NWEI just found out that Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes will ditch disposables for the 2011 EcoChallenge, beginning tomorrow, October 1st. Kitzhaber and Hayes have pledged to use only reusable shopping bags, water bottles and coffee cups during the challenge. “All of us can make small changes in our lives that add up to a big impact,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “We hope Oregonians around the state will join us in their own EcoChallenge to change a habit and make a difference.”

Governor Kitzhaber and Hayes will post photos and updates during the two‐week challenge on the Governor’s Facebook page and the EcoChallenge website. Visit http://www.ecochallenge.org/list_of_participants/team_member/governor_john_kitzhabe
to view their EcoChallenge profile page.

NWEI started the EcoChallenge in 2009, and approximately 500 people participated in the first two years of the challenge. To date, 150 teams and a total of 943 individuals have registered for 2011. “The EcoChallenge is all about making change more fun, more possible and more permanent – and the Governor and First Lady are proving by example that we can all make our day‐to‐day lives more sustainable,” said NWEI Executive Director Mike Mercer. “After two weeks, most EcoChallengers find they’ve changed their habits—and reduced their impact—for good.”

You can still join us! Sign up at www.ecochallenge.org.