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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Decoding 17 Leading Eco-Labels

Mother Earth News

Consumers who need guidance deciphering all the seals, certifications, and claims on food packaging can find some answers in Mother Earth Network's Food Label Guide. The guide notes that Salmon-Safe farms keep rivers clean for native salmon to thrive through practices such as limiting pesticides and that certification is backed by a third-party audit... Read the article


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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Salmon-Safe featured at "Sustainable Cities" low impact development (LID) training

Sustainable Cities Conference, Bellevue

Ellen Southard, Salmon-Safe Seattle evangelist, will join Washington Department of Ecology’s Vicki Colgan to introduce new Salmon-Safe programs focused on ecological site design and development at the Sustainable Cities training in Bellevue.


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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cork Reharvest Launch party

Cork ReHarvest is a startup environmental nonprofit that spun off from the pioneering sustainability program at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Cork ReHarvest is focused on protecting and sustaining the high biodiversity cork forests of the Mediterranean region while working with the wine industry to build North American markets for recycled natural cork. I'm so enthusiastic about Cork ReHarvest that I've just joined its founding board.


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Take the "Organic Foodie" quiz

National Geographic

What you eat affects everything from your health to local water supplies. How green can you make your dinner plate? Does eating organically grown food reduce global warming? Which eco-labels are most meaningful? Take National Geographic's Organic Foodie Quiz and get to know your inner organic foodie.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Driven by cost and conscience, Oregon's golf courses are going green

The Oregonian

It may be that golf's swing mantra -- keep your head down -- keeps players focused on birdies, not birds. But whether golfers notice or not, when the gallery along the ninth fairway at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City includes a dive-bombing kestrel and a redtail hawk, it's apparent that change is making the turn. Specifically, golf is getting greener. Across the United States, but especially in the Pacific Northwest and particularly in the Portland area, golf courses are adopting environmentally sustainable practices... The Portland group Salmon-Safe is developing its own checklist of measurable standards for golf courses. Meeting them would allow a course to boast that it's been certified as a place where the course management practices don't harm fish...


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Brownfield development proposals are presented at Salmon in the City design charrette

Daily Journal of Commerce

Although their projects are strictly hypothetical, the students in assistant professor Brook Muller's architecture studio are tackling design issues that their real-world counterparts can relate to... Herrera Environmental Consultants recently prepared a draft of Salmon Safe certification standards for residential development. The standards address storm-water management, water use management (irrigation), erosion prevention, sediment control and chemical and nutrient containment.


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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Salmon in the City

UO Portland White Stag Block

Please join us for a free public event highlighting recent innovations in ecologically sustainable design as well as the latest research on urban stormwater runoff and the fate of salmon.


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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Stuff environmentalists like

Plenty Magazine

In this illustrated magazine cover image, Salmon-Safe is listed alongside USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Rain Forest Alliance-certified, Bird Friendly and even Local as "Stuff Environmentalist Like"...


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

South Waterfront makes salmon feel right at home

The Oregonian

The South Waterfront area, with condos and apartments rising 30 stories, is perhaps the last place one might think of protecting salmon. After all, 90 percent of the new neighborhood is covered in pavement or buildings. But the developers and city planners included water-treating ponds, green roofs and other elements that would slow and clean storm water that might otherwise poison salmon and pollute the Willamette River...


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

South Waterfront deemed salmon friendly

Daily Journal of Commerce

Portland's South Waterfront is known for its proximity to nature and its LEED certified buildings. Now the South Waterfront area has become the first urban neighborhood in the United States to achieve Salmon-Safe certification... Read the article.


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