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This April, drink coffee (or tea), use a reusable mug, and get entered to win prizes. Organized by a group of Green Teams throughout Portland.
In celebration of Earth Month, bring a reusable mug when you grab coffee (or tea), and get entered into a raffle to win prizes.
*Valid for workplaces located within Portland.
A group of green teams from different Portland organizations have gotten together to promote Earth Month and get staff excited about sustainability. They’ve invited all Portland workplaces to join them in reducing throw-away coffee cups, through their Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign, and will provide prizes to winners of the raffle at the end of this month.
Individuals from a wide variety of Portland businesses gathered to share challenges and advice around workplace sustainability efforts.
Last week, 60 individuals from a variety of organizations around Portland gathered to share challenges and advice around workplace sustainability. The crowd at Sustainability at Work’s fourth Problem Solved event was engaged, and ready to share challenges and offer solutions.
Here are some of the top challenges we heard at the event, along with advice provided by fellow attendees:
How do we get buy-in from management?
How can I get co-workers to care?
We use so many paper towels!
Home-based businesses can take advantage of residential energy and water saving programs.
Home-based businesses are able to take advantage of many of the free resources for residences in Portland.
Whatever the motivation — be it cost-savings, improved working conditions, or just the good feeling of making a positive difference — here are a few great ways to improve your home-based business’s sustainability:
Learn how Tamale Boy uses 50% less energy than similar restaurants.
Tamale Boy owner Jaime Soltero Jr. grew a brick-and-mortar business out of his popular tamale truck. When it was time to build his restaurant, he wanted it to be as efficient as possible.
And he succeeded! The Tamale Boy restaurant uses about half the energy of a restaurant he formerly helped manage.
Thanks to the investments in energy efficiency:
Don’t forget the food!
Not only is the building sustainable, the food is too! Tamale Boy buys organic local vegetables and meat when possible and has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.
The tamales are made following a recipe passed down in Jaime’s family for years, “it’s tradition that makes them so special.”
Tamale Boy is located at 1764 NE Dekum St, Portland OR 97211.
How, where, and why to recycle electronics.
There’s gold in those laptops!
Q) Which has more gold and copper?
a. circuit boards
b. raw ore mined for these metals
A) Circuit boards!
Circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper as the equivalent weight of ore mined in the US.
In addition, recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3,657 US homes for a year .
Want to learn more? Check out the short video, The Story of Electronics.
Many electronics can be donated, refurbished and used again.
Where to go? Free Geek!
Broken or unusable electronics can be recycled and component parts made into something else.
Where to go?
Third-party certification, such as e-Stewards certification, ensures environmentally sound and humane recycling practices.
Removing personal or sensitive information:
To remove personal or sensitive information before donating or recycling your electronics,
Contact Oregon E-Cycles for free drop-off locations for
According to Oregon E-Cycles’ website: Participating recyclers must meet DEQ's Environmental Management Practices. The practices ensure electronics are recycled in a way that protects human health and the environment.
These must be recycled separately: