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. 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

Hip, hip, hooray!

Congratulations to Kathleen Fitts for completing her Master Recycler payback hours! Here's how she put her hours to work:

"I was asked to put together a Green Team at the Correctional Facility that I work at. I had heard about the Marion County Master Recycler's program and thought it would be useful in heading off the Green Team. Although I was not able to apply my 30 hours to my time invested at work because it is in a different county, I still found the information that I learned extremely helpful and it gave me the knowledge that  I needed to help educate Adults in Custody and staff within Dept. of Corrections. I paid off my volunteer hours 2 or 3 at a time working booths at the Home Shows, Park events, Earth Day and Holiday events. I plan to continue volunteering and educating people well into the future." 

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

Salem Eco-School Network

Mark you calendars for Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6-7pm at the Straub Environmental Center (1320 A St. NE, Salem). Parents of K-5 children are invited to learn how to get involved in the Salem/Keizer Eco-School Network! At this informational meeting, you will learn how Eco-School parents are making their children’s school a better steward of the environment.

Please RSVP to Bailey (503) 365-3191 or email him

We've been called a lot of names: environmentalist, conservationist, green-thinking, hippy, eco-friendly. We've been called so many names it's even hard for us to agree with one term...but not anymore. 

Let's sing together shall we? 
"Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go...

Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came. 
You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same 
You wanna be where everybody knows your name. "

That's right, now all of us eco-oddballs can come to one place, simply one meeting a month to learn, celebrate, and embrace sustainability. Enter... Valley Roots, Celebrating and Nurturing a Sustainable Community. 

Please join us for the first event, 
Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 pm
at Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
4070 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem OR 97302

Many thanks to our host McRae Carmichael for setting up this event. Wandering Aengus and Fresh N' Local Foods will share their sustainable business choices, highlighting energy efficiency, composting, water use, and the electric bike ride share. People are welcome to purchase a bottle or glass on site to enjoy and say cheers! 

Feel free to invite friends, however please RSVP. I hope to see you there!

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. 



From Cart to Art

Turning recycling cart junk into recycled art funk

November 14, 6 pm to 8 pm
Salem Convention Center

Take part in the From Cart to Art fundraiser for the Straub Environmental Center and you could win upcycled artwork through an auction to support the programs of Straub Environmental Center. Look below for some of the artwork up for bid. For tickets and more information, visit:

Check out these fabulous upcycled pieces created by adults in custody at the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Assemblage art by Mary Lou Zeek

Master Recycler Spotlight

Sometimes you are lucky enough to meet someone with enough time and passion to embrace community outreach and we found such a person... Ed Kale! Ed took the Master Recycler class in 2008 and then again in 2015 and has clocked over 100 Master Recycling payback hours. He's a staple at the Marion County Fair and home shows and enjoys connecting with the public to promote the 3Rs. And Ed sure doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. Instead, Ed continues to run full-steam ahead. So if you see Ed out and about, be sure to thank him for his commitment!

Master Recycler Holiday Greeting

Join your fellow Master Recyclers to record a CCTV Non-Profit Holiday Greeting! 
Thursday, November 12, 3:45pm

575 Trade Street, Salem, OR 97308

This is a great opportunity to tell the community about the Master Recycler program, and we'd love it if you would lend your smiling faces. This also counts towards your payback hours! RSVP today!

Racing to Zero FilmRacing to Zero

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7pm
Grand Theatre
191 High Street NE Salem

Progressive Film Series
Admission, $5​​

This is going to be a great night! The movie is inspiring and eye-opening. AND following the show, we'll have Diana Fuller the Film's Producer as well as Robert Haley the Zero-waste Program Manager answer your questions via skype. Todd Irvine from the Mid Valley Garbage and Recycling will also be available to answer questions closer to home.

Only one third of the was​te in the United States is recycled or composted. Why? Indust​ry, through its practice of planned obsolescence, plays a major role; our lives are almost totally dependent on unrecyclable petroleum products. In order to reach zero waste, we need to change our relationship to garbage and view the things we discard as resources, rather than waste.​

November Green Calendar

Fall 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!


Fall Leaf Haul

Too Many Leaves? Bring them to your city Fall Leaf Haul! This is a free event for Salem, Stayton, Silverton, and Woodburn residents, thanks to the contributions of these cities, the Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association, Marion County Environmental Services, and numerous neighborhood volunteers. Grass clippings and leaves (no tree limbs accepted). Residential leaves only– no commercial landscapers. Visit the Fall Leaf Haul page for more information. ​

The Repair Fair & Share was a fun evening, and we've gotten a lot of feedback from happy participants! Thanks to numerous volunteers (and some Master Recyclers too!), we collected 28 tickets, repaired 16 items, and 3 were in the process of getting fixed. Not too shabby for our first event!

Here's some photos of folks you might know: 

Meg Rowe and Stephania Fregosi (pictured) as well as Adam Holden were great partners to help make this event possible. 

Judy Skinner, Mega Master Recycler, helped with small appliance repair AND composted the meal. 

Don George, Master Recycler, graciously repaired bikes and staffed the tent! 

Griselda Puga jumped in at the last minute to help with sewing repair and rocked it!

Mike Brickley, Master Recycler, was the man in the know for small appliance repair. 

Want to see more photos? Check to see more shots of the event. 

New Class Announced!

You've 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!
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