National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week, September 15 – 21, 2014
Plug in America just issued a press release giving details on the fourth annual observance of the National Drive Electric Week.
“A record number of volunteers nationwide and beyond will ensure that others may discover the benefits of electric cars with National Drive Electric Week. The fourth annual … Read More.

Energy Conservation & Resource Fair

[ October 26, 2013; 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. ] Community Action’s Energy Conservation and Resource Fair will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at Mountain View Middle School, 17500 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton, OR. The fair is free and open to everyone in the community. There are activities for adults and children. Information at the fair is available … Read More.

Cradle to Cradle Carpeting

Faced with a having to renovate a small office space, I decided to learn more about the sustainable options that are available for insulation, floor coverings, heaters, lights, etc., but where to begin?
As luck would have it, Classique Floors was hosting a “Sustainable Saturday” event that included free seminars on a whole array of green … Read More.

Vancouver Water Resources Education Center

If you haven’t been to this hidden jewel at 4600 SE Columbia Way in Vancouver, put it on your list and visit. It opened its doors in February 1996, in concert with a new, innovative and advanced Marine Park Water Reclamation Facility, but many people have yet to discover it.
Their mission: Teach people of all … Read More.

Time Flies

A Five Year Trend Towards Renewables
They say that time flies when you’re having fun. If that’s true, then we’re having a ball, because it seems like only yesterday that the first issue of our Green Living Journal hit the streets of Portland in 2008. That’s right, we are five years old, we have published 360,000 … Read More.

Rent Food Preserving Equipment

Food Preservation Equipment Rental
Mirador Community Store at 2106 SE Division St. got the idea for renting out preserving equipment through interactions with their customers.
Lynn Hanrahan, the store’s owner, noticed that there were two themes that came up:
1) The customer needed the equipment, say a Steam Juicer, just once a year to process their grapes. Purchasing … Read More.

The Mysteries of Recycling Part III:

The Future of Recycling
What does the future hold for recycling? Two words: zero waste. Or to be more explicit, the future of recycling will be a closed loop system where all discarded materials become resources for others to use. The growing population and the rising standard of living around the world will continue to put … Read More.

The Men Who Built America

John D. Rockefeller. Andrew Carnegie. J. P. Morgan. Cornelius Vanderbilt. Henry Ford. These are the men who, at least according to a recent History Channel series, built America. Whether or not you agree with that statement, there is no question that these were exceptional men who were the dominant players during an exceptional time period … Read More.

A Platinum Home for the Golden Years

Part I: Planning
Introduction
In his book Reinventing Fire, Amory Lovins realistically shows how the U.S. could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels by 2050 using the technologies that are available today. A growing number of forward-thinking people are already moving towards a fossil-fuel free lifestyle by making use of photovoltaic panels, electric drive cars, super efficient … Read More.

The Mysteries of Recycling Part II:

The Business of Recycling
Why Recycle?
What is 35 miles wide, 35 miles long, and 300 feet deep? Well, according to an article posted on the Popular Mechanics website on November 13, 2008, that is how big the landfill would be if America put all of its garbage for the next 1000 years in one place. As … Read More.