Sustainability Projects

Final Green Bag of 2017!


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Do you face an uphill battle each year with Wrapping Paper Mountain?

Want to dress up your gifts in new ways?

Wondering how to take the stuff out of gift giving?

Then the final Green Bag event of 2017 is just for you! Join me, Jennifer Nelson, Sustainability Program Educator, on November 21, at noon in Washington St Conference Center, Rm 109. Please bring your lunch and be prepared for a hands-on gift wrapping workshop.

I will share tips and tricks for tackling one of the biggest holiday waste issues - gift wrap. Did you know that along with food waste, gift wrap and packing drives an uptick of 1 million tons of waste a week during November and December? (Source: EPA) RecycleWorks of San Mateo County estimates that Americans pile up 4 million tons of gift-wrap and shopping bags every year! (Source: Use Less Stuff).

You can do something about this. Join us to learn how to wrap without paper, how to collect and creatively reuse gift wrap, how to choose no-wrap gifts, and how to make your own gift-decorating accessories. We’ll make repurposed gift tags together to take home, and if you have a gift ready to wrap, bring it along to try one of these techniques.

RSVP optional but appreciated by email to  or call 846-8825. A webinar link will be available on request, but participants are encouraged to join us in person for this hands-on lesson.

Green Bags are designed for Washington County and City of Hillsboro employees, but are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch and drink; please do not count on a microwave.




2017 Green Bag Presentation Series - Resources

Thank you for sharing the 2017 Green Bag series with us. Below, please find an archive of available resources:

Electric Vehicles –Great at Work, Great at Home; presented by Catherine Teebay, Forth

Information about the electric vehicles in the Fleet

Information about the Forth EV showroom and test drives


Urban Cycling Clinic; presented by The Street Trust

Information for bicycle riders at Washington County

Information about the Bike Fleet (under Active and Sustainable Transportation)

Make Your Own Green Cleaners; presented by Nancy Nordman, Master Recycler

Video recording


Information from Metro on making Green Cleaners

Eat Smart, Waste Less; presented by Isabella Barcelona, Solid Waste and Recycling

Good and Cheap free cookbook online

Naturescaping 101;presented by April Olbrich, Tualatin River Watershed Council


Naturescaping information from Tualatin SWCD

Clean Water Heroes information from Clean Water Services

Naturescaping information from ODFW

Reuse in Home Décor;presented by Rena Satre-Meloy, Community Warehouse

Tips for buying used furniture

Green and Healthy Lunches;presented by Amanda Nelson, New Seasons

Tips for packing a more sustainable lunch

Waste Tips

Tips for Reducing Lunch Waste

Pack a Power Lunch

Lunch Box Love

Food Waste Toolkit for the Office

Food Waste Infographic

Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Home;presented by Jen Coleman, Oregon Environmental Council

Toxic free environments information

Healthy Homes Kit

Getting to One Can;presented by Betty Shelley

(This Green Bag was postponed and in its place, a presentation on recycling was given by Tony Hair, Solid Waste and Recycling)

Future Less is More Classes

Washington County What to Recycle and Where (searchable database)

Metro Find a Recycler (searchable database)

 Food Waste Breakdown Info Graphic


Do you have an idea for a fun Green Bag presentation that would help you adopt sustainable daily habits or try a new skill? Please share it with Jennifer by email!


For More Information:  

Jennifer Nelson, Sustainability Program Educator

Phone: (503) 846-8825 


RSVP optional but appreciated by email or call.