Portlanders are better recyclers, except for diapers

Portlanders are better recyclers, except for diapers

Oregonians are good at recycling. But do they recycle more — or less — depending on how...

Lucid to produce hydro inside California water pipeline

Lucid to produce hydro inside California water pipeline

Portland-based Lucid Energy has entered a joint venture to develop its third project, which...

Clean-diesel trucks could clear air and win more bids

Clean-diesel trucks could clear air and win more bids

City of Roses Disposal wins grant to retrofit smoky exhaust pipes and stay competitive Alando...

Our Table Cooperative revisits our farming roots

Our Table Cooperative revisits our farming roots

On a rainy Tuesday morning, vegetable farmer Louis Kemp is staying dry in a hoop house, using a...

Measuring disappointment

Measuring disappointment

Record-low snowpack likely to affect summer water supply After measuring the amount of snow...

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Sustainable Life Section

June 03, 2015

Portland reworks its utility oversight panels

by Steve Law
The city of Portland expects to have a new citizen panel on board by September to oversee its embattled Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services. Called the Portland Utility Board, the…
June 02, 2015

NoPo hotel goes solar

by Steve Law
The Best Western Inn at the Meadows in North Portland is installing more than 400 solar panels atop its roof, becoming one of the first Portland lodgings to “go solar.” “I don’t know of any…
June 02, 2015

Portland ranks third in nation for clean technology

by Steve Law
Portland ranked as the third-leading metro area in the nation for clean technology in the 2015 Clean Tech Index, the same place Oregon ranked among the states. The annual report, released…
June 02, 2015

Time to go native

by Cynthia Orlando, Oregon Department of Forestry
Tip: Lure more birds and bees Spring planting season is coming to a close. What better time to add some native plants to your yard? Other than concrete, a lawn is the least productive choice for…
June 02, 2015

Green Briefs: Solarize wins national honor

by Steve Law
The city of Portland’s Solarize program received one of 25 Innovation in American Government Awards, bestowed by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Under the…
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Matthew Brown, right, deomstrates how to plant a seedling to assistant teacher Erika Garcia, and a group of 3, 4 and 5-year-old students at Oregon City View Manor Head Start Center.
June 01, 2015

FoodWaves on a mission at Clackamas County Head Start centers

by Ellen Spitaleri
Matthew Brown is passionate about food. Sure, he likes a good meal as much as the next person, but he is most excited about making sure that low-income people in Clackamas County have access to…
June 01, 2015

Portland releases report on testing of water supply

by Steve Law
Want to know about the quality of the water you’re drinking in Portland? The Portland Water Bureau has completed its annual drinking water quality report for 2015, as required by federal law.…
May 19, 2015

Students create mini park near PSU

by Jennifer Anderson
Portland State University’s student-built SoMa Parklet is ready for public use, thanks to $15,641 in community funds. The parklet provides covered seating in place of two parking spaces on…
PHOTO BY CARLI DAVIDSON, COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - Zuri, an eastern black rhino, lives at the Oregon Zoo's Africa Savanna section. The zoo is promoting the annual Bowling for Rhinos campaign to raise funds for rhino conservation.
May 27, 2015

Go bowling, support rhinos

by Steve Law
Bowling doesn’t seem to have much to do with imperiled rhinoceroses. But those who are fond of bowling or rhinos might want to pencil-in June 13 on their calendars, for the Oregon Zoo’s annual…
May 21, 2015

PGE tops in nation for green power sales

by Steve Law
Portland General Electric remains at the top of the nation’s utilities for enlisting customers to buy its “green power” options. PGE had the greatest number of participants among utilities for…
May 20, 2015

Protesters turn to LNG terminals

by Steve Law
Proposed coal and propane export terminals in Oregon are stalled or dead in the water now. Now environmentalists are turning their attention to two proposed Liquefied Natural Gas or LNG…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Louis Kemp, a vegetable farmer at Our Table Cooperative farm, uses a walking tractor to grind up produce in a greenhouse in Sherwood.
May 20, 2015

Our Table Cooperative revisits our farming roots

by Caitlin Feldman
On a rainy Tuesday morning, 25-year-old Louis Kemp is staying dry in a hoop house, using a push tractor to grind up produce remnants. He’s working deliberately, moving slow and steady. But…
COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND - Pembina still hopes to build a propane export terminal on this narrow slice of land served by a dock, south of West Hayden Island.
May 19, 2015

Propane exporter seeks day in court

by Steve Law
In a Feb. 26 letter to Pembina Pipeline Corp., Mayor Charlie Hales expressly committed to bring the company’s proposed $500 million propane terminal before the City Council for a vote. A little…
May 19, 2015

Solarize wins national honor

by Steve Law
The city of Portland’s Solarize program is one of 25 honorees of the Innovation in American Government Award, bestowed by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Under…
COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS AND RECREATION - New trail provides more public access to riverfront in downtown Portland.
May 15, 2015

New stretch of waterfront trail opened along Willamette

by Steve Law
The city of Portland opened up the latest stretch of the Willamette River greenway trail on Thursday, in front of the South Waterfront community. At a cost of $15.5 million, the project includes…
Joshua P. Howe's book takes on global climate change and politics.
May 05, 2015

Global warming: Science vs. politics

by Paul Koberstein
On a frigid late-February day in the nation’s capital, U.S. Senator James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, brought a snowball to the Senate floor to lend credence to his claim that global warming is a hoax.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jon Blumenauer has been the CEO of The Joinery since 2013. The company specializes in furniture made from sustainable sources.
May 05, 2015

Old wood, new furniture

by Jules Rogers
Upcycling vintage furniture is all the rage on crafting sites like Pinterest and Etsy, which highlight DIY projects that crafters sell from their homes or garages. But if brand new is your…
May 05, 2015

Green Briefs: BTA's 25th anniversary for Alice awards

by PMG
On May 28, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is hosting its 25th anniversary awards and auction at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are $125 for individuals. Highlighting Portlanders who made…
May 05, 2015

The not-so-healthy impacts of wood stoves

by Steve Law
Heating an Oregon home with a wood stove can be romantic, cozy and affordable. It also can be terrible for air quality and human health. But as studies pile up showing wood smoke is one of…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Dick Benner, a former senior attorney at Metro, is one of the co-owners and residents of Ankeny Row, a six-unit Passive House complex.
Apr 21, 2015

Going net-zero energy in planned community

by Jules Rogers
Low utility bills forecast for the next 40 years Ankeny Row, a new, net-zero-energy Craftsman townhouse project in Southeast Portland, marks another advance in the city’s green building…