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Seven companies honored for practicing sustainability at work

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 04/26/2012 - 08:29
The city of Portland’s Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow, or BEST, honored seven local companies on Wednesday, April 25, for practicing sustainability at work. Recipients are: Purdy, a Portland paint brush and roller manufacturer, which seeks zero waste to the ...

Clackamas County has more smog than peers

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/25/2012 - 11:24
Clackamas County had the most smoggy days in the tricounty area in the last year, according to the annual State of the Air report by the American Lung Association. Washington County scored an A grade for ozone, often associated with smog. Multnomah County scored a B for its ozone in the air, while ...

Sixth-grade teachers can get free curriculum on saving energy, water

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 04/24/2012 - 08:36
Energy Trust of Oregon is offering a free curriculum for sixth-grade teachers in the PGE and Pacific Power service territory that offers hands-on lessons on saving energy and water. Called LivingWise, the curriculum includes kits that students can take home to use with their family. The curriculum ...

Renewable energy conference this week at convention center

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 04/23/2012 - 09:54
Portland hosts the Future Energy Conference, a gathering on the business of renewable energy, this week at the Oregon Convention Center. The four-day event incorporates the annual trade show of the solar industry, known as the NW Energy Expo, but also includes presentations on biogas, energy ...

DEQ releases report on toxic substances in Portland's air

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Fri, 04/20/2012 - 08:24
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released an exhaustive report on toxic substances in Portland’s air and proposed ideas for reducing them. The report, part of the Portland Air Toxics Solution project, is based on DEQ research and the work of an advisory committee that met ...

Green Briefs

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 04/19/2012 - 09:56
Local Earth Day festival returns The City Repair Project and the Associated Students of Portland Community College are organizing a public event to celebrate Earth Day. The event takes place Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the PCC Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St. in ...

Who needs soil to harvest plants?

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:00
Green stalks of vegetation reach up from an array of gravel- and lava-filled plastic barrels toward glowing lights. The soothing sound of gurgling water -- circulating from goldfish tanks through plastic pipes -- fills the nondescript, block-walled room. A visitor innocently asks Jason Garvey how ...

Foodies on farms series expands

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:00
Lamb was on the menu, but one patron was a vegetarian and adamant about not eating it. Then she listened to lamb rancher John Neumeister's talk about the evolution of lamb from a culinary perspective, from its gamey taste in the 1940s to its present-day humanely raised, fork-tender perfection. ...

Home Tiny Home

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:00
Homeowners are constantly trying to conserve -- electricity, natural gas, water and sewer use -- to save money and reduce their environmental impact. In Portland, some are taking that further with a new but simple concept: Going tiny.  "From an environmental perspective," says Portland ...

Making green power inside a water pipe

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:00
Imagine producing cheap hydropower without having to build a dam or threaten migrating salmon. Portland startup LucidEnergy says it's figured a way to do it -- inside a water pipe. We're not talking high-tech. It's clean tech, part of a wave of emerging technology companies that help improve the ...

What's greener: food carts or sit-down restaurants?

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:00
It's time to go out to eat. There's that new bistro you've been meaning to try, or the food cart around the corner. Let's say environmental concerns factor into your decision. Which is more likely to give you a meal with the least negative impact on the world around them? A definitive answer is ...

Mayor candidates spar over environmental issues

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 19:59
Jefferson Smith went on the offensive Wednesday night against rival Portland mayoral candidate and presumed frontrunner Eileen Brady, suggesting campaign contributions from special interests will influence her positions on the Columbia River bridge project and on the Portland Harbor pollution ...

OSU makes elite list of green colleges

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 10:46
Oregon State University ranked among the top 16 colleges in the Green Honor Roll for 2012, as part of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. OSU and 15 other colleges scored the highest rating of 99. Other Oregon instititutions meriting a listing on the 322 greenest colleges ...

Forest biomass not a solution for climate change

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 07:30
A team of academic researchers including Oregon State University has concluded that a major shift to using forest biomass to produce energy is unsustainable and will increase rather than decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The study appeared in Global Change Biology/Bioenergy. “The main ...

Grants offered to nurture sustainable businesses emerging from Oregon universities

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 04/17/2012 - 10:31
Oregon BEST is opening up another round of commercialization grants to budding Oregon companies involved in sustainable technologies. The organization, which stands for Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center, announced Tuesday that it will provide more than $1 million in ...

Free bike tuneups offered on Earth Day

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Tue, 04/17/2012 - 10:02
Bicylists have an added reason to attend Sunday’s Earth Day celebration at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus – free tuneups. Bikes for Humanity PDX is offering free bicycle tuneups for those at the April 22 event, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The campus is located at 705 N. ...

Portlanders' carbon footprint fell last year

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Mon, 04/16/2012 - 11:42
The average Multnomah County resident’s carbon footprint fell in 2010 compared to the prior year, according to a new progress report on the joint Portland/Multnomah County Climate Action Plan. Carbon emissions dropped to 10.4 metric tons per person last year in the county, from 10.8 tons in ...

Free Energy Savings Kits offered

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Fri, 04/13/2012 - 07:33
Free is a very good price, especially when it shaves your expenses by $80 a year and helps the environment. Energy Trust of Oregon is offering free energy- and water-saving kits that are customized to residents’ needs. To get a free Energy Saving Kit, Oregon customers of Portland General ...

Zenger Farm, Burgerville team to promote vegetables

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Thu, 04/12/2012 - 12:58
Children’s meals purchased at Burgerville will come with free seed packets, in a promotion cosponsored by Zenger Farm now through the end of May. Seeds will include cucumbers, snap peas, carrots and nasturtiums, along with an illustrated wooden plant stake and a Zenger Farm activity ...

Portland nuclear power company inks cooperative deal in South Carolina

Portland Tribune - Sustainable - Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:01
Portland-based NuScale Power LLC struck a deal to develop a small nuclear reactor at South Carolina’s Savannah River site. NuScale and NuHub, an economic development initiative in Columbia, S.C., agreed to work together to pursue the project, collaborating with one or more ...
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