Seeing green on Orange Line

Seeing green on Orange Line

When TriMet cuts the ribbon on the new Orange Line between downtown Portland and Milwaukie next...

Oregon Zoo takes initiative to protect habitat from deforestation

Oregon Zoo takes initiative to protect habitat from deforestation

Don't boycott palm oil; advocate for responsible palm oil instead. That's the approach the...

Wheels of fortune

Wheels of fortune

North Portland shop gives new life to old bicycle hubs Jude Gerace gently spins the mounted bike...

Plants to help your property resist wildfire

Plants to help your property resist wildfire

As population grows in urban centers like Portland and Eugene, more homes are being built in the...

City launches war on weeds at Forest Park

City launches war on weeds at Forest Park

For two decades, a slew of volunteers and professionals have hacked away at English ivy,...

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COURTESY OF OREGON CLIMATE - Oregon Climate honoring and mobilizing supporters.
August 28, 2015

Oregon Climate holds gathering to mobilize supporters

by Steve Law
Oregon Climate, a year-old nonprofit working to put a price on carbon emissions and spread the proceeds back as a “dividend” to Oregonians, is holding a fall kickoff gathering to bestow awards and mobilize supporters for future activities. The…
REVIEW PHOTO: SAUNDRA SORENSON - Jeffrey Lang, president of the Friends of Tryon Creek board, wants to create a true living canopy classroom for kids at the state natural areas visitors center.
August 28, 2015

Friends of Tryon Creek envisions new 'living canopy classroom'

by Saundra Sorenson
Tryon Creek State Natural Area was dedicated in 1975, the result of a private-public partnership between Friends of Tryon Creek and the state of Oregon. Since then, the less-than-200-acre park has grown to about 670 acres. But the visitors center,…
August 26, 2015

Brown appoints group to promote offshore wind project near Coos Bay

by Steve Law
Gov. Kate Brown has formed an advisory committee, called the WindFloat Pacific Offshore Wind Advisory Committee, to support a proposed offshore wind project. Principle Power, hoping to tap a potential $46.7 million in federal funds over the next…
COURTESY OF PSU  - Catlin Gable student Ben Kitoku explains his invention, a compostable compost container. He's one of the finalists in the 2015 Cleantech Challenge.
August 26, 2015

Environmental technology geeks, leaders converge at annual BESTFEST

by Steve Law
Oregon’s cleantech industry takes center stage at the annual BESTFEST conference, where inventors, academics, students and financiers mingle and discuss the latest ideas in biofuels, smart grid, solar energy, fuel cells, wastewater and other…
COURTESY OF LUMMI NATION - Shared Responsibility totem pole created by Lummi Nation carvers is loaded for shipment during 2014 tour.
August 20, 2015

Lummi Nation leads tour through Portland to highlight opposition to coal export facility

by Steve Law
Critics of proposed Northwest coal export facilities have tried letter-writing, mass rallies, lobbying and testifying at public meetings. Now they’re trying a totem pole. Carvers from the Washington-based Lummi Nation created a 22-foot totem pole…
August 18, 2015

Inaugural members chosen for Portland Utility Board

by Steve Law
Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish have named nine members of the new Portland Utility Board, and expect to get formal City Council approval of the nominees on Wednesday. The new board replaces three prior advisory panels that worked on…
August 15, 2015

State inconsistent in how it treated energy tax breaks

by Hillary Borrud
State regulators allowed some sellers of Oregon energy tax credits to offer buyers deep discounts while forcing others to follow strict state pricing rules. As a result, those not following the rules were able to more easily sell their credits, and…
August 14, 2015

State to seek buyer for Elliott State Forest

by Hillary Borrud
SALEM — The Oregon State Land Board voted unanimously Thursday to move ahead with a plan to sell the Elliott State Forest to a buyer who will agree to conservation and job creation mandates. The goal is to sever the connection between the forest and…
PHOTO BY CHRIS ORTOLANO, COURTESY CLACKAMAS RIVER BASIN COUNCIL  - Volunteers at past Clackamas River cleanup.
August 14, 2015

Help clean up the Clackamas

by Ellen Spitaleri
Plan ahead for the 13th annual Down the River Clean-Up, set to make a splash on Sunday, Sept. 13. For the first time in 12 years, the event will include Milo McIver State Park as an official boat launch for floaters joining the effort to keep the…
COURTESY HOLLYWOOD THEATRE - Bikes vs. Cars documentary to be shown locally.
August 13, 2015

New documentary Bikes vs. Cars showing here

by Steve Law
The Portland EcoFilm Festival presents a new documentary, Bikes vs. Cars, by executive producer Chris Paine, the filmmaker behind Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car. Bikes vs. Cars, about bike activism taking place around…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A new poll shows that it will be difficult to convince Oregon voters to overturn the state's new Clean Fuel Standards.
Aug 13, 2015

Poll: oil companies face long odds overturning Clean Fuels…

by Steve Law
A new poll for Renew Oregon showed that oil companies and their Republican allies will have an uphill battle convincing Oregon voters to overturn the recently passed Clean Fuel Standards bill…
Aug 11, 2015

State tinkers with oil spill regulations

by Peter Wong
A year-long review will end with revised state rules enabling emergency services agencies to plan for and respond to spills of hazardous materials, including oil. The rules will clarify how…
Aug 11, 2015

Safeway joins program to feed the hungry

by Steve Law
Safeway’s 107 grocery stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington have joined Oregon Food Bank’s Fresh Alliance partnership. Launched in 2001, Fresh Alliance collects nutritious but perishable…
COURTESY COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER - Volunteers call for cleanup of contamination at Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Aug 06, 2015

Film released on Hanford nuclear contamination

by Steve Law
Columbia Riverkeeper has released a new short film on contamination at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the threat it poses to the Columbia and communities along the river. The film, called…
Aug 06, 2015

Treasurer candidate calls for disclosure of fossil fuel company…

by Steve Law
Oregon State Treasurer candidate Tobias Read said if elected he’ll call on the Securities and Exchange Commission to require fossil fuel companies to disclose their “carbon-related investment…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: LORI HALL - Rich Hatfield and Ashley Minnerath of the Xerces Society staple netting to cover linden trees where some 50,000 bees died in a Target parking lot.
Aug 06, 2015

Governor proclaims Oregon bee day

by Steve Law
Oregon, which experience some dramatic mass bee deaths the past two years, is recognizing August 15 as Oregon Native Bees Conservation Awareness Day, after a proclamation was issued by Governor…
Aug 05, 2015

Forest Park advocates seek to'green up' nearby industrial belt

by Joseph Gallivan
The contrast couldn’t be starker. There’s Forest Park — the largest forested, urban, wilderness park in the United States — and right along its east side a strip of factories, container bays and…
COURTESY YES ON 92 CAMPAIGN - Backers of GMO product labeling demonstrate in Portland during the Measure 92 campaign last year.
Aug 05, 2015

GMO industry suffers rare setbacks

by Paul Koberstein
People who question the wisdom of growing genetically modified organisms — or doubt their safety when eaten — often are overwhelmed by the powerful biotech industry. But cracks in the industry’s…
Aug 05, 2015

No snow? Mt. Hood adapts to climate change

by Travis Loose
Warmer winters have caused no end of trouble for snow sport enthusiasts in the Northwest. Ski resorts in the Cascade Range have been hit the hardest, forcing managers to seriously consider how…
FILE PHOTO  - Portland General Electric's Boardman coal plant is slated to stop burning coal in 2020, leaving Oregon without any coal plants.
Aug 04, 2015

Oregon gets off easy with new Obama Clean Power Plan

by Steve Law
Oregon got off easy in the Obama Administration’s final Clean Power Plan issued Monday. In the revised proposal, Oregon is obligated to reduce its carbon emissions 20 percent by the year 2030…