BIG IDEAS

Six Oregon-Hatched Ideas That Could Change the World

Eco-drones to avant-garde aerobics, these projects showcase the best of local innovation.

06/13/2016 By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

GIFT GUIDE

Father’s Day Gifts for the Green Dad

Impress your papa with these environmentally friendly presents.

06/10/2016 By Kailla Coomes

Essay

A Kayak Journey across Portland Reveals the City’s Huge, Wild Heart

From the river, even Hayden Island looks pretty.

05/19/2016 By Scott F. Parker

PDX INDEX

Inside Portland’s Pollution Problem

Don’t you know that you’re toxic?

04/22/2016 By Marty Patail

DISPATCH

How Science Revealed Portland’s Air Quality Crisis

The secrets are in the moss.

04/22/2016 By Jason Maxfield

OUTDOORS

A Local Video Shows Stunning Wilderness of Blue Creek

Portland-based photographer Andy Best gives the campaign to save an unblemished watershed in Northern California a boost.

12/22/2015 By Marty Patail

OUTDOORS

A Northwest Filmmaker Is Standing Up to Oregon's Logging Industry

Peeling back the "emerald curtain"—strips of trees left around certain clearcuts—Shane Anderson wants to show Oregonians what's really going on in our forests.

11/24/2015 By Emma Mannheimer

SUSTAINABILITY

How the 'Up-Cycling' Design Company Looptworks Reinvented Portland's Most Legendary Motorcycle Jackets

The sustainability-focused manufacturer turns excess leather into premium luggage. Everyone wins.

11/24/2015 By Alex Madison

PDX INDEX

Oregon's Biggest News Headlines of 2015

An imploding governor, a booming economy, and earthquake dread: ’twas a strange year indeed!

11/23/2015 By Megan Haverman

OUTDOORS

The Local Quest to Save a Northern California Wilderness

A local nonprofit and a creative agency are racing against time to save an immaculate chunk of Northern California wilderness.

11/16/2015 By Marty Patail

URBAN DESIGN

Climate Change and the Willamette Valley—What Should We Worry About? What Should We Do? 

Leading thinkers expound on the region's climatic transformation.

10/07/2015 By Randy Gragg

NATURAL PATH

This Oregon Company Was Growing and Selling Natural Medicine Before It Was Cool

Williams, Oregon’s Herb Pharm is a giant in the world of holistic tinctures and remedies—and it all got started at Powell's Books.

09/21/2015 By Katelyn Best

LONG STORY SHORT

One Winemaker's Answer to the Drought: Stop Watering

Cameron Winery's John Paul, founder of the Deep Roots Coalition and longtime advocate of dry farming, isn't worried about this summer's heat waves.

09/21/2015 By Hannah Wallace

BOLD PLANS

Can Keen Save America's Endangered Wilderness with a Single RV?

Five major national wilderness areas—including Eastern Oregon's Wild Owyhee Canyonlands—are at risk. One Portland shoe company wants to do something about it.

09/21/2015 By Peter Holmstrom

INDUSTRY

The Giant Floating Drydock That Fixed Shell's Arctic Oil Ship Is Just Getting Started

What the nation's largest floating dry dock has to do with #SHELLNO and the Portland economy

09/21/2015 By Marty Patail

BY THE NUMBERS

Is the Drought Here For Good?

We take a look at the impact of the drought on the Northwest, from wildfires to rising temps

09/21/2015 By Alex Madison

ENVIRONMENT

Inside the Oregon Nonprofit Preserving the World's Best Apples

The Temperate Orchard Conservancy is fighting real estate woes—and the clock—to save 4,000 varieties of the Northwest's major crop.

07/20/2015 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

VIDEO

'Wild' Author Cheryl Strayed Calls on Millennials to Step Up on Climate Change

Portland's own Queen of Letters Cheryl Strayed has lent her voice to a new video on climate change, an environmental call to arms for millennials .

07/07/2015 By Fiona McCann

OUT AND ABOUT

Hug a Tree for Hoyt Arboretum

Help Portland's Hoyt Arboretum break the Guinness Book of World Records' record for the number of people simultaneously hugging a tree!

07/16/2013 By Kate Bryant