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    A group of neighbors in a rural location created their own Internet service

    Poor service from CenturyLink inspired a group of neighbors to build their own connection to a local tower. They did it and it worked: powered by Ubiquiti radios in trees.

    Source source Tag(s) DIY, rural living
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    Mother Earth News Fair 2018

    Albany, OR

    Linn County Expo Center 3600 Knox Butte Rd. E Albany, OR 97322

    Source source Tag(s) fairs
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    June 23 is the next recycling event for Westside Recyclers.... don't put your styrofoam into the landfills; let it be reused.

    Source source Tag(s) recycling
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    Dharma Rain Zen Center

    Dharma Rain Zen Center is a A 14-acre former landfill restoration project in NE Portland with a co-housing effort focused on community.


    We are involved in the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment. Although the Householder Refuge buildings will not be built to meet the full standard, they are being informed by the discussion for other aspects of the development.

    We are restoring much of the land to native wildlife habitat

    We are rehabilitating a brownfield site into a thriving community and intact ecosystem

    We are partnering with a variety of educational institutions in order to use our property for their ecology studies and sustainable agriculture programs

    Source source Tag(s) housing, PDX Metro, restoration, mandala
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    Green Grove Cohousing Community a unique concept in Forest Grove

    In conjunction with National Cohousing Day, the Green Grove Cohousing Community is planning an open house April 29 to showcase their new community concept.

    The Taylors are in the process of converting their home of 22 years into what they envision as a "common house." Their new house is under construction just up the driveway, with a second new house being built next door for another couple. Eventually, they hope to have nine homes built on their five acres to constitute what they have named the Green Grove Cohousing Community.

    Source source Tag(s) housing, PDX Metro
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    PDX Metro Recycling

    "You know the Styrofoam many of your gifts come packaged in? Don't throw it away and for heaven's sake don't put it in your curbside recycling bin.

    Bring it to this awesome event"

    Source source Tag(s) recycle, pdxmetro
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    Priority Plant and Animal Species in Oregon Forests

    Free field guide, PDF download

    Forest wanderer? This field guide describes the "specific habitat requirements of selected species found in forested habitats across all eco-regions in Oregon. It provides teachers and students a way to learn more about wildlife species and the forest habitats they use and helps landowners and land managers determine what species to include in their management plans."

    Source source Tag(s) , field guide, conservation
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    China bans Plastic waste imports

    What does this mean for Portland recycling?

    excerpt from NPR

    Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with recycled bluish-white paint. They recycle their rainwater, compost their food waste and carefully separate the paper and plastic they toss out. But recently, after loading up their Prius and driving to a sorting facility, they got a shock.

    "The fellow said we don't take plastic anymore," Satish says. "It should go in the trash."

    The facility had been shipping its plastic to China, but suddenly that was no longer possible.

    "It just keeps coming and coming and coming," says Rogue employee Laura Leebrick. In the warehouse, she is dwarfed by stacks of orphaned recycling bales. Outside, employee parking spaces have been taken over by compressed cubes of sour cream containers, broken wine bottles and junk mail.

    And what are recyclables with nowhere to go?

    "Right now, by definition, that material out there is garbage," she says. "It has no value. There is no demand for it in the marketplace. It's garbage."

    For now, Rogue Waste says it has no choice but to take all of this recycling to the local landfill. More than a dozen Oregon companies have asked regulators whether they can send recyclable materials to landfills, and that number may grow if they can't find someplace else that wants them.

    At Pioneer Recycling in Portland, owner Steve Frank is shopping for new buyers outside of China.

    "I've personally moved material to different countries in an effort to keep material flowing," he says.

    Without Chinese buyers, Frank says U.S. recycling companies are playing a game of musical chairs, and the music stops when China's ban on waste imports fully kicks in.

    "The rest of the world cannot make up that gap," he said. "That's where we have what I call a bit of chaos going on."

    Source source Tag(s) recycling, plastics
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