May 2016The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May. - Edwin Way Teale

Valley Roots
Celebrating and Nurturing a Sustainable Community

Salem No Ivy Coalition Presentation and Discussion
Monday, May 23, Noon
5155 Silverton Road NE, Salem 97305, Willamette Room.
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Bring your lunch and join Ken Bierly to learn about how the Salem No Ivy Coalition provides education to Salem residents about ivy and how you can help to remove it. 
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Repair Fair & Share

Our first ever Repair Fair & Share was such a hit, we are doing it again! Please save the date (and some broken stuff) for June 22, 5 - 7 pm, at the Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center. 

We are still planning and figuring out what items we will accept for repair and we'd like your help. If you'd like to volunteer to fix things, help with the reception table, or host a break out session, please let us know. This is a great way to earn some Master Recycler payback hours! 

Last time we collected 28 tickets, repaired 16 items, and 3 were in the process of getting fixed. It was a fun evening, and we received a lot of positive feedback from happy participants. Let's see if we can fix even more this time around! Click the button below and let us know how you'd like to help or give Jessica Ramey a call at 503.365.3180.
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Sheep to Shawl (and recycling too!)

Saturday May 7,
Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St SE, Salem, Oregon 97301
We already have some volunteers signed up, however we'd like one more volunteer per shift:
10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

The 31st Annual Sheep to Shawl will be a shear delight when we help with waste reduction stations and provide information about waste reduction and reuse at home. Connect with families and enjoy the animals, crafts, games, and music! Please contact Jessica via email or phone (503-365-3180) to sign up! 
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Saint Benedict Festival

A Master Recycler is needed on the morning of July 9th to train a group of volunteers that are running the recycling event at the Saint Benedict Festival in Mount Angel. If you can help, please contact Bailey ( -or- 503-365-3191).
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Master Recycler Spotlight

Please join us in congratulating Chad Naugle, the Sustainability Programs Manager at the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Chad has completed his Master Recycler payback hours and earned his certificate of completion.

Chad is continually finding ways to improve sustainable operations and has established new nature programming inside the prisons to provide adults in custody with new job skills in sustainability practices for reentry. He is a resource for department staff, institution green teams, and adults in custody. He developed an agency recycling plan and has established contracts for hard to recycle waste that is being backhauled from the prisons to the DOC Recycle Center in Salem. Some of the upcycling efforts include 109 tons of fabric, 30 tons of footwear, 2 tons of ballistic vests, 200+ blankets to the Salem Sleeping Bag Project and helped coordinate the reduction of 5.3 tons of chip/ramen bags from the prison garbage’s through TerraCycle. DOC’s efforts in sustainability have been recognized in two Green Awards the past couple years for Recycler of the Year and Large Sustainable Business of the Year.

You Never Call...

You don't write, and we miss the sound of your voice. Drop us a line and let us know what you are up to! Each Master Recycler has agreed to spend 30 payback hours volunteering to help spread the word. You say you aren't a phone person? Then 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! 
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Upcycle Oregon

Upcycle Oregon seeks artists, trashion fashion designers and reuse vendors for their event May, 21, 10 to 5 pm at the Salem Convention Center. Please visit for full submission guidelines and to apply.

Less Stuff | More Life

Starting May 1, Marion County Parks are open to the public and many of the parks have geocaches for you to discover. Whether you like to hike, camp, ride, run, or geocache, we encourage you to spe​nd less on stuff​ and play hard outdoors.

We also challenge you to share your pictures of your travels and waste reduction methods. Feel free to use the #LessStuffMoreLife hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and spread the word about reduction!


Thank you Volunteers

We sure do appreciate all of the time and energy these Master Recyclers brought to Earth Day. The event was fun and educational, and we couldn't have done it without their help! 

Vonnie Lincoln
Elizabeth Graham 
Bonnie White
Dori Meyer
Leslie Curry
Morgan Bunch
Margaret Strong
Mike Brickley
Barbara Gallup
Christie Hughes

May 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!

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