Reusing Materials from the Old City Hall

EUGENE, Ore. — The city says it’ll be reusing 95 to 99 percent of the old city hall building during construction of the new city hall. The project manager says the wood from the outside and pieces of the steel structure will be used to construct the new building. All of the concrete will be … Continue reading »

Recycling Bin or Trash?

EUGENE, Ore. — Most of us have recycled for years, but that doesn’t mean we’re doing it right. Lane County Waste Reduction Specialist Sarah Grimm says there are many items that get thrown in recycling that can’t be recycled, like paper cups and food containers. And some items are illegal to throw away, like motor … Continue reading »

New Container Redemption Policies

Note: The text of this story has been updated since its original publish date. EUGENE, Ore. — If you return containers for money, there are some new rules and guidelines to be aware of. The changes are affecting some stores within a three-mile radius of the new BottleDrop Center on West Broadway in Eugene that … Continue reading »

Brewery Starts Bike Share Program

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene brewery is encouraging folks to explore the city while reducing their carbon footprint. Falling Sky Brewing recently started a new bike share campaign. It’s called Bike Here, Bike Share. The staff says response has been great since things got rolling a couple of weeks ago. And while it’s a new … Continue reading »

Community Garden Helps Food Banks

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Three to four tons of organic food is produced every year from a community garden in Corvallis, and it all goes to local food banks. The Corvallis Environmental Center runs the Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE). It takes 500-600 volunteers a year to keep it going. The group wants to educate … Continue reading »

Track and Field Championships Go Green

EUGENE, Ore. — The World Junior Track and Field Championships is happening at one of the most sustainably oriented locations on the planet–Hayward Field. The IAAF has activated its landmark social responsibility program “Athletics for a Better World.” You’ll find free water bottle filling stations and healthy meal options. Oregon 2014 is also the first … Continue reading »

Eugene Man Creates Mason Jar Koozies

EUGENE, Ore. — A new Eugene company is taking to the Web and road in hopes of raising the funds needed to produce a special koozie. The Mason-ry koozie, made out of silicone is designed to perfectly fit a pint size Mason jar and take on anything modern man can throw it at, including a … Continue reading »

Country Fair Prepares Recycling Crew

VENETA, Ore. — Around 200 volunteers at the Oregon Country Fair will be working this weekend to keep trash out of landfills. Before the gates to the fair even open, volunteers are making signs and preparing recycling bins. Last year, the recycling crew composted two times the amount of waste that ended up in a … Continue reading »

New BottleDrop Opens in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — BottleDrop stations are all over Oregon and now, Eugene has its first one. The new BottleDrop center on West Broadway and Garfield is the eighth location in Oregon. Coordinators with the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative says it’s simple to use. Just bring in any plastic, aluminum, or glass bottles and you get … Continue reading »

UO’s Knight Law Center LEED Certified

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon now has another energy efficient building on campus. The William Knight Law Center is the third LEED gold certified building, and officials say it’s been a lot of work to get to this point. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The law center earned the … Continue reading »

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