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Photo Credit: JIM LIESCH, OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY  - A flicker rests on a branch.
December 26, 2014

Nurture kids with nature, even in winter

by Cynthia Orlando
During these cold, dark days of winter, it’s not just kids who get cabin fever but we grown-ups, too. While it can be tempting to keep kids occupied with computers and electronic games, research…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - Teens with the Greenspaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team, or GRUNT, during a restoration effort in a natural area.
December 23, 2014

Teens invited to job fair for environmental careers

by Steve Law
Portland Parks & Recreation hosts its first-ever Environmental Job Fair & Teen Night, on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Teens can learn about careers in the environmental field, and get matched with…
Photo Credit: JONATHAN HOUSE  - Outdoor School students at Camp Howard prepare to go to their next activity.
December 23, 2014

Outdoor School backers take campaign on the road

by Steve Law
The newly formed Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition is holding regional gatherings around the state to build support for statewide access to Outdoor School. Outdoor School is a popular program…
December 23, 2014

Budget proposes money for work on sage grouse

by Hillary Borrud
Plan anticipates federal decision on listing it as a threatened species. Sage grouse. SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber has proposed millions of dollars in state spending to boost sage grouse…
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.
December 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…
December 22, 2014

State agency plans to use drones for fish, bird data collection

by Hillary Borrud
Less risk to employees, cost to agency seen in pilot project. SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to purchase drones next year to test how well the aircraft collect data on…
Photo Credit: COURTESY FRED MEYER - A new LNG-powered freight truck awaits being deployed at Fred Meyer's distribution center in Clackamas.
December 03, 2014

Freddies shifts to cleaner trucks

by Steve Law
Fred Meyer on Thursday will showcase its first 11 heavy-duty freight trucks powered by liquified natural gas. The Portland-based retail chain, a division of The Kroger Co., also has commissioned…
Photo Credit: COURTESY METRO - Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington talks about her vote to approve the region's Climate Smart strategies.
December 19, 2014

Metro Council approves carbon emission reduction plan

by Nick Christensen, Metro reporter
Calling it a natural progression of Oregon's land use planning legacy, the Metro Council on Thursday unanimously approved its strategies for cutting the region's personal motor vehicle tailpipe…
Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: DOUG BURKHARDT - Master Recycler Kelly White lifts one tangled strand of old Christmas lights from the collection bin at the Forest Grove Community School, which is recycling them as a fundraiser.
December 19, 2014

If your holiday lights fail, don't toss them; recycle them

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
Has that old, tangled string of Christmas lights flickered its last colorful glow? Don’t just throw it in the trash — drop it off at the Forest Grove Community School, 1914 Pacific Ave., and…
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
Dec 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: 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.
Dec 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
Dec 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,…
Dec 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…
Dec 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…