Buy Local First during the holidays

The Buy Local First campaign launches its fourth year this holiday shopping season with three special events:

 4th Annual Buy Local First Day

Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Hundreds of community members visited participating businesses for special treats, sales, or discounts.

Buy Local First Holiday Contest

December 6 – 14, 2014

  • Visit/shop at participating businesses for your holiday needs.
  • Enter to win gift cards or merchandise from CIBA businesses. See the list of prizes below.
  • All entry forms will be placed in a drawing, and there will be many winners!

13th Annual HOUR Traders Winter Celebration

Sunday, December 14, 2014 (11 am – 5 pm at Old World Deli)

  • A fun-filled day of activities, music, and entertainment!
  • Browse the HOUR Traders Marketplace, a great place to find the perfect locally crafted gift this holiday season and to meet some of the folks who trade the local currency, HOURS.
  • Vendors accept both local currency and US dollars.

These CIBA businesses have donated the following prizes to the Buy Local First Holiday Contest:

Co-sponsors of these “Buy Local First” events are Corvallis Independent Business Alliance (CIBA), Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and Corvallis HOUR Exchange. Their goal is to encourage community members who are spending money for their daily needs or making special purchases for the holidays to make it a habit to think “LOCAL” first.

In addition to Buy Local First Day and the Holiday Contest, the Buy Local First campaign includes the “Business of the Week” program, Independents Week in July, and special events on such topics as local investing.

Carbon Tax Forum

“Combating Climate Change: Will a carbon tax fly in Oregon?” 

A public forum on carbon pricing was held at OSU’s Linus Pauling Science Center on Nov. 20, 2014.  The topic was viewed from three distinct perspectives: economic, legal, and public policy.

The panelists were:

1)  Jeff Renfro: Senior Economist at the Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) at Portland State University and Jenny Liu: Assistant Director at NERC . They co-authored the 2013 study “Carbon Tax and Shift: How to Make it Work for Oregon’s Economy.” Both are currently working on the Clean Air Tax or Fee report funded by the 2013 Oregon Legislature under Senate Bill 306.http://www.pdx.edu/nerc/sites/www.pdx.edu.nerc/files/carbontax2013_0.pdf

2) Nancy Shurtz: University of Oregon Law School Professor. Professor Shurtz is an expert in business tax law, tax policy, and environmental policy. Her research in progress includes “Environmental Policy and Market Place Economics”.

3) Kristin Eberhard: Senior Researcher at Sightline Institute; consultant in energy and climate change, technological and regulatory solutions. She was previously Legal Director of Natural Resource Defense Council’s Western Energy and Climate Projects.

Each panelist presented a compelling 20-minute ‘Carbon Pricing for Oregon’ overview from their disciplinary fields, followed by a half-hour of Q & A. The program concluded with a call to action.

View their presentations HERE.

Primary sponsor: League of Women Voters of Corvallis

Co-sponsors: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition; OSU School of History, Religion & Philosophy; Associated Students of Oregon State University, Mary Peak Group of the Sierra Club; Corvallis Chapter – Citizens Climate Lobby; Linn-Benton Chapter of the Pacific Green Party; OSU Students Engaging in Tomorrow; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis Climate Justice Committee; 350Corvallis; Corvallis Climate Action Plan Task Force; Raging Grannies; Natural Step Ministry Team of the First United Methodist Church; and UCC – Congregational Integrity of Creation Committee, 350 Eugene, Oregon UU Voices for Justice, Seeds for the Sol, Pacific Rivers Council, Oregon Climate, Corvallis Environmental Center.