City, county raising the bar on climate change strategy

City, county raising the bar on climate change strategy

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State bans pesticides traced to massive bee deaths

State bans pesticides traced to massive bee deaths

The Oregon Department of Agriculture, responding to a series of bee deaths traced to pesticides,...

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Rethinking the Northwest Forest Plan

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Maps help pinpoint landslide risks

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Sustainable Life Section

March 03, 2015

City, county to consider fossil fuel export policy

by Steve Law
Portland and Multnomah County would adopt a firm position against coal and oil exports through their territories, under a draft revision of their joint Climate Action Plan. If adopted by the…
March 02, 2015

Rent out your car while you travel

by Steve Law
Soon people driving to Portland International Airport can rent out their car while they’re out of town, via a new car-sharing service. FlightCar will announce next week they are expanding to…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORTLAND RISING TIDE  - Protesters march in advance of a packed public hearing on Pembina Pipeline Corporation's proposed half-billion-dollar propane export terminal in North Portland.
February 28, 2015

Propane terminal review delayed due to lag in getting safety data

by Steve Law
The city of Portland’s review of a potential $500 million propane export terminal at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 in North Portland has been delayed, due to a lag in getting safety…
February 27, 2015

Volunteers needed for Johnson Creek projects

by Steve Law
The Johnson Creek Watershed Council holds its 17th annual Watershed Wide Event on Saturday, March 7. Volunteers will fan out to 10 different sites along this rapidly improving urban creek to…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY: ELLEN SPITALERI - Sixth grade science teacher Jeff Young tells Tanya Bozhduga and Tyler Lenz to be wary of thorns as they rake together a pile of blackberry vines.
February 24, 2015

Kellogg Creek gets some love

by Ellen Spitaleri
Urban creeks need lots of love these days, and Jeff Young and his sixth-grade science students at Rowe Middle School are stepping up to make sure Kellogg Creek flows freely. Young purchased…
February 24, 2015

Ecotrust founder wins national honor

by Steve Law
Spencer Beebe, the founder of Portland’s Ecotrust, will receive the prestigious Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership at an upcoming National Audubon Society gala in New York City. The prize…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Former ELF member and current Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Chairman Jacob Sherman chats with neighbors during a break at a recent meeting.
February 24, 2015

Turning a new leaf

by Jennifer Anderson
Jacob Sherman doesn’t have the long, shaggy locks he did 14 years ago. He isn’t vegan, and he doesn’t go barefoot as he did when following his former friend Tre Arrow, once described as the…
February 24, 2015

PSU spreads green ethos

by Jennifer Anderson
Next month, March 6-7, the work by Jacob Sherman and others at the PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions will be validated when 140 international Fulbright scholars visit Portland to learn…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE  - Wolf pups spotted in Southern Oregon last June are believed to be the first confirmed pups born in the Oregon Cascades since the 1940s.
February 24, 2015

Wolf population grows in Oregon but still fragile

by Steve Law
Oregon’s grey wolf population continued to grow last year, while livestock kills by wolves fell, according to a new report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. There are now at least…
February 23, 2015

Portland schools to turn sunshine into electricity

by Steve Law
Six Portland schools will get new rooftop solar panels this summer, enough to power more than 100 homes. In total, more than 4,000 solar panels will be added at Arleta K-8, Bridlemile K-8,…
Feb 19, 2015

Meetings planned on train shipment rules

by Peter Wong
Feds limit proposed state changes, which are prompted by oil volumes, crashes elsewhere. Oregon is proposing changes to enable emergency services agencies to improve planning for and response to…
Mark Garber
Feb 19, 2015

Sustainable Life section going twice a month

by Mark Garber
To our readers: For the past decade, the Pamplin Media Group has dedicated itself to being the best local source of news about issues of sustainability. Going forward, the Pamplin family of…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND - Pembina Pipeline Corp. hopes to transfer propane by rail from Alberta to this narrow parcel at the Port of Portlands Terminal 6. The export terminal would be between the rail line and the Columbia River slough. On the upper right is West Hayden Island.
Feb 19, 2015

Green pros and cons of propane terminal

by Steve Law
Backers say propane will reduce use of coal, oil, in Asia Is propane a kinder and gentler fossil fuel? Could it help the planet as an interim “bridge fuel” in place of coal, diesel and gasoline…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: GREENER GRADS - Greener Grads founder Seth Yon is helping students rent and then recycle graduation gowns rather than purchase them to use only once.
Feb 19, 2015

Grads can now recycle gowns

by Jennifer Anderson
Gowns: Saving students money Recycling paper, plastic, aluminum and glass is second nature to many Oregonians. And many of us take special care to divert batteries and electronics from the…
Green Briefs
Feb 19, 2015

Green Briefs

by Steve Law
Shaving kilowatts The state of Oregon has reduced energy use in its buildings by more than 20 percent in the past 15 years, according to a new report by the Oregon Department of Energy. The…
LNG Trucks
Feb 19, 2015

New Fred Meyer trucks clear the air

by Joseph Gallivan
Will it save the world? That’s the first thing you wonder when a greener technology comes along. Engines using clean-burning fuels such as natural gas (methane) are one such technology. In…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY MONICA MAGGIO, CORE HOME FRUIT  - Volunteer Mulysa Melco prunes trees in the Overlook neighborhood of North Portland.
Feb 11, 2015

North Portland neighborhood seeks to go pesticide-free

by Jennifer Anderson
North Portland's Overlook Neighborhood will hold its inaugural Sustainability Summit, open to anyone who has an interest in community building and sustainable living. Overlook neighborhood…
Photo Credit: COURTESY LOVE BOTTLE - Portland company that makes Love Bottles inked a deal to have them made domestically.
Feb 12, 2015

Love Bottles to be made in USA

by Jennifer Anderson
A Portland company can now boast that it makes the only personal glass water bottle made entirely in the U.S. Love Bottle, founded in Portland in 2008, announced this week that they struck a…
Feb 12, 2015

Portland debut planned for vaccine documentary

by Jennifer Anderson
A new documentary film touching on the national vaccine controversy will debut in Portland at a Thursday night screening. The film is called "Trace Amounts," directed by Los Angeles-based…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY  - Steve Whitlock catches a lamprey at Willamette Falls.
Feb 10, 2015

Study yields clues to disappearing lamprey

by Steve Law
A new study found that Pacific lamprey prefer side channels and lower water velocity habitats within streams. The loss of such habitat may explain why lamprey populations have declined so much…