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Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Ecovillages[edit | edit source]

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Lost Valley Educational Center is an intentional community and ecovillage located on 87 acres (350,000 m2) acres of mostly forested land in Dexter, Oregon, United States, approximately 18 miles (29 km) southeast of Eugene. The center was founded in 1989 and is located on the grounds of the old headquarters of the Shiloh Youth Revival Centers.

Lost Valley Education Center

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

Bioregionalism[edit | edit source]

  • Regenerate Cascadia, 501(c)3 social movement organization developing a long-term bioregional vision and process that works with on-the-ground communities to design and implement new frameworks of governance, ecology, and economy for the regeneration and health of the Cascadia bioregion along the northeast Pacific rim of North America and beyond.

Food activism[edit | edit source]


Community energy[edit | edit source]

Solar energy[edit | edit source]

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Solar power has been growing in the U.S. state of Oregon in recent years due to new technological improvements and a variety of regulatory actions and financial incentives enacted by the state government.

Solar Oregon

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Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, United States. Energy Trust offers services, cash incentives, and other stuff to customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, and Avista in Oregon and customers of NW Natural in Washington.

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Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, United States. Energy Trust offers services, cash incentives, and other stuff to customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, and Avista in Oregon and customers of NW Natural in Washington.

In 1999, the Oregon Legislature passed an electric industry restructuring law, SB 1149, aimed at establishing a stable funding source for residential, commercial, and industrial electric efficiency, renewable energy, and market transformation programs. This legislation mandates the state’s largest investor-owned electric utilities to collect a 3% public purpose charge and authorizes the Oregon Public Utility Commission(OPUC) to allocate a portion of these funds to an independent non-governmental entity.

In 2000 and 2001, the OPUC, along with interested parties, played a pivotal role in establishing the nonprofit Energy Trust of Oregon. Governed by an independent board of directors, the organization operates under a grant agreement with the OPUC. In 2001, Energy Trust formalized its structure by adopting articles of incorporation and bylaws, and appointed its inaugural executive director. Additionally, Energy Trust established three advisory councils—the Conservation Advisory Council, Renewable Energy Advisory Council, and Diversity Advisory Council—to offer stakeholder insights on programs, budgets, and action plans.

Energy Trust commenced operations in March 2002, tasked with investing in cost-effective electric energy efficiency, subsidizing above-market costs of renewable energy resources, implementing market transformation programs, providing services with minimal administrative and program support costs, and ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction.

Energy Trust is funded by customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista. Customers of these five utilities pay a dedicated percentage of their utility bills to support a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy services and programs.

As a result of SB 1149, which applies to electric energy, PGE and Pacific Power collect a 3% public purpose charge from their customers to support the following:

  1. Energy conservation in K-12 schools delivered through school districts
  2. Low-income housing energy assistance delivered through Oregon Housing and Community Services
  3. Energy efficiency, renewable energy and market transformation programs for residential and business customers delivered through Energy Trust, an independent, third-party

Funding for natural gas efficiency comes from public purpose charges paid by Oregon customers of NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista. This funding is provided pursuant to settlement agreements in OPUC proceedings. Energy Trust administers the funds through contracts established with NW Natural in 2003, Cascade Natural Gas in 2006 and Avista in 2017. In 2009, through an agreement with NW Natural and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Energy Trust also began serving NW Natural's customers in Washington.

In 2007, the Oregon Legislature passed the Oregon Renewable Energy Act, SB 838. Through the legislation, the collection of the 3% public purpose charge was extended from 2012 to 2026, and PGE and Pacific Power were allowed to seek additional electric efficiency funding above the 3% public purpose charge with the goal of avoiding the need to purchase more expensive electricity. Energy Trust receives supplemental funds authorized by the legislation.

As part of its oversight of Energy Trust, the OPUC adopted performance measures against which to benchmark Energy Trust's performance.

Energy Trust provides the OPUC with quarterly and annual reports measuring actual performance against the target metrics. Energy Trust also maintains operational goals to maximize investments.

In general, Energy Trust operates its programs through contracts with service providers. A volunteer, non-stakeholder board of directors oversees Energy Trust management, provides strategic and policy direction and approves the organization’s budget and major expenditures. The board carries out its oversight with guidance from three advisory councils: Conservation Advisory Council, Diversity Advisory Council and Renewable Energy Advisory Council.

Energy Trust offers cash incentives for a variety of energy-efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems for homes, businesses, industrial facilities, agricultural operations and public and nonprofit buildings. Other assistance provided includes information, services and technical assistance to help ratepayers identify and prioritize projects that fit their budget and goals. Incentives and assistance are offered through the following program categories:

  • Existing homes and mobile homes
  • New homes and manufactured homes
  • ENERGY STAR products: clothes washers and LEDs
  • Solar electric systems
  • Existing buildings, including multifamily
  • New buildings, including multifamily
  • Industrial buildings and processes
  • Agricultural operations
  • Energy from renewable sources such as solar, organic waste and hydropower
  • Solar electric
  • Biopower from wood waste, landfill and wastewater gas, manure and other organic sources
  • Other sources, including hydropower and geothermal, and some instances of small-scale community wind

Wind power[edit | edit source]

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The U.S. state of Oregon has large wind energy resources. Many projects have been completed, most of them in rural Eastern Oregon and near the Columbia River Gorge. Wind power accounted for 12.1% of the electricity generated in Oregon in 2016.

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Oregon Bottle Bill W

Sharing[edit | edit source]

Hillsboro Library of Things

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

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Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Oregon Bicycle Bill[edit | edit source]

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The Oregon Bicycle Bill (ORS 366.514) is transportation legislation passed in the U.S. state of Oregon in 1971. It requires the inclusion of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists wherever a road, street or highway is being constructed or reconstructed and applies to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as well as Oregon cities and counties.

The law requires that in any given fiscal year, a minimum of 1% of the state highway fund received by the ODOT, a city or county is used to provide walkways and bikeways located within the right-of-way of public roads, streets or highways open to motor vehicle traffic.

Cycle Oregon[edit | edit source]

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Cycle Oregon is a non-profit organization best known for its week-long, non-competitive bike ride, called Classic, held as a fundraiser for the Cycle Oregon Fund. Cycle Oregon additionally hosts GRAVEL, a weekend cycling event, Joyride, a one-day cycling event for women only and WEEKENDER, a weekend cycling event often hosted on a college campus. Cycle Oregon also manages Jumpstart, Oregon's Safe Routes to School program focused on rural communities, and administers the Oregon Scenic Bikeways program.

Cycle Oregon, non-profit organization dedicated to transforming individuals and communities through bicycling.

Other initiatives

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  • Oregon Pedestrian and Bicycle Program, Oregon Department of Transportation. Resources include: safety publications, bicycle maps, project design and funding resources, and trip planning tools.

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

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Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Ecotrust[edit | edit source]

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Ecotrust is powered by the vision of a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, we have partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, we work to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. Together, we are making this place we live a home that we love. [1]

Other initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • BARK, non-profit organization that was created to combat logging, clear-cutting, deforestation and projects members say cause "commercial destruction" in Oregon forests, specifically those of the Mt. Hood National Forest. W
  • List of Oregon state forests W
  • List of Oregon National Forests W

News and comment[edit | edit source]


California and Oregon 2020 wildfires in maps, graphics and images, Sep 18...[1]US news

Oregon wildfires: Half a million people flee dozens of infernos, Sep 11[2]



Depave picks away pavement to create green space, Oct 11[3]


Oregon becomes first state to pass law to completely eliminate coal-fired power, Mar 3[4]

About Oregon[edit | edit source]

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The 42° north parallel delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada.

Oregon has been home to many Indigenous nations for thousands of years. Because of its diverse landscapes and waterways, Oregon's economy is largely powered by various forms of agriculture, fishing, and hydroelectric power. Technology is another one of Oregon's major economic forces, beginning in the 1970s with the establishment of the Silicon Forest, a nickname for the cluster of high-tech companies located in the Portland metropolitan area. W

Near you[edit | edit source]

Eugene, Oregon - Portland

See also[edit | edit source]

External links

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Environment Oregon is a political non-profit organization in the U.S. state of Oregon, that lobbies for legislation in regard to environmental policy on local, state and national levels. It is affiliated with Environment America, a federation of environmental organizations in thirty states. Based in Portland, Oregon, it has more than 35,000 members throughout the state. It is also partnered with the Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center, its sister 501(c)(3) organization.

  • Environment Oregon
  • 1000 Friends of Oregon, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for land-use planning. W
  • Restore Oregon, formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a mission to "Preserve, Reuse, and Pass Forward Oregon's Historic Resources to Ensure Livable, Sustainable Communities." W


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Created September 11, 2014 by Phil Green
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