Viewing by month: February 2012

Carpooling helps make distant commutes easy for Forest Grove worker

Ali Brown juggles a home in Portland, a job in Forest Grove and graduate school that takes her to Bainbridge Graduate School, near Seattle, once a month.

Conservation Registry database helps track environmental protection projects

The Conservation Registry, created by the environmental advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, features an online portal with project-mapping tools, dashboard displays and filter/search functions. Metro transferred its Regional Environmental Information Network data to the nationwide registry last month at a cost of $13,000.  

Metro in the Media: Feb. 27, 2012

News and blogosphere mentions for the week of Feb. 20-27, 2012.

March 8 training to help commercial construction contractors save green

Construction salvage and recycling are good for business and for the environment. Salvaging Commercial Construction Debris, a new professional training designed by and for commercial and demolition contractors, will help participants learn how they can save money and build more sustainably by reusing and recycling construction and demolition debris.

Panel prepares to weigh in on East Metro transportation plan

The East Metro Connections Plan will consider increasing bus service, adding sidewalks, coordinating traffic signals, changing road widths, and re-designating freight routes.

Trustee says California company is 'further along' than Metro on Blue Heron site

Willamette FallsHumboldt Bay Energy, a corporation registered in Nevada but operating out of Eureka, Calif., has come forward as interested in buying the site, and the bankruptcy court trustee charged with selling Blue Heron's assets said the company is furthest along in the process of buying the property.

Public transit commuters save as gas prices rise

Commuters in the Portland metro region who ride public transportation instead of drive vehicles save an average of $844 each month, which adds up to $10,131 annually.

At one Metro natural area, sleuthing and science go hand-in-hand

Marsha Holt-Kingsley collects rare penstemonThick with shrubs and grasses, a low-lying swale near Gaston hardly looks like Metro’s most majestic natural area. But, nestled among a rural byway, farm fields and the Tualatin River, it has revealed some of the rarest and most spectacular treasures – thanks to a bit of scientific sleuthing.

Oregon Zoo condors on track for another eggs-ceptional year

OjaiEndangered birds produce sixth egg of season at zoo’s off-site facility.

Using bleach at child care facilities

NomnomnomtoyMetro provides free safety kits to ensure proper measurements and easy training for staff.