UO Lab LEED Platinum Certified

EUGENE, Ore. — A University of Oregon science building has become the first LEED platinum college laboratory in the state. It’s also the first of its kind on campus. Only nine education buildings in Oregon, and only 12 percent of all LEED-certified buildings worldwide have reached platinum status. It’s not an easy task to achieve, … Continue reading »

Leaf Collection Continues in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — The second round of leaf collections in the city of Eugene started Thursday. Last month’s snowstorm pushed the leaf collection schedule back about a week, so the city is reminding anyone who lives in the second round collection zone to check their online schedule and put the leaves out in the street … Continue reading »

Home Energy Use Lowest In Over a Decade

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Home energy use nationwide has dropped to the lowest levels since 2001, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And that comes despite the fact that we use more gadgets than ever. In Southern Oregon, just like the rest of the country, much of that comes down to building and appliance … Continue reading »

Tree Recycling Options

EUGENE, Ore. — ‘Tis the season for Christmas tree recycling. This year, Lane County is making holiday clean up easy and green. Lane Forest Products on Prairie Road in Eugene is just one of the places where you can unload your Christmas tree. Last year, they got 5,000 trees. If you can’t drop it off, … Continue reading »

How to Recycle After Christmas

EUGENE, Ore. — You’ve opened all those presents, but now what do you do with the leftover wrapping paper and boxes? Lane Apex recycling says most wrapping paper is recyclable as well as anything cardboard. Some wrapping paper with foil in it may not be recyclable. And if you’re looking to get rid of your … Continue reading »

Eugene Air Pollution Worst in 4 Years

EUGENE, Ore. — Air pollution in Eugene is the worst it’s been in four years, but there are things residents can do to help. LRAPA says it expects air quality to deteriorate again Tuesday night, as people get home from work and burn wood in their fireplaces. LRAPA says this level of pollution is unhealthy … Continue reading »

MLK Students Work on Ridgeline Trail

EUGENE, Ore. — Despite the freezing temperatures, students from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center spent their day helping build a retaining wall on the Ridegline Trail near Spencer Butte Thursday. They helped build a retaining wall to keep the trail from sliding down the hill. The program helps youth who are currently in … Continue reading »

OSU Studies Demand on Water Supply

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Scientists say climate change and Oregon’s population growth is already placing a higher demand on our water supply. Researchers at Oregon State University say most Oregonians agree that water conservation is important. But whose behaviors save the most water? Researchers found it tends to be older people, females and those who make … Continue reading »

Researchers Say Coral Reefs are Dying

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Researchers at Oregon State University say coral reefs around the world are dying, and they say sewage and fertilizers that end up in the water are to blame. A three-year OSU study shows that with more nitrogen and phosphorus in the water, coral reefs are more likely to get diseases. Researchers say … Continue reading »

Oregon Restricts Pesticide Use

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting pesticide use, specifically ones believed to have kill thousands of bees during the summer. In June more than 50,000 bees were found dead in Wilsonville and later, hundreds in Hillsboro. Some activists with the Eugene organization Beyond Toxics were in Salem on Thursday. They say … Continue reading »

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