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Corvallis, Oregon

Benton Soil & Water Conservation District
Provides Benton County residents education and technical assistance for conservation and responsible use of soil, water and related resources.

Corvallis Energy Challenge
This year-long event, which began in March 2008, is a result of a partnership between the Energy Trust of Oregon and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. The goal is to encourage energy efficiency, control energy costs and help Corvallis residents and business utilize renewable energies.

Corvallis Environmental Center
The mission of the CEC is to provide learning opportunities and technical outreach to Corvallis area residents and businesses, giving them tools to pursue ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable practices.

Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
The Coalition is a a network of organizations and citizens in Corvallis working together to accelerate the creation of a sustainable community. Many organizations listed on this page are Coalition partners.

Earth Charter
The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. The Corvallis Earth Charter Campaign is a volunteer group of Corvallis citizens organized to educate the community about the Earth Charter, and to encourage individuals and organizations to endorse it.

Grease Works!
An independent biodiesel cooperative has roots in home-brewed biodiesel and is dedicated to providing renewable fuel to the Corvallis area.

Solar CREEK
Inspired by the late Jack Dymond's drive to bring renewable energy to Corvallis, Solar CREEK is helping get photovoltaic arrays on local schools and businesses.

Your Green Home
Provides healthy and environmentally sound building materials to meet the needs of the construction trade, homeowners, and builders.

 

Oregon and Northwest

Oregon Biofuels Network
The Oregon Biofuels Network coordinates advocacy efforts in support of biofuels (biodiesel and ethanol) in Oregon. The network serves as a clearinghouse of information on biofuels-related topics as they pertain to the state.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation
BEF, a non-profit organization, supports watershed restoration programs and develops new sources of renewable energy, in part by marketing green power products to public utilities, businesses, government agencies and individuals. OSU purchases green power from BEF.

Cascadia Region Green Building Council
A chapter of the US Green Building Council, Cascadia promotes the design, construction and operation of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Check the job board for employment opportunities in this bioregion.

Consumers Power
Serving more than 16,000 customers in six Oregon counties, Consumers Power is a rural electric cooperative responsible for providing electricity to citizens not reached by our other electrical utility, Pacific Power. Consumers Power offers numerous tips and incentives to help you make your home more energy efficient or use renewable energy.

Earth Day Every Day Oregon
A cooperative effort of state utilities, non-profit organizations, agencies and corporate sponsors.

Ecotrust
Ecotrust is dedicated to ensuring there is a place where economic, ecological, and social conditions are improving, and where a "conservation economy" is emerging.

Environmental Building Supplies
Located in Portland and Bend, EBS promotes use of environmentally friendly building products by providing a place where people can see, feel and smell these materials.

Natural Choice Directory
Also known as the Healthy Green Pages, this resource provides extensive locally available choices in businesses, products, services and information.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
Based in Eugene, Oregon, the NCAP works to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems.

Northwest Earth Institute
NWEI is a national leader in developing innovative programs that inspire individuals and organizations to protect the earth. The first programs outside Portland were offered in 1994 in Corvallis, which became NWEI's first chapter in 1999. Since then, Corvallis NWEI, with a growing membership of over 80 members and 20 volunteers, reaches out to people in workplaces, homes, faith centers, neighborhoods, and communities.

Oregon Toxics Alliance
OTA is a statewide grassroots organization working to eliminate contamination and unnecessary toxics use and the harm they cause to human health and the environment.

Oregon Legal Graywater Association
This Corvallis-based group is working collaboratively to change Oregon regulations so individuals can use non-toilet household waste water (graywater) for irrigation. Currently, the use of graywater is prohibited by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, while its use is legal in Arizona and New Mexico.

Oregon Natural Step Network
The Network was formed to support Oregon business, governmental, and educational organizations interested in using The Natural Step (TNS) framework for sustainability. The Network is a membership organization open to interested organizations and individuals. OSU is a member, supporting the Corvallis Chapter of ORTNS. Additional TNS resources include a sustainable building "white paper" written by the Portland Construction Peer Learning Group (pdf).

Sustainable Northwest
An Oregon based non-profit dedicated to building partnerships that promote environmentally sound economic development in communities of the Pacific Northwest.

World Steward
Aims to permanently protect important landscapes around the world, with the goal of empowering local communities with the resources to study and practice the art and science of sustainable resource stewardship...and a sustaining culture.

Zero Waste Alliance
The Zero Waste Alliance is a non-profit partnership of universities, government, business and other organizations working to develop, promote and apply Zero Waste strategies. OSU's College of Engineering provides sustainable engineering research and assistance to ZWA.

 

National

Aldo Leopold Leadership Program
Launched at OSU in 1998, and now located in Boston, the Program trains environmental scientists to communicate their work effectively to a variety of lay audiences.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
AASHE's mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development.

The Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence
C2E2 addresses environmental performance in higher education through networking, information exchange, professional resources and tools, and the advancement of innovative regulatory models. Their website contains many useful resources, such as the Environmental Virtual Campus.

Green Student University
Green Student U is a blog site that introduces today's students to a wide variety of global environmental issues by recognizing on-campus green initiatives and personal success stories, as well as how the world is being shaped by political environmental reform.

Sustainability Institute
A think-do tank dedicated to sustainable: resource use; economics; community.

Sustainability in Higher Education
Arnold Creek Productions provides this snapshot of sustainability programs and activities at a range of public and private institutions across the U.S.

William McDonough + Partners
Architect Bill McDonough holds an honorary degree from OSU.

World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report
WWF's periodic update on the state of the world's ecosystems as measured by two main indicators: the Living Planet Index and the Ecological Footprint.

 

Save Energy and Money

There are numerous ways to improve the efficiency of your building or home. While many of these improvements carry some costs, there are a number of incentives and tax credits to help in improvements.

Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO)
Funded by a public purpose charge of 3% added to consumers' utility bills, the ETO is tasked with encouraging energy conservation, renewable power and the transformation of the energy market in Oregon. Numerous incentives are available to homeowners and business owners who wish to make their spaces more energy efficient.

Federal Tax Credits
Resulting from the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the federal government offers tax credits for energy efficiency. These apply to residential homeowners, manufacturers, commercial buildings and more.

State Efficiency Programs
The State of Oregon is offers numerous programs and incentives to increase energy efficiency. Of special interest are the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) and the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC).

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