Master Recycler News | February 2017

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2017 Mid-Valley Green Awards

Saturday, March 11 | 6-9PM

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mill Street SE | Salem

Enjoy a festive​ evening celebrating environmentally-friendly people and businesses at the 2017 Green Awards. Featuring a silent auction, awards ceremony, Cuban music and salsa dancing with free lessons. Enjoy the sit down Paella dinner using locally sourced ingredients, and wine and beer. Click here for tickets and details


Your Voice Matters!
Now's​ your chance to vote on the People's Choice Award for the Mid-Valley Green Awards. Voting will take place on ​​Marion County Environmental Services Facebook page​ Friday, February 3 through Friday, February 10 at noon. You can cast your vote by liking the photo of your favorite nominee. People's Choice Nominees ​include:
Brooke JacksonBrooke Jackson
  • ​Brooke founded the Willamette Valley Friends
     to offer local, organic food options in 2014 and volunteers 160 to 180 hours a month to keep it running.
  • Brooke has created a near zero waste environment in which bags and bins are the norm and washable cloth towels have replaced paper ones
  • She has also established a program that raises money for those in need as well as providing weekly community boxes that contain donated food and goods.

Kaci Radcliffe
  • ​As an Energy Analyst and Sustainability Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Energy ​(ODOE), Kaci provides program management, technical assistance, and policy analysis for building energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy.
  • Kaci serves on the Board of Directors for Oregon Green Schools (OGS) and volunteers for the Oregon Green Schools Annual Summit.
  • She has led the ODOE efforts to implement many sustainable initiatives in the workplace, such as development of a sustainability policy, alternative transportation coordination, and waste management/recycling expansion

Sam LeaSam Lea
  • Lifelong local onion farmer, Sam Lea, converted 67 acres of onion fields back into native upland and wetland habitat for wildlife.
  • In addition to the wetlands on his own property Sam has assisted other landowners in the construction of habitat wetland on marginally productive farm properties along the banks of Lake Labish to the north.  
  • Sam puts his energy into shepherding his project towards sustainability by constantly monitoring the regrowth of invasive species such as Reed Canary grass and Himalayan blackberries or thwarting beavers’ determined efforts to reroute his water channels (and in the process draining the wetlands).​

OGS Summit
Oregon Green Schools Summit Volunteers

Thursday, April 13: afternoon
Friday, April 14: 8:00 - 3:00 (shifts)

Master Recyclers are needed to help direct students between sessions, set up tables, clean up, register schools, etc. at the 21st Annual Oregon Green Schools Summit. If you are available to help, please contact Bailey.

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GMO Crops
Seedy Saturday Silverton Grange March 2017

Saturday, March 18
10 am to 4pm (shifts)

We need four Master Recyclers to share the 3R message with our Silverton Granger friends. Recycling, composting, and a good amount of awe-shuckin' knowledge will be needed. Are you up to the task? 
If you are, contact Alan or call 503 365-3188.
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GMO Crops

GMO Crops: The Science, Impacts and Controversy

Wednesday, February 8
Louck’s Auditorium, Salem Public Library
$5 Admission (students free)

GMO varieties are extensively used in the major commodity crops such as soy and corn. However, they are increasingly viewed in a negative light by the public. Strauss will unpack this confusing area, explaining the science behind them, the extent of their use, the record of positive and negative impacts, and explore the many reasons for their persistent controversy.

Speaker: Steve Strauss, Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University
Strauss teaches about biotechnology to OSU students and the public and has given hundreds of talks on GMOs in Oregon and around the world.



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Green Community Calendar

Feel the love of all that is green and check out green events on the the Green Community Calendar. If you'd like to share your event, email Jessica or give her a call at 503-365-3180. And be sure to add the Green Community Calendar to your google calendar as well!


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  Salem Center 50+

  January 26, 2017​

Marilyn Daily, manager of Salem Center 50+, fills in Waste Matters on the Air about the Center’s green EarthWISE efforts and programs that they offer to our fair community.​​​