Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Reducing carbon emissions, improving vineyard practices, reviewing water use—these are just some of the achievements and ambitions of Northwest wineries in 2010… One of the biggest moves came this week, with Chateau Ste. Michelle's announcement that its prize Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge vineyards had obtained certification through the Salmon-Safe Inc. and Low-Input Viticulture and Enology Inc. certification programs. Together, the two vineyards represent 1,368 acres of Columbia Valley vineyards—more than one-third of the winery's acreage in the state. "Those sites are much larger than our typical Willamette Valley vineyard site, which tends to be 50 acres or so,” Dan Kent, managing director of Portland-based Salmon-Safe Inc., told Wines & Vines. While the organization is no stranger to Washington state, it’s primarily been active in the Walla Walla Valley... Read the article.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Indie Hops' shiny new $2 million hop-pelletizing plant in Hubbard is the most tangible evidence of CEO Jim Solberg's belief that it's time for the American craft brewers to move out of the shadow of the giants... It's also partnered with two prominent Oregon growers, Goschie Farms and Coleman Farms, which supply Indie Hops with certified Salmon-Safe, sustainably grown hops and -- beginning with the 2012 harvest of 20 acres at Goschie's -- certified organic hops. Hops are prey to an array of pests and blights, and growing them organically is hard work indeed. Read the story...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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
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.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
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"...
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....