July 2016 | Celebrating Independence

Rockin' Repair

It was a nice, warm Wednesday evening when fixers gathered to help repair the broken, tattered, and rusted. We collected 30 tickets. 25 items were fixed, 4 items were not repairable, and 1 was in the progress of getting repaired.

The event was sponsored by Marion County Environmental Services, and the space was donated by Willamette Heritage Center. We had 20 volunteers and we couldn’t have done so much work without their help.

Dana Canning from the Salem Sleeping Bag Project was also there to show us how we can help crochet, sew, or cut to help make sleeping bags and sleeping mats for the homeless.

We also had KOIN 6 come down to shoot a segment about repair. View the footage here.  And check out some photos from the event. 

If you'd like to help plan the next event contact me, Jessica Ramey (503.365.3180) and let's get planning! 

A Fair is Just a Fair

Without the help of Master Recyclers! Here's the shifts we need covered at the Marion County Fair: 

Friday 2 pm — 6 pm (2 spots)
Saturday 10 am — 2 pm (1 spot),  2 pm — 6 pm (1 spot)
Sunday 10 am — 2 pm (1 spot),  2 pm — 6 pm (1 spot)

Please contact Alan Pennington at 503.365.3188 or click away:

July: Speed Networking

Tuesday, July 19, 5:30- 7:00pm
Taproot Lounge and Cafe

356 State St, Salem, OR 97301

5:30 pm: Order food/drinks 
6:00 pm: Speed Networking

 Join the Valley Roots Public Facebook Group!
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Share your love for the environment and network with others about sustainability at home, at work, and in your community. This will be a fun, interactive exercise to get us connected and energized. 
Count me in!

July Community Green Calendar
To add 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!

Change Makers Come in All Shapes and Ages

Tune into Waste Matters on the Air to hear the story of how Sam Becker saw Styrofoam on the stream banks and decided to ban it from the city of Medford. Listen in on KMUZ, 88.5 and 100.7 fm Thursday, July 14 at 1pm, or you can listen on the radio, stream online at or check out podcasts of the interview on itunes, and Marion County's webpage after the 14th.


We are Proud to Live in Marion County! 

Kitchen Compost Bin:
Where Form and Function Meet

Sure you can use a not-so-favorite bowl to store those left over kitchen scraps before you kick it to the curb (ahem, mixed organics bin if available in your area). But here are some stylish alternatives that can help jazz up any lack-luster kitchen.
We want to see what you use for your kitchen compost bin. Send us an email. Just remember, keep it scrappy! 

What's up Buttercup?

Some of you earn your payback hours at work. Some of you lead groups, give presentations, and some of you may be feeling stuck. Either way we'd love to hear what you are up to, and if you need inspiration. Simply email Bailey (503.365.3191) and let him know what you have volunteered for, or why you haven't been volunteering. We care about your progress as a Master Recycler and are happy help! 
Report Your Hours
Energy Trust of Oregon is sending out free Energy Saver Kits to qualified households in Oregon and Washington. It takes four to six weeks to receive your kit. You qualify if you fall into one of the following categories:
  • Oregon customers of PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural Gas, or Cascade Natural Gas
  • Washington customers of NW Natural Gas only

Each kit contains items that can help save electricity and water, including:
  • Compact LED bulbs (amount varies on sq. ft. of home)
  • A high-performance showerheads
  • A faucet aerators
  • Fridge recycling coupon (it will be picked up for free and a $20 or $40 cash incentive will be sent to you)
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