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December 18, 2014

GREEN BRIEFS

by Steve Law
Study: Carbon tax could work here Oregon could levy a tax on fossil fuels that could enable the state to meet its 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions — without significant job or economic…
Using truffles to restore the land
December 18, 2014

Using truffles to restore the land

by Jennifer Anderson
Oregon truffle growers and harvesters are starting to realize the fungi’s environmental benefits. There’s a growing number of working examples in Oregon of the truffles’ symbiotic relationship…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF SEQUENTIAL PACIFIC BIODIESEL - Cooking oil left over from making French fries is one of the components used to make motor vehicle fuel at SeQuential Pacific Biodiesels Salem plant.
December 18, 2014

Battle resumes over Clean Fuels Program

by Steve Law
Another showdown looms in Salem between Big Oil and environmentalists, but this time environmentalists appear to have the upper hand. Heavy lobbying last year by the Western States Petroleum…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VIRGINIA WERNER  - Brisk traffic on Northeast Columbia Boulevard near Cully Boulevard makes it difficult for bicyclists to cross over to Alderwood Road pedaling to the airport.
December 18, 2014

Airport plots better ways to get to PDX - by bike

by Virginia Werner
Some people flag a taxi to Portland International Airport. Some take the MAX or get a ride from a friend. Brian Burk, an airport operations supervisor, commutes to work by bicycle, though the…
Pedaling to PDX
December 18, 2014

Pedaling to PDX is no easy feat

by Virginia Werner
After interviewing PDX employee Brian Burk, I decided to give this real-life Frogger game a try. I started in Northeast Portland, in the Alberta Arts district. I rode down Killingsworth Street,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE  - Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, created in 2009, is a 2.6-mile protected parcel offshore from Port Orford on the southern coast.
December 18, 2014

Offshore havens

by Paul Koberstein
Conservation leaders in Oregon are eager to get the word out about Oregon’s new network of state marine reserves, which turns 6 years old next month and continues to expand, including two new…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL - Lane Community College culinary students work a winery luncheon at last years truffle festival.
December 18, 2014

Portland rakes in fame, fortune from truffles

by Jennifer Anderson
From Jason French to Vitaly Paley, Tyler Malek to Kristen Murray, many of Portland’s elite chefs share one thing in common this time of year: They love cooking with Oregon truffles. “We use them…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN  - Laura Recko and Michael Bonn give a tour of the new passive house apartments under construction in Hillsboro. Recko is public relations and fundraising director for nonprofit Reach Community Development, and Bonn is project architect with Ankrom Moisan.
December 18, 2014

Affordable units you can heat with a TV

by Joseph Gallivan
Jeremy Brooks, a Walsh Construction superintendent on the Orchards at Orenco apartment project in Hillsboro, posted a sign in his trailer that reads “Nothing on this job is typical.” That’s not…
December 17, 2014

Environmental groups lining up against propane terminal at Port

by Steve Law
Environmental groups are starting to mobilize in opposition to a planned $500 million propane terminal proposed at the Port of Portland. The Audubon Society of Portland, 350PDX and other groups…
December 17, 2014

Companies exposed public to asbestos fibers, DEQ says

by Steve Law
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued two fines after a contractor hired an unlicensed asbestos abatement company for a Southeast Portland home project. DEQ, which concluded the…
Dec 16, 2014

Bike, ped trail will connect Hillsboro to Forest Grove

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
After tallying costs, benefits and comments for and against various routes proposed for the Council Creek Regional Trail, trail planners finally chose a preferred path last week at a combined…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF HAMMER AND HAND - This Passive House in North Plains consumes 90 percent less energy than traditional homes.
Dec 15, 2014

Passive Houses score best green building awards

by Steve Law
Portland-based homebuilder/remodeler Hammer and Hand won two Green Home of the Year Awards from Green Builder magazine for 2014. The magazine bestowed the honors for the Karuna House in Yamhill…
Dec 13, 2014

It's final: Measure 92 loses by 837 votes

by Peter Wong
Recount boosts margin of defeat for GMO-labeling requirement of 1.5 million cast. It’s unofficial, but final: Measure 92 lost by 837 votes of more than 1.5 million cast Nov. 4. The automatic…
Dec 12, 2014

New leaders set for Oregon legislative environmental committees

by Peter Wong
Senate panel will be led by budget veteran; chairmen return for two related House panels. When it opens Jan. 12, Oregon’s new legislative session will have new leaders of the House and Senate…
Photo Credit: ALVARO FONTAN - Drums of treated soil were stored in barrels near these BPA towers north of Linnton in the late-1990s, but then properly disposed of, DEQ says.
Dec 12, 2014

DEQ: Homeless man saw legitimate cleanup, not toxic dumping

by Steve Law
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has concluded that the burial of material from metal drums observed by a homeless man north of Linnton about 15 years ago was a duly authorized…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NEW SEASONS - The Harmony J.A.C.K. farm outside Salem is growing certified organic Christmas trees, now being sold at New Seasons.
Dec 12, 2014

Christmas trees go organic at New Seasons

by Steve Law
New Seasons is pioneering the sale of organic Christmas trees — grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. The Portland-based grocery chain recently ordered 300…
Dec 11, 2014

Oregon third-best at conserving energy

by Steve Law
Oregon is now the third most energy-efficient state in the nation, moving up one notch from fourth-highest last year, according to the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The scorecard is…
Dec 11, 2014

Measure 92 backers concede defeat

by Peter Wong
Statement comes after failure of court bid to include 4,600 ballots disqualified by officials. Supporters of a food-labeling requirement for genetically modified organisms conceded defeat…
Dec 10, 2014

Lawmakers draw $14 million for forest firefighting costs

by Peter Wong
Action coincides with return of $29 million unspent to tax-supported general fund. Oregon lawmakers returned almost $30 million unspent to the tax-supported general fund, but not without paying…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - A PSU students shows a hand-printed T-shirt illustrated with a student-designed logo for the new low-carb beer.
Dec 10, 2014

Eco friendly beer on tap

by Steve Law
Here’s an new take on low-carb beer. In collaboration with Portland State University students and others, Portland’s Migration Brewing is creating a new beer that requires lower carbon emissions…