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Dec. 15, 2014, 11:33 a.m.

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Aid Threatened Northwest Plants And Animals

The work of rearing threatened plants and animals for restoration to the wild takes time and patience and it is labor intensive. In Oregon and Washington, a growing population doing that work is inmates.

Nov. 28, 2014, 6:22 p.m.

Road De-Icing Researchers Say Hold The Salt, Pass The Vodka By-Product

The search is on to find an alternative to salting the roads in winter. Salt helps melt the ice, but it also builds up in stream beds and drinking water.

Nov. 25, 2014, 10:14 a.m.

Oregon, Washington Prison Inmates Enlisted To Help Endangered Plants & Animals

In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are tending to endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.

Nov. 19, 2014, 1 a.m.

3 Ways Northwest Companies Are Turning Food Waste Into Energy

A pile of food waste can make rich compost for the garden. But some Northwest companies are going beyond composting and turning it into energy to power homes, race cars and city buses. Part three in [our series: What A Waste.]( "")

Nov. 18, 2014, 1 a.m.

No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy

Seattle and Portland are working to reduce the environmental impacts of food waste. The cities have faced challenges from foul odors, lack of participation and plastic contamination. Part Two in [our series: What A Waste.]( "")

Nov. 17, 2014, 8:45 a.m.

Northwest Cities Show Food Waste Isn't A Total Loss

Wasting food has drawbacks for people's pocketbooks and the environment. But across the country, cities and companies are finding food waste can be a valuable source of fertilizer, electricity and fuel. Part 1 in [_our series: What A Waste._]( "")

Nov. 6, 2014, 2 p.m.

NW Colleges Showcase Innovations In Campus Sustainability

Portland plays host to the largest campus sustainability conference in North America. Innovations from Oregon and Washington schools are highlighted.

Sept. 23, 2014, 4:19 p.m.

Seattle To Fine Residents For Not Composting

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a new rule Monday governing what residents put in your garbage bin.

Sept. 23, 2014, 1 p.m.

Portland Wins International Climate Leadership Award

The city of Portland is one of nine cities worldwide to receive an international City Climate Leadership Award.

Sept. 11, 2014, 8:04 p.m.

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.

July 31, 2014, 10:49 a.m.

Portland State Students Turn Pallets Into Pickathon Stage

Portland State University students are finishing construction of a new venue on the Pickathon music festival grounds built entirely out of pallets.

May 9, 2014, 1 a.m.

School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use

Through planning and green building alternatives, some schools are ditching their old problem portables. Part 3 of our series, Inside The Box.

May 8, 2014, 1 a.m.

States Put No Limits On Use Of Portable Classrooms

Despite studies showing portable classrooms can be unhealthy and unproductive learning environments, the states of Oregon and Washington put no restrictions on how schools use them. Part 2 in our series, Inside The Box.

May 8, 2014, 1 a.m.

Is My Portable Classroom Making Me Sick?

Teachers at a Portland public school are convinced mold in their portable classrooms are making them sick. But they face challenges getting inspectors and administrators to see it that way.

May 7, 2014, 1 a.m.

'They Have To Go': The Environmental And Health Costs Of Portable Classrooms

Cash-strapped schools are turning to portable classrooms in a big way. The up-front costs are lower, but there's a long-term price: high energy costs, poor air quality, and environmental health complaints. Part 1 in our series, Inside The Box.

May 2, 2014, 7:36 a.m.

Ashland Wins 'Most Improved' Bike City

The Southern Oregon city of Ashland's friendliness to bicycles just earned it a gold star from the League of American Bicyclists.

April 15, 2014, 1:03 p.m.

How Growing A Lawn Can Help Slow Climate Change

New research gives lawn owners a reason to feel good about their environmental impact. Those expanses of green can actually slow climate change by collecting and holding carbon.

Feb. 27, 2014, 10:13 a.m.

Tamastslikt Turbine Ready To Catch The Wind

Michael Cooper would have loved seeing the wind turbine that sprouted up last week at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.

Jan. 30, 2014, 3 p.m.

3 Ways The Super Bowl Will Be Green

A round up some of the green features for this year’s Super Bowl festivities.

Dec. 24, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

You And Your Green Holidays

Earlier this month, we asked what you are doing to have a more sustainable holiday season. Here are some of your responses.

Dec. 19, 2013, 1 a.m.

Northwest Teams Lead A Growing 'Green Sports' Movement

A group that started with six professional sports teams in the Pacific Northwest now has hundreds of teams across the country competing for sustainability status.

Dec. 17, 2013, 9:16 a.m.

In The West, Government Fleets To Include More Electric Vehicles

Just like consumers who postponed buying new cars during the recent recession, government agencies also put off vehicle replacements. Now they're in a buying cycle, with Western states under a directive to buy alternative fuel vehicles and to reduce fossil fuel use.

Dec. 13, 2013, 6:15 a.m.

How Are You Going Green This Holiday?

'Tis the season -- how are you going green this time of year?

Nov. 8, 2013, 5:50 p.m.

Heat Pump Water Heaters A Hot Commodity, But Not For Everyone

Electric water heaters eat up a lot of power -- and can take up about a fifth of your electricity bill. But there’s a hot new thing in the water heater world. It’s called the heat pump water heater.

Nov. 4, 2013, 1:12 p.m.

More Drivers Are Using Electric Charging Stations In Washington

Electric car drivers are increasingly plugging in and charging up at Washington state's network of public car-charging stations, according to new data from the Washington state Department of Transportation.

Oct. 30, 2013, 4:50 p.m.

The New Motor City? Look West For EV Hubs

Want to know what the nation's top city is for EVs? It's on the West Coast. And, according to a ranking by the world's biggest network of EV chargers, That city has lots of company, with five of the top 10 cities in the U.S. near the Pacific Ocean.

Oct. 11, 2013, 12:19 p.m.

Time To Cast Your Vote For The Greenest Restaurant

The finalists for the Nature Conservancy's green restaurant award have been chosen. It's time for you to vote!

Sept. 6, 2013, 1 a.m.

Can Innovation, Technology Save The Planet?

Computer scientist and author Ramez Naam says instead of focusing on limiting growth and use of resources, we should focus on using innovation and knowledge to "grow richer while doing less damage."

July 26, 2013, 7 a.m.

Country's First Tiny House Hotel In Portland Gets A Grand (Or Petite?) Opening

Sure, tiny homes are adorable. But could you handle living in 120 square feet? Portlanders Kol Peterson and Deb Delman think you should try it – if only for one night. This month, they opened the country's first tiny house hotel.

June 5, 2013, 4:29 p.m.

Hungry Goats 4 Hire Might Be Back On Job This Summer

Hungry goats will once again chomp their way through invasive blackberries in southern Oregon's biggest city this summer if officials allow an exception to a prohibition on the use of livestock to control vegetation.

April 18, 2013, 1 a.m.

Seattle's Bullitt Center: Ready To Debut As World's Greenest Office Building

What if an urban landscape could be as earth-friendly as a forest? That’s a question the Seattle-based Bullitt Foundation is trying to answer by creating the world’s greenest office building.

Feb. 1, 2013, 7 a.m.

Gonzaga University Pledges Zero Emissions As 'Moral Imperative'

Leaders at Gonzaga University are asking What Would Jesus Do about climate change? The Jesuit school has adopted a plan for zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.

Nov. 30, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Battery Powered Electric Buses Hit Streets In Northwest

In the last couple years, you've seen mass-produced, 100 percent electric cars take to the streets in the Northwest. In the same vein, now come the first battery powered buses. And we're not talking about trolley buses that get juice from overhead wires.

Nov. 21, 2012, 7 a.m.

In The High Desert, A Sustainable Mill Targets A Thirsty Tree

Juniper trees have overpopulated in eastern Oregon, and scientist say they are sucking the high desert dry. A group of environmental entrepreneurs thinks the best way to restore the desert is by creating a commercial market for juniper.

Oct. 23, 2012, 7:45 a.m.

Eugene Joins NW Cities Banning Plastic Bags

The Eugene City Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags. The vote Monday night also imposes a 5-cent minimum fee for paper bags at the check-out.

Oct. 2, 2012, 9:40 a.m.

Making School Portables Affordable And Green

Say the word "portable classroom" and you can watch the color drain from the faces of parents and teachers. Now, Portland designers say they've got a greener and healthier portable classroom.

Sept. 21, 2012, 1 a.m.

A Seattle First: Parks With Sustainable Urban Forests

The Emerald City has earned a distinction that no other metropolitan area can boast: forested parkland that meets the highest international standards in sustainable forest management.

Sept. 18, 2012, 12:07 p.m.

Eugene Considers Banning Plastic Bags

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene might become the third Oregon city to ban plastic bags, but environmentalists hope to eventually get rid of the paper ones, too.

Sept. 14, 2012, 10:23 a.m.

Idaho's 1st Big Solar Plant To Be Built Soon

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's first big solar energy project could begin construction soon, a bright spot for alternative energy developers that are wrangling with regulators and utilities over their future.

Aug. 21, 2012, 1 a.m.

Garden Wizard Turns Urban Areas Into Edible Landscapes

Michael Seliga has a message for Seattle --- “Eat Your Yard.” Seliga has a knack for converting empty spaces into gardens abundant with food. And he does it by ripping up lawns, building raised beds or even using horse troughs to hold soil.

Aug. 9, 2012, 3 p.m.

Podcast: The Heat Is On For Wolves, Forests And Sewage

This week we've got stories on the changing makeup of forests in the Northwest and turning wastewater into power. Host Ashley Ahearn puts some tough questions to a Washington state wildlife official about his agency's decision to kill a wolf in Northeastern Washington.

July 6, 2012, 1 a.m.

City By City, Northwest Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

More than one million Northwest residents are now living without plastic grocery bags. That, at least, is the number of people living in Oregon and Washington cities where retail stores are no longer allowed to use single-use plastic bags. And their numbers are growing as cities in the region continue to ban the bag.

July 5, 2012, 1 a.m.

Keeping Books Out of Landfills

A Northwest company has found an unusual niche within the book business that's good for the environment. It keeps them out of landfills by following its "Three Rs:" resell, redistribute, and recycle.

May 10, 2012, 3:18 p.m.

What Makes Stevens Pass One Of The Greenest Ski Resorts Around?

Washington's Stevens Pass is one of the greenest ski resorts in the land. That's the verdict of the National Ski Areas Association, which gave the resort in Washington's Cascades a 2012 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence.

May 9, 2012, 11:34 a.m.

Oregon Norovirus Traced To Reusable Grocery Bag

A norovirus that sickened members of a Beaverton, Ore. girls' soccer team was traced to a reusable grocery bag the girls passed around when they shared cookies.

May 2, 2012, 11:43 a.m.

Organic Crops Worth $244M To Farmers

PULLMAN, Wash. — A new study has found that the value of certified organic crops to farmers rose 16 percent in 2010, to a total of $244.6 million. The study was conducted by the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and released on Wednesday.

April 27, 2012, 2:13 p.m.

Governor Orders Changes To Oregon's Chemical Use

<p>PORTLAND -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed an executive order Friday intended to shift the state toward cleaner alternatives to toxic products.</p>

April 23, 2012, 5:17 p.m.

Military Base In Idaho Going Green

BOISE, Idaho — Members of the Idaho Army and Air National Guard in Boise are ramping up efforts to conserve energy and minimize their environmental impact, yielding accolades and significant savings.

April 4, 2012, 3:07 p.m.

Pedal Nation Expo Features Sustainable Products

PORTLAND -- From wooden wheels and wooden helmets to woolen attire, the third annual Pedal Nation Bike Expo — which brought a record crowd of approximately 6,000 people to the Portland Expo Center — showcased sustainable products alongside more traditional bikes and accessories.

March 14, 2012, 1 a.m.

Crushed Toilets Pave The Way In Bellingham

Okay, it’s not actually a road -- it’s a walking and biking trail in Bellingham, Wash. What makes it a Greenroad isn’t the traffic it bears but the stuff it’s made of: 400 recycled toilets. This porcelain-paved path is the nation’s first project to be certified a Greenroad under an independent rating system developed at the University of Washington.

March 6, 2012, 2:18 p.m.

'Living Building' Proponents Say Project Not Dead, Funding Uncertain

Supporters of constructing a "living building" in downtown Portland say the project isn't dead -- though they're not saying how it'll stay alive. The legislative session closed Monday without lawmakers approving state bonds that would've covered close to half the cost of the more than $60 million project.

Feb. 27, 2012, 1 a.m.

A Plant, Fish And Energy Farm Under One Greenhouse Roof

PORTLAND -- German physicist Franz Schreier worries about how the world will feed itself under the worst climate change scenarios and in the aftermath of peak oil. He wants to take the oil out of the food production process, and he has an elaborate plan for how to do it.

Feb. 3, 2012, 1 a.m.

Recycling The Televisions of Super Bowls Past

In the 15 years Jeff Wilson has been in the electronics business, there's always been a spike in television sales before the Super Bowl from people wanting a better view of the big game. A flat screen, a bigger flat screen, a flat screen with surround sound and Blu-ray...

Jan. 16, 2012, 8:47 a.m.

Why the U.S. is Running Out of Organic Milk

Demand for organic milk is growing, but dairy farmers are struggling with the rising costs of organic feed. That's limiting supply driving up the cost of organic milk for consumers. Ecotrope's Cassandra Profita checks out the theories behind these economic trends.

Jan. 11, 2012, 10:08 p.m.

Major Grocery Stores Support Statewide Ban On Plastic Bags

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A proposal to ban plastic bags in Washington stores is dividing the grocery industry. Smaller independent stores and plastic bag makers oppose a statewide ban. But major grocery stores including Fred Meyer support the proposal.

Jan. 11, 2012, 6:54 a.m.

Depaving Portland: Will Your Driveway Be Next?

In 2001, Northeast Portland resident Arif Khan had a backyard full of pavement. Now he has a garden full of veggies, herbs and fruit trees. “I preferred a garden over concrete,” he said. “I planted a tree a few feet high, and now I can climb up it and eat figs.”

Sept. 21, 2011, 4:36 p.m.

Portland City Council Approves Spending $1.5M on Sustainability Center

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