It was nice to feel the sun for a couple days, with the little rain that we received we took full advantage of it and got quite a bit done.
How about some news of things done right? Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City underwent an energy audit, upgraded its facilities and reduced energy costs by 11.4 percent in its clubhouse and nearly 27 percent in its maintenance shop.
Course Supervisor Dave Phipps wrote about the project.
Environmental Institute for Golf: Improving the Bottom Line with Sustainable Practices
That wasn't the first time Stone Creek has turned the golf course stereotype - privileged, snooty, environmentally harmful - on its head. I wrote about them in 2009, when they were among the Oregon courses certified as sanctuaries by Audubon International.
The Oregonian: Driven by cost and conscience, Oregon's golf courses are going green
Mooooving on, a trio of dairies were recently honored for protecting water quality.
Oregon Department of Agriculture: Oregon dairies receive award for good stewardship
More good people are on the way up. The conservation group 1000 Friends of Oregon honors a bunch of young farmers, land-use activists and others who care about our air, land, water and food.
1000 Friends: 1000 Friends Announces 35 Innovators Under 35
In eastern Washington, Battelle announced it has granted a license to Encryptor of Plano, Texas, to produce a computer chip that will protect the electrical grid when rolling blackouts threaten. The device monitors frequency and voltage and can turn off household appliances for a few minutes or even a few seconds, allowing the grid to stabilize.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Battelle Licenses Grid Friendly Appliance Controller