Interview: Create Something Day

EUGENE, Ore. — The crowds will rush out to malls all across the country the day after Thanksgiving, but there’s a greener alternative to Black Friday. It’s called Create Something Day put on by MECCA. People will be making gifts out of reuse materials in an effort to reduce our waste during the holiday season. … Continue reading »

Friends of Trees Looking for Volunteers

EUGENE, Ore. — Mid-November is a great time to plant trees. Friends of Trees plans to plant hundreds of trees, and the group needs your help. Organizers are looking for a variety of volunteer roles from tree planters, pick up truck drivers, registration volunteers, and people who might be interested in donating food for a … Continue reading »

Lane County Leaf Collection Begins

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County begins its leaf collection program Monday, Nov. 17. Public Works crews plan to come collect your leaves, weather permitting. Leaves must be in the roadway, but away from parked cars, storm drains, gutters, bike and traffic lanes and curbs. Lane County will not pickup leaves on sidewalks or in private … Continue reading »

Students Create Mural of Bottle Caps

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield Elementary School is showing off its new mural, and it took them nearly a year to round up the supplies. A group of fourth and fifth graders at Guy Lee Elementary, called the Green Team, collected 15,000 bottle caps to create a mural. The coral reef themed piece consists of … Continue reading »

Water-Permeable Parking Lot

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon State University Extension Office in Eugene did a little green renovation Wednesday. The office moved one step closer to having a water-permeable parking lot. The project has been in the works for six months and the idea is for the new parking lot to allow water to soak in instead … Continue reading »

Smartphone App for Eugene Cyclists

EUGENE, Ore. — A phone app can help make your cycling much smoother this fall. You can download iBike Eugene to any Android or iPhone. If you see any debris, surface defects, or even dead animals on bike paths, just take a picture, upload it, and the GPS coordinates will be sent to Public Works. … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Winter Plants

EUGENE, Ore. — It is the end of the planting season, but we’re not done planting just yet. There are some plants that you can get in your yard–or maybe you already have them in your yard–that are going to help you get through winter. Here are some suggestions from Johnson Brothers Greenhouses in Eugene. … Continue reading »

Learn How to Compost

EUGENE, Ore. — Organizers of a monthly compost workshop say this weekend is especially important because of all the falling leaves. The OSU Extension Service is holding the workshop Saturday, Nov. 1 at BRING Recycling from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Trained compost specialists will deliver hands-on learning covering the basics, like how composting works and which … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Growing Citrus Trees

EUGENE, Ore. — True of false. You can’t grow citrus trees in Oregon. Answer: False. You can definitely grow them, but you have to bring them inside from about October to April. And when you bring them inside, there are a few things you need to do so you can get some fruit. A lot … Continue reading »

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Rainwater

EUGENE, Ore. — Now’s the time to pay close attention to your garden so you can make the most of the rainwater, come spring. EWEB and the city of Eugene have teamed up with Nearby Nature to create a water wise demonstration garden at Alton Baker Park. It shows you how to save water now … Continue reading »

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