Meet Metzger's nature explorers

Meet Metzger's nature explorers

Riverkeepers lead field trips for Metzger Elementary students at Dirksen Nature Park...

Tualatin Hills Nature Park hosts native plant sale Saturday

Tualatin Hills Nature Park hosts native plant sale Saturday

Shoppers can select from more than 150 plant species The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation...

Touchstone preschoolers bug out on Earth Day

Touchstone preschoolers bug out on Earth Day

Students charged with planting, spreading ladybugs to plants around playground Gabriel Torgerson...

Jesuit earns 2014 Green Ribbon School award

Jesuit earns 2014 Green Ribbon School award

National honor recognizes campus' sustainability efforts Jesuit High School was named a 2014 U.S....

Xerces beefs up pollinator protection

Xerces beefs up pollinator protection

Four years ago, Don Sturm had a conundrum. On his four Portland-area farms he had acres of black...

Beekeepers stay cool as swarm season blows in

Beekeepers stay cool as swarm season blows in

It’s swarm season. That means urban and rural residents could be outside enjoying an Oregon...

Thriving kestrels get study's attention

Thriving kestrels get study's attention

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Settling for a 'cheap' river fix

Settling for a 'cheap' river fix

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Sustainable Life Section

April 24, 2014

Stash Tea leaves SFI in green controversy

by Julia Rogers
Portland-based Stash Tea is the most recent company to reject the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an Oregon nonprofit, from its label, joining 25 brands including AT&T and Allstate.…
by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Garnett Tuss scrapes food into a newly installed compost bin at Tualatins Juanita Pohl Center.
April 24, 2014

Juanita Pohl celebrates Earth Day

by Caitlin Feldman
Senior center becomes fourth Tualatin business to launch food scrap collection program Earth Day this week saw a continued effort by Washington County to increase sustainability and minimize…
April 23, 2014

3rd Incredible Edibles sale: veggie, pepper and herb shoots to…

by Julia Rogers
Gardening from seeds can be daunting and frustrating, especially the delicious kind. Growing food at home is easier with small starts already beginning to blossom. On May 3, the Multnomah County…
April 22, 2014

UP is listed on Princeton Review's Green Ratings for the fifth…

by Julia Rogers
For the fifth consecutive year, University of Portland was named to the Green Ratings list created by research from U.S. Green Building Council and The Princeton Review. Oregon colleges on the…
April 21, 2014

Design clean technology for grants at PSU

by Julia Rogers
Portland State University is hosting a Cleantech Challenge for inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs. Teams with ideas for sustainable technology can enter until May 9. Undergraduates,…
April 17, 2014

Upcycle in your neighborhood at the 6th annual swap

by Julia Rogers
Recycling can be complex and time-consuming, and sometimes it’s tempting to just throw used items away. Don’t! To simplify reuse, the North Portland neighborhoods of St. Johns and Cathedral Park…
April 21, 2014

Metro OKs funding to engage Latino community

by Nancy Townsley
The Metro Council has set aside $8,500 to engage Washington County Latinos in the planning process for two local initiatives: the Council Creek Regional Trail (CCRT) and the Climate Smart…
April 17, 2014

OMSI hosts a wind energy challenge for kids and teachers

by Julia Rogers
Wind turbines are one of the fastest-growing clean energy sources, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is nurturing a new generation of young engineers to explore the science behind…
April 21, 2014

Down & Dirty

by Steve Law
Pitching in for the Environment Big Earth Day festival returns Portland’s major Earth Day celebration returns this year after a one-year layoff, located for the first time at Kenton Park in…
by: COURTESY OF WILLAMETTE PARTNERSHIP - The new Honoring Our Rivers student art and writing anthology will be released April 19. Students will read from the anthology May 4 at Powells City of Books. This is the cover of the 2013 anthology.
April 21, 2014

"Green Briefs"

by Julia Rogers
Enviros oppose to new chemical regulation bills Earthjustice and The Sierra Club, environmental nonprofits, are promoting a letter-writing campaign to oppose new bills regulating toxic…
by: COURTESY PHOTO - Plastic bags with the free weekly Foodday advertising section litter the ground in Terry Nelsons Buckman neighborhood.
Apr 21, 2014

ECO-Thoughts: Piles of Foodday leave bad taste in neighborhood

by Terry Nelson
The Oregonian newspaper’s weekly free Foodday has been littered throughout our Buckman neighborhood for years. Mostly on the stairs and sidewalks of our homes. In a continued effort to stop this…
by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - St Johns Activist Barbara Quinn
Apr 21, 2014

Alternative decontamination plans considered

by Steve Law
Citizens and environmental groups want the EPA to deploy innovative cleanup methods for the Willamette River Superfund project, including use of substances that break down harmful chemicals to…
Apr 21, 2014

Narrow inlet could house piles of sediment

by Steve Law
A little-used boat slip at a Port of Portland terminal north of the St. Johns Bridge is the most likely water-based site to stow contaminated Willamette River sediment. Slip 1 at Terminal 4 is a…
by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Historian Chet Orloff, an adjunct Portland State University professor, curates the online Museum of the City, which brings history exhibits to life. The website also looks at sustainable cities throughout history.
Apr 21, 2014

Online museum clicks with history students

by Jason Vondersmith
Sustainability means different things to different people, and to prominent historian Chet Orloff, it doesn’t only have to do with environmental awareness and carbon footprints. There are…
Apr 21, 2014

Portlanders through history take pride in city

by Jason Vondersmith
Outside of its eccentricities and environmental consciousness, Portland survives and thrives because of various factors often seen in successful cities, says Chet Orloff, a prominent historian…
by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Mika Tomic, right, his sons, Stefan, 2, and Luka, 7, and his wife, Svjetlana, participate in the Arbor Day event at the corner of Southwest Barrows Road and 157th Avenue.
Apr 16, 2014

Volunteers plant 40 trees to spruce up wetlands

by Ray Pitz
Site along Barrows Road was once a fenced-off area About 100 volunteers on Saturday morning flocked to what was once considered something of an eyesore — a former fenced-in storm water retention…
Apr 16, 2014

Neighbors organize to save Portland's only Paradox walnut tree

by Julia Rogers
With a trunk 15 feet around, an ancient Paradox walnut tree stands tall on the corner of Southeast 50th Avenue and Mill Street. It is slated for destruction to make room for a 14-unit housing…
Apr 15, 2014

Portland's solar energy generates top 20 label

by Julia Rogers
Portland was propelled into the top 20 solar-powered U.S. cities this week by generating solar energy through programs including Solarize Portland, Environment Oregon and Solar Forward. At…
Apr 14, 2014

WSU hosts lecture on copper mining effects

by Julia Rogers
Washington State University is hosting a lecture in Vancouver, Wash. by Bill Carter, director and writer of "Boom, Bust, Boom - A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World." He will be…
Apr 11, 2014

New meanings for waterway markers

by Julia Rogers
State marine board officials this month will discuss new rules for boaters and other water transportation recreationalists in Oregon. Staff from the State Marine Board Office will take public…