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February 2015

Arts & Music make Sustainability beautiful

Our January event was an amazing success. We were pleased to see new faces and old gather with our partner, the Art Council of Lake Oswego, to celebrate art, music and sustainability. The night was full of lively conversation, delicious food and drink, delightful music and thought-provoking art. This event showed that working with our partner organizations, the network can fulfill our vision that "Lake Oswego ... is a flourishing and thriving city with a vibrant economy that respects, restores, and cares for the community of life."

The centerpiece of the event was a presentation by Lin McJunkin (website) who is one of this year's artists selected for the Gallery without Walls collection. Lin is pictured above with her dramatic sculpture, Wy'east (Mt. Hood) Glacial, which can be viewed at the southwest corner of B and 2nd. McJunkin has a background in science education and is committed "to sculpt glass and metal into work that celebrates and advocates for the health of our planet and its inhabitants."

At the event, several artists in addition to Lin McJunkin displayed their work.
  • Jan Madill (website) displayed her Meltingly Yours collection, inspired by the film, Chasing Ice, along with essays and poetry by Kim Stafford written in response to this series.
  • Lottie Streisinger, a well-known Eugene potter, displayed her paintings which grew out of her response to reading The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.
  • Dave Britton (website) donated a whimsical birdhouse built from found materials.

The Chinook Winds Woodwind Trio [Lynda Hess (flute), Chris Cox (clarinet), and Frank Kenny (bassoon)] regaled the crowd with beautiful classical pieces.

Others that made this this event so special were Nancy Nye with the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, Liane Cabot from Nicoletta's Table for contributing two savory platters, Mike Buck who gracefully served the wine, the Holy Names Heritage Center's manager, Karen Kinzey, for a wonderful venue and help with logistics. It was a unique event and we are grateful that our community has such creativity and passion for supporting sustainability.

Fix-A-Leak Week March 16 - 22

Mark your calendar to save water and to save money. The week of March 16 - 22, Lake Oswego is participating in the National Fix-A-Leak Week.

Lake Owego loses many millions of gallons every week to leaks. Please do your part to find and fix those nasty and costly leaks in your homes and businesses.

Stay tuned for useful links, advice, partners, and services to help you save every drop.

This event will be jointly sponsored by the City of Lake Oswego Water Conservation program and the LOSN's Water Action Team.

Learn about Aquaponics

The Resiliency Organization of West Linn invites you to come to a Aquaponics Workshop at the Robinwood Station, Feb 8th, noon to 2pm.
  • Learn how to garden efficiently and abundantly with an aquaponics system.
  • Grow fish and fertilize strong, healthy plants at the same time.
Snacks will be provided and donations accepted.

SAB delivers goals for 2015

The Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) will be presenting their goals at the City Council's Boards and Commissions Summit on February 10th. The Summit is held every year with the City Council members and participants from the Boards and Commissions meeting to share goals and to foster a collaborative working environment for the coming year.

The SAB goals cover the three mission areas that define the SAB charter: 1) Advise and assist the City Council in efforts to make City operations more sustainable. The Sustainability Advisory Board is guided by the Sustainable City Principles embodied in the City's Sustainability Plan; 2) Assist in the development of plans and policies to enhance the sustainability of the City as a whole; 3) Educate and engage the public in efforts to make the community of Lake Oswego, including residents, businesses, and institutions, more sustainable.

This year's goals include monitoring and providing expertise in designing newly constructed city buildings that sustain a 50-year life cycle benefit for the city; going paperless; recommending priorities for implementing bike lanes and pathways identified in the TSP; and sponsoring the 100 Mile Challenge, the second annual Eco Film Festival and Green Home Tour. The full set of goals for the City Advisory Boards and Commissions can be found here.

New Poll: Americans want government to take Climate Change action

The New York Times, Stanford University and Resources for the Future, a non-partisan environmental research group conducted a poll that shows Americans back Climate Change action. The most hopeful news from the poll is the finding that close to a majority of Republicans agree. Depoliticizing this issue can help all communities find ways to take action and allows governments at all levels to work on this urgent matter.

Read the New York Times article.

In This Issue

  • January's Art & Music Sustainability Event
  • Fix a Leak Week
  • Aquaponics Event in West Linn
  • Lake Oswego SAB 2015 goals
  • Poll: Majority of Americans want to see government address climate change

Calendar of upcoming events

What:  Resiliency Organization of West Linn Aquaponics Workshop
When:  Sunday, February 8th, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Robinwood Station, 3706 Cedaroak Drive, West Linn, OR

What:  City of Lake Oswego's Boards & Commissions Summit
When:  February 10, 2015; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where:  West End Building, Willamette Room, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, OR
Purpose:  Learn about the City Boards & Commissions goals
for 2015

What:  Audubon Society of Portland's Raptor Road Trip
When:  February 7, 2015; 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where:  Start at Kruger's Farm Market, 17100 Northwest Sauvie Island Road, Portland, OR
Purpose: Explore Sauvie Island when the Bald Eagles and other Raptors lord over the island. See Sandhill Cranes and the thousands of other wintering birds.


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