October is here and its time to sign up for the EcoChallenge, our annual event that challenges people to choose one action to reduce their environmental impact and stick with it for two weeks. The EcoChallenge begins October 15th, and we are excited to have 130 teams signed up so far! Here are some teams to keep an eye on this year. *And, it isn’t too late to form your own team or join the NWEI Community Team!
Redside Eco-Boosters – Redside is a real estate investment and services firm best known for its environmental stewardship. This year their team is taking on challenges relating to sustainable food,
civic engagement, energy efficiency, water conservation, and alternative transportation. Team Captain Michael Stapleton is “looking forward to eating delicious, locally sourced food,” and plans to increase organics in his diet as well as locally sourced meat and produce from the farmer’s market. Most notably, the Redside Eco-Boosters plans to engage the tenants in all their buildings to start composting.
The City of Lake Oswego – Made up of City residents, employees and their families, this team is also challenging other government offices to participate. The City is embarking on a friendly competition with Washington County EcoChallengers, Clean Water Services, and the City of West Linn! Team Captain Ian Davidson (who incidentally kayaks to work) is leading the team efforts, focusing on energy efficiency.
Nike In House Manufacturing – Nike’s team has the goal of “designing and deploying green systems to reduce, recycle and reuse sustainably.” They will be re-labeling, re-educating and re-classifying the ‘Food Waste,’ ‘Co-Mingle’, ‘Landfill’ and other waste produced at their facility. They’ll be getting new outside bins, updated signage, and a schematic diagram of the flow of each waste stream. (And, they’ll be taking the challenge home as well, focusing on recycling both at home and work!) Team Captain Sharon Garland will be composting more, not using anything disposable, and will carry her trash with her for a week during the challenge.
And of course: The NWEI Community Team! The NWEI team has 66 team members and counting. There’s no shortage of information about the serious challenges facing our planet – and although most people say they would like to do more, they don’t know where to start. That’s where we come in. We believe the little things make a big difference. So join us in making a commitment to living a little lighter on Earth!