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June 2015

Resilient response to earthquakes and other disasters? Some unexpected answers!

With over 100 attendees at our May 14th event, and lots of intense concentration, we learned from Geotechnical Engineer Allison Pyrch that we are likely to face a serious earthquake in our lifetime. She was on the ground in Japan and Chile following their subduction zone earthquakes and shared some strategies that work.

How can we prepare for this and other natural and man-made disasters which disrupt the services we depend on in daily life?  Interestingly, many of the strategies employed in Japan are the same ones which build a sustainable future.   
  1. Learn new things -- be open to the idea that the future might be different from the past. Use imagination and creativity to prepare for different possible events. Don't run from things that scare you.  
  2. Be self-sufficient--harvest solar energy, collect water, grow food. Think about how our natural systems can protect and nurture us.
  3. Think ahead --  have a plan and gather appropriate supplies.  
  4. Have a strong community of neighbors, friends and family. Be prepared to reach out, to share, take care of others, and work together. Connections with people make the difference.
Tualatin Valley Cable TV recorded the entire presentation and here is a link to the presentation where you can learn more about Lake Oswego's preparations and how you can participate.

The Lake Oswego School District is committed to sustainability!

The LOSD school board voted unanimously to become a partner organization with the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network. With this decision, they committed to set goals incorporating sustainable practices into their operations.   

We know that sustainability is very relevant to schools; and our children are motivated and encouraged to see us working to protect the world that they will inherit. We are thrilled to see such strong support from the school board.

Initially we will be looking at ways to incorporate sustainability practices into school facilities as the district does upgrades and improvements, and we will be looking at ways to promote school gardens. This is a community-wide effort. If you are interested in working with us, or have school sustainability related ideas, please let us know, we would love to talk to you and support your efforts!

Reduce waste and help Lake Oswegan's find a useful home for their used goods. We need your help with Community Clean Up day!

We would love to have some community volunteers to help the collection efforts on community clean up day.  If you can help, please contact the city's Management and Sustainability Fellow, Jenny Slepian:  Let her know when you can help between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on June 20th, and she will supervise the effort and we will all be very grateful. See you then!

Thanks to grants from Metro, the city of Lake Oswego and its event partners will be hosting a Community Clean Up Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on June 20 at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way.

Our partners - Community Warehouse, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Community Cycling Center, Tools 4 Troops, and Republic Services – will take a variety of items such as kitchen supplies, household items, tools and more. Whatever can’t be recycled/reused will be destroyed by Republic Services. This event is a win win. It gives Lake Oswego citizens a chance to clean up and provides useful items to recipients that can use them. For more information click here.

Summer Sustainability Tours

LEED Building Tour

Join us for a tour of the OHSU Health & Healing Center, the first medical building to be certified as Platinum LEED on June 15th at 4pm. Here is a chance to learn what required for LEED certification and how this certification not only pays for itself in energy and resource savings, but is a joy for humans to visit or in which to work. Meet in front of the building on 3303 S.W. Bond Ave (South waterfront) at 4pm. For directions click here. For more information on this building click here. Tour limited to 30 participants. Please email to signup.

Oswego Lake Watershed Tour

Join us on June 20th for a 9am to noon tour of the Oswego Lake Watershed. We'll meet at the Uplands School in the covered play area and then carpool to other locations.

Look for the eco-film festival in September, back by popular demand!

Save the following Sundays in September: September 13th, 20th and 27th. We are helping the city of Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) who will be booking sustainability related films that are interesting, exciting, moving, beautiful. Our films will be again at the Lake Theater & Cafe in downtown Lake Oswego...and will again be free. As more information is available, we will let you know. See you there!

In This Issue

  • Earthquake preparedness
  • The Lake Oswego School District in Partnership with LOSN!
  • We need your help for community clean up!
  • Join us for a LEED building tour and/or an Oswego Lake Watershed Tour
  • Eco-film festival coming up!

Calendar of upcoming events

What:  Tour of the Platinum LEED OHSU Health and Healing Building led by LO Architect Bruce Brown
When:  June 15, 2015; 4pm-5pm.
Where: OHSU Health & Healing Center, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave, Portland
Purpose: See and learn about one of the "greenest" buildings in the Northwest
Note:  Limited to 30 participants. Sign up by emailing

What:  Oswego Lake Watershed Tour led by Stephanie Wagner, Chair of the OLWC
When:  June 20, 2015; 9am-noon.
Where:  Uplands Elementary School, 2055 SW Wembley Park Rd, Lake Oswego

Purpose: To explore the Oswego Lake Watershed and learn how it contributes to our city's well-being.

What:  Community Clean Up Day
When:  June 20, 2015; 10am-1pm.
Time:  10AM-1PM
Where:  West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego
More information: Click here for more information

What:  Eco-Film Festival
When:  September 13th, 20th, & 27th -- Save the Date(s)!

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