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Local Voices, Clever Choices

What do a tool librarian, a baby-toting bus rider, and an eco-savvy businesswoman have in common? They all share their stories about the challenges and benefits of making community-minded choices on OMSI’s bilingual Local Voices, Clever Choices (Nuestras voces, nuestras decisiones) interactive website: (

This month the Local Voices team is focusing on ways we can “steward our stuff” (e.g. responsibly dump our junk). Even if we reduce and reuse as much as possible, we all eventually end up with things that we don’t want or need anymore. But what do we do with all that stuff? Visit to find the answer and earn a Clever Choices “Steward Your Stuff” badge at the same time. You might even win a (very useful and eventually recyclable) prize in the process!

While you’re there, you can also go behind-the-scenes at OMSI with exhibit builder Kim Hall in his story about how OMSI learned to “steward its stuff” while building the Clever Together exhibit. (The City helped with the exhibit too!)

The City of Portland and 20+ other local organizations worked with OMSI to make this project happen. BPS staff, led by Michele Crim, have offered their expertise on sustainability topics, tested and provided feedback on the design and interpretive descriptions for the exhibits, and continue to assist with promotion of these educational opportunities to our broad range of contacts in the community.