RCC Bioswale Maintenance Event – Friday June 25, 10 am – noon

Friday, June 25, we will be mulching and pulling weeds at the RCC raingarden/bioswale from 10:00 am – noon. Chas will bring a truckload of mulch, and we will be joined by EARTH Club students. Plan to get your feet wet and your hands dirty — it should be great fun! Below you will find a map of the RCC Grants Pass campus showing the location of the bioswale near the Josephine Building.

Climate Solutions 101

Presented by Project Drawdown

New Online Course

Presented by Project Drawdown, this six-unit video series is filled with the latest need-to-know science and fascinating insights from global thought leaders. Free, full of hope, and streaming now.

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Climate Solutions 101 is the world’s first major educational effort focused solely on solutions. Rather than rehashing well-known climate challenges, Project Drawdown centers game-changing climate action based on its own rigorous scientific research and analysis. This course, presented in video units and in-depth conversations, combines Project Drawdown’s trusted resources with the expertise of several inspiring voices from around the world. Climate solutions become attainable with increased access to free, science-based educational resources, elevated public discourse, and tangible examples of real-world action. Continue your climate solutions journey, today.

Other Side of the Hill

Free Zoom Screening of New Film on Rural Oregon Renewable Energy Initiatives

“Other Side of the Hill” shows how rural communities in Eastern Oregon are reaping economic rewards now by transcending the toxic partisan rhetoric of climate change

On Thursday, October 29, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., the SOCAN-Ashland Climate Action Project will host a free private Zoom screening of “Other Side of the Hill,” a new film about renewable energy initiatives underway in Eastern Oregon. The film is presented in partnership with Ashland Works, Climate Reality Project-Southwestern Oregon Chapter, McCloud Watershed Council, Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, Rogue Community College Earth Club, Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance, Sustainable Rogue Valley, and Sustainability at Southern Oregon University.  

Directed by James Parker and Juliet Grable of Synchronous Pictures and Executive Produced by local and regional climate activists Julian Bell, Deb Evans, Ron Schaaf, and Tom Bowerman, “Other Side of the Hill”  explores the impacts of a changing climate in rural Eastern Oregon as seen through the eyes of local leaders on the ground. From innovative timber operations in Wallowa County to large scale solar in Lakeview, the film amplifies the voices of rural communities often left unheard. In a time of cultural divide between rural and urban Oregon–and toxic partisan politics around climate action–it’s inspiring to learn about communities that have found common ground in an urgency to address a changing landscape.  

The 30-minute film will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers, visionaries, and “stars,” as well as leaders in Rogue Valley renewable energy initiatives. 

You must RSVP to attend. To join us, email carmen@socan.eco.  

Attendance is limited–RSVP now!

Trailer | Film website | Film Facebook page

SRV’s Black Lives Matter Statement

Sustainable Rogue Valley affirms and supports Black Lives Matter.

We stand in solidarity with all people working for racial justice.

We believe that environmental and economic sustainability are inextricably linked with racial justice.

We shall educate ourselves, confront our own racism, and dedicate ourselves to undoing all patterns of discrimination.

We shall act courageously to dismantle white supremacy so that we can contribute to a better world for the generations that follow us.

Next SRV meeting this weekend Sunday 9/13 at 12:30

Save the Pipe Fork forest

Dear Sustainable Rogue Valley,

     We are meeting by Zoom this weekend Sunday, September 13 at 12:30 pm. You can click on the link in the invitation pasted below or use the meeting ID.

     I have been thinking a lot about racism, the environment and solidarity lately, and the attached agenda contains a proposed statement for our web site. This six-minute video provides a good perspective on the connection between environmental and social justice. If you have feedback about the proposed statement and cannot attend the meeting, please send your feedback to me by email.
     An agenda for the meeting is attached, along with minutes from our last meeting. Please let me know if you have items that you would like me to add to the agenda.
     We had a rich conversation last month, and I look forward to connecting on Sunday. Please join us!


Sustainable Rogue Valley is a group of southern Oregonians who have come together to foster a vibrant and resilient community that makes use of sustainable practices, empowers us to share our skills and gifts, and confronts environmental and economic instability with determination to create a better life for all.

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Time: Sep 13, 2020 12:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Southern Oregon Success Fall Events List

Innovation Network Begins with a Design Team & a Prioritized Workstream

As part of our transition from a traditional board/staff governance model to a more design-focused Innovation Network model, Southern Oregon Success has formed its first design team and chosen a dual generation approach to Kindergarten Readiness as the Network’s first prioritized workstream.

The Innovation Network model comes to our region courtesy of CoCreative, a national consulting firm that specializes in effective collaboration. With support from the Gordon Elwood Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation, CoCreative has been working with Southern Oregon Success over the last several months to make the change to a more flexible, hands-on, design-centered way of working together.

The shift changes our collaboration to a network model where a small design team reviews data and existing work in the region, brainstorms on new strategies and goals, engages in interviews with systems leaders as well as “voices of experience”— local people facing the challenges we’re trying to address—and brings information, ideas and proposals to the greater Network, made up of people from all of our partner organizations and communities throughout Jackson and Josephine counties.

The Network then brainstorms and designs strategies, pilots and prototypes to make progress towards shared specific, ambitious and timebound goals, meeting twice a year to measure that progress and build on the work together.

“There has been such great foundational work over a number of years in building the relationships that make up our collaboration,” states Program Manager Peter Buckley. “There’s been great momentum built up as well by our work with ACEs and resilience in the region. The Innovation Network model now gives us a way to deepen and accelerate our work for better outcomes for children, families and communities.”

As part of the transition, the first Design Team for the Southern Oregon Success Innovation Network has been chosen. The team members are Todd Bloomquist from the Grants Pass School District, Rene Brandon from Southern Oregon Early Learning Services (SOELS), Kathy Bryon from the Gordon Elwood Foundation, John King from Southern Oregon University, Belle Shepherd from the Oregon Health Authority, and Buckley, representing the collaboration’s backbone operation with the Southern Oregon Education Service District.

The Design Team has worked with CoCreative and the current Southern Oregon Success Steering Committee to review current workstreams, and to decide on our first prioritized workstream to engage with the full network process. Given all that has been learned from our previous work, including our strategy map effort in 2018-19, the discussion quickly centered on the need to work upstream as much as possible, and to make sure we are taking a dual generation approach that will not only have positive  impacts on current children and families, but future families as well.

With SOELS taking lead on efforts focused on preconception to age 5 to increase Kindergarten Readiness, Southern Oregon Success is now working to not only support and partner in SOELS’ work, but to also share the goal of Kindergarten Readiness as we take lead on efforts focused on the next generation of parents.

“There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm with this transition,” Buckley reports. “We’re excited to be able to align our work with the Community Health Improvement Plan for our region as well as the introduction and expansion of programs included in the Student Success Act for early childhood and K12 education. We have great partner organizations to work with to make sure the next generation of parents have the skills, information and support they need for all of our families to thrive.”

Strengthening Families Trainings and Workshops in Self-regulation and Resilience to Highlight “Resilience Awareness Month” in November

 Trainings in the evidenced based “Strengthening Families” curriculum as well as open trainings in Understanding ACEs (the Adverse Childhood Experiences study) and workshops in Self-Regulation & Resilience will take place in both Jackson and Josephine counties as part of the third annual “Resilience Awareness Month” in November.

In addition, Rogue Community Health’s annual luncheon, Rogue Way to Health, will also be featured on the Resilience Awareness Month schedule, taking place on Wednesday, November 6 at the Inn at the Commons in Medford. Early reservations are recommended.

The full schedule of events will be announced in early October. If you would like us to include events your organization is hosting in November that focus on resilience for children, families or communities, please email information to peter_buckley@southernoregonsuccess.org.

Building Resilient Families Classes Offered by the Family Connection and Southern Oregon Success

RSVP: www.tinyurl.com/TFCCPE

dbennington@socfc.org * 541-734-5150

October 22 till December 17
Meets once per week for 2 hours – Tuesdays 6-8pm

At Central Point Elementary
450 S. 4th Street, Central Point, OR

*Dinner is served, childcare offered for ages 3-10. Completion certificate for 18 parenting education hours available. 

“Now What?” Answered for K12 School Districts

In the three and a half years that Southern Oregon Success and the Southern Oregon ACEs Training Team have been doing presentations on ACEs & Resilience, we’ve reached just under 13,000 people in Jackson and Josephine counties. Almost half of the participants in the training sessions have been educators, and a very common response to the information presented is “Now what?” The information in the training sessions changes how child development is understood and calls into question many longtime educational practices.

Educators also report an increasing number of students struggling with social and emotional skills that are foundational to learning, and are seeking proven ways to help teach those skills.

Change is often challenging, but after being immersed in these issues for years now, we can point to four specific programs/curriculums that answer the question of “Now what?” Each of the programs/curriculums are trauma-informed and compliment and align with each other, and each of the programs/curriculums have solid data to show significant growth and positive outcomes for students:

For Kindergarten into the early elementary school years: the PAX Good Behavior Game.

For all Kindergarten through elementary school classrooms: Positive Discipline.

For all grade levels, but particularly middle schools and high schools: Restorative Justice and the Discovery Program.

No program or curriculum can address every issue and solve every problem, and every program and curriculum requires training and a commitment to implementing it with fidelity. But these four programs/curriculums have proven track records. With new resources coming to school districts next year through the Student Success Act, more of our local schools can, if they choose, introduce or expand efforts to teach social and emotional learning.

It’s exciting to be able to offer a very clear response to “Now what?”

To schedule an ACEs training session or workshop in Self-Regulation & Resilience for any group, or for more information, contact peter_buckley@southernoregonsuccess.org.

The Value and Importance of Water Retention on our Land

One of the most valuable things to do for ourselves, future generations and all life on earth, in this climate crisis, is to find ways to capture rainwater on the land to soak into the groundwater and aquifers as it is meant to and regenerate the life of our planet.


“Water Retention Landscapes are the healing impulse urgently required by the Earth and all her creatures. They can and must arise in every place where people regain the courage, strength and also of course, the knowledge needed to create them. (…) We must not get accustomed to a state where something that is actually self-evident appears to us as an unrealistic utopia. A world in which all people have free access to sufficient water, energy and food is completely feasible.”   (Bernd Mueller)



“We humans have the knowledge of how to transform deserts and semi-deserts back into living landscapes traversed by fresh spring water streams. In most cases desertification isn’t a natural phenomenon but the result of incorrect water management on a global scale. Deserts don’t arise because of a lack of rain, but because humanity treats water in the wrong way.”  Source Tamera.org

(Source: Tamera.org)

(Source: Tamera.org

“There are plenty of ways to hold the rainwater on the land that can be used in various combinations. Creating retention areas can involve building check dams, swales, terraces, deep plowing along the keylines or using land stewardship techniques such as reforestation, organic farming and special pasture management, e.g. Holistic Planned Grazing.The basic principle of a Water Retention Landscape is that no rainwater should run off, but rather infiltrate into the soil where it falls. The absorbed rainwater goes into the aquifers and is purified, energized and mineralized. All outflowing water is spring water, steadily supplying humans, flora and fauna with liquid life – even during long periods without rainfall.” Tamera.org


Key Learnings

  • Water is the missing link for reversing climate change.
  • It’s possible to achieve water autonomy in our region and everywhere in the world.
  • When restoring the natural water cycles, we take the first, indispensable step for restoring ecosystems and lay the foundations for self-sufficiency.
  • Wherever you are, make sure rainwater doesn’t run off, but instead filters into the aquifers.”  Source Tamera.org

Catching Rain Water (Source: Tamera.org)

Water Retention Landscape (Source: Tamera.org)


“Building Transformational Resilience for Climate Change Traumas and Toxic Stresses”


An event hosted by ACE’s Connection

You are invited to watch the webinar together at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 129 NW E Street, Grants Pass, OR – to share the learning.

September 10, 2019 11:00 am

You can sign up now here. Copy/paste this into your browser: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VcuqXdZJTp-HeD5PLJQrIQ

You will learn:

• how climate change creates personal, family, and community traumas and toxic stresses;
• how those traumatic stressors trigger feedbacks that expand and aggravate ACEs and many other person, social, community, and societal maladies;
• why current approaches are woefully inadequate to address what is already occurring and rapidly steaming toward us and why prevention is the only realistic solution;
• the framework for prevention we call Transformational Resilience that includes resilience education and skills-development focused on both Presencing and Purposing skills.

Bob Doppelt, Executive Director, The Resource Innovation Group, and Founder and Coordinator of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC).

The International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) is a network of over 400 mental health, social service, social justice, climate, emergency response, faith, and other professionals working to prevent harmful personal, family, community, and societal maladies resulting from climate change generated traumas and toxic stresses by ensuring that every adult and child in the U.S. and worldwide learns preventative Presencing (self-regulation) and Purposing (adversity-based growth) information and skills.

Please submit any questions to: alison.cebulla.aces@gmail.com

Hope in a Changing Climate – by John D. Liu

Hope in a Changing Climate optimistically reframes the debate on global warming. Illustrating that large, decimated eco-systems can be restored, the BBC World documentary reveals success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda and China which prove that bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and key to stabilising the earth’s climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality.