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April 2015

Our May Event puts you right in an earthquake zone! What was it like for those who lived through the earthquake in Japan? What are the sustainability lessons that we can apply here?

Join Allison Pyrch as she shares her experience as part of an engineering delegation that traveled to Japan following their earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. What was it like for the people in the area? What helped them recover? What held them back? Learn surprising facts about community and personal connections, and the lessons that we can apply to Lake Oswego. Come 10 minutes early (or stay a few minutes after the presentation) to browse our exhibits, talk to experts, and enjoy cookies and coffee. Free, no RSVP required.   May 14, 7 to 9 PM, West End Building. Call Jan Castle for more information (503) 636-6709.

Help develop an amazing new park in West Linn, and at the same time break a Guinness World Record!

Support Roberta Schwarz and her intrepid team who are developing a new park for all of us to enjoy and at the same time have a bit of fun! On Earth Day, April 18th, 9-11 AM, the team needs you and 999 others who want to break the record for the most people planting native bulbs simultaneously. In the UK they had 850 people at a park last year. Come enjoy the site and participate. Let's beat England!

The White Oak Savanna is 14 acres with the upper portion covered with White Oaks that are currently receiving work in the area of preservation and restoration. Future plans for this parkland will include pathways and trails for easy access and benches from key viewpoints.
Location: 2425 Tannler Drive  West Linn, OR 97068.

Email with questions and to sign up -- or just show up!

Meet our city's new Management and Sustainability Fellow, Jenny Slepian!

We have a new Management and Sustainability Fellow in Lake Oswego and she just might be the most educated and well traveled sustainability coordinator, anywhere! Having recently completed a Masters of Liberal Arts in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard, a Masters degree in planning, and experience in industry, local government she has worked to develop practical environmental solutions in New Zealand, the Carribbean, and Lake Oswego. She has worked with manufacturing, with tourism, and with city planning. She has conducted research on building solar educational capacity in Africa, impacts on Oregon's Pinot Noir industry from climate change and how hotels reduce the use of plastic water bottles by their guests. Her background is unique for its exposure to both natural resources and ecology, as well as project management and communications.

Jenny and her dog, Bear, pictured here, enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and camping and try to make the most of everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer and are glad to be back in Lake Oswego.

We are lucky to have her!!!

Exciting action on improving Lake Oswego's Economic Sustainability!
Learn about how Lake Oswego businesses are becoming green!

(Photo courtesy of the Lake Oswego Review)
The Lake Oswego Sustainability Network economic vitality team and the Clackamas County Office of Sustainability are helping businesses in Lake Oswego reduce their environmental impacts.   Read how Lake Oswego businesses are becoming certified on sustainable operations.

Wanted: Volunteer photographer

Do you like to take pictures? We are terrible about photographing our events. If you are interested in helping us take pictures, let me know. Call Lisa Adotto: (503) 914-9678.

Time to sign up for the summer CSA!

Yes, Lake Oswego has a farm where you can buy a share of fresh organic vegetables through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Sign up to get wonderful summer vegetables! Click here to learn more and to sign up!

"What is fun about the CSA is that each pick up is a new surprise!  It is like getting a present each week"
LO Resident

Calendar of upcoming events

What:  Next LOSN event -- lessons on earthquake preparedness from Japan
When:  May 14th
Time:  7-9PM.  Come a little early or stay a few minutes late to see exhibits and snack on cookies
Where: WEB, 4101 Kruse Way, Willamette Room
Note:  Free, no RSVP required

What:  Plant a bulb at the new White Oaks Savanna and help break a world record!
When:  Earth day, April 18th
Time:  9-11AM
Where:  2425 Tannler Drive, West Linn
For more information and to sign up:

What:  City Shred Day
When:  April 25th
Time:  10AM-1PM
Where:  West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way
More information: Click here for more information


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