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A few weeks ago we asked all of you to send us your title ideas for our new course on health and the environment.  
Jan Aiels of the Indian Creek Nature Center is our big raffle winner!  Her name was drawn from the 100+ we received.  We ended up using bits and pieces from all of your suggestions, and the final title is… drum roll please… A World of Health: Connecting People, Place, and Planet.  And for the “Most Humorous” category, the winner was I’m Green, but I’m not an Alien.  Quite creative.

The six-session course begins by discussing some of the limitations of the current medical model and its approach to health.  It then progresses through the places where our personal health intersects with the environment — from our food and homes, to our communities and society, and finally, to our planet.  At each stage we find individual actions that promote good health and in turn, promote a healthier environment.   These positive changes reinforce one another, as a healthier environment is a fundamental condition for sustaining human health and well-being.  We’re still putting the final touches on the material, but it will be available in early September.

Congratulations again to Jan!  She will be sent 10 copies of A World of Health for her to engage her community.  Thanks to all of you who inspired us with your helpful suggestions!


Organizational Background:

Northwest Earth Institute is a grassroots organization of volunteers and community organizers around the country who have brought together more than 115,000 people to dialogue and take action on behalf of the Earth.  NWEI offers nine discussion courses on a variety of sustainability topics.  Please visit our website for more information on our work to promote social and environmental change.

The Shipper will have the primary areas of responsibility:

Processing of book orders, which includes stocking and packaging books as well as arranging for the books to get from NWEI to USPS.  Some light lifting will be necessary.  The book boxes weigh about 15-20lbs per box, but we do have a hand-truck for wheeling books within the office.  The shipper will also need to update and enter orders into our database.  We are looking for someone who is organized, and who can adapt to new situations as protocol may change.  This is relatively easy, but very important work, and we are hoping to find someone who can fill this crucial part of our team.  This is a great job for students wanting a steady job with relatively few hours a week.


Dependable.  Database entry experience; Salesforce preferred.  High attention to detail and organization. The position is based in Portland, OR.


Minimum of one year commitment requested

Start Date: Ideally, starting August 5th for a training day with our departing shipper.

Hours: 4-6 hours a week, 2 days a week


$10 per hour and a supportive office environment

Application Process:

Application deadline will be Wednesday, July 28th.  Please send a resume and two personal references to

Read a really interesting article in yesterday’s Oregonian regarding banning plastic bags.  Oregon has a great opportunity to become a national leader in reducing the number of plastic bags that flow through our waste system and out into our environment.   Take a look!

Also, a few of us will be joining the Ban the Bag rally at City Hall tomorrow at noon.  Come join us and demonstrate support for reducing plastic bag waste.  Hope to see you there!

We are hiring new Outreach Team Interns for the summer and fall months.  If you are interested in applying for the program, please click here for a description of the position.

Please send a resume and cover letter electronically to Sarah Menzies at by Monday July 19th.
**Please note: ‘Internship Application’ in the subject of your email, and paste your cover letter in the text of the email**

Thank you!  We look forward to receiving your application!


For anyone that has had the privilege of naming something important to them – be it a coffee shop, book or even a first child – the task of coming up with the perfect name can seem like nothing short of writers block to the Nth degree. It often involves some deep soul searching, reading up, and seeking counsel from close loved ones on the significance of certain names in order to find just the right one to encapsulate all that seemingly indescribable intention and potential.

Which is why we’re so happy to announce our new “Help Us Name Our Newest Course” Contest, wherein we would like to ask the NWEI community to offer their best, most creative ideas on what to name our newest course that will be focused on Personal  and Environmental Health.

We can’t give too much away (see our previous post- Healthy YOU, Healthy Planet), but as you can imagine, it will take a closer look at how the health of our many environments (whether household, local, nation or global) directly affect one’s own health. Its arrival has been very highly anticipated, and we’re looking to decide on a name by this coming Friday, so let’s hear what you’ve got!!!

Here’s what to do…

  • Leave a comment below (or on our Facebook page) with your best new course title ideas, and you’ll be entered in a raffle to receive TEN FREE COPIES OF THE NEW COURSE to help you organize an NWEI discussion group!!!
  • Second and Third Prize drawings will be given a Burgerville Gift Card!
  • All entries must be submitted by Friday at 9 AM sharp.
  • Just to help you get the ball rolling, some of our ideas have revolved around the following phrases: collective health, beyond prescriptions, environmental health and you, sustaining health, remedies, pathways, etc.

We look forward to hearing what you come up with!

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