sustainability

Umpqua Dairy

Roseburg’s Umpqua Dairy has known for quite some time that there is a high demand for organic milk. KLCC’s Briana Friden reports that for the first time in 87 years, the company has begun to process and distribute organic milk one hundred percent produced in Douglas County.

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A couple entrepreneurs in Eugene say they have a great protein source that uses a mere fraction of the land and water that cattle use.  So if you’re adventurous and open to what some might consider a creepy, crawly, dining experience…you too can help the environment while enjoying a nutritious – albeit six-legged -- entrée.  KLCC’s Brian Bull serves it up. 

Kira Hoffelmeyer

King Estate winery will officially be certified biodynamic this year. This is the latest in a long line of environmentally sound practices at wineries across Oregon.

KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer takes a look at whether these efforts matter to wine drinkers and others in the industry.

Photo by Ashley Garmon

  Meera Subramanian is an independent journalist, Fulbright-Nehru scholar, and author of the book A River Runs Again, which tells the stories of ordinary people and micro-enterprises seeking to rescue India's natural world from crisis. It connects to the eight years Meera spent at Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove, exploring a sustainable life. She returns to speak at the University of Oregon on Thursday, October 29th, and at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Sunday evening, November 1st. She speaks with Eric Alan. 

Angela Kellner

Saying she plans to do "more being and less doing" in her retirement, Julie Daniel has passed the crown of reduce, reuse, recycle to her successor after nearly 10 years as the Executive Director of BRING. After a national search the Board of Directors picked staff member Carolyn Stein to replace Daniel. Stein has been with BRING since 2008, serving first as Education Coordinator, then moving to her most recent position as Manager of the RE:think Business program, which she developed and launched in 2010.

City of Redmond

The University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program is moving east of the Cascades for the first time in its six year history.

The program brings together UO students and faculty with members of a different Oregon city each year. Redmond has been selected and will benefit from more than 40,000 hours of student work aimed at improving sustainability, infrastructure and livability. Redmond's Community Development Director Heather Richards says they're getting started April 8 with a bicycle tour of existing infrastructure.

Bend has made it to the semifinals in a national competition to save energy. The two year challenge is called the Georgetown University Energy Prize. A launch party to kick off the Bend Energy Challenge is Wednesday.

Bend is one of 50 communities around the country still in the running for a $5 million prize based on the city's reduced energy use.

The Environmental Center in Bend first learned of the competition in fall 2013. Since then, the city has been filing paperwork and constructing a plan on how to save energy.

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Passive solar. LED lighting. Urban gardens. This weekend, BRING Recycling's Home and Garden Tour in Eugene highlights sustainable design and low-impact construction.

Julie Daniel is the Executive Director of BRING. She says the tour started as a showcase for re-used materials. Over six years, it's expanded:

Daniel: "There's more than one new building on the tour this year. Some are still under construction. There's a net zero home, which is a home that uses no energy, it actually returns more energy than it uses to the grid, including charging their electric car."