Blogging Sunset: Green in Portland

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The March issue of Sunset includes an article, Green in Portland (in the actual magazine it's called Green Like Us), that profiles three couples with green lifestyles. It seems everywhere we turn these days we're hearing about Portland, and how it's the perfect place to live. Irene Edwards' article certainly makes it sound like it is -- the "sheer physical beauty", its "sublime livability"... If Portland wasn't already on our minds, it would be after reading this.

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The article first profiles Laura Ford and Josh Devine, who bought a 530-square foot house for $143,000. They're part of a cohousing community, four homes on a 75- by 100-foot lot.

Next up: Justin Yuen and Katrina Gonzales Yuen, who, with their 2-year-old daughter, live in a loft located in the trendy Pearl District.

Lastly, Mark Lakeman and Lydia Doleman, an ecological designer and a builder specializing in straw-bale construction. (We could have sworn we'd blogged their collaboration, The ReBuilding Center, but it looks like we're wrong. We will.)

Here, some green tips, compiled from the three profiles:

  • Buy edibles in bulk
  • Reduce junk mail
  • Pool resources
  • Go green at work
  • Limit impulse buys
  • Educate the next generation
  • Bond with your neighbors
  • Shop for salvaged materials
  • Carpool whenever possible

    Click here to read ithe entire article online.

    Images: Thomas J. Story

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