March 7th event theme is “The Arts: A Portal to Sustainability”
“Inspiring!” “Lively!” “Dynamic!” are words that community members have used to describe the annual Sustainability Town Hall. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, March 7, at the CH2MHill Alumni Center on the OSU campus. All are welcome, but seating at the Town Hall is limited! Register HERE for the Town Hall by February 29.
The Town Hall will begin at 7 pm in the Alumni Center ballroom, where participants will be seated at tables of eight for a fast-paced, interactive Town Hall. The program includes three parts, each with a presentation from the main stage followed by discussion and activity at the tables. This year’s theme is “The Arts: A Portal to Sustainability”. A highlight of the program will be the keynote presentations by local leaders of the arts:
- Cynthia Spencer-Hadlock of The Arts Center, representing the visual arts;
- Carly Lettero of Spring Creek Project, representing the written and spoken arts; and
- Rose Holdorf of Tarweed Folk School, representing the practical arts.
The Town Hall program will also include the annual “Community Scrapbook”, a slide presentation highlighting the sustainability achievements of local organizations and businesses during the past year – actions that are moving our community toward environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality.
Just prior to the Town Hall, the annual Sustainability Fair will begin at 5 pm with more than 50 hands-on exhibits, each representing a partner organization or action team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. A fabulous spread of delicious local food will be offered by New Morning Bakery, and attendees will delight to the sounds of the Nick Rivard/Ben Woodman Jazz Duo. The entire event will be waste-free, and attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus to the event. Bike racks will be available on the south side of the Alumni Center.
The Sustainability Fair and Town Hall are organized by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. Primary event sponsors are the OSU Office of Sustainability, Benton Community Foundation, First Alternative Co-op, Abundant Solar, Energy Wise Services, and G. Christianson Construction. Additional sponsors include Block 15, Greenbelt Land Trust, Seeds for the Sol, Sibling Revelry, Western Pulp Products, Audubon Society of Corvallis, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Corvallis Folklore Society, First United Methodist Church Environmental Care Team, Flicker & Fir, Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club, Oregon Clean Power Co-op, Owen Dell & Associates, Peak Bike & Outdoor, and Public Good PR.
This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome, but space at the Town Hall is limited. Register HERE for the 2024 Sustainability Town Hall. Registration deadline is February 29. Registration is NOT required for the Sustainability Fair.