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August 2014

September is chock full of sustainability fun!

  • Free Eco Film Fest! Every Sunday in September come and see awe-inspiring, fun and informative movies with an Eco theme! Space is limited, and these are on a first come/first serve basis. For more information click here.
  • Sustainable Home Tour: On Saturday, September 27th, we are presenting two of Lake Oswego's most sustainable homes! Get ideas for low cost/low energy technology, solar, electric cars and more. For more information click here.
  • LED light bulb sales: We are finding the lowest cost LED light bulbs for you! Look for the light bulb sales and information at the movies and the home tour.
  • Finally, don't forget the next Lake Oswego Sustainability Network meeting on September 25th. The action teams will be presenting their plans!

How would you like to be a world class waste (and cost) reducer? Betty Shelley knows how!

Take the Class

Betty Shelley and her husband, Jon, use just one 35-gallon can of garbage a year! Find out more in her Tuesday Classes! Betty Shelley will teach you her techniques!

In the fall of 2014, they are offering a class in September and one in October. Each class will meet for three sessions on the second, third and fourth Tuesday from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Earth Institute, 107 SE Washington St. They charge a $30 fee. Class participants are entitled to $5 off the price of a discussion course book. Click for more information.  

Register early as the class is limited to 8-10 participants; the class may be cancelled if the minimum student enrollment is not met. To register or to find out more, call 503-244-8044 or email

Volunteers Needed!

And an update on the status of the Lake Oswego sustainability coordinator

As many of you know, Susan Millhauser, our city's sustainability coordinator, chose to leave the position this July. She is happily tending to her children in Portland. However, the city is deciding at this point whether to fill the position. We have been in talks with the city, and know they are working on the issue, so we aren't kicking up dust at this time. We will keep you posted about this.  

However, with Susan gone, the SAB could use your  help! We can use people to help publicize our events like the home tour and the movies. Please let us know if you have some time. Email, or call (503) 914-9678.    

Also -- if you want to get involved in an action team or have good ideas that you want to pursue, let us know!

Sign the Oregon Climate Declaration!

What can you do to help accelerate our response to the changing climate? Sign the Oregon Climate Declaration here to build a movement that can change our laws.

Good News Corner

One More Time: US & World CAN Swiftly Convert to 100% Renewable Energy

Analysis done by Stanford showing how both the U.S. and the rest of the world could go to 100% renewable energy by 2050 without using nuclear. The analysis is broken down state by state.

Two Trends Make Solar Industry Smile

Demand for rooftop solar is skyrocking, going from 30,000 homes in 2006 to 400,000 in 2013. Meanwhile by 2017 in 26 states solar could be as cheap as local electricity rates - without counting state incentives. If these trends continue the U.S. Dept. of Energy predicts we could see close to 4 million homes on solar by 2020.


Landmark Ruling Opens Grid to Renewable Energy

US Court of Appeals says grid planning must be regional, not just state by state, and take into account renewable energy standards.

In This Issue

  • September events
  • Master recycling class
  • Volunteers needed
  • Sign the Climate Declaration
  • Good News Corner
  • Calendar of events

Calendar of upcoming events

What: Eco film festival
When: Every Sunday in September
Time: September 7th - 5pm; September 14 - 2pm; September 21 - 5pm; September 28 - 2pm
Where: Lake Theatre Cafe, 106 Lake Street, Lake Oswego
Note: Free, on a first come/first serve basis

What: Next Lake Oswego Sustainability Network Meeting
When: September 25th
Time: 5:30pm Mingling; program starts at 6:00pm
Where: Heritage Center at Mary’s Woods
Purpose: Hear from the action teams!

What: Sustainable Home Tour
When: September 27th
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Where: Home #1: 2134 Wembley Park Road - parking available across the street at Uplands Elementary School; Home #2: 305 G Avenue
Purpose: See how you can remodel your home to be more sustainable


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