Lamprey on the rise

Lamprey on the rise

The Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River is known for its impressive spillways and fish ladders,...

Woodstoves may be as toxic as cigarettes

Woodstoves may be as toxic as cigarettes

If you protect your children (and yourself) from breathing cigarette smoke, you also may want to...

New face in green building dust-up

New face in green building dust-up

In the annals of the green building movement, Jerry Yudelson might turn out to be a turncoat, or...

East Portland getting new Urban Grange

East Portland getting new Urban Grange

Zenger Farm breaks ground Monday on a new Urban Grange hall in East Portland. The $2.3 million...

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July 29, 2014

DEQ prepares draft permit for coal export project

by Steve Law
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released a draft “401” water quality certification for the proposed Coyote Island coal terminal in Boardman. The certification, if ultimately…
July 29, 2014

Tips to conserve water in heat waves

by Steve Law
When the temperature sizzles, many people rush for their hose to protect their gardens and lawns. But many people waste water while they’re at it, raising their bills and wasting a natural…
July 29, 2014

Estimate proposed for GMO labeling

by Peter Wong
State agencies face up to $600,000 in start-up costs. State agencies will face one-time spending of up to $600,000 if Oregon voters approve a requirement for labeling of food produced with…
July 28, 2014

Students host downtown ReUse Fair

by Steve Law
Its not uncommon for active Portland neighborhoods to organize events to recycle and share unloved and unwanted belongings. Now one is being organized for downtown Portland, and by students at…
July 25, 2014

Kitzhaber orders oil train safety measures

by Steve Law
Governor Kitzhaber called Friday for more state rail inspectors and other safety measures for crude oil shipped by rail in Oregon. "We’ve seen a dramatic increase in crude oil moving along…
July 24, 2014

Pedal without cars in the way Sunday in Northeast Portland

by Steve Law
Bicycle around Northeast Portland to your heart’s content Sunday, free of cars on the road. The city of Portland offers another in a series of Sunday Parkways day on July 27, inviting people to…
July 24, 2014

Portland utilities score high in renewable energy

by Steve Law
Portland’s two large electric utilities are among the tops in the nation for renewable energy sales for big privately owned companies. According to a new study of the nation’s 32-largest…
July 23, 2014

Feds vow to improve oil train safety

by Steve Law
The federal Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it will seek to establish new regulations to improve the safe transportation of crude oil via the nation’s rail lines. The news…
July 23, 2014

Speaker says recycling successes overstated

by Jim Redden
Attention Portlanders, environmental expert Ed Humes has something to say. You are not as special as you think. In fact, when it comes to saving the world, you could learn a lesson from WalMart.…
July 23, 2014

GMO labeling measure qualifies for ballot

by Peter Wong
It joins six others for voters Nov. 4. Oregon voters will get their chance to decide whether to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms. The state Elections Division…
Jul 20, 2014

Hearing a proxy for coal, oil debate

by Peter Wong
Panel weighs funds for Connect Oregon projects. What the Oregon Transportation Commission does at its next meeting in August may shape the fate of projects prosed to ease the movement of coal…
Jul 17, 2014

Reed College won't divest fossil fuel holdings

by Steve Law
Reed College’s Board of Trustees has decided against selling off the college endowment’s investments in fossil fuels, as requested by climate change activists in the campus group Fossil Free…
by: PHOTO COURTESY HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT - The nonprofit trying to create an accessible beach southeast of the Hawthorne Bridge found this old dock buried in the river bottom. Heavy equipment will be used Friday to remove it from the site, which the Human Access Project calls 'Audrey Beach.'
Jul 17, 2014

Derelict dock to be removed from future urban beach

by Steve Law
The Human Access Project will remove an old derelict dock Friday that floated down the Willamette River and got embedded in the river bottom south of the Hawthorne Bridge. The nonprofit advocacy…
by: JOHN M. VINCENT - Electric cars, clean diesels and other alternative fuel vehicles will be on dispaly at OMSI on Saturday, July 19. The event is free and open to the public.
Jul 17, 2014

Alternative fuel vehicles coming to OMSI

by John D. Vincent
If there is one certainty in future transportation, it is that vehicles will be more efficient and produce fewer emissions. However, the question remains: How do we get there? That's the topic…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A prisoner crew observes and takes notes of the beehives behind the buildings of Coffee Creek.
Jul 17, 2014

Coffee Creek abuzz with new beginnings

by Caitlin Feldman
In the small woods beyond the buildings of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility sit three colorful wooden boxes. Bees zip in and out of the holes at the front of each box, all working to maintain…
by: COPYRIGHT MATT WUERKER - Matt Wuerker, a former Portlander who is now a cartoonist for Politico, won the 2012 Pulitzer Price for editorial cartoons. Wuerker made these cartoons available to Sustainable Life.
Jul 17, 2014

Sustainable "Cartoons"

by Steve Law
Jul 17, 2014

Down & Dirty

by Steve Law
Pitching in for the environment Lead the change you want to see Want to take a leadership role in local efforts to nurture the environment? The Portland-based Center for Earth Leadership is…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT  - Dametris Harrison floats along side swimmers near Water Front Park, a section of the Willamette River that may soon become a recreational beach area.
Jul 17, 2014

Green Briefs

by Steve Law
Jump into the Willamette Want to join the “Riverlution” to support opening up access to the Willamette River in downtown Portland? Here’s an enjoyable way to do it while lying down — on an inner…
by: PMG - LEED Certified Logo
Jul 17, 2014

Review gives best grades to LEED

by Steve Law
The BuildingGreen trade journal recently released an exhaustive, 100-page analysis comparing LEED and Green Globes. Their conclusion: Green Globes is cheaper and easier to use, but LEED is more…
by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Better Bean Co. president Keith Kullberg checks on the consistency of a batch of cooked beans at the companys Wilsonville plant.
Jul 17, 2014

Holding companies to a higher green bar

by Kendra Hogue
When Oregon rolled out its new Benefit Company law in January to complement the existing B Corporation certification for green-minded businesses, the similar-sounding names and concepts caused…