Sustainable Life

Business coalition forms to push for carbon pricing in…

New group says it's not sure yet whether to pursue a carbon tax or a market-based cap and trade system

City says jump in the Willamette, the water's safe

Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services tests water each week in five locations to assure river is safe

Columbia Slough clean-up slated

Volunteers sought to paddle around the Northeast Portland wetlands to help beautify the area; no canoe needed

A vision for swimming

Docks are already in place and are underused, draft study finds, so why not promote them and make them safer?

Suction dredging restrictions signed into law

Governor signs compromise bill that bans controversial gold mining technique that ruins stream beds where salmon spawn

Business group announces effort to push for carbon pricing

Private sector leaders form The Oregon Business Alliance for Climate, led by Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly Co.

DEQ announces air pollution controls for oil recyclers

Hayden Island residents still not happy with state agency's slow response to odor complaints

Burning trash for electricity? No problem, report says

Draft Health Impact Assessment commissioned by Metro finds little cause for worry in proposal to incinerate Portland-area…

DEQ announces air pollution controls for oil recyclers

Hayden Island residents still not happy with state agency's slow response to odor complaints

Welcome to Portland's first pop-up beach

Poet's Beach, south of RiverPlace, will be decked out this summer with lifeguards, picnic tables, a bathroom and other…

Discover the Tualatin River on the water

Annual Tualatin River Discovery Day provides a great way to tour the scenic, gentle waterway via kayak, canoe

Portland losing a top sustainability expert

Michael Armstrong leaving to cofound a nonprofit working nationally on similar issues

Clean Fuels Program pumps up demand, jobs at biodiesel maker

SeQuential reaps benefits from state mandate to cut carbon emissions from transportation sector

Wine country a bright spot for solar

Grapes, like solar panels, thrive with southern exposure, creating a sustainable blend in Oregon vineyards

Community solar's promise may go unfulfilled

Oregon Public Utility Commission treats new approach as a modest pilot project rather than a potential game-changer

County, city step up to address climate change as Trump…

Multnomah County, and the city of Portland, vow to eliminate most use of fossil fuels in their territory within 50 years

Salt & Straw uses cast-off food waste to make latest batch…

Ready to try Breakside Brewery's Spent Grains & Bacon S'mores, using spent grains and malts from the beer-making process and…


The Dirt Lab at the park features three miles of mountain bike trails, a skills course and other amenities

Farming for a drier future

Don Schmidt Nursery in Boring uses dryland farming method instead of irrigating, eschewing pesticides

Life cycle of a milk carton

Containers take a long journey, from Southwest Portland dairy to nearby elementary school to Hillsboro recycler to Asian…

Whetting young appetites

FoodCorps works to make kids eager to join school lunch line

PGE backs off its request to build two natural gas plants

Utility had been pressed by environmentalists, Portland mayor, county chair, business to drop expensive projects

A sea of amethyst

Camassia Natural Area celebrates 55th anniversary as Oregon Nature Conservancy preserve, organization's first in Oregon

Hankering to learn organic gardening?

Nonprofit offers three series of classes this summer at school garden in East Portland

Land Board rejects sale, keeps Elliott State Forest in…

Environmentalists win battle to fend off privatization of forest held in trust for Oregon schools

Green energy projects win seed funding

Oregon Department of Energy provides grants to 13 renewable energy projects throughout the state

Environmental groups to benefit from sales at Hopworks

Portland brewery agrees to give 1 percent of its sales volume in donations to several groups

Student readings to honor our rivers

Annual anthology features stories, photographs, drawings from young people that show their appreciation for rivers

Portland scores fourth highest among big cities for energy…

Study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy finds city ties with Los Angeles

Support Johnson Creek's revival

Watershed council holds annual celebration to raise money, awareness about improving the urban waterway

PGE may opt against natural gas plants to replace coal…

The utility appears to be bowing to public pressure, and seeking alternatives to building new fossil fuel plants

Standards for 'tiny homes' advance through Legislature

House passes bill to put code into legislation, which lawmaker says is unusual; Senate consideration is next.

Forum explores how climate change will affect youth

Panel to highlight lawsuit against U.S. government filed on behalf of Northwest youth.

Energy efficiency contractor wins national award for second…

GreenSavers honored by Energy Star, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy

Industry objects to toxic-air rules

Associated Oregon Industries creates group to weaken tough new rules emerging from governor's Cleaner Air Oregon project

Bee-killing pesticides won't be sold at Walmart, Beyond…

Eugene group's research revealed many plants sold in garden supply stores contain neonicotinoid pesticides, which were…

Every bed has a story

Environmentally minded Mattress Lot is certified gold by Portland's Sustainability at Work program

Big timber sale proposed in Mount Hood National Forest

Environmentalists complain about being shut out of forest service process, say it will harm spotted owl habitat

Schools lobby may sue if Elliott State Forest isn't sold

Oregon School Boards Association threatens legal action if forest property isn't generating money for education as required

Senate confirms three to state environmental panel

Minority Republicans complain about pending shift in regulation of toxic air pollutants from industrial sources, and how…

Portland protesters march against climate change

Environmentalists take to streets to call for federal action on global warming

Solar leaders converge

Industry players gather in Portland to discuss latest technology, public policies and employee recruitment

Trash cleaned from '1000 Acres Park' homeless camp

(Northwest News partner.) a Multnomah County Sheriff's office cleans up area along Sandy River.

Wine n' sunshine at Solar Winery tour

Unique Willamette Valley tour includes transporation, tastings, solar enegy talks and unbeatable views

Merkley joins Sanders, others, in effort to phase out fossil…

Oregon Democrat concedes bill is going nowhere with a GOP Congress and president, 'but we cannot wait another 30 years for us to engage this…

Hillsboro's water treatment plant is turning your waste into…

(Northwest News partner.) a Washington County's only locally-made fertilizer is created right here in Hillsboro out of the unmentionables your toilet…

Wildlife garden opens to public

New garden in Gresham along Johnson Creek unveiled at grand opening

City, county making good progress on reducing carbon emissions,…

Per-person greenhouse gas emissions in the county are down 41 percent since 1990

NW Natural charts a green-energy path

Portland-based natural gas utility shows how it can reduce carbon emissions

Split vote advances Brown's nominees for environmental panel

Minority Republicans say their argument is with a plan to shift panel's focus of regulating toxic air pollutants, not with its proposed new majority

Celebrate Earth Day in Milwaukie

Environmental film series begins again Saturday at Milwaukie High School


Legalizing them could spur more affordable housing,ease gentrification and displacement

Scenic bike ride through the gorge

Pedal through some of the best section of the highway and off road area overlooking the Columbia River

Earth Day in Clackamas County

A variety of local events starting Thursday to honor the annual holiday in the area

Bill to regulate air emissions from mega-dairies dies in…

Other environmentals bills restricting aerial pesticide spraying and banning neonicotinoid pesticides also killed

Bill proposing solar restrictions on farmland dies

Legislature may need another session, work group, to address conflict between solar energy, prime farmland

Celebrate Earth Day 2017

Annual day comes as EPA faces huge cuts and feds are ditching climate change work

Cleaning up our toxic air

Gov. Brown's Cleaner Air Oregon task force urges stricter, health-basedapproach to regulate air emissions

Mayor, county chair pledge that Portland and Multnomah County…

Ted Wheeler, Deborah Kafoury, say the community must get to 100 percent renewables

Vancouver does Earth Day

Clark Public Utility's StreamTeam hosts events at Salmon Creek Greenway

Work party volunteers sought for Camassia Natural Area

Nature Conservancy property near West Linn known for its diverse flowers, wetlands

Let spring inspire great landscapes

Tips for brightening up your yard and garden, and providing more habitat for birds, insects

Report: Oregon's wolf population growth 'weak' in 2016

Documented species count was 112 last year, up from 110 the prior year.

Earth Day at the Oregon Garden

Silverton-area facility hosts its 18th-annual event featuring educational activities, entertainment and food amid the lush landscaping

Why is Portland hotter than the surrounding area, and how does…

Forum in the Let's Talk Climate series will address the urban heat island effect

Honor the planet for Earth Day

Center for Earth Leadership and others celebrate with musical performances, singing, poetry, food and conversation

'Drawdown' offers climate action solutions

Paul Hawkens' playbook ranks 100 initiatives, from eco roofs to mass transit, to avert dramatic global warming

Portlanders to rally locally April 29 to promote action against…

The Portland People's Climate March will be held in conjunction with National People's Climate Movement activities in Washington D.C.

Portland among top U.S. cities for solar power

Others topping the city tend to be in sunnier climes with higher electricity prices

SOLVE IT events around the state for Earth Day

Annual cleanup scheduled for April 22 at a natural area or park near you

Documentary tracks campaign of climate change deniers

'Merchants of Doubt,' about the disinformation effort to counter scientific reality, will be shown at downtown Portland law firm

Vanishing corals and the rural way of life

Two documentaries presented by EcoFilm Festival to commemorate Earth Day

Environmentalists seek clean-air rules for mega-dairies

Rise of factory farms in Oregon spurs bill to protect air, water

Battle resumes over life on ocean floor

Environmentalists split in debate over future of Pacific trawl fisheries

Switching to 'steel cows'

Parents make case to move to milk dispensers to reduce trash

Oregon regulators OK permit for 30,000-head dairy

Lost Valley Farm is opposed by environmentalists and animal rights groups


Volunteers and a host of organizations join city in creating new habitat for pollinators

Fired commissioners defend hiring of DEQ director

Ousted Environmental Quality Commissioners say Brown wanted control over naming director, though statute gives them that authority

Governor dismisses majority of DEQ Commission

With little notice or explanation, Brown shakes up panel that oversees state environmental agency, approves regulations

Read signals intent to pursue public ownership option for…

Democratic state treasurer, pressed by environmentalists, changes tune on privatizing forest

Treasurer: Elliott Forest could stay in public hands

Tobias Read of Beaverton has one of three votes on state lands, along with the governor and secretary of state.

Group seeks state investigation into solar panel companies

Leader of state solar trade group calls request for a state probe a bit 'hyperbolic'

Solar jobs in Oregon booming

Washington County accounts for nearly half the state's solar jobs, but the total number statewide grew by 50 percent last year

Big tests begin Sunday on Bullseye Glass exhaust stack

Department of Environmental Quality says glass manufacturer's baghouse filtering system appears to be working well, but three days of tests will…

Big solar arrays to sprout in state's sunnier areas

Business Oregon awards subsidies to developers of 15 utility-scale solar projects

Solar industry charts path for providing 10 percent of Oregon's…

Oregon Solar Plan provides argument to retain and expand current solar subsidies

Head to hikers' heaven between Portland, coast

Book weaves local history, stories about 30 less-traveled trails in Oregon

Tapping the sun's energy around the clock

Solar-plus-battery installation at Portland's main fire station will provide ongoing power source during emergencies

Project seeks one-stop shopping for ADUs

PSU 's Institute for Sustainable Solutions using Solarize model to make it easier to add backyard homes

PGE-sponsored Electric Avenue hits one million mile EV mark

PGE estimates that the one million miles powered by Electric Avenue since 2015 means that Oregon drivers avoided burning approximately 46,950 gallons…

'The Fish Market' reveals seafood truth

Catch shares made seafood more sustainable, but left out fishers and their communities

Wheeler plans his own climate action strategy

Mayor wins accolades from environmentalists at a Lets Talk Climate town hall session

DEQ issues civil penalty to Precision Castparts unit for PCB and…

Metals manufacturer located near Johnson Creek failed to monitor its stormwater discharges for two highly toxic substances

Dairy air debate centers on nearly decade-old report

Legislature takes up prickly question of regulating air emissios associated with industrial-sized dairy opertions

Petition call for Buckmaster's removal from fish commission

Fight over gillnetting centers around one member of Oregon Fish and WIldlife Commission

Annual native plant sale coming to St. Johns

Friends of Baltimore Woods, which works to preserve a key corridor of North Portland, hosts the fundraising event

After 31 years, salmon return to Wallowas

Coho smolt reintroduced into Lostine River in Grande Ronde Basin

Get big discount on a smart thermostat

Enhabit offering deal on Nest model that cuts heating and cooling costs

DEQ faces lawsuit challenging outdated water pollution permits

Most state permits allowing discharges into Oregon waterways expired more than five years ago, petitioners claim

Zoo hosts conservation talks on butterflies, condors

sFree Wildlife Talks series help inaugurate Oregon Zoo's new Education Center facility


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