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New biodiesel terminal opening in Northwest Portland

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 08:10
Beaver Biodiesel is opening a new biodiesel fuel terminal in Northwest Portland. The Portland-based company, working with WholeEnergy of Bellingham, Wash., sells renewable biodiesel fuel made from recycled waste cooking oil. The terminal opens July 5 at 2505 N.W. 28th Ave. For more ...

Free water kits help residents save money, H20

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:00
Want to save water this summer, and reduce your water bill? Metro and more than 20 Portland-area water utilities are offering free kits to help people cut water usage this summer. The kits include two “watering gauges” – simple measuring cups that are placed on the lawn to ...

Conservation groups outline how to boost timber cut without harming environment

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 14:32
Regional forest conservation groups have released a new study showing how logging volume on federal lands in the Northwest could grow 44 percent if certain ecological criteria are followed. The report, Ecologically Appropriate Restoration Thinning in the Northwest Forest Plan Area, projects that ...

Spend a day in the park learning about the Superfund site

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 13:52
Having fun talking about a heavily polluted stretch of the Willamette River seems a tall order. But fun, and education, are promised for all at the Portland Harbor Superfund Field Day. It’s on Sunday, July 8 at Cathedral Park, on Edison Street and Pittsburg Avenue in North Portland, from 11 ...

Group organizes email campaign against flame retardants

Wed, 06/27/2012 - 12:34
Onward Oregon, a progressive group that mobilizes supporters to engage in mass email campaigns, is taking aim at flame retardants. The Portland-based group is urging members to ask their state lawmakers to regulate halogenated flame retardants, which release hydrogen bromide or hydrogen chloride ...

Protest in downtown Portland Tuesday against bottled water plant in gorge

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 07:34
Opponents of a proposed Nestlé bottled water plant in Cascade Locks will rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza, Southeast Madison Street and Fourth Avenue, in downtown Portland at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26. Protesters, led by the group Food & Water Watch, are calling on Gov. John Kitzhaber to step in ...

Johnson Creek too hot in summer for fish

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 09:49
Most of Johnson Creek is too hot during the summer for salmon and trout to rear, according to a new analysis by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. Much of Johnson Creek exceeds 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit for 51 to 103 days during the summer, according to the nonprofit’s newly released State ...

Sunday Parkways this weekend in NoPo

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 10:07
Bicylists and pedestrians will take over streets of North Portland on Sunday, June 24 for the city of Portland’s Sunday Parkways program. Participants will enjoy a mostly car-free loop of 9.5 miles that connects McCoy Park, New Columbia, Kenton Park, Peninsula Park, Arbor Lodge Park, ...

Schools must adopt new plans to reduce pesticide use

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 08:18
Starting next week, Oregon schools must develop new “integrated pest management” plans, which are designed to reduce the use of toxic chemicals for pest control. The requirement is based on a state law passed in 2009. The law doesn’t ban pesticides outright. But requiring ...

Beaverton mayor honored for greenhouse gas reductions

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 07:22
The U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle their 2012 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award for cities under 100,000. Some of Beaverton’s recent projects that earned Doyle the award: • Upgrading 755 street lights to LED or induction lighting • Replacing trash ...

Apples top the Dirty Dozen Plus list

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 07:25
Apples topped the 2012 list of fruits and vegetables sold in the United States with the highest pesticide residues, compiled by the Environmental Working Group. The list is based on federal testing of produce, as analyzed by the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group. Environmental Working ...

Retrofiting suburbia

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 08:08
The Portland Sustainability Institute hosts a discussion on Retrofitting Healthier Suburbs on Monday, June 19, including a lecture by Dr. Richard Jackson, host of the PBS series, “Designing Healthy Cities.” There also will be an abridged showing of Jackson’s film, ...

County libraries plot greener ways

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 22:00
Libraries seem to make perfect 21st-century sense from a sustainability standpoint. Without them, people would buy books, read them and then put them on the bookshelf or in storage to gather dust. With public libraries, rather than thousands of people purchasing a book, they can share a copy, ...

Small planes spew lead into air over city of Hillsboro

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 22:00
More than 214,000 planes took off or landed at Hillsboro Airport last year, most if not all of them propelled by aviation gas that spews lead emissions into the atmosphere. It's unknown just how much of the toxic pollutant is exposing residents of Oregon's fifth-biggest city, because two Oregon ...

Oyster revival may be shucked

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 22:00
When it comes to oysters, people either love 'em or hate 'em, and there's little in between. Tobias Hogan understands why: Most people probably tried them first on a dare, or ate them from a can or jar, or a restaurant that didn't treat them well. "It was probably a little fishy, or gummy, ...

Is natural gas truly a clean source of energy?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 22:00
Natural gas has a reputation as the cleanest fossil fuel. When burned, it causes far less air pollution than oil or coal, and half the greenhouse gas emissions of coal. And thanks to advanced drilling techniques, the United States is awash in natural gas, shaving utility costs for residents and ...

Portland revving up to host EV Week

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 22:00
During the past few months, electric vehicles have been assailed by partisan politicians and pundits as too expensive, potentially unsafe, and unlikely to ever be popular enough to reduce global warming. Here in Portland, EV advocates and researchers see things differently. They see a lot of ...

Green briefs • GOP pollster finds many support coal exports

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 22:00
Critics of coal exports haven't yet convinced most Oregonians, according to a new poll by Republican pollster Bob Moore. Moore Information found that 46 percent of Oregon registered voters favor exporting U.S.-mined coal through Oregon ports, while 31 percent oppose the idea and 22 percent say ...

Meet – and like – Luna the lamprey

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 22:00
If ever an animal needed to hire a publicist, it's the Pacific lamprey. Even the nicest things you can say about the imperiled fish aren't that nice: It's very fatty. It's only parasitic part of the time. It's not invasive. But, with the number of lamprey in the Pacific Northwest shrinking, the ...

OSU wins grant for concentrated solar energy research

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 14:24
Oregon State University won an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Energy Department to advance concentrating solar power technologies, which use mirrors to magnify the impact of the sun’s rays. The money is part of the SunShot Initiative of President Obama, which aims to promote renewable energy in ...