Shipping containers get new life

Shipping containers get new life

Local developer wants to convert old containers into affordable housing

The environmental case against using salt to clear frozen roads

The environmental case against using salt to clear frozen roads

Rock salt is costly, has widespread impacts on water and land, and corrodes vehicles

Next up in court: climate change

Next up in court: climate change

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State could force water treatment plant at Bull Run after parasite found in multiple water samples

State could force water treatment plant at Bull Run after parasite found in multiple water samples

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Coffee in peril

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Got junk? How to avoid the landfill

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Generating only two gallons of trash-in a year

Generating only two gallons of trash-in a year

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Taking a stand at Standing Rock

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Sustainable Life Section

COURTESY OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION - Bottle deposits in Oregon will double to 10 cents on April 1. Under a bill proposed in the Legislature, even cans for which only a 5-cent deposit was paid can be redeemed for the full 10 cents until Sept. 1, 2018.
February 23, 2017

Oregonians could see bottle deposit windfall under bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Bottles purchased when it cost a nickel will be able to fetch a dime when returned
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - The State Land Board voted Tuesday to continue with the sale of an 80,000-acre swath of the Elliott State Forest.
February 23, 2017

Elliott Forest sale moves forward over Brown's objection

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
State Treasurer Tobias Read breaks with his Democratic colleague on issue, siding with Republican Dennis Richardson
COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND  - The Port of Portland hopes to get an earlier start cleaning up contamination in the Swan Island Lagoon, pictured here.
February 16, 2017

City and state seek to seize Superfund initiative

by Steve Law
With EPA in limbo, work may begin on smaller harbor site, if polluters are found that are willing to step up and pay the costs
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The possible alignments have been identified by City staff and consultants (shown in yellow and blue) with several possible bridge locations (shown in red) identified.
February 10, 2017

FRENCH PRAIRIE BRIDGE PLANNING LAUNCHED

by Claire Green
Wilsonville debates a pedestrian, bicycle and transit bridge over the Willamette, a la Tillicum Crossing in Portland
REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Duke Castle, co-founder of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network, addresses the crowd at last week's Beyond Green Building event at the Holy Names Center in Lake Oswego.
February 14, 2017

Going 'beyond green building' in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
School district considering new 'net zero' buidings but a higher priority is making sure its new facilities can be safe during earthquakes
COURTESY: XERCES SOCIETY - Rusty patch bumble bees, an important pollinator of plants in the United States, won't be listed as endangered just yet, due to an order by President Donald Trump.
February 10, 2017

Bee listing delayed by Trump

by Steve Law
Executive order freezing federal regulations ensnares efforts to list rusty patch bumble bee on Endangered Species List
EO MEDIA GROUP - Critics of GMO crops, such as Roundup Ready alfalfa, are proposing legislation that would turn back Oregon's preemption on local government regulation of genetically engineered crops.
February 09, 2017

Bill seeks reversal of preemption of local GMO regulations

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Critics of biotech seeds and plants want to be free to ban them in counties, since the state hasn't taken up its own regulations
February 09, 2017

Oregon lawmakers consider stronger invasive mussel defenses

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Invaders, which can enter the environment via boats or kayaks, can clog irrigation intakes and disrupt native fish habitats
February 09, 2017

OSU nudges toward divestment of some of its fossil fuel holdings

by Steve Law
Trustees support sell-off of oil, gas and coal stocks from holdings managed by state, and create avenue for university donors to put money in fossil fuel-free portfolio
COURTESY NORTHWEST EARTH INSTITUTE - Portland nonprofit released this new discussion guide to help groups working on living sustainably.
February 09, 2017

How to live simply, and get others to do the same

by Steve Law
Northwest Earth Institute releases new discussion book designed for groups working on sustainability
COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Poison hemlock is a common noxious weed in Oregon. House Bill 2043 would appropriate $1 million from the general fund to carry out the Oregon Department of Agriculture's noxious weed programs in the 2017-2019 biennium
Feb 08, 2017

Lawmakers urged to boost noxious weed spending by $1 million

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Advocates say budget shortfall shouldn't be used to justify cuts, arguing that's penny wise but pound foolish
COURTESY: PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION  - Leach Botanical Garden in East Portland includes more than 2,000 plant species but has remained largely undiscovered by most Portland area residents. Plans are afoot to turn it into a world-class tourist attraction akin.
Feb 07, 2017

Leach garden revamp sprouts

by MARA STINE
Ambitious 20-year project envisions turning the little-known treasure in East Portland into a regional tourist attraction on par with the city's other famous gardens
COURTESY: RICH HATFIELD, XERCES SOCIETY - The rusty patched bumble bee, seen on this purple flower, has died off at alarming rates due to pesticide use, habitat loss, disease and climate change.
Feb 07, 2017

Rusty patched bumble bee listed as endangeredspecies

by Jennifer Anderson
Xerces Society, which helped bring about the listing, explains what happened to the bees, and what we can do to help
COURTESY PHOTO - Lighted lanterns are set aloft at a festival in Pingxi, Taiwan in 2007.
Feb 07, 2017

Sky lantern use soars, but state brings them down

by Jo Ostgarden
State law deems the aerial lanterns a clear fire and environmental hazard, treating them like illegal fireworks
REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Duke Castle, co-founder of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network, addresses the crowd at last week's Beyond Green Building event at the Holy Names Center in Lake Oswego.
Feb 06, 2017

Going 'beyond green building' in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Panel says sustainable features should figure prominently in discussions about new construction of public buildings
Jan 28, 2017

How rising temperatures are affecting Oregon

by Steve Law
Leading academics release third assessment to the legislature on how changing climate is affecting the state
Jan 28, 2017

Greenhouse gas emissions rising from vehicles

by Steve Law
Oregon Global Warming Commission notes worrisome rise as lawmakers return to Salem to consider greater road funding
Jan 28, 2017

Help give feedback on the future of the Columbia Gorge

by Steve Law
Federal authorities are revisiting the management plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Jan 28, 2017

Learn more about organic food

by Jennifer Anderson
Organicology conference and trade fair returns to Portland in early February
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - Cleanup of the Willamette River Superfund site isn't expected to begin for at least a couple years, while jostling over the costs and responsibilities takes place.
Jan 27, 2017

Superfund cleanup now in hands of politicians, lobbyists

by Steve Law
Scientists weighed in on best way to clean up Portland Harbor, but intense lobbying now will dominate discussion