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Jan. 23, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

A Video Tour Of "Portlandia's Tiniest House"

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Filed under: Land, Land use, Accessory Dwelling Units, Tiny homes

Jan. 17, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Slideshow: Cool Art Made From Trash

The Portland metro area sends more than 2 million tons of garbage to landfills every year. Surely, some of that trash could be put to better use.

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Filed under: Land use, Sustainability, Garbage

Nov. 19, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Flooded Streets: A Downside Of Urban Trees?

I spotted Ryan Sharp and Paul Axelrod walking up SE Belmont, stooped and peering into a river of water running along the curb in the other direction.¬†Axelrod had a rake in his hand that he periodically dropped into the river of water to check for storm drains. Continue reading →

Filed under: Land use, Forestry, Urban trees

Nov. 16, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

When Your Lawn Is A Former Lead Smelter Site...

I stopped by 236 SW Flower St. in Portland yesterday to see what a lead contamination clean-up looks like.

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Filed under: Land use

Oct. 25, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Conference Devotes A Day To Building Small Homes

Organizers say this is a first: An entire conference devoted to building smaller homes. Continue reading →

Filed under: Land use, Sustainability, Accessory Dwelling Units, Small homes

Sept. 24, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

A Greener Home ... In The Garage

Laura Master and Michael Draper have a 2,800-square-foot home in southeast Portland. Until recently, they were using their garage to store a vintage car that needed work. But they decided they'd rather use the space as an art studio. So they sold the car and spent $130,000 to turn their garage into 480-square-foot green home.

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Filed under: Land use, Accessory Dwelling Units, Green building

Sept. 20, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Greening Up A Portland Brownfield Site

Planners say the redevelopment of the 33-acre Zidell property on Portland's south waterfront offers an opportunity to test some green ideas on a large scale. Continue reading →

Filed under: Land, Land use, Sustainability, Green infrastructure, Stormwater

June 04, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Two Emmy-Winning Oregon Field Guide Shows

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Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Land use, Elk, Oregon Field Journal, Treeverse

May 11, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Peek Into Some Of Portland's Small Homes

I went on a small home tour in Portland last week and met Jordan Palmeri, a Oregon Department of Environmental Quality waste prevention specialist who oversaw this study about the environmental benefits of smaller homes.

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Filed under: Land use, Sustainability, Green building

Jan. 10, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Depaving Portland: Will Your Driveway Be Next?

View Depaved! - Completed & Potential Future Sites in a larger map Continue reading →

Filed under: Land use, Sustainability, Water, Depave, Green infrastructure, Stormwater

About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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