Quarterly Gathering April 27th

Event to feature diverse local sustainability efforts

An impressive mix of sustainability efforts will be highlighted at the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s next Quarterly Gathering on Monday, April 27, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The gathering will feature brief presentations by two Coalition partners and two Coalition action teams. The public is invited.

Gian Mercurio, Organics Manager for Greenwillow Grains, will share what her business has been doing to help develop a secure local food system. Lee Lazaro of Benton County Rural and Special Transportation will share how that program is supporting the creation of a sustainable community – environmentally, socially, and economically. There will also be a presentation by the Coalition’s Water Action Team, including three students who are analyzing OSU’s stormwater system. In addition, attendees will learn about Take Charge Corvallis! – the initiative being led by the Coalition’s  Energy Action Team and Energize Corvallis as our community competes for a $5 million energy prize.

The gathering will include an opportunity for networking and information sharing by attendees. Refreshments will include delicious baked goods provided by Wild Yeast Community Supported Bakery. The April gathering is sponsored by Coalition partner Republic Services.

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is a network of 325 organizations and hundreds of volunteers. Partner organizations include businesses, non-profit organizations, faith communities, educational institutions and government entities. The mission of the group is to promote an ecologically, socially, and economically healthy city and county.  The Coalition is working on a wide variety of projects in 12 topic areas to move toward goals outlined in Community Sustainability: A Framework for Action.

For more information, call 541-230-1237, e-mail info@sustainablecorvallis.org, or visit www.sustainablecorvallis.org.

Climate Solutions event this Saturday

Climate policies, programs, and politics that are working well in Oregon will be the topic of a special program this Saturday, April 11, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle, in Corvallis. The keynote speaker will be Catherine Mater, who serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission and is a prominent expert in sustainable forestry and conservation issues. She is president of Mater Engineering in Corvallis and a senior fellow of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

Keynote speaker Catherine Mater is a member of the Oregon Global Warming Commission.
Keynote speaker Catherine Mater is a member of the Oregon Global Warming Commission.

Additional “celebratory talks” on the stunning achievements that enable Oregon to be an example for the nation in meeting carbon reduction goals by 2050 will include Jeff Bissonette, Citizens’ Utility Board Legislative Director, on Oregon’s key energy legislation; Anne Murray Allen, PhD, on  “Overcoming Your Barriers to Action”; and Theresa Gibney, of the Sustainability Coalition’s Energy Action Team, on Take Charge Corvallis – our community’s participation in the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition.

Also, small room conversations will offer an opportunity for attendees to have specific questions answered in the areas of community and personal solar (Laura Uhler), efficient lighting (Elizabeth Waldorf), heat pump water heaters (Brandon Trelstad), Oregon’s new building codes that allow water collection and grey water recycling (Dave Eckert), and direct political action (Leonard Higgins).

Saturday’s event is sponsored by the Energy Action Team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Climate Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

For further information, contact info@sustainablecorvallis.org.