Feed aggregator

Builders, designers share guidelines to prevent bird fatalities from highrise windows

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 06/11/2012 - 22:00
Those glitzy highrises dotting Portland’s South Waterfront district can spell trouble for birds, which frequently die after flying into windows. Surveys coordinated by the Audubon Society of Portland have found 35 species of birds, including native warblers, hummingbirds, flycatchers and ...

Lasting gifts

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 06/11/2012 - 07:30
Looking for an environmental-themed gift for dad or a grad? Friends of Trees, for a $35 donation, will plant a young native tree at the Collins Sanctuary in Portland in their honor. Recipients get a card acknowledging the gift. During June, the nonprofit also is offering to plant a grove of six ...

Discover the Tualatin River

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 22:00
Paddlers are invited to the 23rd-annual Tualatin River Discovery Day, a family-friendly ride down the Tualatin River, on June 30. The event is organized by Tualatin Riverkeepers, which rents canoes and kayaks for $30 a boat. People also can bring their own watercraft, but are asked to make ...

Snuggling up to nature

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 06/07/2012 - 13:54
Children can get closer to nature during a summertime series offered by Metro. Kids can touch, smell and study nature in activities with other children led by Metro naturalists and volunteers. Cost is $11 per family. Bring a sack lunch. The Family Nature Explorers includes: •Nature games at Oxbow ...

Summer's almost upon us - let's talk shade trees

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 06/05/2012 - 22:00
As most Portland area residents know by now, trees are important contributors to healthy urban communities, providing us a vast array of benefits that include clean air, clean water, psychological well-being, even higher property values. While the warm months of June through September are not a ...

GOP pollster: near-majority of Oregonians support coal exports

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 06/05/2012 - 08:14
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 ...

Portland City Council cracking down on recycling violators

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Sun, 06/03/2012 - 22:00
The Portland City Council will consider two new ordinances Wednesday to rein in residents who are knowingly violating the rules for curbside recycling and composting. One ordinance will make it a city code violation to place diapers, plastic bags of trash, pet waste, Styrofoam, or other improper ...

Some species of butterflies likely to be less adaptable to climate change

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Fri, 06/01/2012 - 10:11
Some butterfly species could adapt to climate change better than others, according to a new study involving researchers at Oregon State University. After a five-year study of 32 butterfly species in a Mediterranean mountain range in Spain, researchers suggest that butterfly species that emerge ...

Study shows jobs created via buy-in-Oregon provision for solar expansion

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 05/31/2012 - 07:30
Relying on Oregon-produced materials and local workers for a massive solar expansion at state universities will nearly double the amount of Oregon jobs produced, according to a new study. The study by Industrial Economics Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., calculates that the state preference to buy ...

Oregon ranks second in state survey for clean energy

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/30/2012 - 06:33
Oregon scored second in the nation, after California, in the 2012 State Clean Energy Index produced by Clean Edge, a Portland research company specializing in the “clean tech” sector. California was cited for being the world testing ground for clean technology. It led the nation again ...

EPA awards cash for contaminated sites

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Fri, 05/25/2012 - 09:45
The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $2.1 million in Brownfields Grants to Oregon efforts to clean up polluted sites. The cash helps defray costs of contaminated-site assessments and cleanups. Business Oregon, the state economic development agency, got $700,000 for a loan program. The ...

BPA replacement may be a health concern as well

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/23/2012 - 22:00
A common replacement for bisphenol A or BPA in paper products may also have an estrogen-like impact on the human body and warrants further study, according to new research published by Environmental Science & Technology. Researchers found that paper-products manufacturers, concerned about the ...

Portland ranked top biking city in nation again

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/23/2012 - 12:52
Bicycling magazine has named Portland the top bike-friendly city in the nation once again. The magazine, which downgraded Portland to No. 2, after Minneapolis, in its last rankings, cited the Rose City for adding bike boxes at intersections, bike commuting trains to gather multiple students to ...

School districts not taking full advantage of energy efficiency programs

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 05/22/2012 - 08:26
Oregon school districts are missing out on taking advantage of subsidy programs that could lower their utility bills and save energy, according to a new state audit. Auditors overseen by the Secretary of State’s office pored through 6,859 measures identified in school energy audits from 2002 ...

Love Your River campaign challenges gardeners to go toxic free

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 05/21/2012 - 09:47
Oregon Environmental Council is challenging area gardeners to go “toxic-free” in May and June as part of its Love Your River campaign. To take the challenge, participants pledge at least one of three actions: choose safer alternatives to garden chemicals; make your home and garden a ...

Utility offers subsidies for community based renewable energy projects

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Fri, 05/18/2012 - 11:28
Pacific Power is looking for community organizations that want help creating renewable energy projects. The Portland-based electric utility, using funds from its customer-supported Blue Sky program, accepts applications once a year to support community-based renewable energy projects that increase ...

Johnson Creek council presents state of the watershed event

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 05/17/2012 - 07:55
he Johnson Creek Watershed Council presents a state of the watershed report on Thursday, May 24, at its annual meeting. The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event at Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium features presentations from watershed restoration specialists from Gresham and Portland, and a walking tour ...

Dust in the wind?

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:00
After years of lobbying, Portland environmentalists won a remarkable victory in 2010 when Portland General Electric consented to halt coal-burning by 2020 at its Boardman power plant -- the single-largest Oregon source of greenhouse gas emissions.  Washington environmentalists replicated the feat ...

Public can't fill up on cheap natural gas

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:00
How'd you like to pay around $2 for a gallon of gas that burns cleaner than what you're putting in your car now? You can if it runs on compressed natural gas. It currently costs around 40 percent less than regular gas and produces 20 to 30 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions, the leading ...

Company mows pollution out of lawn care

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:00
In Portland, there's an overgrown market for lawn-care providers. Clean Air Lawn Care is separating itself from the pack by offering a greener approach to green grass. The company works with battery-powered equipment that's charged via solar panels mounted to its vehicles. It also purchases ...
Syndicate content