve Law
Portland-based homebuilder/remodeler Hammer and Hand won two Green Home of the Year Awards from Green Builder magazine for 2014. The magazine bestowed the honors for the Karuna House in Yamhill…
December 13, 2014

It's final: Measure 92 loses by 837 votes

by Peter Wong
Recount boosts margin of defeat for GMO-labeling requirement of 1.5 million cast. It’s unofficial, but final: Measure 92 lost by 837 votes of more than 1.5 million cast Nov. 4. The automatic…
December 12, 2014

New leaders set for Oregon legislative environmental committees

by Peter Wong
Senate panel will be led by budget veteran; chairmen return for two related House panels. When it opens Jan. 12, Oregon’s new legislative session will have new leaders of the House and Senate…
Photo Credit: ALVARO FONTAN - Drums of treated soil were stored in barrels near these BPA towers north of Linnton in the late-1990s, but then properly disposed of, DEQ says.
Dec 12, 2014

DEQ: Homeless man saw legitimate cleanup, not toxic dumping

by Steve Law
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has concluded that the burial of material from metal drums observed by a homeless man north of Linnton about 15 years ago was a duly authorized…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NEW SEASONS - The Harmony J.A.C.K. farm outside Salem is growing certified organic Christmas trees, now being sold at New Seasons.
Dec 12, 2014

Christmas trees go organic at New Seasons

by Steve Law
New Seasons is pioneering the sale of organic Christmas trees — grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. The Portland-based grocery chain recently ordered 300…
Dec 11, 2014

Oregon third-best at conserving energy

by Steve Law
Oregon is now the third most energy-efficient state in the nation, moving up one notch from fourth-highest last year, according to the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The scorecard is…
Dec 11, 2014

Measure 92 backers concede defeat

by Peter Wong
Statement comes after failure of court bid to include 4,600 ballots disqualified by officials. Supporters of a food-labeling requirement for genetically modified organisms conceded defeat…
Dec 10, 2014

Lawmakers draw $14 million for forest firefighting costs

by Peter Wong
Action coincides with return of $29 million unspent to tax-supported general fund. Oregon lawmakers returned almost $30 million unspent to the tax-supported general fund, but not without paying…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - A PSU students shows a hand-printed T-shirt illustrated with a student-designed logo for the new low-carb beer.
Dec 10, 2014

Eco friendly beer on tap

by Steve Law
Here’s an new take on low-carb beer. In collaboration with Portland State University students and others, Portland’s Migration Brewing is creating a new beer that requires lower carbon emissions…
Dec 10, 2014

State and tourism group seek bicyclists' input to improve Oregon…

by Steve Law
Travel Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon's Scenic Bikeways. To help gather…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY  - Unbeknownst to many, the Holman Pocket Park treats high volumes of storm water via newly planted trees and native plants.
Dec 09, 2014

Exploring societal benefits of healthy urban forests

by Cynthia Orlando
“Urban forestry,” the care and management of trees to improve the urban environment, is becoming better known and more appreciated. However, the fact remains that most people don’t stop often to…
Dec 09, 2014

Measure 92 recount to proceed without challenged ballots

by Peter Wong
Judge denies supporters' request to add 4,600 ballots disqualified by elections officials. About 4,600 contested ballots will not be added to the current recount involving Measure 92, which…
Dec 09, 2014

Catlin Gabel students take part in climate-change debate

by Peter Wong
They hear new state report on economic, environmental effects of proposed carbon tax. SALEM — Catlin Gabel School students heard with more than academic interest a new report presented Monday on…