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PSU tests new green wood's seismic strength

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Program pays to replace dirty woodstoves

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COURTESY: WATER AVENUE COFFEE  - A worker smells the coffee beans at Water Avenue Coffee's new roasting facility in Southeast Portland.
January 17, 2017

Coffee in peril

by Jennifer Anderson
New report projects severe impact from climate change in prime growing areas
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Kathy Peterman holds a jar of waste that, along with one other jar, contains ALL of her trash that went into the landfill for all of last year.
January 17, 2017

Generating only two gallons of trash-in a year

by Kathy Peterman
Keeping trash out of landfill not as hard as many may think
COURTESY OF METRO - The Rebuilding Center, as this sign at Metro Central points out, is a place to bring reusable fixtures and other items during remodeling or demolition projects.
January 17, 2017

Got junk? How to avoid the landfill

by Jennifer Anderson
Jason Edge sees a lot of junk: Couches, mattresses, TVs, flooring, kitchen items and more. “We have a throwaway culture,” says Edge, aka the Junk King. “You don’t buy a $5,000 couch, like my grandmother, anymore. You buy a $250 or $500 couch that…
January 11, 2017

EPA grants help replace diesel-spewing trucks, school buses in Oregon

by Steve Law
Funds will help replace 10 freight trucks in Portland and 10 school buses
January 11, 2017

Counties pressured to exit $1.4 billion forest lawsuit

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Environmentalists say withdrawal of counties will mean less pressure for the state to settle the suit
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The EPA announced a final cleanup plan for a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River known as the Portland Harbor Superfund site on Friday. It will cost more than $1 billion and 13 years to complete.
January 06, 2017

EPA bows to public pressure, adopts more rigorous cleanup plan for Portland Harbor Superfund…

by Steve Law
Agency's official Record of Decision is released, requiring cleanup that will take 13 years, cost more than $1 billion
January 04, 2017

Old Linnton Plywood Mill to be restored to natural condition

by Steve Law
Company to tear down industrial property to generation restoration credits for Superfund cleanup work
December 30, 2016

PGE and Pacific Power propose to expand local EV infrastructure

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Plans were submitted to the Public Utility Commission of Oregon in response to requirements contained in the Oregon Clean Energy and Coal Transition Act, which became law earlier this year.
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Dan Strong, right, uses his binoculars to track birds on a lake near a mobile home community in Milwaukie, while Ron Myers enters the count on his tally sheet.
December 28, 2016

Christmas Bird Count takes flight Dec. 31 in metro area

by Ellen Spitaleri
In Portland last year, 354 counters reported over 50,000 individual birds comprising 115 different species.
December 27, 2016

Superfund cleanup decision coming next week

by Steve Law
EPA will release its Record of Decision for the Portland Harbor Superfund site, charting the removal of contamination from a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River.
Dec 21, 2016

Oregon scores huge wave energy project award

by Steve Law
U.S. Department of Energy says it will provide up to $40 million for site off Newport, to be used by researchers and renewable energy companies
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO  - A newly passed law means Oregon's outdoor industry will get counted in calculations of the  Gross Domestic Product or GDP.
Dec 20, 2016

Getting counted: New bill brings outdoor industry into GDP

by Jo Ostgarden
Industry hopes bill brings more influence for advocates of our public lands
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO. - If you haven't already, ask Santa to deliver more sustainable gifts this year.
Dec 20, 2016

Five things you can do to make your holidays more sustainable

by Jo Ostgarden
It's not too late to cut your environmental footprint this season.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Baerlic Brewing owner Ben Parsons chooses to bottle his beer versus canning it, due to worries about BPA contamination.
Dec 20, 2016

Cans, chemicals and craft beer

by Anthony Roberts
Brewers have no options for canning their suds that don't contain bisphenol A or BPA in the cans.
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Jason Pousson, Emery Brown, Malia Jacobsen and Maeven Martin, get ready to release several salmon into the water. The fish were hatched in the classroom as part of a semester-long project sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife called 'Fish Eggs to Fry.'
Dec 19, 2016

Academy students take salmon eggs into the wild

by Nicole Thill
Third-graders learn about salmon life cycle by hatching fish eggs in the classroom
Dec 20, 2016

Brown proposes paying school fund as alternative to selling…

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
KEIZER — As an alternative to a plan to sell a large chunk of coastal state forest, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown proposed Tuesday that the state use up to $100 million of its bonding authority to pay…
COURTESY TROUT UMLIMITED - Volunteers put used Christmas trees in the water during a prior event.
Dec 09, 2016

Salmon will love your old Christmas tree

by Steve Law
Christmas for Coho, now in fifth year, reuses holiday trees to improve river habitat.
Dec 09, 2016

Portland closer to requiring Home Energy Scores, energy audits,…

by Steve Law
City Council strikes requirement that scores be posted on Portland Maps site in Internet
COURTESY: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION - People from all walks of life have climbed Mount Hood to raise more than $5 million for lung disease research since 1987. Registration is open now for teams that will start training in January and summit the mountain in June.
Dec 09, 2016

CLIMBING FOR CLEAN AIR

by Jennifer Anderson
Sign up to summit Mount Hood in June and fight lung cancer
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - Firs at the Elliott State Forest. The Oregon Department of State Lands has found some issues in a proposal submitted for the purchase of the forest.
Dec 09, 2016

State finds ambiguity in Elliott forest proposal

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Department of State Lands wants more details on how private and tribal entities will protect public benefits after buying state forest.