“Good Steward of the Planet” included in Celebrate Corvallis

Nominate a business for the Good Steward of the Planet Award!

Do you know a local business that deserves to be named the next Good Steward of the Planet?  This award will be one of several given by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce at the 67th Annual Celebrate Corvallis Awards in January 2015. The Sustainability Coalition is partnering with the Chamber to solicit nominations for the award, and nominees will be recognized at the Coalition’s Annual Meeting on January 12th.  Celebrate Corvallis will be held at the CH2MHill Alumni Center on January 16th.

The Good Steward of the Planet Award will honor a local business that has made a significant contribution to improving the environmental health of Corvallis through exemplary achievement in business practices using natural, financial, and human resources in a responsible manner that meets existing needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The deadline for submissions is 5 pm on November 21st.  To make your nomination for Good Steward of the Planet – or for any of the other awards – go to http://www.celebratecorvallis.com/nominate.html.

Don’t miss this recognition opportunity!

Carbon Tax Forum Nov. 20

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

DateThursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: OSU Linus Pauling Science Center – Room 125 (Corner of 30th Street & Campus Way, Corvallis, Oregon)

YOU are invited to a public forum on carbon pricing viewed from three distinct perspectives: economic, legal, and public policy.

The panelists are:

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 of our panelists will present a compelling 20-minute ‘Carbon Pricing for Oregon’ overview from their disciplinary fields, followed by a half-hour of Q & A. We will conclude the program with a call to action.

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.

For more information, visit http://www.lwv.corvallis.or.us/ and https://www.facebook.com/LWVCorvallis