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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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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!

It’s hard to believe, but NWEI’s 20th Anniversary is just around the corner. One short year from now NWEI will turn 20, and in preparation for our 20th Anniversary we’re creating a map that will “pin” locations where NWEI courses have taken place over time. Whether you participated in 1993 or just last week, in one course or all 11, we invite you to “pin” your location on our Alumni Map.

Click here to complete a very short web form, and we’ll use your City/State/Zip Code information to create a pin on our NWEI Alumni Map.

Thanks for helping us demonstrate the reach of NWEI’s programs and our impact across North America! As an incentive to create your Alumni “pin” on the map we have a couple of swell raffle prizes that everyone who completes the form will be eligible to win–including a free pair of KEEN shoes and a KEEN bag.

And check out the map here!

As you know, NWEI launched it’s newest discussion course, Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability, this month and we are thrilled to see the response thus far! We are also excited to offer course organizers a free copy of the new guide when organizing your group this Fall. Place your group’s order before November 15th by calling us and simply mention this blog post and we’ll send you a free copy of the guide along with your group’s books. (*Please note: you must place your order for your group in order to receive your free copy.) We hope you’ll join the hundreds of others who are getting ready to sit down and dig deep into how to make more sustainable and ethical food choices.

Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability explores the true meaning of the phrase “you are what you eat.” In four to six sessions, this discussion course challenges participants to examine their roles, not only as consumers of food, but also as creators — of food, of systems, and of the world we all live in. Each session includes readings, short assignments and accompanying discussion questions that address the impact of individual food choices on a range of issues, including ecosystem health, the treatment of factory and farm workers, and the global economy. Many sessions also include video clips, podcasts and websites to deepen the learning experience. Hungry for Change helps participants commit to lasting change by developing and sharing personal Action Plans with each session.

Give us a call at 503 227 2807 for more information, or visit our website. You can also read NWEI Curriculum Director’s blog post on the new course here.

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