Xerces beefs up pollinator protection

Xerces beefs up pollinator protection

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Beekeepers stay cool as swarm season blows in

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Thriving kestrels get study's attention

Thriving kestrels get study's attention

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Settling for a 'cheap' river fix

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Sustainable Life Section

April 22, 2014

UP is listed on Princeton Review's Green Ratings for the fifth…

by Julia Rogers
For the fifth consecutive year, University of Portland was named to the Green Ratings list created by research from U.S. Green Building Council and The Princeton Review. Oregon colleges on the…
April 21, 2014

Design clean technology for grants at PSU

by Julia Rogers
Portland State University is hosting a Cleantech Challenge for inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs. Teams with ideas for sustainable technology can enter until May 9. Undergraduates,…
April 17, 2014

Upcycle in your neighborhood at the 6th annual swap

by Julia Rogers
Recycling can be complex and time-consuming, and sometimes it’s tempting to just throw used items away. Don’t! To simplify reuse, the North Portland neighborhoods of St. Johns and Cathedral Park…
April 21, 2014

Metro OKs funding to engage Latino community

by Nancy Townsley
The Metro Council has set aside $8,500 to engage Washington County Latinos in the planning process for two local initiatives: the Council Creek Regional Trail (CCRT) and the Climate Smart…
April 17, 2014

OMSI hosts a wind energy challenge for kids and teachers

by Julia Rogers
Wind turbines are one of the fastest-growing clean energy sources, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is nurturing a new generation of young engineers to explore the science behind…
April 21, 2014

Down & Dirty

by Steve Law
Pitching in for the Environment Big Earth Day festival returns Portland’s major Earth Day celebration returns this year after a one-year layoff, located for the first time at Kenton Park in…
by: COURTESY OF WILLAMETTE PARTNERSHIP - The new Honoring Our Rivers student art and writing anthology will be released April 19. Students will read from the anthology May 4 at Powells City of Books. This is the cover of the 2013 anthology.
April 21, 2014

"Green Briefs"

by Julia Rogers
Enviros oppose to new chemical regulation bills Earthjustice and The Sierra Club, environmental nonprofits, are promoting a letter-writing campaign to oppose new bills regulating toxic…
by: COURTESY PHOTO - Plastic bags with the free weekly Foodday advertising section litter the ground in Terry Nelsons Buckman neighborhood.
April 21, 2014

ECO-Thoughts: Piles of Foodday leave bad taste in neighborhood

by Terry Nelson
The Oregonian newspaper’s weekly free Foodday has been littered throughout our Buckman neighborhood for years. Mostly on the stairs and sidewalks of our homes. In a continued effort to stop this…
by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - St Johns Activist Barbara Quinn
April 21, 2014

Alternative decontamination plans considered

by Steve Law
Citizens and environmental groups want the EPA to deploy innovative cleanup methods for the Willamette River Superfund project, including use of substances that break down harmful chemicals to…
April 21, 2014

Narrow inlet could house piles of sediment

by Steve Law
A little-used boat slip at a Port of Portland terminal north of the St. Johns Bridge is the most likely water-based site to stow contaminated Willamette River sediment. Slip 1 at Terminal 4 is a…
by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Historian Chet Orloff, an adjunct Portland State University professor, curates the online Museum of the City, which brings history exhibits to life. The website also looks at sustainable cities throughout history.
Apr 21, 2014

Online museum clicks with history students

by Jason Vondersmith
Sustainability means different things to different people, and to prominent historian Chet Orloff, it doesn’t only have to do with environmental awareness and carbon footprints. There are…
Apr 21, 2014

Portlanders through history take pride in city

by Jason Vondersmith
Outside of its eccentricities and environmental consciousness, Portland survives and thrives because of various factors often seen in successful cities, says Chet Orloff, a prominent historian…
by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Mika Tomic, right, his sons, Stefan, 2, and Luka, 7, and his wife, Svjetlana, participate in the Arbor Day event at the corner of Southwest Barrows Road and 157th Avenue.
Apr 16, 2014

Volunteers plant 40 trees to spruce up wetlands

by Ray Pitz
Site along Barrows Road was once a fenced-off area About 100 volunteers on Saturday morning flocked to what was once considered something of an eyesore — a former fenced-in storm water retention…
Apr 16, 2014

Neighbors organize to save Portland's only Paradox walnut tree

by Julia Rogers
With a trunk 15 feet around, an ancient Paradox walnut tree stands tall on the corner of Southeast 50th Avenue and Mill Street. It is slated for destruction to make room for a 14-unit housing…
Apr 15, 2014

Portland's solar energy generates top 20 label

by Julia Rogers
Portland was propelled into the top 20 solar-powered U.S. cities this week by generating solar energy through programs including Solarize Portland, Environment Oregon and Solar Forward. At…
Apr 14, 2014

WSU hosts lecture on copper mining effects

by Julia Rogers
Washington State University is hosting a lecture in Vancouver, Wash. by Bill Carter, director and writer of "Boom, Bust, Boom - A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World." He will be…
Apr 11, 2014

New meanings for waterway markers

by Julia Rogers
State marine board officials this month will discuss new rules for boaters and other water transportation recreationalists in Oregon. Staff from the State Marine Board Office will take public…
Apr 10, 2014

Zenger Farm sets July groundbreaking date for Urban Grange…

by Julia Rogers
Zenger Farm, Portland’s largest urban education farm, is nearing the finish line in their fundraising goal for their Urban Grange project. Two recent grants put them at $1.6 million of their…
Apr 09, 2014

Sell outdoor gear, save the wild

by Julia Rogers
Calling all adventurers. If you enjoy hiking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, camping and other outdoor adrenaline rushes but have a lot of old gear sitting around, now's your chance to sell it and…
by: PHOTO BY: CYNTHIA ORLANDO - Forests Today & Forever is a non-profit agency that promotes forest stewardship through education; here, at a wooded setting on private property, middle school students learn about bird's nests and owls.
Apr 09, 2014

Get involved on Earth Day

by Cynthia Orlando
Earth Day’s coming: plan now for ways to help these worthy groups, and the planet Earth Day, April 22, will be here before we know it. Everyone loves taking action, recycling resources, cleaning…