Sustainable Life

Free workshop reveals groundwater mysteries

The workshopruns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at McKinstry Co., 16790 N.E. Mason St.

WSU research points to new ways to produce resin

'This could result in robust pine tree genotypes that can compete with classical oil-based chemistry for the production of…

Cyber-open house gathers ideas for Coast Bike Route…

The Oregon Coast Bike Route is a popular route extending the length of the Oregon Coast. The public's ideas and comments…

Forest Service closes bathhouse at Bagby Hot Springs

Bathhouse will be closed and rebuilt because of structural deterioration, vandalism

E-scooter supporters roll into City Hall rally (with…

Bird reminds city that it would like to bring its electric scooters back to Portland, but few riders bother to show up.

Combating climate change, comfortably

Tillamook Row is not just multifamily housing with free electricity - it's a way forward

Free 'first day' hikes event returns to Oregon on Jan. 1

State tells community members to 'go take a hike' for free on the first day of the new year.

Farm, environmental groups call for 'mega-dairy' moratorium

Coalition wants pause to cover any dairy with more than 2,500 cows, or dairies with at least 700 cows that do not provide…

EWind Solutions' latest FDA grant

Half mill could help electricity generating drone startup's lofty ambitions to take on Google.

TriMet using hawks to stop poop from 10,000 crows

The regional transit agency spends $1.5 million a year cleaning up the transit mall in Portland.

State upholds approval of Grand Ronde fishing platform

Department of State Lands said concerns raised by the other tribes and PGE deserve consideration.

Varoom! Commission revs up highway toll plan

Federal agency must sign off on proposal to toll traffic on sections of I-5 and I-205 through Portland

Sacked: Lake Oswego bans single-use plastic bags

Ordinance includes a 10-cent pass-through fee to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags

Audit flags problems with Portland's environmental agency

The audit reports 36 percent of the city's green streets are outside the areas with the highest risk of sewer backups and…

New Electric Avenue planned for Eastport Plaza

PGE plans to install up to six new Electric Avenues across the region to help boost electrified vehicle use.

Six hospitalized after possible 'toxic exposure' at Intel

Twice in the past week, first responders have been called to the company's Ronler Acres campus.

Oil company's request draws new concerns over oil spills

Citing concern from community and key stakeholders, Port of Columbia County says workshop needed

Volunteers restore river habitat near Damascus

Removal of ivy and other invasive species will open room next spring for a planting

Lily, beloved elephant, dies

Oregon Zoo officials believe the young elephant developed a fast-acting virus on Thursday and died Friday.

A monarch movement at Mary S. Young?

West Linn-area groups, residents and students team up to create pollinator garden near dog park

Extreme weather experienced here in 2015 will become…

Federal study warns of failure to take action on climate change, and suggests communities plan to be more resilient.

ODFW OK'd to kill 93 sea lions a year at Willamette Falls

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says California sea lions are eating too many salmonids.

Steel Bridge a 'chokepoint' for 40-minute ferry service

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wants to fund Susan Bladholm's Frog Ferry boat to Vancouver, Washington.

EPA plans formal meeting with Willamette River polluters to…

Dec. 4 gathering in Portland comes nearly two years after EPA issued its $1 billion Portland Harbor cleanup plan, and nine…

EARTHTALK: The future of plastics

Dear EarthTalk: Considering all the well-publicized problems with plastic in our oceans, do you think that plastic has any…

More anhydrous ammonia, a 'colorless gas with pungent,…

A Midwest company will use the Rivergate Terminal to export the fertilizer component to Asian markets.

ODFW OK'd to kill 93 sea lions a year at Willamette Falls

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says California sea lions are eating too many salmonids.

So long, e-scooters, but maybe not for long

Portland's pilot project with battery-powered scooters ends, but a second project may be in store for 2019.

Police investigate 20 birds found dead near Hillsboro

Oregon State Police are investigating after nearly two dozen birds were found dead in a field.

Mirror Lake Trailhead opens in new home

Mount Hood area residents, officials celebrate relocation, reopening of popular hiking spot

Study: NW forests will weather climate change better than…

Doug firs in Western Oregon and Washington are less vulnerable to fire and drought for next three decades, until conditions…

Lack of ferry means trouble in river city, backers say

Oregon Transportation Commissioners hear first report on Frog Ferry concept on Friday, Nov. 16.

Happy America Recycles Day, Oregon - but you're failing to…

Recycling rate has been down in all parts of the state in recent years, though, surprisingly, it may have gone up a bit in…

Portland votes to restrict use of plastic straws, stirrers

City Council is poised to adopt a 'by request' policy for restaurants, bars - even schools and hospitals - before patrons…

Can a river ferry relieve traffic? Proposal hopes for green…

Ambitious plan to move hundreds between Vancouver and Portland encouraged by local and state leaders

ODFW: Someone may be feeding coyotes that attacked 2 kids

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife not planning on tracking or trapping beasts in SW Portland.

National Parks backing Willamette Falls as National…

Next step is to write legislation that will be introduced to U.S. Congress in 2019

Polar bears, chimpanzees and rhinos: Your time has come

Ten years after voters approved a $125-million construction bond, the Oregon Zoo has entered a final round of projects.

E-scooter company fined for pilot program rules violations

City says Skip didn't put enough scooters in East Portland during local test run

Energy Trust seeks partners to devise innovative solar…

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

Waste Management retains landfill contract for Portland garbage

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

Two Oregon companies fined for mishandling hazardous waste

Department of Environmental Quality issues about $120,000 in combined penalties to Patheon Development Services and Univar USA

Tracking down beaver dams

The Wetlands Conservancy, a statewide group based in Tualatin, pinpoints them on its preserves, to help monitor where they help water quality and…

EARTHTALK: Fall colors

New England's beautiful fall foliage may shift north of the Canadian border due to climate change.

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 by…

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

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 from land?- Jake Johnson,…

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

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 initiatives for the past 25 years

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 time, they stopped…

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 an unnamed tributary to…

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 Oregon and Washington.

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

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 to…

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 taking the bus. Could…

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 stabilize the span to limit…

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 Jose.

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 Hillsboro

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

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 Pelletier, Macon, GA

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.

 

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