What's better for the environment: cutting down a live tree each year or using and re-using an artificial one?
Category: sustainable living
The Portland region recovered a record 62 percent of its waste in 2012, according to a new report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The region also saw a drop in the amount of waste disposed per person, marking the sixth year of a downward trend.
A new statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine warns against the harmful effects of pesticides and other common chemicals on human health. Metro gardening and toxics reduction expert Carl Grimm appeared on KATU's AM Northwest today to share tips to help ensure your home and hearth won't hurt your health.
Get the inside scoop on applying for a Nature in Neighborhoods conservation education grant at a free workshop Thursday, Nov. 14. Program leaders will share tips and answer questions for anybody interested in small grants up to $25,000 or large grants up to $100,000. Conservation education grants are designed to help teach people about nature, create community partnerships or foster leaders who connect people with water quality, fish and wildlife habitat in the Portland metropolitan area.
Oregonians asked to reduce a half million vehicle miles traveled during first statewide Drive Less Challenge
The first statewide Oregon Drive Less Challenge is kicking off this week with the goal of reducing a half million vehicle miles traveled during a 12-day stretch from October 21 through November 1, 2013.
Win the war on weeds without toxic herbicides. Natural gardening expert Carl Grimm from Metro appeared on KATU’s AM Northwest today to talk about how to use mulch to stop weeds before they sink their roots deep into your yard.
Kids and parents around the world are changing their morning routines, walking or biking to school on International Walk+Bike to School Day held Wednesday, October 9. The global event, promoted in the Metro region by Oregon Safe Routes to School, encourages children, parents, teachers and community members to improve their health and their communities by getting to school on foot or by bike.
Crawling on cold, wet ground in February was not what Maggie Fromholtz expected to love. "I was almost a little hesitant," she says of her first animal tracking outing earlier this year.
According to Metro's illegal dumping enforcement program, the RID Patrol, unidentified dumpers are getting the last laugh by tarnishing the region's "green" image with their trashy surprises. The culprits brazenly dump old tires, household electronics, mattresses and other bulky waste on public lands, including sidewalks, alleyways and waterways.
Native plants can support wildlife, protect waterways, and save time and money
Planting well-chosen native plants in your yard can create wildlife habitat, conserve water and reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers that can pollute local rivers and streams. Metro and local partners have created a new free new guide with details about 140 plants native to the Willamette Valley, plus other information and resources. Carl Grimm appeared on KATU’s AM Northwest yesterday to talk about native plants – and how to get the guide.