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As fuel prices continue to climb, it makes sense that more Oregon businesses are hopping on the sustainability bus. However, there could be some confusion about the finer details, as results show in this month’s online survey conducted by Conkling Fiskum & McCormick. Oregonians are no strangers to eco-friendly business practices, the first step toward creating a sustainable business, says author Darcy Hitchcock, who co-wrote The Business Guide to Sustainability . “In many ways, Oregon is farther along [in sustainability] than the rest of the country,” she says. While sustainability can be a source of innovation, Hitchcock explains it’s about more than turning out a few lights . For many businesses, the motivation is personal. It takes time to translate personal ideals into business models, she says, but the results can be cost effective. There is still a gap to bridge on the connection between economic efficiencies and sustainability, which may explain why 59% of the 539 respondents say practicing sustainability does not deliver a competitive advantage. Just as the green building movement slowly progressed, sustainable business practices take time to develop. But, she adds, “they can start anywhere.”
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Spring rains are the bane of an Oregon cherry farmer’s existence. Even a few sprinkles can crack the fruit so badly it’s not worth picking. Science to the rescue: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a spray-on film that cuts rain-related cracking in half, potentially saving a season’s crop. The coating, patented as SureSeal, is made from natural chemicals similar to those found in the skins of cherries: cellulose, palm oil-based wax and calcium.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY ANNIE ELLISON
Portland tech veteran Ben Berry is leaving his post as Portland’s chief technology officer for a full-time role producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aimed at first responders and the military. Berry’s AirShip Technologies Group is poised to be on the ground floor of an industry that will supply drones to as many as 100,000 police, fire and emergency agencies nationwide. He reveals the plan for takeoff.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
A Power Lunch at Oswego Grill.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The technology at the center of Oregon’s road usage fee reform.
Friday, May 08, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Hagfish may not have evolved much over the last 300 million years, but their protein-heavy slime promises advances in super-materials.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT
How conservation stimulates the local economy.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
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Oregon-based Environments helps companies create inspired workspaces. “Simply put, we help companies future-proof their workspaces,” says Chris Corrado, president. Since 1988,Environments has witnessed firsthand the changing landscape of business. Native Portlander and Environments founder Corrado says, “We help our clients navigate the complex realities of the workplace today and plan for their future in a very mindful, strategic way. We think of ourselves as their partners in the process.”
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