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For those in the Portland area, please join other NWEI volunteers and staffers at the  Do the Math Tour Documentary Premiere and Panel Discussion, to be held Sunday, April 21st at 6pm at the Ecotrust building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Portland. NWEI Executive Director Mike Mercer will be talking about NWEI’s work as part of the panel discussion. Below is an invitation from Mike Rosen, who is organizing the showing.
What better way to spend Earth Day Eve than at the Portland premiere of 350.org‘s documentary on the Do the Math Tour?  Doors open at 5:30 pm, at Ecotrust (located at 721 NW 9th Avenue, 2nd floor).  Join us for a 1 hour panel discussion at 6pm with local leaders to learn about their efforts to combat Global Warming.  From 5:30 to 6 and from 8 to 9 you can browse our information tables.  At 7 pm we will have the Portland premiere of the Do the Math Tour documentary.  After the film our panel will reconvene for further discussion. The $3 charge covers the cost of the venue.  Anyone needing free tickets should contact Mike Rosen @ mikanter@comcast.net

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.

Some of you may remember Sarah Menzies, a former Outreach Team member here at NWEI. She has moved on to pursue her love of videography and continues to dedicate time and energy to environmental issues. Check out her recent video covering Bill McKibben’s Do The Math Tour in Portland.

Do the Math – Portland from Sarah Menzies on Vimeo.

This week KOIN Channel 6 reported on a how the NWEI EcoChallenge impacted one Portland family who took on a waste reduction challenge. The entire Tust family took on the EcoChallenge, each choosing a different action to focus on for the two week period.

Robert Tust reduced his shower time to 2 minutes a day and Meghan Tust chose trash reduction as her challenge, reducing packaging waste and buying more bulk foods at the store (she also eliminated disposable sandwich bags). Even five year old daughter Kaia Tust took on the EcoChallenge, reducing paper use for her arts and crafts and “saving trees” by only using recycled items for her art projects.

Watch Channel 6’s coverage of how this family’s EcoChallenge reminded them that “small changes do make an impact.”

For the short video, click here.

From now until January 1st, Whole Foods on Fremont and 15th in NE Portland will be supporting NWEI as one of its wooden nickel non-profit donation recipients. When you bring your own grocery bags to the store, you will receive a nickel back for each bag.  You have the option to take that nickel off your bill or better yet receive a wooden nickel and donate it to a local non-profit.  There is a box located at the front of the store to collect these wood nickels and they really do add up!

Please bring your own bags and shop at Whole Foods Fremont this Fall. The store is at 3535 NE 15th in Portland. Your 5 cents donated to NWEI via wooden nickel donations will go a long way in helping NWEI continue to offer valuable sustainability programs.

Thanks for your support!

We recently spoke with Babs Adamski, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Be Cart Smart (your new curbside collection service). For those of you reading from Portland, Oregon, consider joining the Include the Food campaign and raise funds for your community organization along the way.

What: The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) invites neighborhood associations, nonprofit groups, ethnic groups, and communities of faith to mobilize volunteers to go door-to-door to answer questions about changes to the curbside collection system, to promote composting and to earn money for the group.

Why: Just like when Portlanders first started recycling, it takes time to create and establish new routines for households.
Portlanders are doing a great job adapting to the new Curbside Collection Service with food scrap composting and the change to weekly pick up of the green Portland Composts! roll cart and every-other-week garbage collection. The City wants to continue to help Portlanders adapt and to answer questions about the changes.

How: Participating groups commit to mobilizing volunteers ages 18 years and older. BPS provides training, safety vests, maps, walking lists and literature. Volunteers earn $2.00 per conversation or $.50 per piece left behind for their organizations.
Any group providing five or more volunteers is welcome.

When: February 28 – May 19, 2012
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (evenings), Saturdays; Groups pick days and times for the training and to canvass together.

Where: Target neighborhoods include St. Johns, Woodlawn, King, Concordia, Cully, Centennial, Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Brentwood Darlington and Woodstock.

Ready to jump in? Contact Babs Adamski, 503-823-8753, barbara.adamski@portlandoregon.gov or Renée Johnson, 503-823-1862, renee.johnson@portlandoregon.gov

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