Sustainable Life

50% of Columbia Gorge trails still closed by 2017 blaze

Eagle Creek, where the blaze first ignited, remains closed, but crews have restored 50% of Gorge paths.

Judge approves Bullseye Glass settlement

$2 million cash settlement to be distributed among 809 plaintiffs; Bullseye also required to pay an additional $1 million…

14 activists arrested for blockading Zenith oil terminal

Demonstration on Sunday, April 28 ends in arrests of climate protesters in Northwest Portland.

Wilsonville trees to receive state heritage distinction

Cottonwood, fir trees that represent once-prevalent timber rafting trade will be named state heritage trees

School Green Teams celebrate Earth Day every day

Students lead recycling efforts, do waste audits, garden and model other eco-friendly habits

Report: Oregon is third greenest state in U.S.

Renewable energy use, LEED certified buildings and recycled solid waste make Mother Nature happy.

PGE to demolish 111-year-old Faraday Powerhouse dam

Portland General Electric will then rebuild the powerhouse on the Clackamas River in Estacada.

Elevated rail off the table for Tigard stretch of SW MAX

TriMet will make a recommendation to the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Steering Committee in May.

Rockfall closes trails at Multnomah Falls indefinitely

Trail between Benson Bridge and the upper overlook at Multnomah Falls is closed, as is part of the nearby Wahkeena Trail.

Is that a bobcat? PPB find caracal prowling NW Portland

The sighting near NW 23rd Ave and Irving brought Portland Police Bureau to the scene.

Blumenauer to FDA: Plant-based 'milk' deserves to keep label

Congressman Earl Blumenauer pushes Food and Drug Administration to support non-dairy alternatives.

Villebois links blame for blaze to density, congestion

After massive fire, Wilsonville community members express displeasure about City planning

20 is plenty: 2,000 new speed signs installed in Portland

Bills before state legislature would allow every city to lower residential speeds, not just Portland

'Rolling pipeline' of oil trains baffle Oregon regulators

Officials tracked ships along Columbia River, guessed how much oil they were offloading in Portland.

Meet the landscape architects reshaping iconic Portland

Melinda Graham and Jonathan Beaver have worked on YARD and SINBIN, among other projects.

Paper or plastic? Oregon one step closer to bag ban

Sustainable Shopping Initiative moves out of state committee. Many cities already ban plastic bags.

USDA: Oregon snowpack 'above normal' this year

The April forecast is showing near normal to above normal streamflow into the coming months.

Eudaly piles on criticism of ODOT's Interstate 5 project

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly says Oregon Department of Transportation must complete EIS study.

New search for Bigfoot underway in Mt. Hood Forest

Bigfoot research group pays visit to Armstrong Campground at the Mt. Hood National Forest

Metro staff blast ODOT's plans for I-5 at Rose Quarter

Oregon Department of Transportation's comment period for Portland Interstate 5 project ends April 1.

Oregon lawmakers want to cancel kombucha taxes

Walden, Wyden and Blumenauer say its unfair that fermented drink is taxed like alcohol and beer.

1,500 gallons of sewage spill near Greeley Avenue campers

Bureau of Environmental Services says spill may have been occurring for several weeks in Portland.

PETA sues for OHSU video of frightened monkey experiment

Footage from experiments described in peer-reviewed research articles should be public, PETA says

Washington soon to end vehicle emission testing

Oregon has no plan to stop requiring motor vehicles to pass regular DEQ tests.

ODOT used nixed project in planning Rose Quarter upgrade

Use of traffic projections influenced by Columbia River Crossing allowed ODOT to make stronger case.

New campaign to lure tourists to Wilsonville

City launches new campaign, website to attract visitors to region to encourage them to explore from the City

Portland streets could flood with up to 15,000 e-scooters

Portland Bureau of Transportation says 2,500 scooters expected at start of pilot on April 26.

Fracking ban passes Oregon House

House Bill 2623 now heads to state senate committee to consider 10-year moratorium in Oregon.

Treasury sells $100 million in bonds for Elliott Forest

The money will allow the state to eventually free the Elliott from its money-making obligations.

Oregon's newest wolf group caught on camera

The Indigo unit has made Umpqua National Forest, Lane and Douglas counties part of their turf.

City maps out new greenway linking Lloyd to Woodlawn

The project on 7th and 9th avenues adds traffic diverters, bike lanes and ped crossings in Portland.

PCC earns global honors for fighting climate change

Portland Community College has earned Second Nature€„¢s Marks of Distinction by reducing emissions.

Oregon offshore oil drilling ban passes state Legislature

Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign Senate Bill 256, which prohibits offshore oil development

Want to be a Columbia River Gorge trail ambassador?

Trail advocacy organization stations volunteers at popular trailheads during busy weekends

Music loading zones strike right note for Portland bands

Portland Bureau of Transportation announces Musician Loading Zones outside 16 local venues.

In Multnomah County town, only outlaws ski the streets

Until the update, most councilors hadn't realized skiing on Troutdale streets was outlawed.

Trains too loud in Woodburn, residents say

Updated report: It would cost an estimated $6 million for Woodburn to pursue a railroad 'quiet zone'

City untangling Willamette Falls, I-205, Highways 99, 43

West Linn City Council also received update from PGE on its plans for waterfront property

Wood Village takes no action banning single-use bags - yet

City may not need to enact prohibition because of proposed state legislation

Committee members want end to clear-cutting near trail

CZ Trail committee members disagree over how to balance recreation and safety

NuScale Power: Rethinking nuclear reactors

An Oregon company is making big waves in the world of nuclear power generation by taking a small approach

Waste-burning firm spreads money chasing carbon cap exemption

Firm's special legislative deal on waste burning may be unraveling under scrutiny

EARTHTALK: Green banking

Dear EarthTalk: After reading an EarthTalk piece on climate divestment, I'm looking to switch my checking and savings accounts to an environmentally…

Three-city Stafford plan will face legal challenge

Tualatin named in the appeal, which was filed by the Homebuilders Association of Metro Portland.

Supreme Court next? Oregon 'climate kids' suit rejected

Oregon Appeals Court knocks public trust doctrine; Multnomah County seeks to file amicus curiae

A tiny house hotel with a twist

Slabtown Village combines the past and the present in one of Portland's fastest changing areas.

Disability org: Ban e-scooter parking blocking sidewalks

Disability Rights Oregon ask Portland City Hall to follow ADA requirements for electric scooters.

Funding flows to Oregon's earthquake early warning system

ShakeAlert, a project of the University of Oregon gets new funding from U.S. Geological Survey.

Woes at Wapato continue

Warehouse? Social service agency? Environmentalists worry that developer Jordan Schnitzer will chop down a three-acre swath of trees meant as a…

New diesel fuels refinery planned on Columbia River

Company buys land from Teevin Bros. in Clatskanie with plans to establish new refinery.

EarthTalk: Can cryptocurrency cause carbon emissions?

Dear EarthTalk: How is it that Bitcoin, a virtual currency that few of us have heard of and no one I know uses, is becoming a major contributor to…

Artists rally for Pearl District tree imperiled by hotel

Paintings by Tree Emergency Response Team to be shown at Elizabeth Jones Art Center in Portland.

Blumenauer buzzes into East Multnomah County

Oregon congressman talks pollinators, tours SnowCap Community Charity's food pantry

Gathering focuses regional sustainability efforts

Workshops featuring groups across the region highlight green ideas on sharing food, reducing waste

Tillamook Forest Center re-opening in March

The popular visitor center for the Tillamook State Forest is seasonally closed during the winter months.

Tree care: the ABCs of good tree pruning

Manicuring your trees can extend their lives and make them healthier, but it must be done carefully.

Smelly odor plagues Hayden Island, residents say

EcoLube, a business on the island, says it has invested in improvements to prevent miasma.

Angling for family time

Fishing advocacy group shares their angling expertise during weekend retreat

EARTHTALK: Danger from outer space

Dear EarthTalk: It seems to me the single biggest potential environmental problem we could face, even bigger than global warming or a nuclear war, is…

Oregon State Parks smash attendance records in 2018

The department will be offering discounts on less-visited parks to encourage visitors.

 

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