Oregon Green News: Trail Blazers Go Green, PDX CO2 Emissions

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to bring you this weekly look at Oregon green news courtesy of Sustainable Business Oregon, a publication of the Portland Business Journal that covers the intersection of business and sustainability in the state that leads the country in green practices.

Here are some highlights from Sustainable Business Oregon in the last week for Oregon green news:

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What’s an ecodistrict? Ask the Portland Trail Blazers: The Portland Trail Blazer’s unveiled a two-story, interactive living wall this week. The display is designed to educate fans about the team’s considerable sustainability efforts, including its participation in the city of Portland’s pilot program to establish EcoDistricts around the city. It also invites fans to share their own ideas about how to lead more eco-friendly lives.

Community fisheries get a boost from Ecotrust: Portland-based Ecotrust and East Coast partner Island Institute this week launched the Community Fisheries Network which will allow small, regional fisheries to speak with a louder voice on policy issues and learn from other members about how best to get fresh, local fish on consumers’ plates.

From Portland to Rwanda — with sensors: A Portland State University professor has figured out how to attach a simple sensor to a water filter and deliver real-time data to aid workers. Now he’s partnering with a handful of companies and organizations to deploy thousands of water filters and clean-burning cookstoves in Rwanda.

Diamond Foods is leaning on the Kettle brand for sustainability know-how: Diamond Foods has had a rough road of late and is facing an uncertain financial future after a botched acquisition and some turnover at the top. But Kettle Foods, the brand it acquired in 2010, has provided the company with a beacon of sustainable practices.

Portland’s carbon emissions dip by 26 percent: The city of Portland has been working hard to tamp down its carbon emissions through its Climate Action Plan. It appears to be making progress with local governments reporting this week a 26 percent drop in carbon emissions — a considerably better showing than the nation as a whole.