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Test your road IQ

From bike boxes to the Dutch reach: know your lingo to keep everyone safe on the road.

Sharrow symbol and Dutch reach

A sharrow is:

A) A fancy breed of sparrow.
B) A shovel for making rows.
C) A double-arrowed road symbol for low-traffic streets that are great for people biking, walking, skateboarding, and more. 

A bike box is:

A) A specially-shaped box for gift-wrapping bicycles.
B) A cardboard carrying device that can be attached to bike racks (only works in rain-free environments like Arizona).
C) A small patch of road at intersections, often painted green, where cyclists wait in front of car traffic at red lights. See one here.

A Dutch reach is:

A) When you reach down to adjust your clogs.
B) When you reach for the bill, to pay your half.
C) After parking, you reach to open your driver's side door with your right hand, thereby naturally looking behind you for cyclists.* 

*Why is this called the “Dutch” reach? Because the Dutch bike more than almost anyone else, in big, busy cities, so they’ve learned a thing or two. See the Dutch reach in action.

Door-ing is:

A) Shopping for a new front door.
B) Standing between the TV and a person trying to watch the TV.
C) Opening a car door into the path of a cyclist.*

*You can avoid door-ing a cyclist by using the Dutch reach (see above).


If you chose all Cs, you've got a high Road IQ!

If you chose As or Bs, you're a creative thinker, but unfortunately not correct. Review the C answers to raise your bike IQ and keep everyone safe on the road (but don't lose that creativity!).

Help others get in the know

Print a poster for your workplace to help your coworkers get up to speed on sharing the road. Or read more online.

Download a poster of bike road symbols

Easy ways to get your coworkers excited about Earth Month

Tips, events and a BYO coffee cup campaign.

Earth Month 2017

Engage your coworkers – just cut and paste!

Corporate Sustainability Collaborative, a group of green teams from dozens of Portland businesses, has made it easy to get your coworkers thinking about sustainability in April. They’ve organized an event every week in April, filled a calendar with Portland Earth Month happenings, created a downloadable poster to promote Earth Month, and brought back their Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign for the third year.

Earth Month calendarPromote events

Send tips to your workplace

Win prizes for using your reusable coffee mug

The Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign, organized by the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative, encourages Portlanders to bring a reusable mug to coffee shops April 1-30.

  • 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.

Find more tips for how to encourage your coworkers to participate.

Organized by Corporate Sustainability Collaborative

CSCThe Corporate Sustainability Collaborative (formerly PDX Green Teams Unite) is a group of green teams from different Portland organizations who work together to engage employees around sustainability.

Check out their website, follow them on facebook, and consider joining the group.

Win prizes by opting for a reusable coffee mug in April 2017

The Earth Month BYO coffee cup campaign is back.

During the month of April 2017, a group of Portland green teams sweetens your switch to reusable coffee mugs.

Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate 2017

In celebration of Earth Month 2017, Portlanders who bring a reusable mug to coffee shops between April 1 - 30 can get entered into a raffle to win prizes!

How does it work?

  1. Download a Reduce, Reuse, Recaffeinate punch card.
  2. Ask your barista to initial or punch your card each time you use a reusable cup.
  3. Email a picture of your card (with at least one punch) by April 30, 2017.
  4. Get entered to win prizes.

*Valid for workplaces located within Portland.


The Corporate Sustainability Collaborative thanks these generous sponsors for their donations: 

Mt. Hood Meadows KEEN footware  Sokol Blosser  EcoTeas

Prizes include ski lift tickets from Mt. Hood Meadows, a gift card for one pair of KEEN shoes, wine from Sokol Blosser, and gift boxes from EcoTeas.

Get your workplace involved

Post the Reduce, Reuse, Recaffeinate poster.

Distribute punch cards.


Make it easy:

  • Put punch cards in an envelope attached to the poster to make it easy for coworkers to get started.
  • Hang the poster and punch-cards near the door where coworkers head out to get coffee.
  • If you have reusable mugs in your break-room or kitchen, pull them out of the cupboard and put them in a more noticeable place with a reminder about the Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign.

Prep ahead of time:

  • Print punch cards on re-used paper (paper already printed on one side).
  • Give your workplace’s closest coffee shop a head’s up. You can even ask if they’d be willing to hang a poster.

Organized by Corporate Sustainability Collaborative

CSC logoThe Corporate Sustainability Collaborative (formerly PDX Green Teams Unite) is a group of green teams from different Portland organizations who work together to engage employees around sustainability. This is the third year they’ve organized the Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign for Earth Month.

Share your stuff (Mom was right)

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

Earth Day is April 22, so tip your hat to Mother Earth by listening to what moms have been saying for years.

Borrow, share and repair your stuff

Why Mom was right

Sharing is caring – for people and the environment: Making, shipping and packaging the “stuff” we buy accounts for 22 percent of our county’s household carbon emissions.

How it benefits you

Borrowing seldom-used items saves money, cuts clutter and is great for the environment.

In Portland, you can borrow tools for home and garden projects, kitchen gadgets and kids’ toys from lending libraries. Find a lending library near you!

Declutter and donate

Look around your home or workplace: are there items cluttering up your space that you could donate for others to use? Call Metro’s Recycling Hotline to find out which organizations would be happy to take it off your hands: 503-234-3000.

Borrow and buy used

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.

Thinking about starting a home, garden or craft project? Borrow tools, and buy used supplies:


Are you part of a non-profit organization? There's a tool library just for you: Portland Community ToolBank



Home remodeling

And more

Find more ideas, and Portland resources, for how to fix and maintain, borrow and share, and buy smart from Portland’s Resourceful PDX.

More things Mom got right (but let’s keep this between us):

Clean your plate (Mom was right)

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

Earth Day is April 22, so tip your hat to Mother Earth by listening to what moms have been saying for years.

clean your plate

Why Mom was right

About 15 percent of household carbon emissions come from food: that includes the energy and resources it takes to produce, distribute and dispose of food. And the average family throws away 25 percent of the food it buys!

How it benefits you

Saving money! That 25 percent of food the average family throws away costs about $1,600 a year.

Plus, choosing more fruits, veggies and grains will help you stay healthy and save money while reducing your carbon impact.

What you can do

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.

More things Mom got right (but let’s keep this between us):

Data on carbon impacts of food and food waste are from Climate Action Now from the City of Portland.