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Portland's Bag Ban Takes Effect

2011 Victory - Portland joined San Francisco, Bellingham, Wash. and a dozen other west coast communities by banning disposable plastic bags at major grocery stores and retailers with pharmacies. We're working to pass more local bag bans in cities across the state — cutting plastic pollution right away while building momentum for a statewide ban.  

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Experts: Oregon has more potential

Oregon now ranks 11th in the nation with 2,900 solar jobs, according to the Solar Foundation. It ranks 15th in both total solar capacity and the number of homes powered by solar, with 6,775. But industry officials say there’s plenty of room for improvement across the country but especially in Oregon. 

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Activists decry amount of chemicals in OR rivers

Every year, Oregon-based industries legally dump hundreds of thousands of pounds of chemicals into the state s waterways, the most coming from a Portland company.A new report, compiled by Environment Oregon, analyzed the amount of chemical waste released annually into Oregon rivers. It took data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2012, the most recent year available.

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Report: Five 'dirty' power plants supplying energy to Oregon

A new survey indicates that while no Oregon power plants are among the nation’s “dirtiest,” energy from five facilities on the list does indeed filter into the state.

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Statewide coalition calls on legislature to support solar

Portland, Oregon- A coalition of over 140 businesses, mayors, city councilors, and county commissioners called on state legislators Tuesday morning to support pro-solar legislation this session that supporters say would increase the amount of solar energy Oregon gets by ten-fold in the next decade.  The coalition, announced at a press conference on the “green roof” of solar company SolTerra Systems, includes notable businesses Tofurky and Keen, as well as the mayors of Bend, Newport, Corvallis, Hood River, Yachats, Toledo City, and Eugene.

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Report: Oregon millennials experiencing record heat

Portland, OR – Young adults in Oregon are experiencing hotter temperatures and more intense storms than their predecessors did in the 1970’s, according to a new report by Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center. 

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