Sustainability

Chris Albertson of Richland is a backyard chicken enthusiast who hopes to inspire a new flock of chicken owners to take up the hobby during an April 21 event called Tour De Coop. Participants can tour a dozen backyard coops and ask owners questions about raising chickens during the event.

Backyard chicken coop tour eggs on wannabe beak owners

Tour De Coop event on April 21 offers scoop on a dozen coops Annette Pederson scooped up the fluffy yellow chicks that had just arrived at Kennewick’s Basin Feed and Supply to start her first foray into raising chickens. “I’m looking forward to fresh eggs, recycling all my food scraps, bug control and fertilizer,” the […]

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Richland Home2 Suites by Hilton, an extended stay hotel, offers a sleek, modern atmosphere and décor using recycled materials. Sustainable business practices are integrated into everyday hotel services and amenities.

Richland hotel caters to travelers seeking more sustainable amenities

Hilton Home2 Suites focuses on eco-friendly options throughout facility Richland’s new Hilton Home2 Suites appeals to travelers’ increasing environmental consciousness and desire for more sustainable amenities. The Queensgate area hotel’s sales manager, Berenice Trevino, said she’s interacted with guests who specifically seek out Home2 Suites for this reason and said hotel reviews often mention the […]

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Store manager Rita Leach sits among the furniture for sale at the new Repeat Boutique thrift store in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center. Revenue from sales is used to enhance and support Chaplaincy Health Care hospice services, both in-home and at the Hospice House in Kennewick.

Chaplaincy opens second thrift store in Richland Uptown

The successful launch of Chaplaincy Health Care’s new thrift store in Kennewick last year prompted the opening of a second store in Richland. The nonprofit, which provides hospice, palliative and grief care and behavioral health services, opened a second thrift store — also called Repeat Boutique — in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center in March. […]

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Tesla Motors has eight electric car-charging stations available for customers at the Kennewick Fred Meyer store.

Tri-City alliance forms to explore charging stations for e-vehicles

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to fix Karen Miller’s title. Tri-City interests are looking at the possibility of installing charging stations for electric vehicles in the Mid-Columbia. Right now, that possibility is in the initial brainstorming stage. The Franklin County and Benton County public utility districts, Energy Northwest and other local entities are […]

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Pacific Steel & Recycling warehouse customer service specialist Shawn Jackson sends cans up the conveyor to be weighed. The company accepts an average of 400 to 500 pounds of cans per day.

Metals market sees an upswing as economy improves

Pacific Steel & Recycling customers include food processing, construction, towing companies Long before Jackie Koleber became the manager of Pacific Steel & Recycling’s Kennewick location, she was a customer. “When I was little, I used to collect pop cans. My uncle would take me and my cousins out (to find cans), and we would bring […]

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Biocrude oil, produced from wastewater treatment plant sludge, looks and performs virtually like fossil petroleum.

Fuel from human waste, algae could be lucrative sources for biofuels

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland is looking at a couple of potentially lucrative sources for biofuels. Poop and algae. The poop approach will be tested on a full scale soon in Vancouver, B.C. The algae approach is eventually headed for tests at an Arizona facility. Biofuels refer to a wide range of fuels created by […]

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