Will work for food

Will work for food

The Port of Portland had a thorny problem this spring. Five acres of partial wetland just beyond...

Portland struggles to recharge solar demand

Portland struggles to recharge solar demand

Growth flat despite lower costs, worrying sustainability experts Portland solar panel...

Hummingbirds on the decline, but easy to attract

Hummingbirds on the decline, but easy to attract

Hummingbird numbers — like those of other pollinators — are declining, due to habitat...

New political group formed to lead crusade against climate change

New political group formed to lead crusade against climate change

Oregon environmentalists have quietly formed a new political arm to spearhead a game-changing...

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Sustainable Life Section

July 07, 2015

Portland ranks in the middle for solar penetration

by Steve Law
Portland ranks 15th among the nation’s 40-largest metro areas for solar energy installations — but well below most of its West Coast peers — according to a new report. The report, by Buildzoom,…
July 07, 2015

Students explore Future of Food

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A local group is putting together a two-week workshop for high school students to learn about the myriad issues in our food supply — and develop a product or solution to help fix them. Construct…
GARY ALLEN - Living small - Simplicity and simple economics are the driving forces behind the increased interest in tiny houses, according to Luke Nodine, a Newberg contractor who has recently begun building the small living spaces under the name Thimble Homes.
July 07, 2015

Less space, less clutter, simple life

by Colin Staub
How far would you go to make your life less complicated? A growing number of people are willing to sacrifice a spacious living area — which comes with plenty of room to accumulate junk — for…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Alison Hilkiah, construction project manager of Malden Court Community Orchard, at a June 13 work party.
June 30, 2015

'Food forest' takes root in Lents

by Shasta Kearns Moore
If you could create an ecosystem from scratch, how would you do it? For the folks behind Malden Court Community Orchard, it would have to include lots of food for humans to eat, a variety of…
June 29, 2015

State energy credits pay off for investors, not taxpayers

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon has given hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tax credits to help developers kick-start investment in renewable energy and efficiency projects around the state. The credits…
June 25, 2015

Corvallis agrees to divestment

by Steve Law
The city of Corvallis has agreed to divest its funds invested in fossil fuels stocks, according to the local chapter of 350.org. Corvallis joined Eugene and Ashland as Oregon cities that have…
June 24, 2015

New Climate Action Plan targets fossil fuels

by Steve Law
The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an updated version of the joint city/county Climate Action Plan, and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is expected to…
PHOTO BY STEVE LAW - Anti-gentrification activists hold signs at Tuesday night's Planning and Sustainability Commission calling to 'End Displacement Now.'
June 24, 2015

Panel starts adding anti-gentrification planks in Portland…

by Steve Law
The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission agreed Tuesday night to start adding a series of provisions in the city’s comprehensive land use plan to ward off the ill effects of…
PHOTOS BY ELLEN SPITALERI - From left, Kate Bodin, associate director of Earthtones Music Therapy Services, intern Sandra Galli, Melodie Reid, activities and volunteer coordinator at Rose Villa, and resident Nancy Bosh check out the fast-growing peas in the courtyard garden boxes. The garden boxes are easily accessible to residents with mobility issues.
June 22, 2015

Horticultural therapy blooms at Rose Villa senior community

by Ellen Spitaleri
Melodie Reid is always looking for better ways to get to know the residents at Rose Villa, and she has found that perfect match with horticultural therapy. “It sparks cognitive stimulation, and…
COURTESY OF SPROUT UP! - Ada Hays and Melissa Martin hope to raise money for a grocery store featuring local, affordable produce.
June 22, 2015

Finding a home for 'ugly produce'

by Anyi Wong-Lifton
Melissa Martin and Ada Hays want you to give curvy carrots a chance. These uniquely shaped carrots and other “ugly” produce are rejected by most grocery stores even though they have the same…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Sara Tetreault, co-founder of Just Freshy, holds one of her chickens next to a planter box with new vegetable shoots.
Jun 20, 2015

Just Freshy goes online with local foods, goods

by Jennifer Anderson
Sara Tetreault grows padrón peppers in her Mount Tabor backyard garden — the kind you can put over a fire, blister till they bubble, and then just eat by the mouthwatering handful. She has rows…
PHOTO COURTESY OF NEIL KELLY REMODELING  - Workers install solar panels in a motel in North Portland's Delta Park area.
Jun 19, 2015

City, county ready to adopt updated Climate Action Plan

by Steve Law
Portland and Multnomah County may start promoting Meatless Monday campaigns to get more residents shifting to vegetarian diets, and consider taxing or levying a fee on carbon emissions if the…
PHOTO BY BOB SALLINGER, COURTESY OF AUDUBON SOCIETY OF PORTLAND - Three red-tailed hawks learn to fly from the Portland Building downtown.
Jun 19, 2015

Red tailed hawks learn to fly, get reunited with parents

by Steve Law
The city of Portland has found a new use for green roofs: a flight training center for young red-tailed hawks. Three fledgling red-tailed hawks had been found on downtown streets near the…
PHOTO: MICHAEL DURHAM, COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO.  - An ivory bookend, part of a collection of confiscated ivory donated to the Oregon Zoo in the 1980s, is examined prior to being sent to New York to be destroyed as part of the Times Square ivory crush.
Jun 19, 2015

Illegal ivory held by Oregon Zoo gets pulverized

by Steve Law
The Oregon Zoo shipped 250 pounds of elephant ivory to federal authorities in New York, to be crushed in a public display in Times Square to highlight the fight against illegal elephant…
COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - Oregon Pollinator Week, June 15-21, celebrates the yellow-headed bumblebee along with other bees, bats, butterflies and hummingbirds as essential to the state's agricultural sector and livability.
Jun 17, 2015

Oregon celebrates Pollinator week with beer, other ways to take…

by Jennifer Anderson
Drink a beer, save a butterfly? June 15-21 is Oregon Pollinator Week (in addition to Portland Beer Week), and Pelican Brewing, based in Pacific City, has come up with a remedy for both. Their…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Titan Caldwell, the son of farmers Judy and Brett Caldwell of Caldwell Family Farms (vendors at the Oregon City Farmers Market) holds one of their chickens. They will have hens for sale at the Householding Fair, along with their produce.
Jun 17, 2015

Oregon City Farmers Market Householding Fair promotes hyperlocal…

by Raymond Rendleman
In an era when “go local,” organic food and sustainability are buzz words, you can come to the Oregon City Farmers Market on Saturday and turn talk into action by learning to be more…
Jun 16, 2015

Got plans for Father's Day?

by Steve Law
A lot of Portland fathers will be bicycling on Father’s Day. The city’s Sunday Parkways program returns to North Portland on Sunday, June 21, and families will be taking over roads cleared of…
Jun 16, 2015

Convention center plans Portland's largest solar array

by Jules Rogers
Portland soon will get its largest solar array yet, at the Oregon Convention Center. The sprawling complex, marked by the striking twin towers at 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHASE ALLGOOD  - Berries are getting watered early this year at Duyck's Peachy-Pig Farm in Cornelius.
Jun 16, 2015

Water worries

by Stephanie Haugen
California’s drought is commanding the boldest headlines, but Oregon’s record-low snowpack has left some Washington County growers sweating in their boots about the coming growing season. Others…
COURTESY TUALATIN RIVERKEEPERS  - Kayakers enjoy a relaxing paddle on the Tualatin River.
Jun 15, 2015

Experience the Tualatin River by boat

by Steve Law
Ever have a desire to get into canoeing or kayaking? Tualatin Riverkeepers invites the public to paddle the Tualatin River at the 26th-annual Tualatin River Discovery Day, on Saturday, June 27.…