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Easy ways to get your coworkers excited about Earth Month

Tips, events and a BYO coffee cup campaign.

PDX Green Teams Unite Earth Month 2016

Engage your coworkers – just cut and paste!

PDX Green Teams Unite, a group of green teams from dozens of Portland businesses, has made it easy to get your coworkers thinking about sustainability this April. They’ve created a calendar with weekly sustainability themes and corresponding activities and tips to share.

Learn more about the events—classes, group hikes and bike rides, webinars—on their Facebook page.

2016 Earth Month Calendar

Share this Earth Month poster, promoting weekly themes and the Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign.

Send tips to your workplace

Win prizes for ditching your paper cup

The Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign, organized by PDX Green Teams Unite, encourages Portlanders to bring a reusable mug to coffee shops between April 1st - 22nd.

  • Print a poster at your workplace.
  • Hand out punch cards.
  • Let coworkers know they can win prizes this month by using a re-usable coffee mug.

Earth Month Fairs

Thursday, April 14th
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Portland General Electric
World Trade Center Portland Conference Center @ the NE corner of SW 1st Ave and Salmon St.
Prize drawings for attendees!

Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lloyd Eco District
Lloyd Center, West Mall, Lower Level

Thursday, April 21st
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fox Tower (TMT Development)
Lobby of Fox Tower, 805 SW Broadway

PDX Green Teams Unite is a group of green teams from Portland organizations, including:

PDX Green Teams Unite members

How to celebrate Earth Day? Take it outside!

Tips to celebrate Earth Day 2016 by getting outdoors.

PDX Green Teams Unite Earth Month 2016

We live in a beautiful place, so get out and enjoy it!

Portland is home to more than 152 miles of regional trails laced together, connecting people to each other and to the natural beauty of our city. And right at the heart of Portland is Forest Park, one of the country's largest urban forest reserves—which is eight miles long and covers 5,200 acres!

Set aside time to get outside: take a walk at lunch, stroll through a nearby park, dig in the garden, or head to the coast, the mountains or the Columbia Gorge.

Find a new walk or hike close to where you live or work—these free guides make it easy.

Explore Portland’s many parks and trails.

Volunteer to pull invasive ivy in Forest Park or plant trees around Portland.

Tips to go green in 2016: Your stuff

There are many fun and money-saving ways to reduce waste and consume sustainably.

The “stuff” we buy has a big impact on the environment. Making, shipping, and packaging goods accounts for 22 percent of our county’s household carbon emissions.

Borrow more than books

Borrowing items you seldom need will save you storage space and money. Did you know that Portland has lending libraries where you can check out home and garden tools, kitchen gadgets and kids’ toys?

Your Stuff Climate Action Now

Tools

Home improvement projects? Gardening projects? Borrow tools from a tool library!

Toys

Kids getting bored with their toys? Borrow new toys, or swap their old toys for new!

Cooking

Want to try your hand at making jam? Borrow a big pot and supplies from a local kitchen library.

Buy used and de-clutter

When you need something, look for it used before buying it new—you’ll often find a higher-quality item for less money. Many stores that sell used items also accept them, so you can also drop off items you no longer use. You’ll de-clutter your home and get still-usable items into someone else’s hands.

Home remodeling supplies

And more

Find more resources and ideas from Portland’s Resourceful PDX.

Graphics and information from the City of Portland’s Climate Action Now as well as Resourceful PDX.

Tips to go green in 2016: Energy

Lights off, heat down; energy efficiency measures in your home abound.

Simple changes, like using LED light bulbs and making your home more energy efficient, can save energy and money and increase the comfort of your home.

LEDs Climate Action Now

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs, which last so long that you’re looking at up to 20 years of energy bill savings.
  • Adjust your thermostat to be cooler in winter and warmer in summer—a few degrees either way will keep you comfy and keep energy bills down.
  • Try taking a shorter shower, and hang-dry your clothes rather than using a clothes dryer. Tweaking a few home habits can make a big difference! 
  • Buy clean power from your utility company. It’s a few bucks a month and helps promote clean, renewable energy.

Find more low cost/no cost energy efficiency tips from Energy Trust

Own a home?

The average home has the equivalent of a basketball-sized hole in the wall due to air leaks throughout the house. Stop leaks with insulation and duct sealing.

  • With a caulk gun and some weather-stripping tape, you can be a DIY weatherization champ. Seal cracks around windows, doors and wall outlets to reduce drafts, protect against moisture and improve indoor air quality.
  • Or get help, including financial incentives and expert guidance, to make energy efficiency home upgrades (or add solar!) from local non-profits Energy Trust of Oregon and Enhabit.

Find additional tips and resources.

Energy is in everything

Ever wondered if it’s more sustainable to use a paper towel and throw it out, or use a cloth towel and wash it? Check out this six minute TED Talk, where one self-proclaimed data nerd tackles this question, and many more, as she looks at the embodied energy in things we buy and use.

Graphics and information from the City of Portland’s Climate Action Now.

Tips to go green in 2016: Food

Just eat it, and other tips for greening your plate.

Reducing your food waste and choosing more fruits, veggies and grains will help you stay healthy and save money while lowering your carbon impact.

Food Climate Action Now

Will it make a difference? Yes! The average family throws away 25 percent of the food it buys, wasting about $1,600 a year. And the global system for producing, distributing and disposing of food accounts for about 15 percent of household carbon emissions.

Stretch the life of your perishable food. Don’t assume a date stamp means the food has gone bad. Learn how long foods really last.

Eat more fruits, veggies and grains. Trimming down the amount of processed (or packaged) foods and meat you eat can make a big impact because they use tons of energy to grow and process.

Big or small, compost it all. Whether you are cleaning out the fridge, scraping your plate or prepping food, composting all of your food scraps is an important way to reduce your carbon emissions.

Check out more tips and resources.

Graphics and information from the City of Portland’s Climate Action Now.