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From fruit chutes to ugly jam

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Bee nice to your local beekeepers

Bee nice to your local beekeepers

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Divestment campaigns take root on Portland campuses

Divestment campaigns take root on Portland campuses

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Plants to help your property resist wildfire

Plants to help your property resist wildfire

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Sustainable Life Section

COURTESY BARBARA BERNSTEIN  - Locally produced documentary on sustainable farming methods will be screened in Northwest Portland.
September 04, 2015

Premiere slated for local documentary on sustainable farming

by Steve Law
Cinema 21 will host the Oregon premiere of a new documentary film on sustainable farming, Gaining Ground, produced by Portland filmmakers Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein. The screenings are Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, at the…
COURTESY ECOFILM FESTIVAL  - Portlanders are invited to an evening along the Willamette River to watch a free documentary about the river.
September 04, 2015

Documentary on Willamette River showing for free at riverfront park

by Steve Law
The Portland EcoFilm Festival is heading outdoors. The annual festival from Portland’s Hollywood Theatre will host its first-ever outdoor showing Saturday, Sept. 26, with the premiere of Upriver. Directed by Oregon filmmaker Jeremy Monroe of…
September 04, 2015

Want to take on an EcoChallenge?

by Steve Law
Want an incentive to reduce your environmental impact and inspire others to do the same? It’s time to start forming teams for the 2015 EcoChallenge run by Portland’s Northwest Earth Institute, which operates under the idea that change can be fun.…
COURTESY OF OREGON CLIMATE - Oregon Climate honoring and mobilizing supporters.
August 28, 2015

Oregon Climate holds gathering to mobilize supporters

by Steve Law
Oregon Climate, a year-old nonprofit working to put a price on carbon emissions and spread the proceeds back as a “dividend” to Oregonians, is holding a fall kickoff gathering to bestow awards and mobilize supporters for future activities. The…
REVIEW PHOTO: SAUNDRA SORENSON - Jeffrey Lang, president of the Friends of Tryon Creek board, wants to create a true living canopy classroom for kids at the state natural areas visitors center.
August 28, 2015

Friends of Tryon Creek envisions new 'living canopy classroom'

by Saundra Sorenson
Tryon Creek State Natural Area was dedicated in 1975, the result of a private-public partnership between Friends of Tryon Creek and the state of Oregon. Since then, the less-than-200-acre park has grown to about 670 acres. But the visitors center,…
August 26, 2015

Brown appoints group to promote offshore wind project near Coos Bay

by Steve Law
Gov. Kate Brown has formed an advisory committee, called the WindFloat Pacific Offshore Wind Advisory Committee, to support a proposed offshore wind project. Principle Power, hoping to tap a potential $46.7 million in federal funds over the next…
COURTESY OF PSU  - Catlin Gable student Ben Kitoku explains his invention, a compostable compost container. He's one of the finalists in the 2015 Cleantech Challenge.
August 26, 2015

Environmental technology geeks, leaders converge at annual BESTFEST

by Steve Law
Oregon’s cleantech industry takes center stage at the annual BESTFEST conference, where inventors, academics, students and financiers mingle and discuss the latest ideas in biofuels, smart grid, solar energy, fuel cells, wastewater and other…
FOR PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JULES ROGERS - Along a one-mile stretch of the Orange Line, 39 rusty steel boats by Portland artist Bill Will rest among landscaped beds that help filter out pollutants.
August 24, 2015

Seeing green on Orange Line

by Jules Rogers
When TriMet cuts the ribbon on the new Orange Line between downtown Portland and Milwaukie next month, the environmental benefits will go well beyond easing smog and congestion. The new light rail line also blazes several new trails for…
PHOTO BY MICHAEL DURHAM, COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - Vivian, a Malayan sun bear, climbs a log at the Oregon Zoo. Sun bears are one of many species threatened by deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations.
August 24, 2015

Oregon Zoo takes initiative to protect habitat from deforestation

by Jennifer Anderson
Don't boycott palm oil; advocate for responsible palm oil instead. That's the approach the Oregon Zoo took this week in announcing a new wildlife-friendly purchasing plan for treats sold at the zoo. The world's most widely consumed vegetable oil —…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JAIME VALDEZ - Jude Gerace, owner of Sugar Wheel Works, places spokes on a hand-built bicycle wheel for a client at her North Portland workshop.
August 24, 2015

Wheels of fortune

by Jennifer Anderson
North Portland shop gives new life to old bicycle hubs Jude Gerace gently spins the mounted bike wheel, a guitar pick on one finger and and her head tilted to the side to listen. Like a musician fine-tuning her instrument, she plucks the spokes and…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Invasive ivy grows along a hiking path in Portlands Upper Macleay Park. Invasives have taken over large swaths of Forest Park and other city parks.
Aug 20, 2015

City launches war on weeds at Forest Park

by Steve Law
For two decades, a slew of volunteers and professionals have hacked away at English ivy, blackberries and other invasive plants engulfing Forest Park, the crown jewel of Portland’s park system.…
COURTESY OF LUMMI NATION - Shared Responsibility totem pole created by Lummi Nation carvers is loaded for shipment during 2014 tour.
Aug 20, 2015

Lummi Nation leads tour through Portland to highlight opposition…

by Steve Law
Critics of proposed Northwest coal export facilities have tried letter-writing, mass rallies, lobbying and testifying at public meetings. Now they’re trying a totem pole. Carvers from the…
Aug 18, 2015

Inaugural members chosen for Portland Utility Board

by Steve Law
Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish have named nine members of the new Portland Utility Board, and expect to get formal City Council approval of the nominees on Wednesday. The new…
Aug 15, 2015

State inconsistent in how it treated energy tax breaks

by Hillary Borrud
State regulators allowed some sellers of Oregon energy tax credits to offer buyers deep discounts while forcing others to follow strict state pricing rules. As a result, those not following the…
Aug 14, 2015

State to seek buyer for Elliott State Forest

by Hillary Borrud
SALEM — The Oregon State Land Board voted unanimously Thursday to move ahead with a plan to sell the Elliott State Forest to a buyer who will agree to conservation and job creation mandates. The…
PHOTO BY CHRIS ORTOLANO, COURTESY CLACKAMAS RIVER BASIN COUNCIL  - Volunteers at past Clackamas River cleanup.
Aug 14, 2015

Help clean up the Clackamas

by Ellen Spitaleri
Plan ahead for the 13th annual Down the River Clean-Up, set to make a splash on Sunday, Sept. 13. For the first time in 12 years, the event will include Milo McIver State Park as an official…
COURTESY HOLLYWOOD THEATRE - Bikes vs. Cars documentary to be shown locally.
Aug 13, 2015

New documentary Bikes vs. Cars showing here

by Steve Law
The Portland EcoFilm Festival presents a new documentary, Bikes vs. Cars, by executive producer Chris Paine, the filmmaker behind Who Killed the Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car.…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A new poll shows that it will be difficult to convince Oregon voters to overturn the state's new Clean Fuel Standards.
Aug 13, 2015

Poll: oil companies face long odds overturning Clean Fuels…

by Steve Law
A new poll for Renew Oregon showed that oil companies and their Republican allies will have an uphill battle convincing Oregon voters to overturn the recently passed Clean Fuel Standards bill…
Aug 11, 2015

State tinkers with oil spill regulations

by Peter Wong
A year-long review will end with revised state rules enabling emergency services agencies to plan for and respond to spills of hazardous materials, including oil. The rules will clarify how…
Aug 11, 2015

Safeway joins program to feed the hungry

by Steve Law
Safeway’s 107 grocery stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington have joined Oregon Food Bank’s Fresh Alliance partnership. Launched in 2001, Fresh Alliance collects nutritious but perishable…