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.
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.
In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are tending to endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.
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.](http://www.opb.org/news/series/food-waste/ "")
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.](http://www.opb.org/news/series/food-waste/ "")
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._](http://www.opb.org/news/series/food-waste/ "")
Portland plays host to the largest campus sustainability conference in North America. Innovations from Oregon and Washington schools are highlighted.
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a new rule Monday governing what residents put in your garbage bin.
The city of Portland is one of nine cities worldwide to receive an international City Climate Leadership Award.
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.
Portland State University students are finishing construction of a new venue on the Pickathon music festival grounds built entirely out of pallets.
Through planning and green building alternatives, some schools are ditching their old problem portables. Part 3 of our series, Inside The Box.
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.
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.
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.
The Southern Oregon city of Ashland's friendliness to bicycles just earned it a gold star from the League of American Bicyclists.
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.
Michael Cooper would have loved seeing the wind turbine that sprouted up last week at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.
A round up some of the green features for this year’s Super Bowl festivities.
Earlier this month, we asked what you are doing to have a more sustainable holiday season. Here are some of your responses.
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.
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.
'Tis the season -- how are you going green this time of year?
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.
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.
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.
The finalists for the Nature Conservancy's green restaurant award have been chosen. It's time for you to vote!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
<p>PORTLAND -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed an executive order Friday intended to shift the state toward cleaner alternatives to toxic products.</p>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.”