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Tsunami debris on the way; scientists say not to worry

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:00
Jane Stein wants to know if her sushi is safe to eat. Since the March 2011 Japanese tsunami and nuclear disaster, 5 million tons of debris were strewn into the Pacific Ocean, and scientists believe 1.5 million tons of it are drifting eastward by current to the West Coast. Oceanographers predict ...

Unicycling about to go electric with Ryno

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:00
In a second-season episode of "Portlandia," Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play a boring Southeast Portland couple who want to spice up their life. A tough guy and a hot dame pull up on a motorcycle, and Fred and Carrie feel pretty un-cool in their presence. So they get the bright ...

Wildlife refuge remains a hidden gem

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:00
On a cold and rainy spring day, ducks and other waterfowl swim lazily and nibble at insects on a huge pond outside the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife Center in Sherwood. The refuge attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year, and it's bracing for more as it revises its ...

Hawthorne Boulevard-area residents invited to civic ecology charrettes

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/16/2012 - 11:17
Hawthorne Boulevard business and neighborhood leaders are convening two “civic ecology community charrettes” to help chart a more sustainable community along the popular retail strip. The idea is to invite residents to brainstorm ways to make better use of community resources to ...

Oregonians expected to recycle seven pounds of electronic waste per person this year

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 05/14/2012 - 22:00
Oregonians recycled nearly 26 million pounds of electronic goods under the Oregon E-Cycles Program in 2011, a 7 percent increase from the prior year. The goal for 2012 is 27 million pounds, or about 7 pounds per person. During the inaugural year of the program in 2009, 19 million pounds were ...

West Linn dreaming big for surplus land at Blue Heron site

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 05/14/2012 - 09:26
Walking along the 39 acres of the former Blue Heron Paper Company site in West Linn one could imagine many uses for the property. Near Willamette Park and next to the Willamette River, with wetlands, a stream and some hills, the site is alive with birds, ducks and beavers. The city of West Linn is ...

Port of Portland to dredge Willamette River near terminal

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Fri, 05/11/2012 - 07:06
The Port of Portland plans to dredge 10,000 to 40,000 cubic yards of Willamette River sediment near its T-2 terminal and deposit it on the port’s west Hayden Island property. The port describes the dredging as routine maintenance necessary to assure safe navigation of the river. The Oregon ...

Columbia Biogas strikes deal to sell power to PacifiCorp

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 05/10/2012 - 07:45
PacifiCorp has agreed to buy the electricity that would be produced if the Columbia Biogas plant gets built in Northeast Portland. The Portland-based utility, which operates locally as Pacific Power, agreed to buy the power generated at the plant for 20 years. Columbia Biogas hopes to build a ...

OSU scores money for its nuclear research program

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/09/2012 - 07:20
Oregon State University won $1.1 million in federal graduate fellowships and research grants for its nuclear energy program. OSU researchers have won acclaim for their innovative designs for small modular nuclear power plants, which some say will enable a new generation of plants to be more ...

New plastic bottle recycling center opens

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 05/08/2012 - 08:37
Oregon is reclaiming jobs once offshored to China, with the opening of a a $10 million plastics recycling facility in St. Helens. The plant, known as ORPET, converts plastic bottles into reusable flakes. “You have brought a new sense of hope to this community,” said State Sen. Betsy ...

Washington County sewer utility, Canadian partner open second plant to make fertilizer

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 05/07/2012 - 08:03
Washington County’s sewer utility and its private-sector partner will open a second plant to make fertilizer from treated sewage. Following on the heels of their first plant in the Tigard area, Clean Water Services and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies are opening a second Nutrient ...

PSU hosts symposium on how to measure building performance

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Fri, 05/04/2012 - 08:45
Portland State University is hosting a symposium on how to measure building performance with an eye to boosting energy efficiency and sustainability. It’s called Measuring UP. The conference kicks off Thursday, May 10, with a free lecture by Thomas Auer, an international leader in the field ...

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks at rally against coal exports

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 05/03/2012 - 06:52
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks at a noon rally against Northwest coal exports on Monday, May 7, at noon in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. The rally is sponsored by the Power Past Coal Coalition, which includes Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club, Climate Solutions and ...

Western streams not warming along with the climate

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 05/02/2012 - 08:03
Western U.S. streams aren’t warming as fast as expected given the warming trend in the climate, according to a new study. “Individually, you can find streams that seem to be getting warmer and others that are getting cooler,” says Ivan Arismendi, Oregon State University ...

ORPET recycling plant opens

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 05/01/2012 - 22:00
For many, the new ORPET recycling facility in St. Helens is more than about turning plastic bottles into reusable flakes. It represents more: a move away from our reliance on exporting to China, a stronger effort to improve the environment and a signal of a brighter economic future for Columbia ...

PGE blocks major Oregon coal export project

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 05/01/2012 - 22:00
Portland General Electric has blocked energy company Kinder Morgan’s multimillion-dollar proposal to construct a coal export terminal in north Columbia County because of concerns over coal dust. PGE renewed a 99-year lease in 2008 on 852 acres of developable land at the Port of St. ...

PGE blocks major Oregon coal export project

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 05/01/2012 - 22:00
Portland General Electric has blocked energy company Kinder Morgan’s multimillion-dollar proposal to construct a coal export terminal in north Columbia County because of concerns over coal dust. PGE renewed a 99-year lease in 2008 on 852 acres of developable land at the Port of St. ...

Cleanup resumes at former DDT manufacturing site

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 05/01/2012 - 07:06
Cleanup activities resume this week at a contaminated former DDT manufacturing site on the west bank of the Willamette River in Portland. Arkema Inc., a French chemical manufacturer, will construct a new stormwater treatment system and groundwater containment and treatment system, under oversight ...

PSU hosts free series on ecology of Antarctica

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 04/30/2012 - 09:29
Portland State University’s geology and biology departments are hosting a lecture series throughout the month of May on Antarctic Ecosystem Ecology. The talks, free and open to the public, take place at noon on Wednesdays at PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union. Talks include: May 2: ...

Gov. Kitzhaber gives nudge to state's green chemistry movement

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 04/26/2012 - 22:00
In a boost to Oregon’s budding “green chemistry” sector, Gov. John Kitzhaber is issuing an executive order to encourage environmentally minded purchasing and product design. His order, signed Friday, also establishes an Oregon Green Chemistry Innovation Initiative. Green ...
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