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June/July 2014

Sustainability in Lake Oswego--Action plans revealed!

Our May meeting was all about action, action action. We've been holding our breath, what are those teams up to?  If you have ideas or want to join in, let us know; there are many volunteer opportunities.    

Energy team: Ginny Haines and Janet Livesy, co-chairs.  The team is diving into action. They are organizing 1) a group-buy for LED lightbulbs, and 2) a sustainability home tour. Good deals!  Look for energy team volunteers and lightbulbs at upcoming events.  
Food team: Paul Ventura and Heidi Schrimsher, co-chairs. The food team will be working on projects related to food security, promoting local foods, gardening and healthy foods, and/or food education.  
Water team: Stephanie Wagner (also the chair of the Lake Oswego Watershed Council) and Bruce Brown, co-chairs. The team will focus on  1) water efficiency and saving water, and 2) creating a clean and healthy Lake Oswego watershed, including our many rivers, streams and our Lake.   
Economic Vitality: Gary Hanifan, chair. The team will be working 1) to support and recognize local businesses 2) to support businesses that focus on products that promote sustainability 3) providing tools and assistance to the organization that will help us measure and analyze our efforts. Always good to know whether we are making a difference!

Go teams!!!

Our first Lake Oswego Eco-film fest!

Bright lights!! Popcorn!!  Lake Theatre & Cafe (formerly Lake Twin Theatre) and the Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board are bringing fun, informative and interesting eco-movies right home to Lake Oswego.  Save your Sundays in September! We will have films that are great for kids, some documentaries, and some action adventures....all chosen with an eco-theme but all enjoyable  for the family and community.  Watch for more information.  

Learn more about the LED street light success

The LED street lights are a big success!  Phase I is completing ahead of schedule and under budget. In fact, the savings from phase I pays for more than 67% of the next phase so the Citizens Budget Committee voted to find funding for the next stage for the upcoming year. Lake Oswego is saving $125,000 dollars per year already after phase I, and will soon be saving more.  This is triple bottom line win for safety, our budget, and the environment!  A big thank you to our city, particularly Anthony Hooper of the public works department who led this project. Learn more here.

Best news!  The Sustainability program for the city of Lake Oswego continues to get support from the budget committee and the city council!

We are pleased to say that the Sustainability Coordinator position was supported by the budget committeee and Council! Thanks, city leaders! And thanks to all of you who sent in messages of support. It really makes a difference!

After learning about the significant savings and results from the city sustainability program, budget committee members were impressed.  In addition to savings from LED streetlights, the city is saving money by reducing energy and water use, by improving efficiencies in transportation and more.   

Susan Millhauser, our city Sustainability Coordinator presented to our meeting in May about how she is coordinating the sustainability planning in multiple city departments.  A comprehensive plan for improving our city budget, city livability and environment can be found here.  Thanks, Susan!

Our local students are getting involved and paying attention!

Kudos to Lake Oswego HS student Meghana Mysore, a promising investigative journalist who followed the story of the city sustainability coordinator and reported it in LakeViews, the Lake Oswego student newspaper. You can read the article here.

Time to sign up for the 100 mile challenge!

Change your habits by biking, walking or taking public transportation.  Log your miles and get a chance to win great prizes!  Find out more here.

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Calendar of upcoming events

What:  Next Lake Oswego Sustainability Network Meeting
When:  September 25, 2014
Time:  5:30 PM Networking; 6:00PM--8:00 PM program
Where: Holy Names Heritage Center on the Mary's Woods campus, 17425 Holy Names Dr, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Purpose:  More from the action teams; citizen involvement

What: Special showing of Deep Green film in West Linn - Free
When: June 8th
Time: 3:00 -5:00 PM
Where: Robinwood Station, 3607 Cedaroak Drive, West Linn, Or
Sponsors: ROWL (Resiliency Organization of West Linn) and Friends of Robinwood Station
Other information: Filmaker (and Lake Oswego resident) Matt Briggs will be there to answer questions after the film and refreshments will be served! For more information click here

What: Hearings on Transportation System Plan
When: June 17th, City Council TSP Study Session; July 1st, City Council Meeting TSP Review
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.
PurposeJune 17  Study Session: Learn more about the TSP.
July 1st Council Meeting: an opportunity to show the City Council that you support active transportation.  Comment by email before the council meeting or testify at the public hearing.

What: Lake Oswego Eco-Film Fest!
When: Sundays in September
Where:  Lake Theatre & Cafe
Watch this page for more specifics


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