5 Eco-Friendly Ways Startups Can Help the Environment

There are so many things to worry about when creating a startup, from the specifics of the business plan to the hiring of key staff. Making your office environmentally friendly might seem like a luxury, but give it some thought and don’t push it to the background. Startups can make a big difference in minimizing … Read More.

Clean Energy Victory Bonds

Green America has, for several years, been promoting the idea of Clean Energy Victory Bonds which would make it possible for Americans to invest in clean energy . The problem has been that it takes an act of Congress before  the U.S . Treasury can issue these bonds.
According to the Green America blog, such a … Read More.

Spanning the Seasons of the Gorge with Saur Farming

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Spanning the Seasons of the Gorge with Saur Farming
Guest Post by Michelle McGrath, Gorge Grown Food Network
Winter at Saur Farm
Left to Right: Tim, Ben, and Anastasia Saur
It’s January, and I have a … Read More.

The Triple Bottom Line that Keeps the Green Living Journal PDX Free

One of the best things about the Green Living Journal is the fact that it’s free to readers. The reason for this is that advertisers sponsor the content. Without advertisers, there is no Green Living Journal magazine.

How it works: When one of Green Living’s advertisers pays for placement, the money is used to pay for the … Read More.

The RINSE Project Helps Wineries Reuse Wine Bottles

Cowhorn Winery in Applegate Valley, Oregon has teamed up with Wine Bottle Renew to establish a powerful new bioregional program called ‘The RINSE Project.’ The project cuts per-bottle cost and reduces wineries’ carbon footprints by recycling used wine bottles and preparing them for industry reuse.
Some 300-million cases of wine are sold in the United States … Read More.

SoupCycle Delivers Organic Soup-Based Meals Made from Locally Sourced Foods

A couple of years ago, a couple of college students made a business plan to make and sell locavore soup and deliver it by bicycle. The students came to Portland and set up their business, SoupCycle.

Jed Lazar and Shauna Lambert are the creative cooks and bicycle peddlers behind the food service business. They source local … Read More.

Portland’s Coal Problem

According to Mayor Sam Adams,Portland receives 68 percent of its power from non-renewable fossil fuels and over 44 percent is produced by coal. A great deal of that coal-fired power generation originates in the Rocky Mountains.

Oregon’s only coal-fired electric power plants is located in Boardman, Oregon. It is the state’s largest stationary source of carbon … Read More.

Earthen Hand – Building Sustainably by Teaching Construction Techniques

 
Artist Scott Howard is a community resource whose sculptural architecture is often finished with earthen paints and plasters. Howard heads up Portland-based Earthen Hand Natural Building and is at the forefront of a growing movement of people promoting earthen building techniques.
In addition to designing and building the company’s architectural-scale sculptures, Howard contributes ceramic art, stained … Read More.

Columbia Sportswear and A Box Life

A Box Life is a Columbia Sportswear-sponsored initiative that encourages communal effort to reuse cardboard shipping boxes. The goal of A Box Life is to keep cardboard boxes in use longer, reduce shipping impacts and encourage people to personally reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Portland-based Columbia Sportswear offers customers the option of receiving their merchandise in a … Read More.

2000 EV Charging Stations Coming to Oregon

ECOtality will be installing over 11,000 electrical vehicle charging stations to cities across Tennessee, California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. Though the project is part of Nissan’s U.S. Leaf launch, the charging stations will accommodate all industry standard plug-in EVs.
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Oregon is one of the test markets for the Nissan Leaf and the … Read More.