Rodeo star switches to plight of spotted frog

Rodeo star switches to plight of spotted frog

When Kyle Tidwell meets up with his slimy, jumpy co-workers, it’s often in the dead of...

Onshoring an import business

Onshoring an import business

Nyla Jano prides herself on finding materials in unexpected places. Farm feed bags from local...

Erecting 40-story highrises out of wood?

Erecting 40-story highrises out of wood?

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Candy Lane students line up for school-grown produce

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Sustainable Life Section

October 22, 2014

Chevy drives more energy efficiency projects at PSU via carbon…

by Steve Law
Capitalizing on its ambitious drive to reduce carbon emissions, Portland State University will sell carbon credits to Chevrolet. The deal, brokered by Portland-based Bonneville Environmental…
Photo Credit: ERIC GUTH, COURTESY OF OPB  - Oregon Field Guide explores glacier caves on Mount Saint Helens in season premiere.
October 22, 2014

Dramatic evacuation on Mount Saint Helens featured on Oregon…

by Steve Law
Some of Oregon’s finest spelunkers and search and rescue experts are featured in a dramatic operation at glacier caves high on Mount Saint Helens, in the season premiere of Oregon Field Guide.…
Photo Credit: COURTESY TUALATIN RIVERKEEPERS - Contemporary drawing of Calapuya Indian.
October 21, 2014

Learn about native peoples along the Tualatin River

by Steve Law
Who were the first people to live along the Tualatin River, and what was their culture like? To shed light on those questions, Tualatin Riverkeepers is presenting a talk on the Native People of…
October 21, 2014

Bright idea to save energy

by Virginia Werner
A light bulb switches on right above the heads of many Oregonians this fall, indicating the presence of some bright ideas. As our precious hours of daylight fade away, sustainable practices…
October 18, 2014

GMO labeling campaign sets records

by Peter Wong
Total raised by both sides tops 2007 mark; spending likely to break $15 million as well. It’s official: Measure 92 supporters and opponents have raised a record amount — and are about to spend a…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DREW DAKESSIAN - Ellie Asplund and Maddie McCarter, 14, with Chai and Felix, two goats who are grazing yards throughout Hillsdale.
October 16, 2014

Forget pesticides; try goats instead

by Drew Dakessian
How do you clean up your yard? Gardening clippers? A lawn mower? If you live in Southwest Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood, two local girls can offer you another method: goats. For the last few…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The new Natural Play Area at Westmoreland Park was filled with kdis earlier this month during a school in-service day.
October 16, 2014

Mother Nature is nanny at revamped park

by Jennifer Anderson
There’s no creaky swing set at this park. No plastic twisty slides or faux-spider web or paint-chipped metal monkey bars to give callouses. Instead, kids at Westmoreland Park’s new natural play…
October 16, 2014

Green Briefs

by Steve Law
Fishers could make threatened-species list The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the fisher — a mammal in the same family as minks and otters — as a threatened species. Fishers…
Photo Credit: JONATHAN HOUSE - Virginia Luka and Kianna Angelo discuss the linkes between climate change and health equity at Portland State University.
October 16, 2014

Islanders find refuge but no paradise

by Jan Johnson
Virginia Ngilmau Pedro Rivard Luka was born and raised in Micronesia, a region of thousands of Pacific islands, many threatened by inundation from rising ocean levels caused by climate change.…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY SCOTT CARPENTER, COURTESY OF AUDUBON SOCIETY OF PORTLAND  - The rufous hummingbird, which nests and breeds here in the summer and fall, may be a rarity in the Portland area as the climate warms, according to a new National Audubon Society study.
October 16, 2014

Say g'bye to summer hummers once global climate warms

by Paul Koberstein
For a good part of the year, the colorful rufous hummingbird can be spotted all over Portland. After nesting and breeding here in the summer and fall, these feisty hummers migrate some 2,000…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTOS: DAVID ASHTON  - Gabrielle Rossi sells potatoes she planted in May at Portlands Montavilla Farmers Market. On middle right, the harvest of Red Thumb potatoes begins. On right, Gabrielle checks out the old family tractor before the evenings potato dig.
Oct 16, 2014

Daughter carries on family farm tradition

by David Ashton
For about a century, it’s been a common story — kids raised on a family farm leave for “big city” jobs and never return. But that isn’t the case in the Rossi family, which has farmed land in…
Oct 15, 2014

Garden Home hosts sustainability fair

by Steve Law
Learn about environmental activities and resources on the westside of Portland at the fifth-annual Garden Home Community Sustainability Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The free…
Oct 14, 2014

Ocean rocks can capture methane, a potent greenhouse gas

by Steve Law
Scientists have long known that microbes embedded in sediment on the ocean floor consume methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide. A new study found that ocean-floor rocks…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY MICHAEL DURHAM, COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - An Oregon Zoo survey conducted this year found that of all the species prople would be most willing to protect, bumblebees ranked No. 1, followed by polar bears, tigers, Asian elephants and sea otters.
Oct 14, 2014

Become a wildlife defender with Small Actions

by Steve Law
Sometimes little things to help the environment can add up big when done by lots of people. With that in mind, the Oregon Zoo released a new website this week called Small Actions, to help…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF EARTHFIX  - The fisher, which may be listed under the Endangered Species Act, appears to be victimized by chemicals sprayed by pot farmers.
Oct 11, 2014

Pot farms may be contributing to fisher's demise

by Tony Schick, EarthFix
New threats and a legal settlement prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to list West Coast populations of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The fisher, an…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY  - Avoid planting brittle species like silver maple or poplar, in locations where weak limbs could injure people or property.
Oct 11, 2014

Recognizing when trees are hazardous

by Cynthia Orlando
Trees benefit us in many ways, but it's important to remember they can also cause major damage or grief when limbs, or the whole tree, fall on power lines, houses, cars or people. In general,…
Oct 11, 2014

Bone appetit, Fido

by Steve Law
As their introductory press release notes, the notion of a “locally-sourced, sustainable dog food”. ... “may sound like material for a Portlandia skit.” But it also may be good business for Kate…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF CLIMATE ACTION COALITION - Climate activists protested at Arc Logistics in Northwest Portland on Thursday.
Oct 09, 2014

Climate activists protest Portland oil shipper

by Steve Law
Dozens of activists in the Climate Action Coalition held another in a series of regional protests Thursday of oil shipped by trains. The group, which includes activists from Portland Rising…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Melissa Marcum has served as volunteer coordinator for the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Districts Natural Resources Department for a dozen years.
Oct 09, 2014

Volunteering for nature

by Shannon O. Wells
THPRD leader thrives with those who devote time to nature Unassuming and even-keeled, Melissa Marcum is not the type to draw attention to herself or overstate the importance of her role as…
Oct 08, 2014

Teach-in on fracking planned Saturday, during Global Frackdown

by Steve Law
Opponents of an oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” will hold events around the world on Oct. 11, including one in downtown Portland, at the third-annual…