Sustainable Life

EARTHTALK: Pesticide Drift Takes Its Toll

Dear EarthTalk: As a member of Joe Public, is it possible to monitor pesticide levels when my neighboring farmer sprays his…

6,000 dunk in Willamette River for the 'Big Float 8'

Human Access Project urges residents to take a dip on Saturday, July 14 at Poet's Beach.

Company says it can fill void in Oregon electronics…

URT, which has a plant in Clackamas, says it will add a second shift to recycle TVs, computers and other electronics no…

Company says it can fill void in Oregon electronics…

URT, which has a plant in Clackamas, says it will add a second shift to recycle TVs, computers and other electronics no…

DEQ issues big fine against asbestos removal company

Agency finds Oregon Environmental LLC committed more than 100 safety and other violations; company loses license to practice…

City seeks to thwart redevelopment of mobile and…

Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to create new manufactured dwelling park zone for more than 50 parks; plan now…

Sustainable policies mesh with economic opportunities

Company that makes environmentally friendly packaging hosts research vessel visit to OMSI

City ready for electric scooter applications to roll in

It's the first time an Oregon city has sought permits for electric scooters, which are popping up in dozens of cities around…

Sea lion activity puts tribal fishing traditions at risk

'It makes us really worried about what's going to happen long-term for the steelhead.'

'Above average' risk as fire season heats up

Sen. Ron Wyden issues warning after May, 2018, noted to be the warmest ever recorded in U.S.

Portland Clean Energy Fund doubles signatures needed for…

The campaign for a city initiative announced more than 60,000 petition names were collected to put measure before voters…

High costs underpower electric vehicle surge

Chevy Bolt touted as most affordable, but it's all relative, and advocates say public incentives are still needed.

State imposes new water testing rules in wake of algae…

About 150 to 200 water systems in the state may be affected by the new rules, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

ADUs often more affordable, except when short-term rentals

Portland State University survey provides new insights about fast-growing residential trend in the city.

Investing in the environment

Oregon BEST rebrands as VertueLab and announces new strategy after 10 years in Portland.

Bill expanding sea lion killing passes U.S. House

Rep. Kurt Schrader warns winter steelhead face 90% extinction risk in Willamette River.

EARTHTALK: What are the environmental merits of app-based…

Dear EarthTalk: Is ridesharing via companies like Uber and Lyft good or bad for the environment overall?- Jeff Timotheos,…

A Baby Boom Is Helping West Coast Starfish Recover

The species was depleted by disease, but there are signs starfish are coming back.

New Novick job has political overtones

Philanthopic funds pay ex-Commissioner Steve Novick $146,196 a year to help Oregon DOJ fight Trump.

Groups bid to halt destruction of Oregon's marten population

Two population centers remain in state for Humboldt subspecies; less than 200 are left.

New car2go installations favor bike-lovers

Portland residents can now use a short-term car rental to take bicycle trips.

City council considers fate of bottle redemption center

Neighbors object to location in the former Pier 1 Imports store, but planning staff determines it it 'substantially similar'…

Do your part to clean up fireworks debris

Four beach cleanups organized by SOLVE for July 5 on the Oregon and Washington coasts.

ReachNow to include bike carriers

The short-term car rentals company will start offering them on MINI Coopers in Portland.

EARTHTALK: Reviving bee population

Dear EarthTalk: What can I do to help bees back from massive die-offs in recent years?-Bill Gorman, Albuquerque, NM

Tree census continues in Portland's public parks

Tree Inventory Project heads to Gabriel Park on Saturday, June 23 in the Multnomah Village area.

Street of Dreams to feature a tiny house

Proceeds of home sale will benefit Oregon benefits, with costs of the project donated.

Novick hired as environmental specialist at Oregon justice…

The NYU State Impact Center selected the department of the two-year grant-funded position in December.

A forest full of food

Winslow Food Forest will host classes on creating food forests in urban settings.

Bee friendly, join pollinator celebration

Nonprofits team with Portland garden center to promote pollinator awareness.

More ride services, more congestion?

Portland is launching a study of how Uber and Lyft contribute to the city's increasingly clogged traffic, but studies and…

Go electric: State launches website to promote EVs

Transportation has been a sore point in state efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and greater use of electric…

Mayor and River Hugger Swim Team trek across the Willamette…

The Human Access Project kicks off Willamette River swim season with Mayor Ted Wheeler

Mayor wants to restrict plastic straws

City Council to consider resolution sponsored by Ted Wheeler on Wednesday directing city bureau to devise strategy for…

Columbia Gorge trails reopen

Visitors urged to use extra caution while hiking in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

To the top! Portland hosts tree climbing competition

International Society of Arboriculture hosts TCC at Irving Park on Saturday, June 16 in Portland.

EARTHTALK Apple scores well in review of greener…

Dear EarthTalk: How do the big gadget-making companies (Apple, Samsung, etc.) stack up these days regarding their…

Visiting cattle mowing the lawn in pilot project

Cows helping weed while they graze at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island

County develops environmental health program

Three employees needed to fill out new program within Public Health Department

Sandy River Gorge preservation party

Oregon Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers to help with restoration project.

Farm groups question beehivesto justify solar panels on ag land

A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon's Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists.

Chinese company also wants to restart Newberg paper mill

Mill could provide a market for Oregon's recycled paper now languishing in recycling centers; in a turnaround, owner now says it might sell to a new…

Edlen committed to sustainability

Mark Edlen reflects on evolution of sustainable development, growing role of social equity.

Destruction of mill appears imminent

Westrock puts conditions on potential sale that require buyer to destroy equipment critical to future operations

Trump plan to force subsidies for coal plants would raise rates

In Senate hearing, Oregon's Ron Wyden elicits testimony from Trump energy regulator that rates could rise $32 billion or more nationally.

Xerces Society expands by uniting with Bee City USA

Portland-based conservation group will incorporate Bee City USA into its work, creating momentum in the pollinator movement.

Let PGE control your thermostat(you'll save energy and money)

Program designed to allow utility company reduce electricity use during peak hours.

Taking inventory along the Clackamas River

Volunteers to catalog plants and animals that call Milo McIver park home during upcoming event

Japanese beetle infestation eradication

The Japanese beetle eradication plan for Washington County has brought controversy from some Hillsboro residents.

¡Explorando at Thomas Cully Park!

Learn about the Columbia Slough watershed and help support a new park at this family-friendly event.

Investigation probes health and environmental impacts from…

Blacks are more vulnerable to breathing creosote fumes because of genetic makeup, report notes.

EarthTalk: Green pet burials

My vet tells me my 18-year-old cat is nearing the end of her life and I'm wondering what my options are for a green-friendly burial?-Sandy Monroe,…

The art of recycling and reusing

Learn about reducing, reusing and recycling this Sunday at Reuse-A-Palooza.

Preserve the Wonder campaign ends on high note

Friends of the Columbia Gorge raise enough to buy and protect seven prized parcels in gorge; campaign also elicits donation of eighth site.

Owner won't allow Newberg paper mill to reopen

Would-be buyer says he'd reopen the mill and use Oregon's recycled paper as raw material, but mill owner insists on destroying the papermaking…

Bill sacrifices Willamette Falls sea lions to save salmon

Schrader calls for 100 mammals to be killed each year by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Dyno Nobel, Inc. ordered to pay $250,000 for failing to notify…

Company operates a urea plant near St. Helens; discharges caused complaints of odor and irritation from residents.

Lawmakers begin cap and trade discussions

The state joint legislative committee on carbon pricing heard from an expert who said a well-crafted carbon-pricing plan could be good for the…

ADUs OUT OF YOUR PRICE RANGE? THINK AGAIN

Startup led by former city urban renewal director creates innovative model that requires no cash down for units

Article charges DEQ with lax enforcement of toxic air emissions…

Investigative series by Cascadia Times raises questions about the operations of AmeriTies at its plant in the Columbia Gorge community.

Portland gardeners can learn to save seeds

Grow Portland offers introductory classes for those who want to learn the art of seed sharing.

EarthTalk: Artificially inseminating endangered species?

Dear EarthTalk: Can fertility techniques pioneered for humans or other animals be used to try to bring back endangered wildlife species? - James E.,…

Columbia Gorge commission reviewing future of scenic area

Lots at stake as authorities tackle a once-per-decade review of management plan for this precious natural area.

Snowy plovers spotted for first time in decades in key coastal…

Western snowy plovers, found nesting in Fort Stevens State Park, were listed as a threatened species in 1993.

Developer pays tax, utility bills at Willamette Falls

Falls Legacy LLC still owes $200,000 for delinquent account related to the 23-acre site in Oregon City

Oregon cutting carbon pollution from vehicle fuels

So far, the price of gasoline is up a fraction of a penny per gallon due to the state Clean Fuels Program.

East Council Creek open house to be held in Cornelius

The public will get a chance to see 'final' proposed design elements for the natural area.

EARTHTALK: Reusable Water Bottles: Glass & Stainless Steel Take…

Dear EarthTalk: It's finally time for me to retire my trusty old Nalgene and upgrade my water bottle. Are any brands or models particularly greener…

Dam removal aids Gresham natural area

Removal of 4 Brigman Creek dams improves Johnson Creek water quality, habitat.

Oregon lawmakers mull preventing 'too big to fail' livestock…

Regulatory problems at Lost Valley Farm, a controversial Oregon dairy, prompted a recent legislative hearing about the situation.

Nuke plant back online

Columbia Generating Station, the lone nuclear plant in the Northwest, was returned to service Thursday after repairs.

Foresters hunt invasive beetles, bores at Rooster Rock

At Rooster Rock State Park, traps laid for Emerald Ash Borer other European and Asian species.

Lawmakers begin cap and trade discussions

The state joint legislative committee on carbon pricing heard from an expert who said a well-crafted carbon-pricing plan could be good for the…

Public comment period begins for ambitious Jordan Cove LNG…

Controversial pipeline and fossil fuel export terminal, revived under pressure from President Donald Trump's administration, faces another round of…

For OIT students, green means go (solar)

'Green Zero Design' created by students calls for the installation of 500 solar panels across West Linn's parks

Nuclear plant on Columbia River temporarily shuts down

It's the third unplanned closure for the Columbia Generating Station in the past year and a half.

Reedie studies using bacteria to break down plastic often found…

PET takes decades to break down, making it a stubborn component of litter in our oceans, roadsides and riverbanks.

Cycle the Well Field

Check out the Portland area's alternative water supply in a guided bicycle tour.

Oregon trees are showered with beetles instead of rain

Recent drought causes weak trees that are more susceptible to attacks from bark beetles.

Volunteers get down and dirty in Portland cemetery

Volunteers spend their Saturday cleaning Lone Fir Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

Article links health, air pollution problems in The Dalles to…

Investigation raises questions about the operations of AmeriTies at its plant in the Columbia Gorge community.

Ecotip: Plant a Garden

Center for Earth Leadership explains why growing your own food helps the environment, and your body.

NEW LAW COULD PAVE PATH FOR MORE ADUS

Many suburbs have barriers to new construction that planners say are akin to 'poison pills'

DEQ suggests tighter rules for asbestos

Agency proposes requiring asbestos surveys when working with the hazardous substance in residential properties with four or fewer units.

EARTHTALK:Greener Guitars

Dear EarthTalk: I'm in the market for a new acoustic guitar and I'm wondering what are my options if I care about its impact on the environment? -…

VW settlement money to help replace polluting school buses

DEQ says it will replace more than 450 older buses with Oregon's share of the national settlement with the German automaker, which tried to thwart…

Hawaii volcano's gas gas gas probably won't reach NW

Meteorologists don't think we'll see a Mount St. Helens-like pillar of steam and ash drifting into the Pacific jet stream.

The Water's Fine at PDX

Video short on Human Access Project is being shown at the mini-theater at Portland International Airport, along with a dozen other pieces.

Biketown design winners ready to pedal their art

Five new bike designs representing neighborhoods and history will be among the classic orange Biketown bikes this summer.

Want to celebrate Memorial Day early? How about cleaning up a…

Saturday, May 12, is Historical Cemetery Cleanup day, and projects are scheduled are the state.

Massive fossil fuel export plant proposed in Kalama faces…

Ruling requires authorities to evaluate carbon emissions impact associated with a major methanol refinery and export terminal on the Columbia River.

EARTHTALK: Man-Made Earthquakes, Another Negative Legacy of…

Dear EarthTalk: Is there proof that fracking for oil and natural gas can by itself cause earthquakes?-James Mitchell, Hauppauge, NY

Enviros team with people of color to push city business tax…

Low-income communities would benefit from job training and other projects funded by Portland Clean Energy Fund

Willamette River gets its own poster

New art work conjures images from artists hired by the U.S. Works Progress Administration during President Franklin Roosevelt's administration.

EARTHTALK: Green Apparel, Not Just A Color Choice

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the apparel industry has a huge carbon footprint and environmental impact. What are manufacturers doing to combat this…

Guidebook provides hiking ideas in area once marred by Tillamook…

Compiled by volunteers with the Sierra Club, book charts 50 best hikes in Tillamook and Clatsop state forests.

Scientists to study local threat from diesel exhaust

EPA grants money to state for two-year study into known lethal air pollutant.

Neighbors tend to support fracking until it grows too common

Opposition grows when more wells are drilled in the vicinity, OSU-led study finds.

Industry pioneers reusable beer bottles

Refillables lower costs, impacts of recycling by cleaning and reusing existing bottles.

City council agrees to end costly development fees for accessory…

City commissioners agree to make a temporary waiver of system development charges permament, if the units aren't rented out as Airbnb-style units.

 

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