Top Northwest Sustainability Headlines

April 17, 2015

1. Port of Longview could get oil refinery

Documents obtained by an environmental group show the Port of Longview could become home to an oil refinery receiving 100- to 120-car unit trains loaded with crude from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation.

The Columbian | Oil | Tweet This

2. Hood Canal kelp could save shellfish

Researchers are planning to grow 3 acres of sugar kelp north of the Hood Canal Bridge in an effort to save shellfish, and thereby larger ocean life.

KING 5 News | Acidification | Tweet This

3. Interim UW president has plan to fight racism, inequity

Using her personal experiences of racism and homophobia — hurtful words and actions that occurred even in her own family — interim University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce announced a wide-ranging project to combat racism and inequity on campus.

The Seattle Times | Racism | Tweet This

4. Bus riders say transit is human right

The community-driven transit movement is one response to the “affordability gap”—a growing chasm between what workers are paid and what it costs to get to work.

Equal Voice News | Transit | Tweet This

5. Court: Too soon to judge Obama’s climate change rules

Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts about a legal challenge to the Obama administration’s far-reaching plan to address climate change.

The Guardian | Climate Change | Tweet This

6. Bike trail connection talks derail

Remember those amazing plans to build a 12-mile trail to connect the city of Snohomish (and the start of the Centennial Trail) to Woodinville, the Sammamish River/Burke-Gilman Trail and the Eastside Trail? Well, there’s bad news: Talks between the county and the Port of Seattle have collapsed.

Seattle Bike Blog | Bicycling | Tweet This

7. Portland company brews up guiltless coffee pods

Boyd’s Coffee has rolled out what it says is the world’s first fully compostable single-serve beverage pod. The Portland company said the pod is compatible with Keurig 2.0 brewers.

Portland Business Journal | Composting | Tweet This

8. ‘Smart’ BC neighborhood to add more affordable housing

Residents of Dockside Green, an award-winning mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood in Victoria, British Columbia, are seeking lower-income neighbors. The high-density community, built on a revitalized former brownfield site, is designing workforce rental housing targeting those earning $25,000-$60,000 per year.

Next City | Affordable housing | Tweet This

9. Real Change newspaper goes digital

Real Change, a newspaper sold by vendors who are homeless and poor in Seattle, became the first street newspaper in the world to offer a way for customers to buy a digital version this week.

Puget Sound Business Journal | Homeless | Tweet This

10. Portland buys Pearl District lot for affordable housing

Attempting to bring more affordable housing to the Pearl District, Portland officials will buy a quarter-block parcel from Hoyt Street Properties for $1.3 million, Commissioner Dan Saltzman said. The purchase price is 13 percent below the property’s market value.

The Oregonian | Affordable housing | Tweet This

More News from April 17, 2015

Views: Puget Sound’s orcas need protection now

The federal government knows enough now to better protect Puget Sound’s southern-resident orcas.

The Seattle Times | Orcas | Tweet This