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July 26, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Country's First Tiny House Hotel Opens In Portland

Could you handle living in 120 square feet? Portlanders Kol Peterson and Deb Delman think you should try it – if only for one night. The grand opening of the world's first tiny house hotel is taking place in Portland on Saturday.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Tiny homes


July 23, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Oregon Farm To School Funding Balloons To $1.2 Million

Funding for Oregon's Farm to School and School Gardens programs is on track to reach $1.2 million in state funding in the 2013-15 biennium.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Farm to School


July 10, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

What To Do When Backyard Chickens Stop Laying Eggs

A lot of readers responded to my story about abandoned backyard chickens with advice on what to do when your backyard chickens stop laying eggs. You can eat them, keep them as pets, find a new home for them or set them free. Of course, there was some debate over which of those options is best.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability


July 08, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Unwanted Backyard Chickens Turning Up At Animal Shelters

What happens when backyard chickens stop making you breakfast?

NBC News reports on an outcry from critics of the backyard chicken movement who say hundreds of unwanted chickens are being abandoned by their city-dwelling owners when they stop laying eggs or become too cumbersome to manage.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Backyard chickens


July 02, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Video: Beverly Cleary's Famed Klickitat Street Goes Green

If you ever read Beverly Cleary's books as a kid, you know that Klickitat Street is home to characters Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby. But what you might not know is that Klickitat Street is going green. This video explains how green streets soak up storm water before it can pollute nearby waterways.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Green streets


June 26, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

New Seasons Earns Sustainable Business Certification

Portland-based New Seasons Market has been recognized as the first grocery store in the world to earn B Corp certification.

The certification underscores company's status as a benefit corporation – or a company that aims for the triple bottom line of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

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Filed under: Sustainability, Environment, Benefit Corporations, New Seasons Market


June 18, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

"Benefit Companies" Focused On Sustainability Now Legal In Oregon

Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill that allows companies to register as "benefit companies" in Oregon – businesses that offer environmental and social benefits in addition to making profits.

The designation recognizes businesses that conserve natural resources and provide employees with better quality of life.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Benefit Corporations


June 17, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Sorting Through Piles Of So-Called Recycling

Portlanders put a lot of things in their recycling bins that really don't belong there. Far West Fibers President Keith Ristau walks through his Portland recycling facility and explains which items are the trouble-makers.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Recycling


June 13, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Forest Park Trail Inspires Local Beer Made With Native Plants

Along Forest Park's Wildwood Trail, four Portland brewers found inspiration for new and unusual beers that incorporate spruce tips, huckleberry, ginger root, salmonberry and vanilla leaf.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Foraging, Forest Park


June 11, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Video: Seattle Sprouts An Edible Urban Forest

The city of Seattle has donated 7 acres of land and granted more than $100,000 toward planting a "food forest" just 2.5 miles from downtown. The edible forest will function as an ecosystem while growing a wide array of fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts.

With a local neighborhood at the helm, the Beacon Hill Food Forest is set to become the largest forageable space in the U.S.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Food forests



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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