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Bike Month Education Events

 

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The Bike More Challenge runs May 1-31. This Challenge engages organizations across Oregon in a friendly competition to see who can get the most people to bike during May.

Employees at both Washington County and City of Hillsboro form teams to compete in the Challenge. If you plan to ride a bike in May, please consider joining your office team – Washington County or City of Hillsboro – using the online app.  (Not an employee? You may still be able to join a community team or one from your workplace, so take a look!)

 The Challenge is fun, free, and a great way to improve fitness.
 Whether you ride a little or a lot, the Challenge is for everyone – new riders welcome!
 Log all rides in May, including fitness, recreation, commute and even Fleet bike rides.
 Points are awarded for each trip you record, as well as for the recruitment of new riders.
 Riders will be recognized with prizes and a wrap up party in June.

 

Bike Month Kick-off for Employees
Wednesday, May 1 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Email Sustainability for location and details.

 Chris Thomas will present a rules of the road legal clinic from 12:10-12:50 pm.
 Pick up bike lights, maps and safety resources, and sign up to join the Bike More Challenge.
 This event is for employees - please email Sustainability for further details.

 

Basic Bike Repair Workshop (part of our Green Bag Series)
Tuesday, May 14 from 12:10 – 12:50 PM
Courtyard outside Community Corrections Center, 260 SW Adams Ave, Hillsboro

 Learn how to use the community bike fix-it stations for basic repairs and adjustments.
 Training provided by WashCo Bikes.
 You are welcome to bring your own lunch to this learning event.
 RSVP to Sustainability. A minimum RSVP of 10 people is required. Employees and the public welcome!

 

Introduction to E-Bikes (part of our Green Bag Series)
Thursday, May 23 from 12:10 – 12:50 PM
Washington Street Conference Center, 102 SW Washington St, Room 102, Hillsboro

 Learn about electric bikes and get your questions answered.
 Training and test rides provided by Cynergy E-Bikes.
 You are welcome to bring your own lunch to this learning event.
 RSVP to Sustainability. A minimum RSVP of 10 people is required. Employees and the public welcome!

Community Warehouse Drive

2019 Results

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During the March 4-15 drive, Washington County filled the truck! Bringing in approximately 800 items, employees volunteering their time and donating their items hosted a wildly successful drive. In fact...

“Your collection drive was by far the LARGEST and MOST SUCCESSFUL that we have ever seen. WAY TO GO!!

– Veronica Booth, Community Warehouse

 

Stay tuned here for a fun video and more details on our shared success soon!

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Green Bag Series

Bring your lunch and join us for these Green Bag Lunch Series workshops!

Co-hosted by Washington County & City of Hillsboro. Open to employees and the public unless otherwise noted.

Please be sure to rsvp to sustainability@co.washington.or.us no later than 7 days before the event if you’d like to join us. 

Doors open at noon, presentation begins at 12:10 and will end by 12:50 pm.

 2019 Green Bag Presentation Series 

  • See Earth Week and Bike Month educational events above

Build it and they will come: Tips to creating a wildlife friendly yard

Briita Pajunas, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

June 13, 12:10-12:50pm, 155 N. First St, Room 390, Hillsboro

 

There are many things to get done in the day. Gardening and yard work are enjoyable for a lot of folks, but it can really take up a lot of time and energy! Join us as we explore a few easy tips you can try at home to create a beautiful, low-maintenance yard that conserves water, builds healthy soil, and attracts songbirds and other wildlife.

 

Community Gardening, Together!

Heather Peterson, Hillsboro Parks and Recreation, and Jessica Kittleson, THPRD

June 25, 12:10-12:50 pm, 155 N. First St, Room 390, Hillsboro

Details tbd

 

Aging in Place through Home Modifcations

Danielle Schira, Rebuilding Together Washington County

Date and details tbd

 

Bring Your Own Mug!

Brion Hurley, Recycling Advocates

August 15, 12:10-12:50 pm 

Details tbd

 

RSVP to Sustainability for any Green Bag event. A minimum RSVP of 10 people is required. Employees and the public welcome!

 

Previous 2019 events

 

March 21: GROW Steady: Planting Sustainable; Eli Bonilla & Arbor Fessler from Clean Water Services, PSB 390  

Download the presentation and check out these additional resources:

Clean Water Services

Community Resources: In Your Yard

Drainage 411

Stream Care Guide (PDF, 2.7MB)

Nature-Friendly Home & Yard Care Brochure (PDF, 2.6MB)

Native Plant Sales

 

Metro

Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards

Tualatin SWCD

Weed Watchers

East Multnomah SWCD

Local Sources for Native Plants

 

Have a burning sustainability question or idea for a future class? Please e-mail sustainability@co.washington.or.us !

 

 

Past events

Supporting Community Social Justice and Economic Equity... Together –A Panel Discussion

Presenters included Katherine Galian, Community Action; Nancy Milligan-Mock, Washington County HHS Developmental Disabilities; Maggie Riley, Craft3.

Katherine's presentationNancy's presentationMaggie's presentation

Drive It and Drop It!; Presented by Alan Bates, ReachNow

Presentation

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; Presentation

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; PresentationInformation 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

PresentationNaturescaping 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 lunchWaste TipsTips for Reducing Lunch WastePack a Power LunchLunch Box LoveFood Waste Toolkit for the OfficeFood Waste Infographic

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

Toxic free environments informationHealthy 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)

 

Kick the Can Employee Challenge

Sustainability hosted a very successful challenge of employees Kick the Can challenge logo 2018with deskside garbage cans to give them up for at least two weeks in January. Based on an Employee Suggestion, the goal is to raise awareness of garbage generation and encourage employees to leave their desks to toss out trash.

Did you miss the event? It's never to late to take this challenge! You can still earn a commemorative magnet at any time.

WHY PARTICIPATE

This challenge will:

  • Improve your awareness of waste generation.
  • Help you reduce how much garbage you produce. 
  • Help promote employee wellness by encouraging staff to leave their desk to throw out waste.
  • Reduce of the purchase and use of trash can liners.
  • Increase recycling rates.
  • Help us meet the County goal of reducing garbage by 25%.

If you've already given up your can, you are doing your part. Thanks!

This project was tested with a small group of employees in fall 2017. We learned that keeping a small washable cup or container on the desktop for waste helped with daily accumulations. Many found they enjoyed the extra movement during the day to go to the trash can. All participants reported that their garbage amount dropped or stayed the same –none increased.

HOW TO JOIN

Contact us at sustainability@co.washington.or.us and sign up to start the challenge any time. (You can take the challenge any two weeks you choose.)

Just include your name, department/division, and your mailstop number.

You'll be asked to give up your deskside can for two weeks after taking a short survey. At the end of the two weeks, you'll take a similar survey to share anything that has changed for you, and you will have the opportunity to take your can back. You will receive a commemorative magnet as our thanks for participating!

 

For More Information:  

Sustainability Education Coordinator

Phone: (503) 846-8825 

E-mail: sustainability@co.washington.or.us

RSVP optional but appreciated by email or call.