Sustainable Life

Street of Dreams to feature a tiny house

Proceeds of home sale will benefit Oregon benefits, with costs of the project donated.

Novick hired as environmental specialist at Oregon justice…

The NYU State Impact Center selected the department of the two-year grant-funded position in December.

A forest full of food

Winslow Food Forest will host classes on creating food forests in urban settings.

MORE RIDE SERVICES, MORE CONGESTION?

Portland is launching a study of how Uber and Lyft contribute to the city's increasingly clogged traffic, but studies and…

Mayor and River Hugger Swim Team trek across the Willamette…

The Human Access Project kicks off Willamette River swim season with Mayor Ted Wheeler

Mayor wants to restrict plastic straws

City Council to consider resolution sponsored by Ted Wheeler on Wednesday directing city bureau to devise strategy for…

Columbia Gorge trails reopen

Visitors urged to use extra caution while hiking in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

To the top! Portland hosts tree climbing competition

International Society of Arboriculture hosts TCC at Irving Park on Saturday, June 16 in Portland.

County develops environmental health program

Three employees needed to fill out new program within Public Health Department

Sandy River Gorge preservation party

Oregon Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers to help with restoration project.

Farm groups question beehivesto justify solar panels on ag…

A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon's Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists.

Chinese company also wants to restart Newberg paper mill

Mill could provide a market for Oregon's recycled paper now languishing in recycling centers; in a turnaround, owner now…

Edlen committed to sustainability

Mark Edlen reflects on evolution of sustainable development, growing role of social equity.

Destruction of mill appears imminent

Westrock puts conditions on potential sale that require buyer to destroy equipment critical to future operations

Trump plan to force subsidies for coal plants would raise…

In Senate hearing, Oregon's Ron Wyden elicits testimony from Trump energy regulator that rates could rise $32 billion or…

Xerces Society expands by uniting with Bee City USA

Portland-based conservation group will incorporate Bee City USA into its work, creating momentum in the pollinator movement.

Let PGE control your thermostat(you'll save energy and…

Program designed to allow utility company reduce electricity use during peak hours.

Taking inventory along the Clackamas River

Volunteers to catalog plants and animals that call Milo McIver park home during upcoming event

Japanese beetle infestation eradication

The Japanese beetle eradication plan for Washington County has brought controversy from some Hillsboro residents.

¡Explorando at Thomas Cully Park!

Learn about the Columbia Slough watershed and help support a new park at this family-friendly event.

EarthTalk: Green pet burials

My vet tells me my 18-year-old cat is nearing the end of her life and I'm wondering what my options are for a green-friendly…

The art of recycling and reusing

Learn about reducing, reusing and recycling this Sunday at Reuse-A-Palooza.

Preserve the Wonder campaign ends on high note

Friends of the Columbia Gorge raise enough to buy and protect seven prized parcels in gorge; campaign also elicits donation…

Owner won't allow Newberg paper mill to reopen

Would-be buyer says he'd reopen the mill and use Oregon's recycled paper as raw material, but mill owner insists on…

Bill sacrifices Willamette Falls sea lions to save salmon

Schrader calls for 100 mammals to be killed each year by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Dyno Nobel, Inc. ordered to pay $250,000 for failing to…

Company operates a urea plant near St. Helens; discharges caused complaints of odor and irritation from residents.

Lawmakers begin cap and trade discussions

The state joint legislative committee on carbon pricing heard from an expert who said a well-crafted carbon-pricing plan…

ADUs OUT OF YOUR PRICE RANGE? THINK AGAIN

Startup led by former city urban renewal director creates innovative model that requires no cash down for units

Article charges DEQ with lax enforcement of toxic air…

Investigative series by Cascadia Times raises questions about the operations of AmeriTies at its plant in the Columbia Gorge…

Portland gardeners can learn to save seeds

Grow Portland offers introductory classes for those who want to learn the art of seed sharing.

EarthTalk: Artificially inseminating endangered species?

Dear EarthTalk: Can fertility techniques pioneered for humans or other animals be used to try to bring back endangered…

Columbia Gorge commission reviewing future of scenic area

Lots at stake as authorities tackle a once-per-decade review of management plan for this precious natural area.

Snowy plovers spotted for first time in decades in key…

Western snowy plovers, found nesting in Fort Stevens State Park, were listed as a threatened species in 1993.

Developer pays tax, utility bills at Willamette Falls

Falls Legacy LLC still owes $200,000 for delinquent account related to the 23-acre site in Oregon City

Oregon cutting carbon pollution from vehicle fuels

So far, the price of gasoline is up a fraction of a penny per gallon due to the state Clean Fuels Program.

East Council Creek open house to be held in Cornelius

The public will get a chance to see 'final' proposed design elements for the natural area.

EARTHTALK: Reusable Water Bottles: Glass & Stainless Steel…

Dear EarthTalk: It's finally time for me to retire my trusty old Nalgene and upgrade my water bottle. Are any brands or…

Dam removal aids Gresham natural area

Removal of 4 Brigman Creek dams improves Johnson Creek water quality, habitat.

Oregon lawmakers mull preventing 'too big to fail'…

Regulatory problems at Lost Valley Farm, a controversial Oregon dairy, prompted a recent legislative hearing about the…

Nuke plant back online

Columbia Generating Station, the lone nuclear plant in the Northwest, was returned to service Thursday after repairs.

Foresters hunt invasive beetles, bores at Rooster Rock

At Rooster Rock State Park, traps laid for Emerald Ash Borer other European and Asian species.

Lawmakers begin cap and trade discussions

The state joint legislative committee on carbon pricing heard from an expert who said a well-crafted carbon-pricing plan could be good for the…

Public comment period begins for ambitious Jordan Cove LNG…

Controversial pipeline and fossil fuel export terminal, revived under pressure from President Donald Trump's administration, faces another round of…

For OIT students, green means go (solar)

'Green Zero Design' created by students calls for the installation of 500 solar panels across West Linn's parks

Nuclear plant on Columbia River temporarily shuts down

It's the third unplanned closure for the Columbia Generating Station in the past year and a half.

Reedie studies using bacteria to break down plastic often found…

PET takes decades to break down, making it a stubborn component of litter in our oceans, roadsides and riverbanks.

Cycle the Well Field

Check out the Portland area's alternative water supply in a guided bicycle tour.

Oregon trees are showered with beetles instead of rain

Recent drought causes weak trees that are more susceptible to attacks from bark beetles.

Volunteers get down and dirty in Portland cemetery

Volunteers spend their Saturday cleaning Lone Fir Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

Article links health, air pollution problems in The Dalles to…

Investigation raises questions about the operations of AmeriTies at its plant in the Columbia Gorge community.

Ecotip: Plant a Garden

Center for Earth Leadership explains why growing your own food helps the environment, and your body.

NEW LAW COULD PAVE PATH FOR MORE ADUS

Many suburbs have barriers to new construction that planners say are akin to 'poison pills'

DEQ suggests tighter rules for asbestos

Agency proposes requiring asbestos surveys when working with the hazardous substance in residential properties with four or fewer units.

EARTHTALK:Greener Guitars

Dear EarthTalk: I'm in the market for a new acoustic guitar and I'm wondering what are my options if I care about its impact on the environment? -…

VW settlement money to help replace polluting school buses

DEQ says it will replace more than 450 older buses with Oregon's share of the national settlement with the German automaker, which tried to thwart…

Hawaii volcano's gas gas gas probably won't reach NW

Meteorologists don't think we'll see a Mount St. Helens-like pillar of steam and ash drifting into the Pacific jet stream.

The Water's Fine at PDX

Video short on Human Access Project is being shown at the mini-theater at Portland International Airport, along with a dozen other pieces.

Biketown design winners ready to pedal their art

Five new bike designs representing neighborhoods and history will be among the classic orange Biketown bikes this summer.

Want to celebrate Memorial Day early? How about cleaning up a…

Saturday, May 12, is Historical Cemetery Cleanup day, and projects are scheduled are the state.

Massive fossil fuel export plant proposed in Kalama faces…

Ruling requires authorities to evaluate carbon emissions impact associated with a major methanol refinery and export terminal on the Columbia River.

EARTHTALK: Man-Made Earthquakes, Another Negative Legacy of…

Dear EarthTalk: Is there proof that fracking for oil and natural gas can by itself cause earthquakes?-James Mitchell, Hauppauge, NY

Enviros team with people of color to push city business tax…

Low-income communities would benefit from job training and other projects funded by Portland Clean Energy Fund

Willamette River gets its own poster

New art work conjures images from artists hired by the U.S. Works Progress Administration during President Franklin Roosevelt's administration.

EARTHTALK: Green Apparel, Not Just A Color Choice

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the apparel industry has a huge carbon footprint and environmental impact. What are manufacturers doing to combat this…

Guidebook provides hiking ideas in area once marred by Tillamook…

Compiled by volunteers with the Sierra Club, book charts 50 best hikes in Tillamook and Clatsop state forests.

Scientists to study local threat from diesel exhaust

EPA grants money to state for two-year study into known lethal air pollutant.

Neighbors tend to support fracking until it grows too common

Opposition grows when more wells are drilled in the vicinity, OSU-led study finds.

Industry pioneers reusable beer bottles

Refillables lower costs, impacts of recycling by cleaning and reusing existing bottles.

City council agrees to end costly development fees for accessory…

City commissioners agree to make a temporary waiver of system development charges permament, if the units aren't rented out as Airbnb-style units.

Axelrod signs on with Climate Mayors

'Trump has basically abandoned the Paris Agreement, but the rest of the country is saying, 'No.''

Portland home energy scores not so hot

'Energy hog' older homes push down ratings in city's new energy-saving mandate.

Portland campaign to tax large corporations to address climate…

Signature-gathering can begin after a local judge rules the Portland Clean Energy Fund initiative, opposed by business, is constitutional.

350.PDX targets Chase for supporting Coos Bay LNG project

Activists will stage protest outside bank's downtown Portland offices and is calling on supporters to take money out of Chase.

Company makes old polystyrene new again

A company in Tigard has created a way to recycle polystyrene into more polystyrene. A very small amount of polystyrene is currently recycled and…

ODFW gives up on trapping Willamette sea lions

State: Relocation of Willamette Falls sea lions to Oregon Coast not enough to protect local fish runs

EARTHTALK:Is Biodegradable Plastic The Answer To Our Plastic…

Dear EarthTalk: What are suitable materials for making biodegradable plastic besides corn and sugarcane? Is pineapple or peanut suitable? -Yu Hong…

Beaverton gets EPA grant for site cleanup

Gas station, still in operation, sits on future site of Public Safety Center at Allen and Hall boulevards. The $400,000 also will pay for cleanup of…

DEQ offering new emissions testing option

Car-related businesses partnering with DEQ to test vehicles at their locations.

New natural area created near Tualatin River

Metro acquires 145-acre natural area along Tualatin River to protect clean water, support wildlife.

Fishing restriction gutted for Wilsonville dock

City opts to remove ban on fishing from Memorial Park dock, despite some concerns about conflicts with boaters

Watershed council to hold first fundraising dinner April 28

North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council to celebrate local waterways from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rose Villa Performing Arts Center

EARTHTALK: Avoiding BPA Exposure: Not So Easy Anymore

Dear EarthTalk: Why on earth would cans and other food storage containers contain toxic BPA that can make us sick? Is there any way to avoid it? -…

Solar Oregon to host solar-powered winery tour

Visitors will get the chance to taste wines created by solar power at local Oregon vineyards.

Oregonians are breathing in soot

The American Lung Association's State of the Air report reveals Oregon has a particle pollution problem.

Biketown riders rack up 520,000 trips on rented orange rides

Data: During past two years, 111,000 riders have traveled about 1.1 million miles. Average ride is about two miles.

Want to help track bumble bee population?

Citizens can join projec to monitor and help improve fate of Northwest bumble bees.

Hoping for Bigfoot in East Multnomah County

Guy Edwards shares his lifelong passion for researching and searching for Sasquatch

Mt. Hood National Forest supervisor promoted to deputy regional…

Lisa Northrop starts deputy regional forester post for Pacific Northwest Region.

EARTHTALK: Michael Bloomberg to the Rescue

Dear EarthTalk: Since when did Michael Bloomberg become a great environmentalist?-Jackie Miller, New York, NY

SolarWorld Americas to be acquired by rival company

The Hillsboro-based company reached a purchase agreement with larger SunPower.

Zoo elephant herd adds New Mexico transplant

Samson, who arrived in Portland this week from ABQ BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, will be isolated from the herd for several weeks as caregivers…

At Marylhurst College, it's Earth Week

Activities slated every day this week at the private college off Highway 43 between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

Zoo elephants get into swing of eating with a fire hose

A large bamboo feeder, made from fire hose sections woven into a large chain, was inspired by Oregon Zoo volunteers' creation of a similar feeder for…

Oregon wolf population continues to grow

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife released its 2017 Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report on Thursday

A landscape enhancement that's good for the ecosystem? Consider…

They can provide wildlife habitat, wind breaks and other advantages for your garden or yard.

EARTHTALK:Particle Board Blues: Could Your Furniture Be Making…

Dear EarthTalk: I recently read about the toxic dangers of particle board. I still am using the same laminate on particle board bedroom furniture…

Portland volunteer honored with forestry award

Mary Harrell manages the Friends of Trees' Portland office. She has been with Friends of Trees since 1996.

'The Soil Will Save Us' author to speak in Forest Grove

Kristin Ohlson is the featured speaker at the 'Knowledge Pub' event next Wednesday at the Forest Theater.

Oregon City School District donates trees to CCC

Clackamas Community College gets 119 plants to shade the headwaters of Newell Creek

Study puts regional landslides in spotlight

A new lidar-based landslide inventory maps show more than 7,000 past landslides - 10 times as many as research teams mapped after 1996-97 storms.

 

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