Go Green Portland 2018

[ October 10, 2018; ] Join us @GoGreenPDX sustainability conference, along with a diverse set of stakeholders from the Portland region. October 10, 2018  at the Gerding Theater in The Armory 128 NW 11th Ave.

The GoGreen Conference, created and organized by Social Enterprises, is a sustainability learning experience for business and government decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the … Read More.

Green Drinks-a place to network with eco-minded businesses and folks

How it all started 
In 1989, at a pub called the Slug and Lettuce in North London, Edwin Datschefski was sitting with his green design colleagues, Yorick Benjamin and Paul Scott, when he noticed an enviro-minded acquaintance at a nearby table. As it turned out, the friend was sitting with a few of his own eco-conscious mates. … Read More.

Seed to Market: a Magical Lesson

When my parents first took out our front lawn for a fruit and veggie garden and planted grape vines in our backyard, I didn’t really understand their purpose. I was five years old! I was told the plants could provide food and shade.
I was curious about the beings living in the soil. I also loved … Read More.

The Trouble with Research (Part 2)

In a previous article about “The Trouble with Research’” I wrote about the infuence of industry groups who fund research in order to advance their viewpoint. Independent research is great, but when it’s funded by an industry group, the lines of independence become blurred. Researchers need funding, so when large contributors call, it’s hard to … Read More.

Sustainability In Business:

How Technology Has Helped Corporations Go Green
Corporations are stereotypically not seen as good proponents for the environment. However, many people are seeing the advantages of running a large company that helps the environment. They are proud to be more sustainable and less worried about printing paper and paying high energy bills. It is important to … Read More.

Urban Lumber

Several years ago while renovating a landscape for an older home being flipped by a realtor, my whole thinking about lumber completely changed. The house, long occupied by an aging woman, had been in a state of disrepair. The new property owner, John, removed pretty much all of the vegetation in order to make sense … Read More.

Fair Trade 101

Depending on your perspective, the choices you make as a consumer simply impact yourself, or they impact the lives of hundreds or even thousands of other, mostly impoverished people. The fair trade industry believes the latter is true. It has been harnessing the positive purchasing power of consumers for decades.
Fair trade reduces global poverty by … Read More.