Sustainable Life

Waste Management retains landfill contract for Portland…

Metro will ink renewed contracts to haul much of region's garbage, by truck, to Eastern Oregon landfill.

Energy Trust seeks partners to devise innovative solar…

The nonprofit is offering grants to community groups and those working in affordable housing

City Council considers plastic straw ban on Wednesday

Portland may need to 'stop sucking' if a proposal to limit use of plastic straws is passed.

EcoTip: Hot water

How to cut your carbon emissions and reduce your water-heating bill, from the Center for Earth Leadership

Caring for our river

Molalla River Watch has had a busy spring and summer as it looks to new projects in the future

Cheers erupt as results show clean energy fund tax passing…

Portland will have a Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund through a 1 percent retail gross receipts tax on large…

Paper instead of plastic

Portland lab owned by Swedish company BillerudKorsnÍs creates paper replacements for plastic packaging

EARTHTALK:Floating plastic islands

Dear EarthTalk: What are we doing about getting rid of all the plastic floating in the ocean and forming giant gyres far…

Four governors join Brown's call to retain federal air and…

Five legislatures would have to approve adopting federal standards pre-Trump into their respective state laws. 

Pioneers in sustainability take a bow

Jeanne and Dick Roy retire as leaders of earth-friendly living; they have led or helped lead local organizations and…

Portland developer building affordable homes from recycled…

Prototype model of shipping container house shows what will soon be for sale in St. Helens

EARTHTALK: Is hand sanitizer counterproductive?

Dear EarthTalk: A friend recently told me that when her family stopped using hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes all the…

Land protection program purchases Corbett property

The district purchased the blueberry, raspberry and blackberry farm on Sept. 20. The land is along approximately 100-feet of…

Researchers say NW dodged trouble from algae on quake debris

International study led by OSU found dozens of new algal species threatened to take root after riding ocean from Japan to…

Armentrout takes new job as BPA's VP of Enviroment, Fish…

New exec comes to BPA from the U.S. Forest Service in Montrose, Colorado, where he's served as a forest supervisor.

Federal grants boost local sustainable projects

Companies in Marion County, Portland and across the region use the USDA money to boost or expand their businesses.

Zoo butterfly lab busy with 'egg-citing' season

When the weather grows warmer, the zoo and its conservation partners release butterfly pupae along the Oregon Coast.

Forest service seeks public input on rivers plan

Community asked to help define values of nine scenic streams in Mt. Hood National Forest

Pipeline will connect hatchery fish with more water

Construction on the project at the Clackamas Hatchery in Estacada is expected to begin next spring

Festival focuses on the fungus among us

Annual educational event next month will feature information, demonstrations about mushrooms

Locals offer support for Oregon bees

Yamhill County residents volunteer to collect overdue data concerning Oregon bee health and species

EPA proposes reducing Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan

Environmental agency now says one pollutant in the harbor is not as dangerous as previously believed.

Husband-and-wife team honored for decades of contributions…

Jeanne and Dick Roy are passing the torch to younger leaders of the Eco-School Movement they started.

EARTHTALK: What the bus? I thought trains were the greenest…

Dear EarthTalk: I always assumed the train was the greenest form of mass transit, but a friend told me I would be better off…

Attention Portland: It's free compost week!

Need some free compost? The Bureau of Transportation in Portland will give you as much as you want.

Water Bureau using 100% Bull Run water again

The Water Bureau is no longer blending in water from the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

Multnomah County stormwater mangement invites comments

After the commenting period is over, the report will be submitted to the Oregon DEQ.

Work starts on bridge near Leach garden

The original bridge had become a headache for Portland Bureau of Transportation crews, who were constantly working to…

Turning bark into a bench

An 85-foot Douglas fir will be transformed into public art for one of the planned waysides along Boones Ferry Road

Clean out your garage, storage room

Annual fall cleanup lets you get rid of bulky waste and recycle hard-to-recycle items

Portland one of Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge…

Other winning cities announced on Wednesday that will receive up to $2.5 million each are Los Angeles, San Diego and San…

Determining look of French Prairie Bridge

Suspension and cable-stayed are the least obtrusive options for bike/pedestrian bridge across the Willamette River

Fall weather perfect for tree planting

Brighten up your yard, provide shade and habitat with these suggested varieties

PGE to open new Electric Avenue EV charging center in…

PGE's original Electric Avenue - located at its World Trade Center headquarters - has charged more than 1.25 million miles…

Troutdale opts out of banning plastic bags

Councilors defer decision to state legislature or Metro regional government.

Fostering a forest

Community forest grant from the U.S. Forest Service will help nurture nature project in Eagle Creek

Pacific Power offers cash grants for EV infrastructure

Organizations applying for grants must apply by Nov. 15, but other grant-funding cycles will follow.

EARTHTALK: Lending a hand to access public land

Dear EarthTalk: Are Any Environmental Groups Working Specifically To Increase Access To Nature And The Outdoors?-Mary…

Buehler invested in tax credits that became state scandal

Records show that Knute Buehler and his wife bought $100,000 in business energy tax credits.

Students help schools turn greener

City program supports growing sustainability across every Gresham school district

Gorge bike, walking trail reopens

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area moves closer to economic recovery

New Seasons takes steps to reduce plastic bags, other containers…

Zippered bags are now being used for its own products, and customers can bring in any reusable container for their use and get a nickel back.

Report: Clean Energy Fund could cost up to $79M

An economists' report says an ambiguous definition of 'retail' in the measure could pull in more than twice as much cash as supporters have claimed.

Tainted state energy tax credit program cleans up its act

State auditors say small but significant steps aid in putting program back on the right track.

Grand Ronde moves forward with fishing platform at falls

Tribe begins site prep work Oct. 1 despite PGE warning about trespassing on property

River upgrades power increase in fish runs

Portland General Electric biologists report more fish returning to Clackamas River from the ocean

Agency wants more money, staff to protect drinking water

Small water districts serving about 15,500 Oregonians could be focus or new fee, inspections

EARTHTALK: Monarch flutters on edge of extinction

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that the Monarch butterfly is on the brink of extinction? How did we let that happen?-Alex Degeneres, Cincinnati, OH

Itching to work outdoors?

When you're done raking leaves, consider a free workshop this fall on gardening and landscaping

Brown tries political end-run to lock in environmental rules

Governor asks Legislature to adopt current regulations so feds can't alter them

Momentum builds in campaign against diesel pollution

Growing grass-roots pressure leads to victories at the city of Portland, Multnomah County, TriMet, and, perhaps, at Oregon Legislature.

Time to refrain from using woodstoves if air quality is poor

Multnomah County's Wood Smoke Ordinance took effect this week, and lasts through March 1.

River upgrades power increase in fish runs

Portland General Electric biologists report more fish returning to Clackamas River from the ocean

Statistician tells lawmakers extreme weather rise is myth

GOP lawmaker brings in right-wing mathematician to testify against state's proposed cap and trade bill.

Fix your stuff for free!

And check out a host of environmentally themed exhibits and booths at the annual sustainability fair in Garden Home

EARTHTALK: Applying lessons of ozone depletion to global warming

Dear EarthTalk: You never hear anything about ozone depletion anymore. Have we solved this problem and if so why can't we get a handle on global…

TriMet pledges to shift away from diesel buses

Strategy would give transit agency all battery-electric fleet by the year 2040.

Want a free tree for your Portland yard?

City to give away hundreds of large trees for people to plant at their homes, especially those in East Portland.

West Linn sustainability board plans lecture series

'People care about these topics and want to take some kind of action themselves, but oftentimes aren't sure where they can start.'

World Forestry Center gets new boss

Joseph Furia named executive director of Portland nonprofit, just as it prepares to host 14th-annual conference

Oregon could produce one-fifth of its natural gas with renewable…

State Department of Energy issues report charting the potential for developing the industry here.

Need to rent an electric tricycle? BIKETOWN now offers 2

The max speed of the e-trikes is 20 miles per hour, according to Adaptive BIKETOWN.

Business, government sustainability specialists convene for Go…

Annual all-day conference brings together practitioners in public and private sectors.

EARTHTALK: Sustainable ranching comes of age

Dear EarthTalk: I know that ranchers and environmentalists have traditionally been at odds, but what are some ways they are working together these…

Depaved! Boise-Eliot/Humboldt gets greener playground

The only majority-black public school in Portland is ripping up 8,800 square feet of asphalt.

EcoFilm Fest returns to Portland

Films explore beavers, communicating with dolphins, cave art in France and other environmental themes.

'A return of part of our lives'

Grand Ronde tribe celebrates approval of fishing scaffold that will be placed at Willamette Falls

Help protect vital wetlands

Wetlands & Wellies, the annual fundraiser for The Wetlands Conservancy, comes Oct. 14 to Southeast Portland.

City and county move to eliminate 'dirty diesel' engines on…

Portland, Multnomah County hope other governments, and then the state, will enact tougher regulations as well.

The price of Oregon's failed cougar management

State initiative to ban use of hounds to hunt cougars has led to growth in the predator's numbers.

A natural river

Restoration efforts, dam removals increase native fish populations in the Sandy River

Crews kill cougar likely responsible for Gresham resident's death

Until ODFW receives confirmation that the cougar that was killed is indeed the one that attacked, agencies will remain in the Zigzag area and…

Lawsuit filed to halt sale of timber

Nature groups want to save owl habitat, mature trees, which are more 'fire resilient'

PUC report evaluates how to expand consideration of climate…

Agency would need changes in state law to properly consider impacts on carbon emissions in much of its deliberations.

Wildlife conflict with us is man-made

Killing the cougar that allegedly killed a Mount Hood hiker is wrong, and counterproductive.

EARTHTALK: Building communities on water

Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental benefits of so-called 'seasteading' as opposed to building more housing and communities on land?- Marge…

Matchmaking for environmentally minded startup companies

VertueLab hosts its annual Portland showcase of promising clean tech companies

Back to the future

Willamette Shore Trolley's operators want to restore the vehicles to their fully electric glory with modern batteries

Get Portland environmental news sent to your email

Each Monday, Sustainable Life will send you links to six news briefs or longer pieces

Metro issues 'fine print' to regulate mandatory food scraps…

Regional government expects the Portland area's organic waste will be turned into energy after requiring major establishments to begin separating it…

Whales doing tricks for scientists

Oregon State University researchers use unmanned aerial drones to observe behaviors in gray whales not seen before.

Lake Oswego considers plastic bag ban

Possible ordinance would be similar to rules in Portland and other Oregon cities


Hallinan Elementary School's outdoor classroom offers new ways for Lake Oswego students to connect with the world around them

Court fends off challenge to state restrictions on…

Practice has disrupted salmon habitat, conflicted with fishers and others using Oregon rivers.

Wildlife groups sue to block major timber sale on Mount Hood

Advocacy groups say Crystal Creek Restoration sale would require 36 miles of roads, damaging environment and threatening endangered species.

Nissan Offers $3,000 EV discount to Pacific Power customers

Combined with available federal and state incentives, customers can save $13,000 on a new Nissan Leaf.

EARTHTALK: Greener Gear

Dear EarthTalk: I hear a lot about Patagonia doing the right thing by the environment, but what about the rest of the outdoor gear and apparel…

Cleanup events planned later this month for Sandy River watershed

Volunteers needed to remove debris and improve the environment for people and salmon

It's STEPtember: Mayor wants city to start strolling

Mayor Ted Wheeler kicks off Oregon Walks campaign to get people moving across the city.

Milwaukie first city in Clackamas County to ban plastic bags

Fairview mayor Ted Tosterud leads local charge to phase out plastic bags in three other nearby cities

New film 'The Human Element' premieres in Portland

Documentary explores how climate change is reshaping our environment and lives.

Wolf pups born on Warm Springs Reservation

A male and a female wolf have been photographed with their two pups on the northern part of the reservation.

Volunteers needed for Down the River Clean Up

Launch from four parks on Clackamas River - Milo McIver, Barton, Carver and Riverside - ending up at Clackamette Park in Oregon City

Regional bakery chain becomes certified B Corp.

Grand Central Bakery agrees to meet higher standards for environmental and corporate responsibility.

How to build a diverse workforce in the energy industry

National Shades of Green conference coming to Portland will explore strategies for recruitment and multicultural outreach.

'Zero energy,' countless benefits

In a first for Lake Oswego, Antonini family's new home produces more power than it uses and provides a healthier space

Energy company pitches biofuel plant

NEXT Energy wants to develop 80-acre site near Port Westward, hire 210 people

EarthTalk: Dogs like classical music but not heavy metal

Dear EarthTalk: Do animals respond to or enjoy music recorded or played live by humans?- Jane W., Herndon, VA

MHCC helping the environment one rain garden at a time

The college is improving conditions for salmon, the watershed and the 1.5 miles of creek on campus

'Living with Fire' in the Columbia River Gorge

Friends of the Columbia Gorge hosts forum to discuss recovery from the Eagle Creek fire and how to build resilience for future fires.


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