Out of the way, SLOWPOKE!

Out of the way, SLOWPOKE!

Portland’s streets are becoming so crowded with a such a variety of bicyclists —...

Butcher spreads 'whole hog' mantra

Butcher spreads 'whole hog' mantra

Not too many people get to rub shoulders with Martha Stewart. Camas Davis had the distinct honor...

SOME LIKE IT HOT

SOME LIKE IT HOT

Climate change deniers in GOP block solutions to problem, even in Oregon. For some...

First big Superfund habitat restoration begins

First big Superfund habitat restoration begins

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Sustainable Life Section

September 30, 2014

TV ads start for, against Measure 92

by Peter Wong
Expensive battle set over GMO labeling. Both sides have begun airing television spots for and against Measure 92, a ballot initiative that would require labeling of food containing genetically…
September 29, 2014

Oregon Global Warming Commission endorses Obama power plant…

by Steve Law
The Oregon Global Warming Commission has endorsed the Obama administration’s proposed regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, while urging the Environmental Protection Agency…
September 29, 2014

Buy a plant, help Scappoose Bay

by Virginia Werner
Bring local flora into your home or yard with the purchase of a plant at the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council Native Plant Center’s vegetation sale on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Pacific Green Party gubernatorial candidate shakes hands with his Democratic rival, Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson, during a Sept. 22 joint appearance at the Pamplin Media Group offices in Portland. The former Beaverton teacher made a surprise entry into the newspaper's offices to take part in the joint appearance.
September 25, 2014

Green nominee draws attention

by Peter Wong
When Jason Levin crashed a meeting of the two major-party candidates for governor with the Pamplin Media Group/EO Media Group on Monday, it wasn’t the first time that the Pacific Green Party…
September 23, 2014

Portland snares international award for leadership on climate…

by Steve Law
The city of Portland won a City Climate Leadership Award for its work promoting walkable or “complete” neighborhoods. The award was one of 10 granted Monday night by C40 Cities Climate…
September 23, 2014

Critics bash city planners for reviving west Hayden Island…

by Steve Law
Plans for marine terminals on west Hayden Island are back on the table — but not if neighbors and environmentalists have their way. A parade of critics bashed the Portland Bureau of Planning and…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY ANGELA STINSON - Jewish preschool seeks to build ecofriendly playground.
September 22, 2014

Preschool builds ecofriendly playground

by Angela Stinson
The playground has always been a place for children to make friends, move their body and explore their physical abilities. Most of us, however, know playgrounds as a jungle gym of metal, plastic…
September 22, 2014

Candidate sees a different kind of green

by Steve Law
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon has long been associated with tree-hugger types, folks who might stand in the way of a bulldozer in a forest to protect a tree. So it was somewhat surprising…
September 22, 2014

AOI invites everyone to climate change conference, well, almost…

by Steve Law
Associated Oregon Industries is hosting a a half-day conference in Portland on Tuesday on state and national climate change policy. It’s a weighty topic, with a keynote speaker from the…
September 19, 2014

Food, biotech groups give $1M against Measure 92

by Peter Wong
Foes have $800K on hand, backers $360K. As expected, many of the nation’s largest food companies are weighing in with contributions against Measure 92, which would require labeling of…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY  - The blue-green algae spotted in the Willamette River is toxic to humans and pets, and should be carefully avoided, state health officials say.
Sep 19, 2014

Blue-green algae in Willamette River is toxic

by Steve Law
People should avoid contact with the river in Portland. Portlanders should stay out of the Willamette River all the way between the Ross Island Bridge and Sauvie Island, and don't let your pets…
Photo Credit: COURTESY FRIENDS OF TREES - Ninkasi is brewing up something special for Friends of Trees 25th anniversary.
Sep 18, 2014

Celebrate trees, new pale ale

by Steve Law
Portlanders can toast the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Trees with a beer specially crafted for the event. Ninkasi Brewing Co. will unveil its Friends of Trees Pale Ale later this month,…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - A pair of riders meander toward the Springwater Corridor in Southeast Portland. Along the corridor, fast and slower bicyclists share the right of way with walkers, joggers, rollerbladers and parents pushing strollers.
Sep 18, 2014

Users sound off on sharing the pathways

by Joseph Gallivan
We talked to some runners and riders about conflicts among bicyclists and pedestrians, where the Springwater Corridor begins in earnest at Portland’s Southeast Fourth Avenue and Ivon Street.…
Sep 18, 2014

Wyden: O&C forests bill awaits action

by Peter Wong
But counties say it should get more analysis. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposal for the fate of 2.5 million acres of federal forest lands in western Oregon will be considered by a Senate committee…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Jim Lichatowich
Sep 18, 2014

Port oil terminal could imperil salmon

by Jim Lichatowich
In the 1930s, the federal government and a few private corporations launched a massive dam-building program in the Columbia River Basin. After the Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams were built,…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO  - The price of installing solar panels is coming down, causing some to rethink the role, and amount, of various subsidies.
Sep 18, 2014

State's solar policies at a crossroads

by Stefanie Donahue
When 65-year-old Judy Barnes buses down Portland’s Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard on a sunny day, she peers through the window and focuses beyond the busy streetscape, gazing at empty rooftops.…
Sep 25, 2014

First of 1 million trees and shrubs in Tualatin River watershed…

by Virginia Werner
The 1 Million, 1 Year, 1 Water campaign will kick off Friday, Sept. 19, with the planting of 300 trees and shrubs adjacent to the Tualatin River by Farmington View Elementary School fourth…
Sep 17, 2014

Auditor says Metro recycling hotline is overstaffed, outdated.

by Steve Law
Metro managers resist auditor's recommendation. After 30 years, it’s time for Metro to reassess its use of a telephone-based recycling hotline, which is getting less use each year, according to…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF PSU - Andrew Thorsvik was the big winner of this year's Clean Tech Challenge.
Sep 17, 2014

Student designer of alternative car battery wins big clean tech…

by Jennifer Anderson
The Portland Shower didn't make a clean sweep after all. The project by a trio of Portland State University students didn't place in the PSU Cleantech Challenge, held Monday evening at the…
Sep 17, 2014

Money allows OSU to continue forage research

by Peter Wong
Straw from grass-seed production is tested for export. Oregon State University will continue research into forage straw bound for export as a result of legislative action Wednesday. The straw is…