Archives for October 2012

An Ecology Based Education

Interview with David W. Orr
What is the purpose of education? What exactly are we trying to achieve by sending kids to school for twelve years? Dr. David Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, sees a direct connection between how we teach children and the disastrous impacts of our dependence on fossil fuels. … Read More.

3rd Annual John Day or Bust EV Caravan

Imagine three Nissan Leafs (one red, one white, and one blue), and a couple of converted Toyota Yarises (one with a splashy Monavie ad), all caravanning 290 miles from Portland to John Day, OR. We were taking our electric vehicles (EVs) to SolWest, a yearly enduring renewable energy and sustainability fair, to show them off … Read More.

Co-ops Build a Better World

In the wake of a global recession that continues to devastate communities and livelihoods, people are hungry for alternatives to corporate greed and stock market speculation. As we look at challenges such as climate change, unemployment and growing disparities of wealth and ownership, many of us feel discouraged and unsure of how we can make … Read More.

The Mysteries of Recycling:

Part I Understanding the Problem
What’s so mysterious about recycling? We dutifully put our waste paper, cardboard, empty cans, plastic containers, and glass jars into our recycle containers and then set them at the curb. Some of the more conscientious of us even give some thought to the rules for what can be recycled and how … Read More.

Studded Tires

Studded tires have bothered me for years. The driving on ruts, the road noise, the dangerous hydroplaning, and the costs to repair the roads are all concerns for me.
As a citizen activist, I contacted my legislator and the Oregon Department of Transportation, but couldn’t get any justifiable answers as to why studded tires are still … Read More.

Upcoming Earth Care Summit to Explore “Living Waters”

[ January 28, 2013 5:30 pm to January 29, 2013 5:30 am. ] Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Fourth Annual Earth Care SummitFourth Annual Earth Care Summit

Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, is holding its fourth annual Earth Care Summit on Jan. 28, 2013. Join individuals and congregations from around the state to learn about greening resources, be inspired by speakers and each … Read More.

Summa Institute Grand Opening

[ January 24, 2013 5:30 pm to January 25, 2013 12:30 am. ] Summa Institute Grand Opening
Date: 1/24/2013
Time: 5:30 PM TO 8:30 PM

Event Description:

Summa Institute Grand Opening


We would like to invite all of our supporters, business partners, educators, parents and friends to join us for our Grand Opening Events.

Wine and Cheese Reception, Ribbon Cutting, Presentations and Tours.

This is a very special moment for us and we invite you … Read More.

Inner (tube) Beauty

Artful Accessories from Recycled Bicycle Inner Tubes
When Julia Garretson looks at bicycle inner tubes, she sees jewelry. When others look at her jewelry, they see- well… Jewelry.
As a member of Portland’s Trillium Artisan Etsy Team, Julia is one of several local artisans dedicated to using recycled materials in her work. The end result is a … Read More.

Simplicity Is the Way

When I started my journey beyond the borders of my upbringing, I learned that simplicity was the way.
courtesty flickr user Rosino
I built a cabin on the back of a flatbed truck with a six-cylinder engine. You know, the kind of engine where you could see the parts and knew what they did. I found my … Read More.

Community Action 2012 Energy Conservation and Resource Fair

[ October 27, 2012; 12:30 am to 4:30 am. ]                       Community Action is proud to announce our 2012 ENERGY CONSERVATION AND RESOURCE FAIR
Community Action’s 10th Annual Energy Conservation and Resource Fair will be held on Saturday, October 27th, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Tuality Health Education Center, 344 SE 8th Ave., Hillsboro, OR 97123. The fair is free and open to … Read More.