The Salmon-Safe Soapbox
Saturday, April 3, 2010
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.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
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.
Monday, March 8, 2010
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.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
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...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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.
Monday, September 8, 2008
An ecology group has dubbed the fledgling South Waterfront area as the city's first "salmon-safe" neighborhood. Salmon-Safe, which aims to help salmon spawn and thrive in restored watersheds, bestowed the designation on the neighborhood because developers have vowed to protect the nearby Willamette River and its tributaries....