Our Table Cooperative revisits our farming roots

Our Table Cooperative revisits our farming roots

On a rainy Tuesday morning, 25-year-old Louis Kemp is staying dry in a hoop house, using a push...

Propane exporter seeks day in court

Propane exporter seeks day in court

In a Feb. 26 letter to Pembina Pipeline Corp., Mayor Charlie Hales expressly committed to bring...

Global warming: Science vs. politics

Global warming: Science vs. politics

On a frigid late-February day in the nation’s capital, U.S. Senator James Inhofe,...

Old wood, new furniture

Old wood, new furniture

Upcycling vintage furniture is all the rage on crafting sites like Pinterest and Etsy, which...

Measuring disappointment

Measuring disappointment

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

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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…
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…
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.
April 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…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Third-grader Nolan Jewell spins his legs on a bike, generating electricity to illuminate a flashing light in the Glencoe Elementary School library, in Southeast Portlands Mount Tabor neighborhood.
April 21, 2015

Electricity pedalers

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Bikes useful for science lessons, hyper students How many times have you been around kids and thought: “If I could just bottle up that energy … ?” Well, a Southeast Portland school and a West…
April 21, 2015

Down and Dirty: Rooster Rock trees

by Steve Law
Volunteers are needed to plant 400 to 500 native trees at Rooster Rock State Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The tree starts are envisioned to replace older cottonwoods at the…
Apr 21, 2015

Green briefs: Boyd's Coffee to offer compostable coffee pods

by Steve Law
John Sylvan, founder of Keurig K-pod machine, has recently noted regret for invention of his machine that generates so much single-serving plastic waste. While Keurig has pledged to create a 100…
Apr 15, 2015

Want a free fruit tree?

by Steve Law
Friends of Trees is conducting its annual tree giveaway event this Saturday in honor of Earth Day. A selection of local fruit trees about 4 to 6 feet high, including apple, pear, plum and other…
COURTESY OF PACIFICORP - The Carbon Plant in Utah was shut down forever by Portland-based PacifiCorp on Wednesday, April 15
Apr 15, 2015

PacifiCorp closes a coal plant

by Steve Law
Portland-based PacifiCorp closed its coal plant near Price, Utah, on Wednesday, April 15, as planned. Known as the Carbon Plant or the Castle Gate Plant, it was commissioned in 1954, 61 years…
Apr 15, 2015

Family donates land for Forest Park

by Steve Law
The Cottrell family has donated three acres of woods in Portland’s West Hills to the Forest Park Conservancy, which works to support the city park of the same name. The land is adjacent to…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - BlueBird Dining Hall co-owners Lena Franco and Dylan Hutter offer beer, wine and cocktails seven days a week at their new restaurant on Main Avenue.
Apr 15, 2015

BlueBird Dining Hall lands in downtown Gresham

by Shannon O. Wells
Farm-to-fork restaurant delivers "elevated" dining to downtown For a restaurant owner concerned about future competition from the vacant space next door, one rather novel approach is to simply…
Apr 10, 2015

Report: Farmers get tax breaks, but growth still outpaces S&P…

by Peter Wong
Follow-up to 2007 effort defends Oregon's statewide requirements for land protection. A new report concludes that Oregon farmers have benefited from $5.7 billion in property tax breaks over the…
Apr 09, 2015

Friends of Trees earns national award

by Steve Law
The national Arbor Day Foundation will honor Portland’s Friends of Trees as one of 13 individuals or organizations for the 2015 Arbor Day Award. Friends of Trees won the Excellence in…
Apr 09, 2015

Happy Arbor Day

by Steve Law
Portland Parks & Recreation, which runs the city’s Urban Forestry division, is offering a local Arbor Day(s) celebration on Friday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday, April 11, from…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Opponents of the Pembina propane terminal rally outside the hearing before it begins.
Apr 09, 2015

Propane terminal gets nod, moves to City Council

by Steve Law
The Portland City Council will decide the fate of a $500 million propane export terminal in North Portland, after the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission grudgingly approved a zone…
PHOTO BY BROKEN SHUTTER PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY OF BOB NEW - LoveBomb Go-Go performs at the 2014 Earth Day celebration at Kenton Park. The festival returns this Earth Day at Normandale Park.
Apr 07, 2015

Come on down to Earth Day

by Steve Law
Area celebrations include festival, cleanups, singing Portland Festival The Portland Earth Day Coalition returns with the city’s biggest Earth Day festival, this year for the first time at…