Mayor Hales reports back from meeting with Pope Francis on climate change

Mayor Hales reports back from meeting with Pope Francis on climate change

Mayor Charlie Hales reported back from Rome Wednesday morning after his audience with Pope...

Amid taxi upheaval, new cab company comes to town

Amid taxi upheaval, new cab company comes to town

Portland welcomed its newest taxi company to the market Wednesday. No, it’s not Uber and...

Revelers return to Willamette Sunday for Big Float

Revelers return to Willamette Sunday for Big Float

If gliding on a river on an inner tube doesn’t float your boat, how about a Slip 'N Slide?...

Shell sends Arctic icebreaker to Portland for repairs

Shell sends Arctic icebreaker to Portland for repairs

A damaged icebreaker that’s essential to Shell Oil Company’s controversial plans to...

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COURTESY OF PACIFICORP - PacifiCorp shut down the Carbon Plant in Utah, one of its coal-fired power plants, in April.
July 27, 2015

Pacific Power parent urges major action on climate change

by Steve Law
Berkshire Hathaway Energy, the parent company of Portland-based electric utility PacifiCorp, joined 13 other big corporations Monday in calling for major action on climate change at world negotiations in Paris this December. Berkshire was the first…
COURTESY 350PDX  - Portland 'kayaktivists assembled at Swan Island Saturday, July 25, to protest Shell Oil's icebreaker sent for repairs to a shipyard here.
July 27, 2015

Protesters plan to block passage of Shell Oil icebreaker

by Steve Law
Portland protesters will seek to block the passage of Shell Oil’s icebreaker bound for the Arctic, starting Tuesday afternoon, in what could turn out to be the start of a multiday civil disobedience action. Member groups in the Climate Action…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JAIME VALDEZ - Don Aultman, CEO and founder of AirAdvice for Homes, holds an AirAdvice IAQ monitor on the shop floor where it is manufactured in Vancouver, Wash.
July 27, 2015

Clearing the air

by Jim Redden
Don Aultman is no health expert, but he’s convinced childhood asthma is on the rise. His Portland business is receiving an increasing number of phone calls from parents whose children have been diagnosed with asthma, even though the company doesn’t…
COURTESY OF REX BURKHOLDER - Rex Burkholder, who cofounded the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Coalition for a Livable Future, shares advice for fellow activists in his new book.
July 27, 2015

Putting the 'act' in activist

by Jennifer Anderson
In 2001, Rex Burkholder defeated a three-term incumbent to win his first seat on the Metro Council. In the next 12 years, he championed policy reforms in regional transportation, climate change, affordable housing and other issues. Earlier this…
July 24, 2015

Help improve tree canopy in East Portland

by Steve Law
The Johnson Creek Watershed Council invites volunteers to help conduct a street tree inventory in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood of East Portland. The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Tree experts from Portland Parks…
July 24, 2015

Kayakers will greet Shell Oil icebreaker this weekend

by Steve Law
Adopting a page from Seattle protesters, Portlanders concerned about oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean will take to kayaks on Saturday, when Shell Oil’s icebreaker, the Fennica, is expected to arrive at Swan Island for needed repairs. The icebreaker…
COURTESY HAMMER & HAND - A sample of exhibit planned in Portland compares Passive House to other techniques.
July 24, 2015

Exhibit to highlight low-energy building construction

by Steve Law
Portland green building contractor Hammer & Hand is hosting an exhibit illustrating how high-performance buildings can be designed to result in net-zero energy use. The exhibit, entitled Evolution of Enclosure: the Anatomy of Building Performance,…
COURTESY PGE - Workers installing an EV charging station at the new location for Electric Avenue near the World Trade Center buildings in downtown Portland.
July 23, 2015

Electric Avenue reopens Tuesday in downtown

by Jim Redden
Electric vehicles will soon have more recharging options than ever in downtown Portland. Electric Avenue, the cluster of charging stations at Portland State University, is moving to just outside the PGE Headquarters at the World Trade Center 1…
July 22, 2015

Got a new solar system? Be patient about using it

by Steve Law
Portland’s two big electrical utilities rank among the nation’s best at signing customers up for “green power” options, but are only so-so when it comes to hooking up homes with solar energy. A new study by EQ Research found Portland-based…
COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION  - Forest Park's famous Wildwood Trail will soon be more accessible to the masses, thanks to the Oregon Legislature's $1.5 million investment in park entrance improvements.
July 21, 2015

Forest Park to get official entrance, nature center

by Jennifer Anderson
Nature lovers in the city will appreciate the latest surprise from the Oregon Legislature: A gift of $1.5 million to fund an official entrance, nature center, ADA-accessbile trail and parking lot at Forest Park. "Forest Park is a world-class urban…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The Oregon Department of Transportation expects about 500 people to sign up for its OReGO program in the next few weeks. OReGO is testing technology for drivers who agree to pay a per-mile fee as an alternative to the state gas tax.
Jul 17, 2015

OReGO lines up test drive for state road fee

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
The first volunteers are being recruited in Oregon’s “test drive” of whether a pay-per-mile fee should replace a gasoline tax. The program is known as OReGO. But an Oregon Department of…
Jul 16, 2015

Lawyers spar in liquified natural gas terminal hearing

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
Lawyers for Oregon LNG and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented arguments Wednesday, July 15, in a lawsuit over whether the liquefied natural gas company can force the federal government…
Jul 21, 2015

Peddle to the Gorge, camp out and hear music this weekend

by Steve Law
A Gresham group called United Earth is organizing The Bridge of the Gods Peace Jam this weekend in Cascade Locks, to promote ecotourism in the Columbia River Gorge and raise funds for a…
PHOTO COURTESY MARYLHURST UNIVERSITY - Sister Simone Campbell told a national gathering of nuns at Marylhurst University they need to care for the planet.
Jul 14, 2015

Nun speaks of Catholic values on environment in talk at…

by Saundra Sorenson
It has been nearly a century since Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary established Marylhurst University, but Sister Simone Campbell, a prominent religious leader and social activist,…
Jul 13, 2015

Where are EVs headed? Check out this roadmap

by Steve Law
Electric vehicle advocates will gather from afar in Portland July 29 and 30 at the EV Roadmap 8 conference, at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. The conference is sponsored by Drive…
Jul 09, 2015

Celebrate Willamette River cleanup

by Steve Law
Community groups monitoring the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup are planning an all-day festival called the Willamette River Revival. The Aug. 2 event at North Portland’s Cathedral Park is…
Jul 09, 2015

Expiring federal tax breaks could bring rush to install solar…

by Steve Law
Portland-area solar panel installers are bracing for booming demand the next year and a half, followed by a dropoff in 2017. The reason: two lucrative federal tax breaks for solar energy are…
Jul 08, 2015

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler softens stance against divestment

by Steve Law
Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, who has pooh-poohed environmentalists’ campaign to divest money in fossil fuels, is changing his tune. Wheeler, who oversees $90 billion worth of state…
Jul 07, 2015

Portland ranks in the middle for solar penetration

by Steve Law
Portland ranks 15th among the nation’s 40-largest metro areas for solar energy installations — but well below most of its West Coast peers — according to a new report. The report, by Buildzoom,…
COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND - Goats munch on blackberries and other invasive vegetation as a plane takes off at Portland International Airport.
Jul 07, 2015

Will work for food

by Jennifer Anderson
The Port of Portland had a thorny problem this spring. Five acres of partial wetland just beyond a Portland International Airport airfield were covered in blackberry bushes and Scotch broom. The…