Sustainable Life

Wind warning issued for Corbett, Multnomah Falls

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

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.

Washington energy siting council rejects oil train terminal…

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

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…

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…

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…

World Forestry Center hosts display on cross-laminated…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Portland hosts national summit on Accessory Dwelling Units

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

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…

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…

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.

SLIDESHOW: Multnomah Falls survives the Eagle Creek Fire

The devastating Eagle Creek Fire was not able to overcome the efforts of fire crews battling to save the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge and the…

Cost of going solar to rise

Loss of state tax credit could nearlydouble net costs for homeowners who hope to put panels on their roofs

Fire reaches Bull Run watershed, but not reservoir yet

Portland Water Bureau says it is prepared to switch over to groundwater wells along Columbia River if the need arises

ODFW evacuates three fish hatcheries in Cascade Locks

The Eagle Creek Fire is burning within view of fish hatcheries in the vicinity of Cascade Locks - Bonneville, Oxbox and Cascade - leading to…

Friends of the Columbia Gorge watch fire devastation

The Executive Director of the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge is heartbroken at the damage being done by the Eagle Creek fire.

Volunteers rescuing livestock from Eagle Creek fire

Rural residents in East Multnomah County need help transporting horses, sheep and small pets.

Students dig into cafeteria garbage

Sherwood youth form Compost Club to stop practice of throwing lunch leftovers in the trash

Green groups confront their whiteness

Environmental nonprofits seek to boost diversity through recruitment, education, internships

Eat your veggies - even the ugly ones

COURTESY: IMPERFECT PRODUCE - Many farmers let blemished fruits and vegetables go to waste. Imperfect Produce hopes to reduce that, cutting carbon emissions as a result.
Imperfect produce service aims to curb food waste, bring fresh veggies to your door

Solarize Milwaukie contracts solely with Sunlight Solar Energy

The goal of Solarize Milwaukie is to increase the community's use of solar from its current consumption of about 733 kW to 2.2 MW by the year 2021

Savoring the Willamette with the River Huggers

Advocate for swimming in Portland's downtown river shares his thoughts on why he does it

Free workshops offered on natural gardening

Naturescaping series covers everything from native plants to urban weeds to how to lure birds and bees to your property


Metro is shopping around for a new contract to stow the region's garbage, but this time it's a buyer's market for landfills

Adding native plants to our yards and gardens is more important…

Arborist offers a wealth of ideas for adding plants, trees and wildflower meadows to your yard or property

Mt. Hood National Forest recovers from 36 Pit Fire

Three years later, officials say much of the affected forestland is on the road to recovery.

Need good seeds for the garden?Try the library

Sandy's seed library helps preserve healthy species that grow well here, and teach people how to do it themselves

Green Tip: Keep cool without stressing the planet

Use these simple suggestions to cut your cooling bill this summer, and shave your carbon footprint.

Moss may show lead in air near demolished homes

USFS scientists launch second round of study evaluating air pollutants absorbed by moss

Volunteer fixer-uppers repair broken items

Neighbors help each other restore broken or damaged items at Repair Cafe in Rosewood.

Campfires restricted, off-roading banned in Mt. Hood Forest

U.S. Forest Service restricts fires to grills, stoves and fire rings in developed campsites.

Metro dumps waste-to-energy plan

Council backs staff recommendation that cost outweighs benefits, but members say distant landfills for garbage are 'abhorrent'

Benham Falls: A perfect late summer hike

Why not explore this scenic and accessible gem in Central Oregon, our columnist writes.

Solar farm near Estacada wins approval

Clackamas board splits 3-2 on issue of exception for high-value farmland; majority says need for renewable energy is key factor.

Environmental group plans public campout

Bark organizing public event to highlight its critique of large timber sale planned in Mount Hood National Forest

Hopkins garden flourishes for now

Teacher and garden advocate Casey Brennan is asking school district to support project financially

Want to live large but build small?

Tour two dozen accessory dwelling units to talk to architects, contractors and homeowners, and get design ideas

No decision yet on Port Westward farmland rezone

Columbia Riverkeeper and other environmental groups oppose conversion of farmland for industrial use by the port

Solar farm near Estacada wins approval

Clackamas board splits 3-2 on issue of exception for high-value farmland; majority says need for renewable energy is key factor.

Portland will defend fossil fuel ordinance before Oregon Court…

City Council voted Wednesday to appeal a recent LUBA decision that had overturned the city's ordinance sharply restricting new and expanded oil and…

Bullseye lawsuit seeks punitive damages

Case in Multnomah County Circuit Court puts blame on glass maker, state regulators, seeks class action status

Boosting diversity at Oregon State Parks

Kevin Price, the lone African-American manager in the state agency's history, works to get kids exposed to the outdoors

Biketown For All aims to boost diversity on two wheels

Portland State University study points the way to achieving greater equity in bikeshare programs

Championing sustainability under the big top

Cirque Du Soleil will plug directly into city's electric grid to avoid using a generator to power the show

County seeking used tires for recycling

Standing water in tires helps mosquitoes breed; project keeps tires out of landfill.

Loving the falls to death?

Huge crowds are resulting in parking and traffic concerns at Mutlnomah Falls.

Seven companies vie to convert Portland area food scraps into…

Metro releases names of firms that submit proposals, but won't divulge what they proposal or where they hope to build

Cultivating a culture

Local families trade their support for farm-fresh produce in Sandy, Estacada and East County.

Metro may trash plan to burn garbage rather than bury it

Burning solid waste may not reduce carbon emissions much, if at all, compared to putting it in a landfill, analysis concludes

Forest Grove food-waste program seeing success

Expectations for waste collection are met; resident 'delighted' with convenience, cleanliness

Gresham woman puts out the welcome mat for wildlife

Backyard Habitat Certification Program will host an open-garden event at Susan Spencer's home.

Community weighs in on future of Gabbert Butte Nature Park

Upgrades will provide better trail access and connections to other city buttes.

Electric Vehicle showcase opens in downtown Portland

EV advocacy group Forth launches new push for EVs as 2017 Oregon Legislature approves new rebates for buyers

Portland only so-so for national survey of green buildings

The Rose City is topped by many of its peers for promoting green building certification, construction

Portland restrictions on fossil fuel terminals overturned

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals reversed the city ordinance, siding with an appeal brought by the oil industry and its allies


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