Architecture

Learn How to Build Your Own Tiny Hobbit Home

For a fraction of the cost of a typical ADU, the Permanent Culture Project shows you how to sculpt an unforgettable backyard haven from natural materials.

08/01/2019 By Eden Dawn

Seafood Guide 2019: Trash Fish

Is Portland Finally Ready for Real Sea-to-Table Eating?

For these Oregon chefs and seafood insiders, the future is all about trash fish, baitfish, shellfish, and bycatch. It’s local, and it’s delicious.

07/24/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Editor's Note

It’s Time For Oregon Seafood Lovers to Break Out of Our Shells

It’s surprisingly easy to make good choices. And by doing so, we boost our coastal fishing industry and our sea-to-table food scene.

07/24/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Hot Stuff

Can a Newfangled Wood-Burning Stove Save the World?

This clean-burning, Oregon-designed stove could be a boon to families in poor areas across the world.

09/18/2018 By Alena Willbur

Straw Awe

You Can Now Wear a Reusable Stainless Steel Straw around Your Neck

Portland company Dräenk wants you to "embräece the plastic straw ban."

08/23/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Food Events

This Earth Day, Get 50 Percent Off Your Vegan Meal

NW Veg teams up with more than a dozen vegetarian eateries to offer discounts on April 22.

04/05/2018 By Molly Woodstock

Urbanism

How Radically Will Growth and Change Transform Portland?

A three-part series of live events features the heavy hitters shaping our future cityscape. Think: an upsized soccer stadium, a rebooted airport, and plenty of traffic to manage.

03/12/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Fancy Feasts

A Portland Pet Food Brand Goes Full Locavore

The sustainable line of products includes gluten-free biscuits and camping-friendly meal pouches.

02/27/2018 By Amy Martin

Cannabis: The Farmers

Southern Oregon's East Fork Cultivars Brings CBD to the Mainstream

After seeing the medical benefits of cannabis, two brothers founded a farm that specializes in the mellower, pain-relieving compound.

01/30/2018 By Emma Mannheimer

Sustainability

This Portland Start-Up Makes a More Sustainable Port-a-Potty

Nature Commode: flush with success.

12/28/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Ideas & Innovations 2017

From Tech to Sustainability to Business, 11 Big Ideas from Portland Innovators

Activist giving, gaming while black, and the rise of the “zebra”—our brightest thinkers change the conversation.

06/12/2017 Edited by Zach Dundas

Ideas & Innovations 2017: Social Entrepreneurs

4 Big Ideas Making Portland a Better City Right Now

From ice cream as brain food to the alley of the future, these local initiatives are making a difference.

06/12/2017 By Ramona DeNies and Zach Dundas

Eco-Travel

This Portland Nonprofit Saves Sea Turtles, One Tourist at a Time

Wandering a tropical bazaar? Put down those beach-perfect sunglasses: the frames could be made from a critically endangered species.

04/18/2017 By Elise Herron

Natural Path

Urban Homesteading for Beginners, from Cheese Curds to Candle Making

Discover DIY opportunities for apartment-bound city dwellers and novices with bountiful backyards.

04/18/2017 By Regan Breeden

International Travel

A Portland Travel Agency for Women Who Want to Change the World

Ecuador. Italy. The Dominican Republic. Sure, this female tour group can arrange some exotic R&R. But you'll also learn how to pick cacao and shear an alpaca.

04/04/2017 By Regan Breeden

Good Eats

A Portland Start-Up Delivers Local, Organic, Plant-Based Groceries to Your Door

Is it time to say goodbye to Whole Foods Market and hello to New Foods Market?

12/01/2016 By Webb Wright

Politics

Oregon Community Leaders, Activists, and Artists Respond to Trump's Election

A wide range of Oregonians reflect on what Donald Trump’s victory means for their lives, their work, and their communities.

11/23/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Politics

Three Oregon Environmental Leaders Brace Themselves for Trump

From public lands to parks funding to climate policy, it’s going to be a rocky ride.

11/23/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

The Long Play

PODCAST: Lee van der Voo Unravels the Mysteries of America's Seafood Industry

Who owns our coastal riches? What does "sustainable seafood" really mean? And how can consumers net the best stuff? In her new book, The Fish Market, the Portland journalist goes deep.

11/22/2016 By Ramona DeNies

GOING GREEN

Kailash Ecovillage Offers a Sustainable Way of Living

Equipped with solar panels, rainwater channels, gardens, and humanure composting, this sustainable housing complex just might be the community of the future.

06/16/2016 By Kailla Coomes