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Your Share – May 2013


In this issue:Get outside!  Find wildflowers, outings & all the good hiking spots.

Welcome our newest business partner, Travel Oregon.

The Dalai Lama visits Portland & Eugene for an environmental summit.

Plastic recycling changes for Metro residents.

High School Students show Portland via timelapse (Video)

Buy (or sell) a book for EarthShare.


Photo: Jesse Laney

Adopt a botanical area with KS Wild.

Community Gardeners Needed–Corvallis

Remove invasive plants at the Nature Conservancy’s Sandy River Gorge Preserve.

Willamette River Water Monitors needed.

Find our complete list of volunteer opportunities here.

Take Action!

Tell NBC, CBS, and ABC to report the facts on climate change.  (Petition)

Help protect the arctic from ship pollution.

Demand continued protections for wolves in the wild.

Call on Congress to support the labeling of genetically engineered food.




We hope you are enjoying all this sunshine and warm weather!  Warm, sunny days mean growing gardens, blooming flowers, and lots of outings and hikes with our member groups.

If you are looking for new areas to explore, new ways to explore them (by kayak?), or even classes and workshops, our member groups who offer events that are open to the public include:

Click on the any of the links above to be taken to their event pages.  We hope you’ll join them and explore new areas near you!

Welcome,Travel Portland, our newest business partner!

Steel Bridge2_eltormentoTravel Portland is a visitor’s guide to Portland’s cultural scene, events, attractions and hotel discounts. They work hard to strengthen the region’s economy by marketing the metropolitan Portland region as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel.

As an EarthShare Business Partner, they also support a diverse group of nonprofit environmental organizations doing great things in our region through workplace giving.  Thanks, Travel Portland!

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Portland and Eugene, May 9-11th to speak on environmental responsibility.

Maitripa College will host the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, in Portland for an environmental summit May 9-11, 2013. The Environmental Summit includes three days of enlightening teachings and conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and distinguished leaders from throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa College President, describes the purpose of the summit as this: “As we face the environmental issues before us, solutions will come through awareness and individual responsibility. The purpose of this event is not to focus on all that is wrong, but to inspire ourselves and future generations to act in a positive way for the environment.”

There will be regional leaders participating in these events including: science broadcaster and environmental activist David Suzuki; Oregon Environmental Council Executive Director, Andrea Durbin; leading northwest politicians at the “Environmental Summit: Universal Responsibility and the Global Environment;” and Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana, Imam Mohammad Najieb, and representatives of Christian and Native American communities at the interfaith dialog, “Spirituality and the Environment.”

His visit culminates with a Green Action Day, May 12th from 12-5 p.m. in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Learn more here.

Changes in Chinese markets reduce the types of plastics accepted from Metro residents.

plastic6Metro area public depots such as Far West Fibers, Pride Disposal and Metro South and Metro Central transfer stations announced that they have stopped accepting non-curbside rigid plastics. This includes clam shells (ex: take-out containers), plastic toys, CDs, Cassettes, DVDs, jewel cases and VHS tapes. Depots are still accepting plastic film, which includes plastic bags and pallet wrap.

These changes are for an indefinite time period, and are the result of recent changes in overseas demand for rigid plastics. Fluctuations in market demand are common with these items, which is one of the primary reasons that they are not included in commingled recycling collection. As such, commingled recycling collection will remain unchanged.

These materials will continue to be accepted in commingled recycling:

  • Bottles with a neck – 6 oz. or larger
  • Margarine-type tubs – 6 oz. or larger
  • Rigid flower pots – 4” or larger
  • Buckets – 5 gallons or smaller

Read the OPB article or watch the news segment to learn more.

A Few Timelapse Adventures: Portland, Oregon.

We love Portland, and timelapse video is always fun to watch.  Enjoy this short video made by two Riverdale High School students in Portland, Oregon.  If the video doesn’t display automatically, click on the link to watch it.

A Few Timelapse Adventures: Portland, OR from BretandTal on Vimeo.

Buy or Sell Your Books Through Powell’s and Help EarthShare at the Same Time!

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Are you an avid reader who like to shop locally?  Did you know that when you buy or sell your books through EarthShare’s link to, EarthShare receives 7.5% of your transaction?  You can purchase any book from Powells (and help EarthShare) by using this link to make your online purchases. (Don’t forget to bookmark the page for future reference!)

View our Green Bookshelf for reading and gift ideas or sell your used books by clicking the button below.

Sell your books to Powell's

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