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Want to help support Drawdown in the Rogue Valley? Here’s a simple way

For Ashland's 4th of July Parade, Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance is imagining an entry that features lots of people marching, each one holding a sign with one of the 80 Drawdown Solutions (for details, see the book Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming).  We'd like as many families and children … Continue reading Want to help support Drawdown in the Rogue Valley? Here’s a simple way

New Permanent Signs for the Fairgrounds Gardens!

On Monday Mike Nelson and I installed the 6 new full color metal signs on the five Firewise Demonstrations Garden beds at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.  One sign is for the project as a whole and the rest describe the purpose of each garden bed; the Permaculture Garden, the Bees and Pollinator Garden with Mike's … Continue reading New Permanent Signs for the Fairgrounds Gardens!

The Landscape of Environmental Justice

Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:30 – 7:30 PM Large Meeting Room – Medford Public Library 205 South Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97501 RCC’s Diversity Programming Board & SO Health-E invite you to join us for dinner & a discussion about climate, environmental, & social justice, food security, and health outcomes. Please register for the event … Continue reading The Landscape of Environmental Justice

Right to Repair

Stand up for your Right to Repair! State Legislators have the power to protect you from unfair and deceptive policies that make it difficult, expensive, or impossible for you to repair the things you own. Right to Repair or Fair Repair Bills have been introduced in 18 states, but they  will only pass if you … Continue reading Right to Repair

Oregon Master Naturalist Training

The Oregon Master Naturalist Program provides an opportunity to learn about natural resources through the study of scientifically sound information: the natural history of plants, animals, habitats, and geology, the history and processes of landscape change, as well as the most relevant topics in present-day sustainable natural resource management. Participants volunteer for natural resources programs, agencies, organizations, … Continue reading Oregon Master Naturalist Training

Swallows Raising Family in Permaculture Garden Bed at Fairgrounds!

While weeding the Fairgrounds Demonstration garden beds this week, we noticed a pair of swallows darting in and out of one the birdhouses that David Sligar made for our Permaculture Garden bed!  Needless to say we are pretty psyched about that!   We have had Monarchs lay eggs in the Monarch Butterfly Garden and many many … Continue reading Swallows Raising Family in Permaculture Garden Bed at Fairgrounds!

Disaster Preparedness Planning Conference

Fruitdale Grange is hosting Disaster Preparedness Planning Conference May 23, 2018, 9-12 noon Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97527 Overview All over our state and country there are disasters that happen—fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, blizzards and even occasional dislocations of essential food and water due to economic disasters. In order to … Continue reading Disaster Preparedness Planning Conference

Update on RCC Bioswale/RainGarden Project

  The new gravel path is nearly finished and runs from one end of the garden to the other, the boulders have been placed, and four bird houses hung: three have larger holes for Bluebirds or Swallows (most likely violet green), and one is for smaller birds (Chickadees or Nuthatches) (see below).  SRV member Mike … Continue reading Update on RCC Bioswale/RainGarden Project

Natural Sustainable Flood Management

  Rural Sustainable Drainage from novadada on Vimeo.   Produced by Antony Lyons with Rough Glory Films Additional flood footage shot by Brian Cooke, Jeremy Williamson Adam Laity (used with kind permission of Esther May Campbell) Music: 'It Always Rains in England’ by Ergo Phizmiz (creative commons license) The Stroud RsuDs project is located in … Continue reading Natural Sustainable Flood Management

Blue Zones Project – Grants Pass

"Using secrets discovered in the original Blue Zones—rare longevity hotspots around the world—we help transform communities into thriving places to live, work, eat, and play."  Blue Zones Project Blue Zones Project–Grants Pass started the new year with a free and family-friendly public Kickoff celebration. Held at Grants Pass High School on January 20th, the Kickoff … Continue reading Blue Zones Project – Grants Pass

Learn about Rain Gardens and Bioswales at RCC

The following is a Press Release put out by Rogue Community College about the project Sustainable Rogue Valley is doing in collaboration with them on the Grants Pass Redwood Campus.   Grants Pass-Rogue Community College (RCC) and Sustainable Rogue Valley are working together to complete the demonstration Rain Garden and Bioswale on the RCC Redwood … Continue reading Learn about Rain Gardens and Bioswales at RCC

LIVING THE CHANGE: INSPIRING STORIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

“A sumptuous looking film with a smorgasbord of people who give a damn, and who’re all trying to change the only world we have for the better.” – Te Radar Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring … Continue reading LIVING THE CHANGE: INSPIRING STORIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Sustainable Rogue Valley March Meeting – Sunday March 11 – 12:30

Join us for cookies and chat about how we can build a more resilient community... Sunday's Agenda includes: Fairgrounds Gardens RCC Raingarden and Bioswale Stream School (April 14) at RCC Earth Day (April 19) at RCC Blue Zone Project Sustainability Class Local Recycling ACES See you at the UU Fellowship at 129 NW E Street, … Continue reading Sustainable Rogue Valley March Meeting – Sunday March 11 – 12:30

True Grid

The following article appeared in The Optimist Magazine Fall 2015 and is just as relevant to this moment in time. The solution to our overburdened, outdated power grid? One word: microgrids—localized power networks that are cheaper, cleaner and more reliable. What’s not to like?  By Greg Nichols In late 2000 and early 2001, rolling blackouts swept … Continue reading True Grid