Sustainable Life

Portland streets could flood with up to 15,000 e-scooters

Portland Bureau of Transportation says 2,500 scooters expected at start of pilot on April 26.

Fracking ban passes Oregon House

House Bill 2623 now heads to state senate committee to consider 10-year moratorium in Oregon.

Treasury sells $100 million in bonds for Elliott Forest

The money will allow the state to eventually free the Elliott from its money-making obligations.

Oregon's newest wolf group caught on camera

The Indigo unit has made Umpqua National Forest, Lane and Douglas counties part of their turf.

City maps out new greenway linking Lloyd to Woodlawn

The project on 7th and 9th avenues adds traffic diverters, bike lanes and ped crossings in Portland.

PCC earns global honors for fighting climate change

Portland Community College has earned Second Nature€„¢s Marks of Distinction by reducing emissions.

Oregon offshore oil drilling ban passes state Legislature

Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign Senate Bill 256, which prohibits offshore oil development

Want to be a Columbia River Gorge trail ambassador?

Trail advocacy organization stations volunteers at popular trailheads during busy weekends

Music loading zones strike right note for Portland bands

Portland Bureau of Transportation announces Musician Loading Zones outside 16 local venues.

In Multnomah County town, only outlaws ski the streets

Until the update, most councilors hadn't realized skiing on Troutdale streets was outlawed.

Trains too loud in Woodburn, residents say

Updated report: It would cost an estimated $6 million for Woodburn to pursue a railroad 'quiet zone'

City untangling Willamette Falls, I-205, Highways 99, 43

West Linn City Council also received update from PGE on its plans for waterfront property

Wood Village takes no action banning single-use bags - yet

City may not need to enact prohibition because of proposed state legislation

Committee members want end to clear-cutting near trail

CZ Trail committee members disagree over how to balance recreation and safety

Waste-burning firm spreads money chasing carbon cap…

Firm's special legislative deal on waste burning may be unraveling under scrutiny

Three-city Stafford plan will face legal challenge

Tualatin named in the appeal, which was filed by the Homebuilders Association of Metro Portland.

Supreme Court next? Oregon 'climate kids' suit rejected

Oregon Appeals Court knocks public trust doctrine; Multnomah County seeks to file amicus curiae

Disability org: Ban e-scooter parking blocking sidewalks

Disability Rights Oregon ask Portland City Hall to follow ADA requirements for electric scooters.

Funding flows to Oregon's earthquake early warning system

ShakeAlert, a project of the University of Oregon gets new funding from U.S. Geological Survey.

Woes at Wapato continue

Warehouse? Social service agency? Environmentalists worry that developer Jordan Schnitzer will chop down a three-acre swath…

New diesel fuels refinery planned on Columbia River

Company buys land from Teevin Bros. in Clatskanie with plans to establish new refinery.

Artists rally for Pearl District tree imperiled by hotel

Paintings by Tree Emergency Response Team to be shown at Elizabeth Jones Art Center in Portland.

Blumenauer buzzes into East Multnomah County

Oregon congressman talks pollinators, tours SnowCap Community Charity's food pantry

Gathering focuses regional sustainability efforts

Workshops featuring groups across the region highlight green ideas on sharing food, reducing waste

Tillamook Forest Center re-opening in March

The popular visitor center for the Tillamook State Forest is seasonally closed during the winter months.

Smelly odor plagues Hayden Island, residents say

EcoLube, a business on the island, says it has invested in improvements to prevent miasma.

Angling for family time

Fishing advocacy group shares their angling expertise during weekend retreat

Oregon State Parks smash attendance records in 2018

The department will be offering discounts on less-visited parks to encourage visitors.

Boulders, beaver no match for new Oregon fish ladder

Beaver gnaws on flashboards at dam, escapes trap at Opal Springs, and it's caught on camera.

Andrea Durbin named to lead Portland Bureau of Planning and…

Mayor Ted Wheeler taps the head of the Oregon Environmental Council, which is active on a state level, for the post at City…

Rep. Blumenauer goes to battle for the bees

Earl Blumenauer introduces Saving America's Pollinators Act at Sabin Elementary School in Portland.

City starts to turn clean energy initiative into reality

City Council OKs startup staff to launch the Portland Clean Energy Fund, approved by voters in November

Mayor Wheeler, enviros vow to block expanded oil by rail…

Zenith Energy has the necessary permits to streamline its capacity to handle more oil shipments by train in Northwest…

Other half of food hub set to open

In a town of natural foodies and supply chain fanatics, the Redd had to happen. The food hub opens completely on March 2.

PGE to build battery storage next to wind and solar power

Wheatridge project in Eastern Oregon will be nation's largest to combine two forms of renewable energy with energy storage…

Rose Villa: Senior living meets net-zero

The Oaks, a 12-unit community, will likely spell a new future for projects at Rose Villa

Carbon tax proposal runs into generation gap

Young people tell lawmakers to act now on cap-and-trade legislation as some agriculture interests urge caution.

Tanner Creek pump station spills 2,700 gallons of sewage

Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services responded to the sewer leak in Southwest Portland.

Metro's waste dumps clogged as snow blocks Gorge landfill

After one week, Metro regional government asks self-haulers to stop dumping at transfer stations

Oregon offers free fishing, crabbing this weekend

No tags or licenses required to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Feb. 16 and 17 of President's Day Weekend

Public gets a say on cap-and-trade proposal

During the past two weeks, industry leaders and economists have given testimony on a massive proposal that would change Oregon's economy and make it…

Class, economic differences mark debate over infill plan

Portland neighborhoods fighting the hardest against the Residential Infill Project tend to be more affluent and the least affected

Solar panel envy?

Nonprofit hosts program for folks to learn about growing community solar movement, which enables those without their own rooftops to share in solar…

Paddling the mightiest river of the West

Kayakers explore the 146-mile Lower Columbia River Trail, which extends from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean

EARTHTALK: Green dry cleaners?

Dear EarthTalk: Is so-called eco-friendly dry cleaning a reality? €' Jane Krause, Garden City, NJ

Portland trucker spills 2,500 gallons of diesel on I-84

Police say James Altman of Portland was 'driving too fast' when he lost control of Space Age truck.

Sewer pipe sinkhole stops traffic in downtown Portland

The six-foot-deep chasm was first reported Friday, Feb. 8 on Salmon Street between 5th, 6th avenues.

100-year-old tree topples onto cars in downtown Portland

The fallen tree was cut into pieces in order to be removed from the street and sidewalk, reps say

Portland politicos sign on to Oregon Green New Deal

Chloe Eudaly, Juan Gonzalez, Sens. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Reps. Bonamici, Blumenauer back deal.

More oil trains could be coming to Portland, loaded with fossil…

Zenith Energy is expanding its terminal in Northwest Portland, to accommodate train shipments that would be transfered to ocean-going ships.

Yakama Nation opposes Maya Lin art installation at historic…

Project, the sixth and final in a series in the Northwest, is put on hold while talks continue

Footbridge over Burnside to close gap in 40-Mile Loop

The Barbara Walker Footbridge over West Burnside Street should be ready by September.

Let it flow during next Columbia River flood?

Some want to let the river flow onto nearby green areas rather than replace the levee that failed in the 1948 Vanport Flood disaster, but that might…

Start your Valentines Day off right

Join several dozen people for an early-morning dip in the Willamette River, in the second-annual swim sponsored by the Human Access Project.

EARTHTALK: Toxins in your carpet

Dear EarthTalk: I need to replace the wall-to-wall carpeting in my basement. Any tips for finding something new that won't aggravate my allergies or…

Keeping it pretty in the Rose City

Anti-litter nonprofit teams up with city of Portland to do cleanups in various neighborhoods.

Landmark conservation plan hasn't helped birds in ancient…

A quarter-century after Northwest Forest Plan's adoption, many species that dwell in old forests haven't fared better.

Oregon leaders hope to repeat Quebec's cap-and-trade success

State lawmakers wrestling over proposal see bright spot in Canadian province's experience with carbon cutbacks

Oregon is producing twice as much pot as people are using

Prices have dropped from $10 a gram to less than $5 a gram, according to new OLCC report.

Climate change prognosis in Oregon is mostly bleak

More wildfires, more landslides, more heat waves, but a longer growing season projected

Metro mayors endorse cap on greenhouse gases

Gamba: Without legislative action, 'mayors and cities are the ones who will be left to pick up the pieces' on climate change

Hefty climate action bill draws attention, scrutiny

Supporters see benefits to state as emissions drop; opponents worry about increasing costs for families, industries.

Portland leaders go on record against offshore oil drilling

City Council votes unanimously for resolution designed to send message to Trump Administration

GOP, Democrats at loggerheads over cap-and-trade proposals

Republicans complain they are being kept in the dark and Democratic leaders push for quick bill approval

Wilsonville to add electric vehicle hub

Wilsonville City Council passes agreement with PGE to add six charging stations

Bills seek tax aid to shore up levee system

All Portlanders might help pay to protect the city from Columbia River floods, if lawmakers vote to authorize a new taxing district covering most of…

Legislators tell feds: No drilling off Oregon's coast

Three lamakers from the Coast model legislation on California's fight to prevent off-shore drilling.

Who wants Oregon's new gray whale license plate?

The Oregon license plate design was announced in April 2018, and will first be available Friday.

Waste ... not

Gresham program tackles composting ahead of Metro's requirements for food waste

Bullseye Glass reaches $6.5 million class-action settlement

Proceeds will fund air quality testing, money to residents for air purifiers and soil testing, and legal fees

Poll: Oregon voters inclined to support cap and invest

Measure would ratchet down carbon emissions in Oregon to meet state climate change goals, likely raising energy and other costs.

Emerging clean tech companies win state funds

Companies being nurtured by VertueLab get money to work on their startup businesses

EARTHTALK: Government shutdown includes Superfund work

Dear EarthTalk: Has the recent border wall shutdown affected the federal government's ability to safeguard our air and water quality and otherwise…

Eat, drink, shuck

Slurpers wanted for a week of oyster parties, classes, panels dinners, to benefit the species.

Pacific Power customers will get new way to save energy

Portland-based electric utility will install new smart meters for 590,000 Oregon customers

MyView: Cougar management: Look back before moving forward

Population of species has grown to an all-time high in Oregon, despite thousands of hunters

Expansion of Bottle Bill program results in 90 percent recycling…

Doubling of deposit, expansion of beverage types, help state reclaim 2 billion beverage containers in 2018

Historians find traces of historic Gorge trail

Surveyors discover lost 19th century telegraph path used by Corbett residents

EARTHTALK: Food-borne illness

Dear EarthTalk: I read the federal government's recently released climate change eport, and was surprised to learn that global warming is even being…

EARTHTALK: Oregon ski slopes among hardest hit by global warming

Dear EarthTalk: With the onset of global warming, how likely is it that ski resorts and skiing itself might soon become a thing of the past? €'…

OSU uses 55 seismometers off Oregon coast to study quakes

Researchers at Oregon State University focused on the Blanco Transform Fault off the Oregon coast.

What does public want in cleanup of Willamette Cove?

Residents' opinions sought for Metro effort to cleanup contaminated Superfund site on the Willamette River.

Bringing native species back to where they once roamed

Rewilding activists from around the country to converge in Portland for national conference

Just say 'no' to plastics

Here are 10 tips and suggestions for things you can do now to reduce your plastic consumption

Cascadia Times hosts coming out party

Longtime Northwest environmental magazine returning to its roots as print journal

Beaverton considers ban on single-use plastic bags

Mayor, council seek joint action with Washington County; Hillsboro and Forest Grove among 13 Oregon cities with similar restrictions

Conservation headquarters puts Beavercreek house in cross-hairs

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District will put its new headquarters on the site

E-scooter sequel returning to Portland streets this spring

Portland Bureau of Transportation says the test drive will last one year and will gather feedback.

Former St. Johns landfill goes from trash to treasure

The prairie, which includes a covered former landfill, is not open to the public yet, but plans are underway for a multi-use trail and scenic…

Kate Brown's husband cleans up trash, sends bill to Trump

After trip to Mt. Hood Sno-Park, Dan Little sends bill for $28 to President Donald Trump

Mountain bikes at Lake Oswego park? Some residents say no

Lake Oswego Parks Board to tour Farr Property and discuss future of trails, bike park at meeting.

Clogged sewer line spills into Southwest Portland creek

The unnamed creek in Dickinson Park & Woods will be unsafe for 72 hours, says Environmental Services

Fun ways to help our feathered friends in cold weather

Here's some helpful hints to attract a diverse, colorful array of birds to your yard, year-round

State's solar trade group gets new leader

Angelea Crowley-Koch moves over from her post at Oregon Environmental Council.

Mount Hood snowpack below normal for second straight year

Uptick later in season could help water supply, hydrologists remain optimistic

State charts path to save energy for low-income residents

Ten-year plan aims to reduce carbon emissions via energy-efficiency measurs, and aid those facing 'energy affordability gap'


Bamboo Sushi brings its certified-sustainable seafood to a warm, modern space in downtown Lake Oswego

Mount Hood snowpack below normal for second straight year

Uptick later in season could help water supply, hydrologists remain optimistic

City laying groundwork for Clean Energy Fund

Officials working closely with initiative organizers who got the measure passed.

Restoration efforts continue at Sandy River Delta

Sandy River Watershed Council plans for impact of dogs, climate change at natural recreation area


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