bePortland covered Friday night’s EcoChallenge Launch Party and here is what they had to say:

The Green Drop Garage, an environmentally friendly auto garage located in SW Portland was a unique yet fitting setting for the 2012 EcoChallenge launch party on Friday night. The crowd at the event gathered together around a lot full of old cars and inside a garage littered with disassembled motor parts to listen to some free music, have some drinks, eat some food  all while working towards a greener earth.

EcoChallenge is an annual event that challenges everyone to make small changes in their life to help reduce their impact on the environment. For two weeks participants are asked to take part in different categories ranging from transportation to trash, energy and food. The EcoChallenge is helping its participants become aware and make a change in the way they do things in their everyday lives in hopes of creating a lifelong change for the better.

Three Portland based bands played for the event…Also in attendance was Jefferson Smith, one of the mayoral candidates for Portland. The candidate was the perfect politician to speak at the eco event, with his own campaign dedication to sustainability as well as environmentally minded policies. Smith mixed it up, going from genuine humor and then getting serious and launching into the importance of some of the more crucial environmentally issues affecting the Portland area…

The evening was a lot of fun but most importantly it helped remind the audience about the importance that one change in their life can also make on the world as a whole. The festivities helped to bring awareness to EcoChallenge and their idea that a small change in the lives of a few can create a great change in the world…

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