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

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

RSVP: * 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

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



“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.”


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

Catching Rain Water (Source:

Water Retention Landscape (Source:


“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:

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:

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.

Community Forum on Wildfire

Come join us for Community Forum Night at the Fruitdale Grange

All Hands On Deck (focus on Fire)


Thursday evening, March 28, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm,

Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive, Grants Pass, 97527

This forum will specifically focus on fires and poor air quality like we experienced last summer. As we look toward solutions and how to mitigate this risk, we will hear from fire experts and have an opportunity to ask questions such as how can we reduce the risk of catastrophic fires and accompanying smoke? And what plans are being made by government and agencies to prepare for the coming summer?  

We invite all governmental, service groups, emergency services and community organizations to attend, as well as concerned citizens. All are welcome.

Any questions please contact Jerry Allen at

We hope to see you there!


Families For Safe Meters

5G ACTION ALERT _DEADLINE_ FEB. 20, 2019-get info to staff

Sent by Catherine Kleiber (
<notice her Brief Solutions page for dirty electricity et al – >)

Send information to Senate Committee about health hazards of 5G

** Ask for public hearings with independent researchers, medical providers included. **

“I want to start by thanking those of you who contacted the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and members of the Sub-Committee on Communication, Technology and the Internet to ask that they place a moratorium on implementation of 5G and hold a hearing to receive testimony from scientists about the very real health and environmental hazard 5G and the IoT pose. If you have not already contacted them, please take the time to do so.

Please submit references and information about 5G to:


Deadline is TUESDAY, February 20, 2019 (Please do not contact Sen. Blumenthal’s office separately unless you are a constituent.)

There is no deadline for contacting the committee to request that they hold a hearing on the health and environmental consequences of 5G.

The more people they hear from until they hold hearings the better, so please ask others to call also.

In addition to the committee phone numbers below:

At Senate Commerce Hearing, Blumenthal Raises Concerns on 5G Wireless Technology’s Potential Health Risks 2.7.19…/at-senate-commerce-hear…

Sen. Blumenthal needs our support, so be sure to call the Committee to ask for the hearings.

Others on the committee need to feel pressure to act. The calls will help provide that.

Recommend that the Committee contact Environmental Health Trust ( for a list of scientists who should testify.

Phone information is below for the Senate Committee.

If your own lawmaker is on the committee, also contact them directly and ask that they push for hearings on health and environmental effects of 5G.

Talking points for when you make the call to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

1) Experts are calling for wireless (radiofrequency/microwave) radiation to be classified as carcinogenic, a designation supported by epidemiological and double-blind studies.

2) Congress should not support universal exposure to a carcinogen that also causes adverse biological effects that are detrimental to human health and the environment.

3) 5G technology will dramatically increase exposure to wireless radiation due to the dramatic increase in connectivity and the need for numerous so called “small” cell towers.

4) 5G technology incorporates the addition of wireless radiation in a frequency range that the military uses as a weapon due to its detrimental effects.

5) 5G will vastly increase energy consumption.

Refer them to and for more information.

Ask that they contact the Environmental Health Trust to connect them to experts they should ask to testify on this issue.

Protecting our health and the environment by using a hardwired computer in a low RF environment. For more information, see:

Contact Us

Before contacting the Committee, please check our list of frequently asked questions FAQ for answer to your question.�

Contact Information for the Committee �Full Committee Office �Majority: 202-224-1251

Majority Address: 512 Dirksen Senate Building; Washington DC, 20510�Minority: 202-224-0411

Press Office �Majority: 202-224-1251�Minority: 202-224-7824…/communicationstechnologya…

Subcommittee Members

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. – Chairman�Sen. Brian Schatz D-HI – Ranking Member


Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.�Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.�Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.�Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas�Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.�Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.�Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.�Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah�Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.�Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.�Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska�Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.


Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.�Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.�Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.�Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.�Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.�Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.�Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev.�Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.�Sen. John Tester, D-Mont.�Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Information about the hearing, including written testimony can be found at Permalink:…/winning-the-race-to-5g-an…
Basic information about reducing exposure to radiofrequency radiation…

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium


Mark your calendar~

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

A transformative journey and a profound inquiry

Saturday, April 13, 2019  1:00 – 4:30 pm

at the UUGP Fellowship, 129 NW E Street, Grants Pass, OR

Suggested donation $5-10
Reserve your spot by emailing:

The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is an interactive transformational workshop that inspires participants to play a role in creating a new future: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.

The half-day workshops have been delivered by skilled Facilitators to hundreds of thousands of participants in over 80 countries since 2005.

Co-sponsored by Sustainable Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance

Reserve a space…

Awakening The Dreamer Planning Session


All are welcome to help bring the internationally acclaimed “Awakening the Dreamer” symposium of the Pachamama Alliance to Josephine County in a few months.

Join the co-creative planning at the Sustainable Rogue Valley monthly meeting on

Sunday January 13, 12:30 to 2pm

at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

129 NE “E” Street, Grants Pass

(across the street from Mamosa’s).

or call/text Michelle 707-508-5052

Awakening the Dreamer

You’ll look squarely at the state of the world – where we are and how we got here – and explore what role you can play in bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually-fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. The symposium was created to shift the dominant culture of consumption and alienation to one that honors and sustains all life.

“Awakening the Dreamer” symposium has been delivered to hundreds of thousands of participants in more than 80 countries since 2005.

Find out more at

Resilience Awareness Month – November 2018


FREE EVENTS in Jackson & Josephine Counties throughout the Month to Raise Awareness of Trauma-Informed Practices and the Tools for Building Resilience for Individuals, Families and Our Communities:

November 3: Green Bag Day for the Food Project–sign up to join the Food Project all around Jackson County:

November 5: Open ACEs Training at Highland Elementary School, 2320 Williams Hwy, Grants Pass). Pizza at 5:30, training to follow, childcare provided. RSVP at this link.

November 7: Rogue Community Health “Rogue Way to Health” Luncheon, Noon, Inn at the Commons in Medford. For information on attending or sponsorship, please call 541-842-7711.

November 14: Strengthening Families Workshop in Grants Pass, 9 am to noon, Department of Human Services, 2101 NW Hawthorne in Grants Pass.

Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.  It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

To register email,

November 14: Community Showing of new documentary“Screenagers at Phoenix High School, 745 North Rose Street, Phoenix, 6 pm. No RSVPS necessary, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

November 15: Open ACEs Training at Hidden Valley High School, 651 Murphy Creek Road, Grants Pass. Pizza at 5:30, training to follow, childcare provided. To register, email

November 16: Open ACEs Training at SOESD, 101 North Grape Street, Medford, 1 pm to 3 pm. Register at this link.

November 27: Community Showing of new documentary “Screenagers” at Ashland High School Mountain Ave Theatre, 201 South Mountain Ave, Ashland, 7 pm: no RSVPs necessary, doors open at 6:30 pm

November 28: Strengthening Families Workshop in Medford, 9 am to 4 pm, at the SOESD, 101 North Grape Street, Medford. Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.  It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

To register email,

November 28: Community Showing of new documentary“Screenagers”at Grants Pass High School, 830 NE 9th Street, Grants Pass, 6 pm. No RSVPS necessary, doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Great events and workshops for Parents & Families from The Family Connection! Check out the full calendar event here.

New Fairgrounds Sign Post

Sometime during this years Fair at the Fairgrounds, the main sign for our Firewise Demonstration Gardens was ripped off it’s post…most likely an accident.  It has taken a while to get it repaired, but this week Mike Nelson donated and installed a large heavy-duty post that will not be easily damaged!  Thank you, Mike!



Up on the grape vine post you will see a bird house that Mike also installed last spring. It housed TWO families of swallows – one right after the other! Mike cleaned it out this fall so it is all ready for next spring.  The swallows that created the nest used grasses and pigeon feathers to line it!

There were TWO crops of grapes on the grape vines this year as well and lots of yummy strawberries and figs. Our little fig tree put on a lovely crop this year.

We harvested a good crop of Showy Milkweed seed from the Monarch Butterfly Garden. If you are interested in growing this beautiful native Milkweed to support the Monarchs, please contact me at barb22 at

The gardens are doing well overall. A few plants have struggled with the conditions and a few plants have done so well we had to take them out because they threatened to take over the bed they were in! This winter we will thin out a few things and dig a few volunteer plants that are great plants but in the “wrong” place. We will keep you posted.

Happy fall!