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Barbara Duncan receives a Founders Earth Leadership Award at the May 16th 20th Anniversary Celebration

Barbara Duncan receives a Founders Earth Leadership Award at the May 16th 20th Anniversary Celebration

Last week the Northwest Earth Institute celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a celebration in Portland, Oregon with over 220 people in attendance, including past and present board members, staff, community partners and discussion course organizers from throughout the region as well as the country.

We were honored to present the Founders Earth Leadership Award to Vermont’s Barbara Duncan and Oregon’s Betty Shelley. Barbara has been working with the Northwest Earth Institute community since the late 1990s, having created the Vermont Earth Institute and Catamount Earth Institute (partner organizations to NWEI). Through the NWEI discussion courses, she helped create a network of sustainability groups throughout the state of Vermont. By 2012 she had led efforts in starting at least 600 NWEI courses and engaging some 6000 people in Vermont and New Hampshire!

Betty Shelley and NWEI Executive Director Mike Mercer at the NWEI 20th Anniversary Celebration

Betty Shelley and NWEI Executive Director Mike Mercer at the NWEI 20th Anniversary Celebration

Betty Shelley has been actively volunteering for NWEI during the span of NWEI’s 20 years. As a community volunteer, she teaches waste reduction courses for citizens in the Portland area, and has been highlighted for her and her husband’s efforts to generate only one can of trash per year. Betty has volunteered on nearly every NWEI discussion course development team and several major revisions, as well as has volunteered to support nearly every NWEI North American Gathering and Volunteers Retreat – both locally and around the country. She also served on NWEI’s Community Building Committee for many years.

NWEI Executive Director Mike Mercer notes, “Some people do a great job of creating an example in their personal choices for others to emulate. Others set a very high standard in their public contributions to the sustainability movement. Those that are in the top 1 percent in both realms are leaders who deserve to be recognized for contributions that truly move the dial…Betty Shelly is such a person.”

NWEI Founders Earth Leadership Award Nominees and Recipients at the 20th Anniversary Event on May 16th, 2013

NWEI Founders Earth Leadership Award Nominees and Recipients at the 20th Anniversary Event on May 16th, 2013

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sneak-peak-homepageAt NWEI, we believe the solution to many of Earth’s biggest challenges lies in the power of collective change: by taking action in our own lives and inspiring the people around us, each of us contributes to a world of impact. Over the last 20 years NWEI has helped nearly 145,000 people around the world make small steps that lead to big changes for our planet.

Today, on the day we celebrate NWEI’s 20th anniversary, we are launching new tools for you to create your community of change: a brand new website and online community EcoForum. All of our new tools make change even more social, fun and possible.  

NWEI’s new online platform will build a global network of people changing for good, connecting the many small communities around the globe who are using NWEI programs. This state-of-the-art online tool will expand opportunities for shared discovery and support.

Please visit our new website, explore our new course organizing support tools and share your stories of change and “aha!” moments today in our new EcoForum

NWEI Executive Director, Mike Mercer

NWEI Executive Director, Mike Mercer

Sustainable Business Oregon highlighted NWEI’s 20 years of work with the business community in an article published today. Read below for Andy Giegerich’s reflections on how NWEI has been “bringing businesses back to Earth” since 1993. For the full piece, click here.

A key player in Oregon’s early sustainable business movement is marking its second decade this week.

 

The Northwest Earth Institute, launched by former Stoel Rives LLP attorney Dick Roy and his wife Jeanne, will host its 20th anniversary party May 16th at Portland’s Left Bank Annex. As part of the celebration, the group is unveiling new strategies, including an updated online platform, that Executive Director Mike Mercer believes will move the group to the next level.

 

The Roys formed the group to push air quality and solid waste issues. Since then, it has also worked to improve Portland neighborhoods, through the Neighborhood Sense of Place Program, and formed the Sustainable Investment Institute as a way to train investment advisers on green issues.

 

The new Change for Good effort that’ll launch Thursday aims to “close the gap between the sustainability behavior people want to do and what they actually do,” Mercer said…

“This isn’t a solitary pursuit, it’s a social pursuit,” Mercer said. “We want to make it easy for someone who’s busy to get involved.”…Mercer has led the group since 2006 and participated in its programs since the mid-1990s.

 

“Twenty years ago, people weren’t having this discussion around sustainability,” he said. “It was a small group of change agents, maybe 1 percent or 2 percent of the population. Over the last 20 years, NWEI reached out to the middle part of the population who realized that change is permanent but didn’t know how to get there just yet.”

 

The group has increasingly focused on the higher education sector, such as faculty members who are incorporating sustainability tenets in their teaching and projects. About half of the group’s 10,000 members are in the higher education realm.

 

“Four years ago, it was zero” percent, Mercer said. “That’s in recognition of faculty members and institutions saying, we need to educate students for a different future, not just in renewable energy but in terms of dealing with the planet.”

NWEI is turning 20 this week! We’ll be celebrating our 20th Anniversary this Thursday as well as will launch a new website and online community EcoForum!

Join us tomorrow, May 14, at 12pm PST for a sneak peek at our new website and online discussion course platform.We invite you behind the scenes to see how you can use our discussion courses and new tools to create your own community of change.

Register today and we will email you your Go2Webinar log-in information before the event.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Below is a guest post from NWEI Board Member Eric Park – in honor of NWEI’s forthcoming 20th Anniversary and the launch of our new website and online platform next week. Enjoy!

This quote is often a source of inspiration for organizations like NWEI, committed to working towards creating positive change in the world. However, while this quote is inspiring, it doesn’t offer any insight into how to “spark” this change.

NWEI has spent the last twenty years, working to spark change. As we move forward into our twenty-first year, we will be launching a new online platform to extend the reach of the organization. But more importantly, we will move forward with a deeper understanding of the importance of mastering the art of the “aha” moment in order to accelerate the pace of change towards a more sustainable future.

We believe the key spark for behavior change is the “aha!” moment. We’ve all experienced “aha!” moments, from eyebrow raising to life-changing; moments when we discover something new about the world or ourselves that inspire us to make a change. NWEI has worked to understand the conditions necessary for individuals and small groups to have “aha!” moments, knowing that this is the spark for individual and collective change.

But sparking these “Aha” moments isn’t easy. When is the last time you actually changed your mind about something, or resolved yourself to make a small or significant change in the way you were doing things? Turns out for many, this doesn’t happen very often.

What we do know, is that most people who participate in an NWEI discussion courses or our annual Ecochallenge event do make a change. And we believe it’s because these activities engage people in a social process of learning, action, or story-telling that creates the conditions for them to have “Aha” moments.

As we launch our new on-line platform, we hope to encourage more people to participate in activities that trigger more personal “Aha” moments, because while we know change is hard, we also know that change is inevitable. And we’re committed to accelerating this change by becoming masters of art the “Aha” moment.

With our on-line platform, we hope it will be easier for you to share your “aha” moments and make it easier for you and others to create the conditions for your circle of family, friend, or co-workers to have theirs.

In just one month we will launch our fancy new website and *brand new* online discussion course platform. Having spent the better part of a year in the design and development phases, we are very excited to move on to the LAUNCH phase!

Today we want to share a couple sneak peek screen shots and an invitation to find out more by participating in our Sneak Peek Webinar.

We look forward to showing off the entire website and course platform on May 16th, until then check out this sneak peek! (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

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mail.google.comToday we feature a guest post from Angela Hamilton, Education and Student Programs Coordinator at Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, NWEI volunteer and member of the planning committee for our 20th Anniversary Celebration.

By Angela Hamilton

Like many of you, I have my own personal story of change inspired by NWEI’s discussion courses and EcoChallenge. I was introduced to NWEI in 2008 during my first class in the Leadership for Sustainability Education master’s program at Portland State University. The professor integrated a discussion course as a group assignment and brought in a guest speaker from the Earth Institute to speak to our class. I dreamed of becoming part of a curriculum committee for one of the discussion courses, and ventured to volunteer with NWEI. Instead of planning life-changing programs with a committee of like-minded folks, I found myself instead doing data entry, a much less “sexy” volunteer job, for which I had the right skills. What, you might ask, kept me around for the five years since?

Spending time in the NWEI office, I noticed two things that keep me connected to NWEI and its meaningful work. First, I learned how far NWEI’s influence stretches. Before volunteering, I knew that NWEI was a cool Portland nonprofit that had put together some amazing materials that I couldn’t wait to utilize in my future educational opportunities. But I had NO idea how many people had used the discussion courses to create change in their communities — thousands upon thousands of people in neighborhoods, universities, churches, and organizations across the world are taking action and creating change because of the Earth Institute! I became excited to support such an important organization working to bring forth a thriving future. Second, I realized that the organization is supported by a community. I watched as people came into the office and were welcomed as old friends. Because of the heart and commitment of the staff and board, NWEI brings meaning and community into people’s lives–locally, nationally, and internationally.

Over the past five years, I have deepened my relationship with NWEI by convening a Voluntary Simplicity discussion course, tabling for NWEI at the Portland Earth Day festival, attending the 2011 North American Gathering in Port Townsend, serving as a liaison at Portland State University for integrating the discussion courses into curricular and co-curricular learning, and promoting the courses via the nonprofit that I co-founded, Earth Wisdom AllianceWhen Mike called me in January 2012 to ask if I would be interested in joining a committee to work on the Change for Good campaign leading up to the 20th Anniversary Celebration, I was honored to be invited to increase my commitment to NWEI.

During the Voluntary Simplicity course that I convened, one of the participants quit her second job as a result of reassessing what she wanted more of and needed less of in her life. Witnessing this and hearing the other stories of individuals, groups, and organizations that are using NWEI’s courses to do amazing things —to make sustainable magic— in this world where change is sometimes challenging, my inspiration is renewed. I can’t wait to see NWEI’s powerful new platform for cultivating communities of leaders, which will launch at the 20th Anniversary Celebration.

I hope you’ll join me on May 16th at the Celebration, I promise you a night of fun and inspiration!

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20th Celebration postcard change photoNorthwest Earth Institute is excited to announce our nominees for The Change for Good Award, which will be given to an organization who in their own right has integrated sustainability principles into the core of their operations and, working in partnership with NWEI, has helped make our surrounding community a healthier, more sustainable place to live. The following five organizations have worked closely with NWEI over the years in engaging students, community members and employees in sustainability discussion and action.

Intel – As the number one purchaser of renewable energy credits in the US since 2008 (according to the EPA) and a strategic investor in renewable energy start-up companies, Intel is helping lead the development of the clean energy industry. Intel supports employee-initiated grassroots efforts, including the Intel Employee Sustainability Network (IESN), a chartered employee group. IESN, in place at Intel since 2004, provides employee networking, volunteering, and educational opportunities that align with Intel’s corporate environmental focus areas. The group’s activities have included Northwest Earth Institute discussion courses delivered at multiple Intel sites around the world, with more than 400 Intel employees having participated in NWEI discussion courses over the years.

imagesThe local (Oregon based) contingent of Intel employees are worthy of special recognition for their efforts, both internally and externally. In 2011, 35 Intel volunteers took the NWEI discussion course program into 20 local high schools, engaging over 400 high school students in the Greater Portland area. Using NWEI’s Just Below the Surface discussion course, Intel volunteers mentored high school students and facilitated dialog and critical thinking around the use of energy.

imagesNW Natural – NW Natural is committed to reducing fossil fuel impact on local and global environments. Through promoting more efficient energy use and environmental stewardship, NW Natural is doing its part to limit carbon emissions and slow or stop the greenhouse effect—a proven factor in global climate change. Since at least 2007, NW Natural has been engaging employees in NWEI discussion courses. They have also been an active participant in and sponsor of NWEI’s EcoChallenge with employees committing to sustainability actions each Fall. Their paperless billing campaign donates significant funds to local nonprofits, including NWEI, and encourages customers to go paperless. NW Natural also funded an employee to serve as a consultant for NWEI in 2008. NW Natural is committed to offsetting 100 percent of the CO2 associated with natural gas heating use for the next five years.

imagesPortland Community College – Since at least 2008, hundreds of students have participated in NWEI courses in a variety of classes. SPARC, which promotes sustainability throughout the curriculum, has actively connected faculty with NWEI resources and PCC faculty have organized ongoing NWEI discussion courses for faculty and staff. PCC Student Government has also hosted several NWEI courses on sustainability topics. From environmentally sound operating practices to a curriculum that supports sustainability, PCC demonstrates sustainability leadership. The Rock Creek Campus vermicomposting system creates a closed loop that takes pre-consumer cafeteria scrap, composts it and uses it in the garden to grow food to serve again in the cafeteria; the Sylvania Learning Garden is beginning to create a similar system. PCC has developed programs in renewable energy systems, alternative fuels, solar voltaic manufacturing and sustainable building. PCC Sylvania Campus President Linda Gerber is a member of NWEI’s Board of Directors, providing valuable input about NWEI’s ongoing collaboration with campuses.

indexThe Standard – The story of sustainability at The Standard begins with a handful of employees who had a vision for the company’s future. They had participated in Northwest Earth Institute’s Choices for Sustainable Living discussion course, and it led them to form The Standard’s first Green Team with a few like-minded employees. Since then the Green Team has nearly 100 members, is guided by an executive-sponsored steering committee and is behind significant changes at The Standard, including powering the Tanasbourne Campus in Hillsboro, Oregon by Clean Wind renewable energy and solar panels, their newest building on the Tanasbourne Campus is LEED Gold-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and is 34 percent more efficient than a conventional building, and the downtown Portland Standard Plaza building is also LEED Gold-certified and is Energy Star rated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The NWEI courses have been an integral part of The Standard’s ongoing Green Team activities, and The Standard has also been an active participant and sponsor of our EcoChallenge each Fall.

indexUnitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth – UUMFE has been connecting and inspiring Unitarian Universalist communities across North America to work for for environmental justice, spiritual renewal and shared reverence for Earth since 2005. Since building a partnership with Northwest Earth Institute in 2007, UUMFE has been able to engage over 1,000 members of UU fellowships throughout North America in NWEI discussion courses. In 2011 and 2012, Nancy King Smith, UUMFE Board Member, was able to organize over 20 NWEI discussion courses in Cleveland, Ohiocontributing to the creation of more local and sustainable food systems. In the past two years, UUMFE has brought Earth justice education and action campaigns to their members and congregations (NWEI serving as a primary delivery model) and created an advocacy coalition for environmental justice issues in collaboration with other Unitarian Universalist (UU) partners. UUMFE has been able to collect stories of success from their UU congregations, particularly around Earth Day.

Congrats to our nominees, and thanks to each organization for their continued partnership with NWEI as well as their work to create a more sustainable future! Stay tuned to find out which organization won the first ever Change for Good Award! We’ll announce the winner at our 20th Anniversary Celebration and then here on our blog.

imagesPortland, Oregon based Edible Portland (published by local nonprofit Ecotrust) just named six Sustainable Food Heros, and Dancing Roots Farm’s Shari Sirkin was amongst those honored. Shari was NWEI’s first employee in 1993 when the organization was founded. She will be joining us at NWEI’s 20th Anniversary Party and running the food Eco Station. See below for an excerpt from OPB’s article:

Who are your local food heroes? Edible Portland, a magazine published by environmental nonprofit Ecotrust, holds a Local Food Hero contest every year to recognize businesses that go the extra mile for social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Since 2009, the group has taken nominations for food heroes in six categories: Farm/ranch, restaurant, food artisan, beverage artisan, retailer and nonprofit. The winners are determined by a public vote. Check out this year’s winners, based on around 2,000 votes:

Dancing Roots Farm – Shari Sirkin and Bryan Dickerson grow heirloom, organic veggies on 10 acres in Troutdale. They’ve been offering their harvest to CSA members for 17 years, and they’re up to 150 members. They also collect donations for a CSA “scholarship” program to help others afford a membership. Sirkin advocates for strong connections between local farmers and eaters as the president of the Portland Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition, and farm supplies numerous Portland restaurants including Nedd Ludd, Genoa, Park Kitchen and Navarre.

Congrats to Shari! To read the full piece, click here.

The Loveland Garden Club in Omaha, NE hosts NWEI's Choices for Sustainable Living

The Loveland Garden Club in Omaha, NE hosts NWEI’s Choices for Sustainable Living

At NWEI, we believe the solution to many of the Earth’s biggest challenges lies in the power of collective change: each of us contributes to a world of impact. Over the last 20 years, NWEI has helped 142,000 people from around the world make small steps that lead to big changes for our planet.

Today we are calling upon you, our partners, volunteers and course organizers, as well as those new to NWEI, to help us reach 145,000 participants in NWEI’s sustainability focused discussion courses by June 30, 2013. That’s 3,000 people in three months – ambitious, but attainable with your help. If you’ve been considering organizing a course, please take the first step today. We’re here to help you get started too – call us at 503-227-2807 or email contact@nwei.org.
With your help to engage 3,000 participants this Spring, 145,000 citizens over the course of twenty years will have been motivated to take action in their own lives and inspire the people around them. 145,000 citizens taking action, like those in Durham, North Carolina, Cleveland, Ohio, the Columbia Gorge here in Oregon, and Jefferson County, Washington, is no small feat.
Thank you for stepping up today to help reach our goal—3,000 people, 3 months, let’s do it!

In honor of Northwest Earth Institute’s 20th Anniversary, NWEI is awarding an outstanding individual in our network who exemplifies creating change for good and inspiring responsibility for Earth. Below are the nominees for the Founders Earth Leadership Award, an award created to recognize just a few of the amazing individuals who are part of the Northwest Earth Institute community. The recipient will be announced at NWEI’s 20th Anniversary Party on May 16th. Please join us in celebrating these individuals and their work to create a more sustainable future!

Judy wearing whiteJudy Alexander is one of the founders of Jefferson County Earth Institute, a new partner organization to NWEI. She has been involved with NWEI since 2000 as an active steering committee member and course organizer in Port Townsend, Washington, where she has helped to organize over 150 NWEI discussion groups, with over 800 participants! Judy has offered every NWEI course in her community. She was a key inspiration behind NWEI’s 2011 conference, held in Port Townsend, WA. She worked tirelessly in the planning and implementation of the event which focused on leadership, sustainability and sustainable food. She was also instrumental in getting farmers, restaurant owners, farmers markets, consumers and citizens together to talk about and take action around creating more local, sustainable food options in Jefferson County during a Menu for the Future community organizing push a few years ago, which served as an example for other groups in the US, with Cleveland, Ohio and Vermont replicating her efforts.

mail.google.comTami Boardman has been an active and very committed NWEI volunteer since 2008, and has participated in many NWEI courses. She has provided the leadership and inspiration in starting discussion courses at her workplace, spawning organizational sustainability action. Tami has also been an active EcoChallenge participant in past years, and has also chosen to be an EcoChallenge fundraiser for NWEI.  Tami plays a leadership role on the EarthShare Board of Directors, serving as NWEI’s representative and developing communications materials. Tami is currently participating on the NWEI Curriculum Committee, her efforts supporting a forthcoming revision of NWEI’s most popular course, Menu for the Future.

BD at Flower HillBarbara Duncan has been working with the Northwest Earth Institute community since the late 1990s. She has tirelessly worked to begin courses via two non-profit organizations she helped to create: Vermont Earth Institute and Catamount Earth Institute (partner organizations to NWEI). Through the NWEI discussion courses, she helped create a network of sustainability groups throughout the state of Vermont (the Sustainability Network is still connected and takes on a variety of sustainability projects). By 2012 she had led efforts in starting at least 600 NWEI courses and engaging some 6000 people in Vermont and New Hampshire! In 2011 she did a large Menu for the Future push similar to Port Townsend’s efforts (with 25 discussion groups starting). Of this effort Barbara notes, “Menu for the Future has been phenomenal. Vermont has been strong in the localvore movement and I had been doing localvore activities since 2000. However, having Menu for the Future made it so that people who had been paying attention to the movement could take this course and say YES we can do more. More community gardens started because of the course and support for farm to school programs grew.” Barbara has personally started 50 Menu for the Future groups!

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Shelley Green has been involved with NWEI since 2006 when she began organizing discussion courses. She founded the Arkansas Earth Institute, a partner of NWEI, shortly thereafter and has been actively community organizing and networking on behalf of sustainability and social change throughout Arkansas. She has worked to form discussion groups on college campuses, via Heifer International, the Clinton Foundation, Wild Oats, the Architecture Institute of America, and has collaborated with Arkansas Interfaith Alliance and the Climate Justice Campaign, amongst many others. Shelley is also co-founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Central Arkansas and helped to form the Little Rock Sustainability Commission. She has also founded The Green Corner Store, which she owns and operates, offering a hub of sustainability for the community in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was recently hailed as being an Eco-Hero.

mail.google.comEric Park has served on NWEI’s board for the past three years, currently serving as Board Vice Chair. He is an active participant in each meeting in helping fellow board members stay in tune with the essence of NWEI and how to best articulate the impact of our work. He was instrumental in contributing to NWEI’s current Strategic Plan, joining the NWEI staff retreat in 2011, where he presented a systems perspective model for NWEI’s work. Eric has also helped the NWEI team extend the new Change for Good online platform far beyond what was initially envisioned. As a result, the forthcoming new online platform will guide new and experienced users through a process that will allow them to achieve their dreams as a leader in the sustainability movement. Beyond his work with NWEI, Eric is a sustainability leader at Ziba Design, a consumer design group, where he is able to address consumer values around sustainability.

mail.google.comRick Reber lives out his environmental convictions every day in his job at The Standard and in his volunteerism in Portland. Rick is a founding member of the Green Team at The Standard, and is a member of the GreenTeam Employee Education committee. Rick demonstrated the power of NWEI’s Choices for Sustainable Living discussion course when he organized this course at The Standard more than 10 years ago, planting the seeds for the creation of The Standard’s first Green Team. Rick has been a member and volunteer at NWEI since at least 1994 (if not before). He has also been one of our primary Mentor and Presenter Trainers over the past seven plus years. His encouraging presence helps new volunteers to feel comfortable. He has filled virtually every volunteer role NWEI offers:  mentoring new discussion groups, presenting on NWEI’s work, training new mentors and trainers, representing NWEI at The Standard volunteer fair and other events, actively organizing discussion courses, helping to develop past discussion courses and even hosting out of town NWEI community members during NWEI events!

douglas-richDoug Rich has been involved with NWEI for at least 12 of NWEI’s 20 years, serving as an NWEI board member for seven years, actively organizing and mentoring discussion courses and well as participating in NWEI’s EcoChallenge. He was instrumental in catalyzing sustainability community organizing in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where nearly 40 NWEI discussion groups have started over the years due to his efforts! Through this network of sustainability advocates, he has worked with fellow citizens as a leader in stewarding natural resources in and near Lake Oswego and has served as a member of the Natural Resources Advisory Board.

mail.google.comLena Rotenberg was integral to the formation of Simplicity Matters Earth Institute, one of NWEI’s partner organizations in the Washington DC metro area, and served as a steering committee member for many years. Over the years they have been one of NWEI’s most active partners, with Lena organizing and promoting ‘simplicity circles’ in the DC area, using NWEI’s Voluntary Simplicity course book amongst others. Lena has also been instrumental in the development of many of NWEI’s discussion course books, serving as an active volunteer curriculum committee member for several revision and new course creation processes.  In 2011, Lena started a local foods co-op, Valley Co-op, in conjunction with several others in her community, citing NWEI as the inspiration to do so. In her words, “95 percent of my sustainable actions are a product of NWEI influences. The other 5 percent come from friends. Once the activist lens comes down, you can’t go back.”

mail.google.comBetty Shelley, a recycling expert for Portland’s Metro, has been actively volunteering for NWEI during the span of NWEI’s 20 years. As a community volunteer, she teaches waste reduction courses for citizens in the Portland area, and has been highlighted for her and her husband’s efforts to generate only one can of trash per year. Betty has volunteered on nearly every NWEI discussion course development team and several major revisions, as well as has volunteered to support nearly every NWEI North American Gathering and Volunteers Retreat – both locally and around the country. She also served on NWEI’s Community Building Committee for many years. NWEI Executive Director Mike Mercer notes, “Some people do a great job of creating an example in their personal choices for others to emulate. Others set a very high standard in their public contributions to the sustainability movement. Those that are in the top 1 percent in both realms are leaders who deserve to be recognized for contributions that truly move the dial…Betty Shelly is such a person.”

Congrats to our nominees for the Founders Earth Leadership Award! If you are able, please join us on May 16th in Portland to celebrate 20 years of Northwest Earth Institute’s impact and community!

In just over two months, we will host our 20th Anniversary Celebration here in Portland, Oregon. We know that the NWEI community spreads far beyond our hometown in Portland, and that there are people from across North America who will be celebrating with us in spirit. We have another way for you to get involved in the Celebration if you can’t attend in person too.

We are inviting donations to support members of our community who are “living lightly” and may not be able to afford a full-price ticket to the celebration. Students, full-time volunteers and those who are pursuing part-time work for example, will be able to attend our celebration thanks to the generosity of the NWEI community. We are collecting $60 donations, which will support two people attending the celebration at half-price, or one person attending with a full “scholarship.”

We will recognize all of the donors who sponsor a Living Lightly ticket at our 20th Anniversary Celebration and thank you for considering this opportunity to be involved in the event even if you can’t attend in person.  To make a tax-deductible Living Lightly ticket donation click on “Get Tickets” on the event website, or call me (Kerry) or Liz at 503-227-2807. Thank you for being part of NWEI’s celebration of 20 years of connection, reflection and action!

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And if you’re interested in applying for a Living Lightly ticket, please fill out this quick formWe will be in touch with people who are interested in Living Lightly tickets in April.

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