Local Walkers March for Climate Action

EUGENE, Ore. — Planning and preparations are over for 235 walkers. Their journey begins this weekend. It’s the great March for Climate Action 2014, and four local walkers are putting their best feet forward. John Abbe, a web consultant who’s studying psychology, says he’s always been aware of the environment, but never called himself an environmental activist … Continue reading »

ODF Holds Public Hearing on Rulemaking

VENETA, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on proposed rulemaking for the Oregon Smoke Management Plan. The Smoke Management Plan outlines the management prescribed forest burning on private, federal and other public lands to protect air quality and maintain forest productivity and health. ODF invites the public for comment … Continue reading »

Council Discusses Beverly Property

EUGENE, Ore. — The Beverly property, which contains the Amazon Creek headwaters, has been a topic of discussion for more than a decade, and on Wednesday the Eugene City Council continued talks of purchasing the nearly 25 acres of land. The possibility of putting housing on the land has become real, and many community members … Continue reading »

OSU to Host Free Repair Fair

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Do you have a broken toaster or clothes with holes in them? Well, if you were thinking about throwing them away, you have a chance Wednesday night to get them repaired for free. Oregon State University is hosting a repair fair Wed., Feb. 19 for household goods or appliances including bikes, jewelry, … Continue reading »

Residents Remove, Compost Yard Debris

EUGENE, Ore. — Two weeks after the snow started falling and the trees came down with the ice, many people are still figuring out what to do with all the storm debris. The city of Eugene says there are a few things residents can do with storm debris. They can turn the debris into wood … Continue reading »

Volunteers Plant Trees for MLK Day

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some folks in Springfield got their hands dirty Monday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. To make the most of the holiday, the Eugene Chapter of Friends of Trees organized a tree planting out in the Whilamut Natural Area just off Walnut in Springfield. Nearly 50 volunteers made it … Continue reading »

Court Hears Environmental Reform Case

EUGENE, Ore. — Two young Eugene residents are suing the state of Oregon for environmental reform. On Thursday, their case was heard by the Oregon Court of Appeals in front of dozens of law students and middle school students, during the court’s yearly trip to Eugene to hear cases in front of future lawyers and … Continue reading »

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 »

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