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And the Nominees are...
5 Green Valentine's Day Tips
Volunteers Needed
Green Community Calendar
Volunteer Valentines
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Pinterst Valentine Ideas


"Sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken."

~ An excerpt from The Lone Ranger Creed

And the Nominees are...

We are excited to announce the 2015 Mid-Valley Green Awards Nominees and are thrilled by the willingness of community members to nominate their friends and local businesses. We have over 42 nominations this year with pages upon pages of good deeds and earth-friendly behaviors to sift through. 

Join us in congratulating these community and industry leaders. Be sure to attend 
the 2015 Mid-Valley Green Awards on Saturday, March 7th at the Salem Convention Center to cheer on your favorites, watch the Trashion show by DIY Studio, bid on fabulous items at the silent auction, sit down to dinner with some green-minded folks, and help support the Straub Environmental Center. For tickets and info visit:

2015 Recycler of Year 
Nominees in this category merit this award because of their outstanding efforts and/or leadership in the area of recycling.


  • Logan Blanco
  • Dana Canning
  • Millie Estrin
  • Derek Hayman
  • Ben McGowan
  • Kristi Reed
  • Focal Point Photography
  • South Salem Cycleworks

2015 Sustainable Business of the Year
Nominees in this category merit this award because of their outstanding efforts and/or leadership to foster sustainability in their organization and/or the community.


  • CB|Two Architects
  • City of Salem Airport
  • Cooke's Stationery Company
  • Organic Fresh Fingers
  • Pence NW Construction
  • Pringle Creek Community
  • Rafn's Restaurant and Local Goods
  • South Salem Cycleworks
  • Steel Bridge Coffee


  • BrucePac Meat Product Designers 
  • Kerr Concentrates
  • LifeSource Natural Foods
  • Marion-Polk Food Share
  • NORPAC Foods
  • Oregon Department of Corrections
  • Willamette University

2015 EarthWISE Business of Year
Nominees in this category merit this award because of their outstanding efforts in continually reducing their environmental bottom line and improving their progress on the continuum of qualifying EarthWISE criteria. EarthWISE certified businesses are committed to working toward sustainability and have documented efforts to refine their practices to protect the environment in their community. Only businesses that are EarthWISE certified prior to January 1, 2014, are eligible for nomination in this category.

  • CB|Two Architects
  • City of Salem Airport
  • Compex2
  • Cooke’s Stationery Company
  • BrucePac Meat Product Designers 
  • Kerr Concentrates
  • Life Source Natural Foods
  • Marion-Polk Food Share
  • NORPAC Foods
  • Oregon Department of Corrections
  • Pence NW Construction
  • Pringle Creek Community
  • South Salem Cycleworks
2015 Green Apple Award
Nominees in this category may be classroom teachers or someone involved in general public education. This environmental educator not only imparts knowledge about the natural world, but provides meaningful and constructive ways for students or the public to interact with it.
  • Luckieamute Charter
  • Katie Dennis
  • Dan Hoynacki
  • Brenda Knobloch
  • Beth Myers-Shenai
2015 Green Product/Service of Year
This category was created to honor those companies or organizations that offer a product or service with significant social, environmental and economic benefits over traditional alternatives. The product or service should be sustainably produced. The winning company/organization also exhibits leadership in promoting sustainability to others and is committed to the advancement of those ideals.
  • DIY Studio
  • Earth Essence Spa
  • Green Bike Cab
  • Nathan Good Architects
  • Northwest Hub
  • Nuvo Glass
  • Zena Forest
  • Zoe Day Spa
2015 Sustainable Wine Producer or
Brewery of the Year

Nominees in this category merit this award because of their outstanding efforts in continually reducing their environmental footprint and improving their progress on a continuum of qualifying sustainable criteria. Sustainable wine producers and breweries are committed to working toward sustainability and have documented efforts to refine their practices to protect the environment in their community.
  • Johan Vineyards
  • Salem Ale Works
  • Vagabond Brewing
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • City of Salem Airport

5 Green Valentine's Day Tips

Valentines Day is wonderful for hopeless romantics but can be a burden on the pocket book and spike energy consumption. Here's some alternatives to a cookie-cutter holiday.

1. Sweeter Treats
Let's talk about my favorite first...chocolate! That sweet, creamy taste doesn't have to come at a high cost to the environment. This year choose chocolate that is ethical, local, organic, and/or shade grown. Also try avoiding unnecessary packaging to reduce waste.

2. Opt for Plants
In 2012, Americans spent about $1.7 billion dollars on Valentine's Day flowers alone! Nearly 80% of all flowers sold in the U.S. come from South America. Transporting flowers from South America and other parts of the world for Valentine's Day will produce nearly 20 million pounds of CO2. So save some energy and buy plants from local nurseries instead. Some favorites include: helleborus, primroses, pansies, winter heather, and flowering shrubs.

3. Chalk Cupid
Spread your message of love and peace to your sweetie, neighbors, or even strangers. With chalk in hand, write your lovely thoughts (and maybe a little bit of art) on the walkway to your home and skip paper greetings all together. 

4. Cook Something Up - Whip up something delicious for your sweetie, cook together, or if you are single invite fellow singles over for a home-cooked meal. Opt for local, organic, and free-range products for your meal if possible. Or if you are headed to a restaurant, find one that embraces green practices. 

5. Share the Love- Consider making a donation or volunteer for your favorite charity so you can share the love with those less fortunate. Perhaps you have unused items in your home you'd like to donate to a thrift store? Or you could save some latte money to make a monetary donation. If time is something you have a lot of, share it with young readers at a school, get involved in an organization, or teach a skill to others. Being of service is one of the greatest gifts we can offer. 

Volunteers Needed

Ask the Experts
Saturday February 28
Salem Public Library

Master Recycler volunteers are needed to staff our booth at the Ask the Experts fair to encourage others to recycle right. Get your volunteer hours completed while engaging the community! 

The following shifts are available:
Saturday: noon - 2 pm and 2 - 4pm

Contact Jessica Ramey via email or 503-365-3180 to sign up.


Life Cycle Assessments
& the Comparative Sustainability of Every Day Products

with David Tyler
Wednesday, February 18, 7pm
Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library

We are confronted with choices every day that impact our environment: Paper, plastic, or reusable tote bag? Disposable plastic cup or reusable ceramic mug? Biodiesel, gasohol, or gasoline? Prius or Hummer? Incandescent bulb, compact fluorescent light, or LED? Local or shipped produce? Recycling or incineration? How do we really know what’s best for the environment? This talk will focus on how we evaluate the environmental impacts of various materials and products and some of the fundamental principles of green chemistry and sustainability as well. Warning: your intuition about environmental impacts is not always right!

David R. Tyler is part of the pioneering green chemistry group at the University of Oregon. He received Bachelor of Science degrees (in chemistry and mathematics) with Highest Distinction from Purdue University in 1975. He received his Ph.D. degree in June 1979, from the California Institute of Technology. In July 1979, he was appointed assistant professor at Columbia University. In July 1985, he moved to the University of Oregon and was promoted to full professor in 1990.

Tyler’s current research interests are in photochemically degradable plastics, the development of greener catalysts, and photochemistry. He has absolutely no interest in administration, having served as department head from 1995-1998. Tyler is the author of over 230 research publications, and he has patents on a type of photodegradable plastic and on a method for removing sulfur from diesel fuel. In collaboration with his colleagues, he has developed a popular course for non-science majors on the chemistry of sustainability.

For more information about 2014-2015 Straub Environmental Center's Lecture Series visit:
 Straub Environmental Center's webpage or call (503) 391-4145.

Green Community Calendar
Do you have an environmental education event that you'd like to promote? 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!


Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
We love our Volunteers
And are so Thankful for You! 


Thank you to the volunteers at the Mid-Willamette Valley Home Show for their community outreach and support of the Master Recycler program.
  • Ed Kale
  • Shelly Campbell
  • Jeanne Collins
  • Jodi Liudahl
  • Millie Estrin
  • Terry Fristad
  • Sherry Rieder
  • Leslie Curry
  • Karen Hammerquist
  • Melissa Garinger
  • Kathleen Fits
CARTM Refindery
Creative Reuse in Manzanita, Oregon

CARTM is on a mission to lead their community to zero waste. To accomplish this, CARTM operates a a unique one-stop Recycling CenterThe Refindery resale store, and the Manzanita Transfer Station for solid waste. They encourage the creative re-use of materials and actively divert materials from the waste stream as well as encouraging people to re-think what is ‘waste’ each time an item is discarded. So the next time you are at the beach, swing by and stop into CARTM to watch their waste reduction process in action.
Pinterest Valentine Ideas
If you like to roll up your sleeves and create things, check out our Pinterest Board, and if you are already on Pinterst, please share your creative reuse ideas with us. We love to see what you come up with! 
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