NWDA S&L Committee applies for Tree Inventory Project

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The S&L Committee has submitted an application to the Urban Forestry Dept. of Portland Parks and Recreation to assist the neighborhood in conducting a tree inventory in part of our neighborhood during 2012.
More information on the program can be found here:
http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=53181

Selections for this program will be made by Feb. 15, 2012.

2011 Neighborhood Tree Steward Registration Now Open

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A Neighborhood Tree Steward is a volunteer who serves as both an urban forest advocate and resource to their community.  After completing the seven class training you will be well versed in major topics including urban ecology, how to navigate the City of Portland, and tree biology.  Classes are taught by a number of experts in the field.

The registration fee of $45 includes over 25 hours of training, a Neighborhood Tree Steward sweatshirt, and workbook.  For more information including meeting dates and times and to sign up online today Click Here.

For scholarship, discount or more general information about the program please contact me at 503-701-7622 or autumn.montegna@portlandoregon.gov.

 

New curbside collection service may be coming soon!

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Residents citywide may be able to compost food scraps in the curbside program as soon as this fall, pending the approval of the program by City Council in August. As part of the new Curbside Collection Service, the green Portland Composts! roll cart will increase to weekly pick up, and garbage collection will be changed to every-other-week, allowing additional food scrap and yard debris collection without raising prices for most residents. Learn more by downloading the latest Master Recycler newsletter here: MR_August 2011.pdf

Bring Solar Energy to Your Home with Solarize Northwest

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Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services are teaming up to bring the Solarize program to our areas. Learn how this community-driven, volume purchasing program saves money on residential solar installation, giving more people access to sustainable, cost-efficient energy.

Learn more by visiting, www.solarizenorth-nw.org or downloading this brochure SolarizeNW.

Plastic bag ban?

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The Surfrider Foundation “Ban the Bag” Coalition has asked the NWDA to support a ban or mandatory fee on single-use plastic bags in Portland.  They believe that this policy will encourage people to shop with reusable bags and promote environmental sustainability in our region.

They already have the following supporters:

  • Leave No Plastic Behind
  • Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition
  • Food Front Grocery
  • Wend Magazine
  • Friends of Forest Park
  • Audubon Society of Portland
  • Oregon Environmental Council
  • Pacific Marine Conservation Council
  • Willamette Riverkeeper
  • Rachel’s Friends Breast Cancer Coalition
  • Colin Meloy, The Decemberists
  • Spot Acupuncture Clinic
  • Laughing Planet Cafe

Please comment on this effort.