New Class Announced!

You loved the Master Recycler class so much, now you can encourage your friends to attend. Classes start Thursday evenings Feb. 4— March 17 (with two Saturdays for field trips). The deadline to apply is January 3. Download anapplication​ or visit for more information!

Volunteers Needed

Mid-Willamette Valley Home Show
Friday, January 15 ( noon - 3:30pm, 3:30 - 7pm)
Saturday, January 16 (10am - 1pm, 1 - 4pm, 4 - 7pm)
Sunday, January 17 (10am - 1:30pm, 1:30 - 5pm)
Oregon State Fairgrounds

Master Recycler volunteers are needed to staff our booth at the Mid-Willamette Valley Home Show as we focus on publicizing ways to cut waste, recycle more, and compost everything possible. Get those volunteer hours done while having a fun and enjoyable experience! Contact Alan Pennington via email or 503.365.3188 to sign up. 

It's Nomination Time!

The 2016 Mid-Willamette Valley Green Awards are just around the corner, and it's time to nominate one or two of your favorite candidates. All nominations are due by midnight on January 18, 2016. The categories this year are:
  • Green Apple of the Year
  • Sustainable Business of the Year
    Large and Small
  • EarthWISE Business of the Year
  • Recycler of the Year
  • Green Product/Service of the Year
  • Green Brewery/Cider/Wine Maker of the Year

Join us for a tour of the Goodwill Outlet!

We've all been to a Goodwill, but did you know about all of the innovative things they do to ensure that textiles, electronics, furniture, books, tools and more are reused? Get a behind-the-scenes tour where they sort donations and prepare items that do not sell. We will meet inside the Goodwill Outlet (3235 Portland Rd. NE, Salem 97301) at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 7th.  Feel free to invite a friend! RSVP today!

'Tis the Season!

We are so proud of the Marion County Master Recycler community. Thanks for being a part of it, and helping make your community richer. We really appreciate your outreach efforts and commitment to the environment. Cheers to you! 

Master Recycler Pay Back Hours

Don't forget to report your pay back hours to Bailey so you too can receive your Master Recycler Certificate!
Report Your Hours

Valley Roots

Celebrating and Nurturing a Sustainable Community

​Wednesday, December 9, Noon to 1pm
Courthouse Square, 555 Court St NE
4th floor training room​​

Master Recyclers will discuss the program and how they've implemented their knowledge at work. Bring your zero-waste lunch and we'll have plenty of time to network after the 20 minute presentation.

Feel free to invite friends, however please RSVP. ​
Join the Valley Roots Public Facebook Group

Many thanks to James Kohn and McRae Carmichael for hosting the first Valley Roots event at Wandering Aengus and everyone who came. It was a wonderful kick-off of Valley Roots! Here's some photos:

Earth Day Poster Contest

Its that time again, time to gear up for our annual Oregon Garden Earth Day poster contest! For the past 16 years, kids have been celebrating and learning about the earth with us through their art contributions. We would like to invite your students to participate in this year's contest to help promote Earth Day 2016.

Our theme this year is "Clean water, clear skies." Please see attached for a description of what this theme entails to help you begin the conversation with your class.

The poster contest is open to students in all K-12 programs. The Earth Day Committee will choose one Grand Prize winner for the official 2016 Earth Day posters, advertisements, and website that will be used to promote our event. We will display all winning and honorable mention poster entries at the event as well as award a First Place Prize to one student in each of these categories: grades K-3; grades 4-7; grades 8-12. The teacher of the student who wins the Grand Prize will receive a $100 gift card for classroom use. All poster entries must be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 31, 2016 .

For questions regarding the poster contest, please contact Alan Pennington at 503-365-3188. Prizes and rules.

Recycling 101 
This ONLINE certificate class is noncredit, self paced, and low cost and gives a comprehensive in depth look at waste and recycling in Oregon.  For more information, visit Recycling 101 online. 


December Green Calendar

Winter is here so now's a fabulous time to check the calendar for green event goodness. Email Jessica or give her a call at 503.365.3180 to add your event to the calendar. And be sure to add the Green Community Calendar to your google calendar as well!


Holiday Reuse Inspiration

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