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Event: Annual Community Sustainability and Repair Fair

Garden Home Community Library is hosting its annual Community Sustainability and Repair Fair on Fri., Oct. 13 from 5-7:30 pm.

 There are some cool new aspects to the Sustainability Fair this year.

First, we’re adding a Ride & Drive event.  Forth & Platt Auto will have a Ride and Drive station where attendees can test drive a Nissan Leaf electric car courtesy of Forth and Platt Auto. Valid drivers license required.

Second, we’re collecting hosiery (any condition) for Recycled Crafts.  Attendees are invited to bring old hosiery (nylon stockings, tights, and pantyhose). They can be in any condition, so runs and rips are ok. The library will collect and mail all donations to Recycled Crafts, which will use the materials for craft projects like pet toys, rugs, placemats, and table runners.  Recycled Crafts is located in Oklahoma City, OK.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Waisanen

503-245-9932

heatherw@wccls.org

Garden Home Community Sustainability & Repair Fair

WHEN:

Friday, Oct. 13 from 5-7:30

WHERE:

In the THPRD Garden Home Community Rec Center’s Gym

Address: 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223. At the intersection of SW Garden Home Rd & SW Oleson Rd.

WHAT:

Garden Home Community Library (a member of Washington County Cooperative Library Services) is hosting its 7th annual Sustainability fair.

This event is FREE and open to the public. It’s family friendly.

There are topics of interest for everyone: parents or retired, apartment dwellers or homeowners. A list of exhibitors is included in this press release. Plus a Ride and Drive event where people can test drive a Nissan Leaf.

REPAIR FAIR:

The waffle iron stopped waffling and you accidentally ripped the pocket of your favorite jacket. You cannot bear to toss these things out because they just need to quick repair to start working again. But you are not sure how. These fabulous volunteers can fix it!

A Repair Fair is a free, volunteer-driven event where people with repair skills help fix broken items such as and pants, a blenders, mixers, coffee makers, vacuums, bikes and more.

Please no gas-powered equipment, TVs or microwaves.

People must register items they want repaired. Attendees are limited to TWO (2) items per attendee.

To register: https://goo.gl/forms/1hBOalskkukf8MYW2

Hosiery recycling station (NEW)

Bring in your old hosiery (nylon stockings, tights, and pantyhose). They can be in any condition, so runs and rips are ok. The library will collect and mail all donations to Recycled Crafts, which will use the materials for craft projects like pet toys, rugs, placemats, and table runners. Recycled Crafts is located in Oklahoma City, OK.

Ride & Drive a Nissan Leaf (NEW)

Forth & Platt Auto will have a Ride and Drive station where attendees can test drive a Nissan Leaf electric car courtesy of Forth and Platt Auto. Valid drivers license required.

Exhibitors:

Brook Design Services

EcoBinary

ecoShuttle

*NEW EXHIBITOR

Forth (Formerly Drive Oregon)

H20 At Home

* NEW EXHIBITOR

Green Living Journal

Happy Baby Food

New Seasons Market

Oregon Rain Harvesting

Portland Urban Beekeepers

* NEW EXHIBITOR

Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (or PPRC)

Oregon Rain Harvesting

Reduce Your Waste Project*

NEW EXHIBITOR

River West Village

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) Nature Park

Tualatin Riverkeepers

Tualatin Valley Water District

Umpqua Bank

*NEW EXHIBITOR

Victory Seed Company

* NEW EXHIBITOR

Brook Design Services

http://brookdesignservices.com/

First of all, I’d like to thank Brook Kirklin of Brook Design Services, who designed the GH Community Fair flier for us for pro bono for the last three years. Brook’s company, Brook Design Services, specializes in green-minded sustainable printing solutions. His goal is t0 minimize waste and utilize local, sustainable products benefits clients, the local economy, and our world. They use local Portland and Northwest regional vendors whenever available; as well as vendors that use low-VOC chemistry and soy inks. They offer paper and products from certified sustainable and/or recycled sources and prefer American mills; FSC Certified Papers And Printing Available. Brooks Design Services office is "Green Source" powered and their websites and hosting is 130% wind-powered.

Forth (Formerly Drive Oregon)

https://forthmobility.org/

Forth is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) trade association with a closely related 501(c)(3) charity, the Forth Mobility Fund. Forth works to advance electric, smart, and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond through innovation and industry development; demonstration and pilot projects; policy advocacy; and consumer engagement.

For the first time at the Sustainability Fair, attendees can test drive an electric Nissan Leaf, courtesy of Platt Auto. People who’d like to do the test drive are required to bring a driver's license.

EcoBinary

http://www.ecobinary.com/accept.html#

EcoBinary is an e-waste collector, refurbisher, reseller, and recycler. The family-owned business collects e-waste from individuals or businesses/organizations and also does data destruction. From their website: "Your

items are securely transported back to our facility and remain under lock and key during the entire process. e-waste items are then sorted and processed for re-utilization or recycling. We have industry experience and superior knowledge about corporate information technology and the need to ensure items are handled properly. Your security is our first priority!" EcoBinary sells recycled and refurbished tech at their store on 10120 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy in Beaverton.

ecoShuttle

*NEW EXHIBITOR*

http://www.ecoshuttle.net/

ecoShuttle™ is a Portland transportation service that offers environmentally friendly transportation. The fleet utilizes 100% biodiesel from waste grease, a non-toxic, biodegradable, and carbon-friendly fuels. ecoShuttle offers two kinds of shuttle services in the greater Portland area. An employee and student commuter service (the Enivonmental Commuter Options™ (ECO) Program) and an entertainment, limousine-style charter and tour service. At the 2017 Sustainability Fair, visitors can find out more about the company and see one of the ecoShuttle vehicles!

Green Living Journal

http://greenlivingjournal.com/

Green Living has been publishing environmental news and issues since 1990. Regular topics include organic gardening, green building, health, ecocareers and right livelihood, outdoors/sports, socially responsible investing, econotes, questions and answers, book reviews, and features on topical environmental issues. They are a regular exhibitor at this event. They always bring copies of their publication to give away.

H2O at Home

*NEW EXHIBITOR*

Shop socially and locally with H2O at Home. Their goal is to help people care for their home and family safely, as well as to go from disposable to long-lasting products; saving time, money and energy. Attain a more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and simpler way of life with products that keep a home clean without harmful chemicals. Attendees can learn how to clean with water, use less products, and ban toxic chemicals.

Oregon Rain Harvesting

http://oregonrainharvesting.com/

Oregon Rain Harvesting has designed and installed thousands of rain harvesting systems, from the simple rain barrel for watering a vegetable garden to complex five hundred thousand gallon fire suppression systems for rural communities. This will be a great table for anyone who wants more information or is interested in having a self-sufficient water supply or looking for a rain barrel to irrigate your flower beds.

Portland Urban Beekeepers

https://portlandurbanbeekeepers.org/

Portland Urban Beekeepers is a non-profit organization that provides community, advocacy and education for those interested in raising honeybees and supporting their presence in the environment. The group meets monthly; these meetings are open to members and non-members. Meeting topics include pollen and nectar report, disease prevention methods, general health of bees, and preparing the colony for different seasons. Resources offered by Portland Urban Beekeepers include swarm list registration, a library, classifieds, equipment sharing and special activities and events. Sustainability Fair attendees can learn more about beekeeping, play bean bag toss and take a fun photo opp.

Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (or PPRC)

http://pprc.org/

The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a nonprofit organization that is the Northwest’s leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention (P2) information and a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange. PPRC works collaboratively with business, government, non-government organizations, and other sectors to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention. PPRC believes that environmental and economic vitality go hand in hand, and that both are necessary to protect the high quality of life enjoyed in our region. At the Sustainability Fair, they will present information on the EcoBiz Certification and related projects.

Happy Baby Food

https://happyfamilybrands.com/

Happy Family is a mom-founded and -operated premium organic food company that's changed the how people feed children. When Founder and CEO Shazi Visram saw her friend, a new mom, struggle to find healthy food options for her baby, she found her purpose: give babies their healthiest, happiest beginning by offering parents organic, thoughtfully-made food. Since 2006, Happy Family now offers comprehensive, all-ages assortment of organic meals and snacks. Their goal is to continue to nourish more healthy bodies worldwide. At the Sustainability Fair, they will offer samples and are happy to answer questions.

New Seasons Market Raleigh Hills

https://www.newseasonsmarket.com/

Grocery shoppers in Portland are likely familiar with this local grocery chain, which started in 2000 at the Raleigh Hills location. The vision behind the store was the idea of an old-school neighborhood market, selling local, organic, and conventional products, too. A fun, friendly place where customers could make that connection to who and where their food came from. They also wanted to honors its farmers, ranchers, growers and makers—and helps them prosper for generations to come. New Seasons today has 18 stores in the Portland metro area; plus stores in California and Washington . New Seasons Markets give 10% of their after-tax profits back to non-profit organizations. At the Sustainability Fair, Liz will share delicious seasonal samples and recipes! New Seasons Market Raleigh Hills and Liz have supported our Sustainability Fair since day one.

River West Village

http://riverwestvillage.org/rwx/

Currently in the planning phase and soon to be launching, River West Village is a group of dedicated and active volunteers in SW Portland area who are working to make the Village model a reality in SW Portland and surrounding areas. Their goal is to build a community-based network whose purpose is to coordinate services for older adult SW Portland area residents to help them age in place. River West Village is one of 7 villages in Portland that are part of the Village Movement.

Tualatin Riverkeepers

http://tualatinriverkeepers.org/

The Tualatin River and its 27 creeks provide drinking water to nearly 400,000 homes and businesses in Washington County as well as water for industry, agriculture and a rich variety of wildlife including coho salmon, steelhead trout, beaver, painted turtles, river otters, bobcats, fox, and deer, amongst other species.

Tualatin Riverkeepers is a non-profit organization dedicated to holistic watershed management for the benefit of our communities and the Tualatin River Basin. TRK takes a proactive approach to advocacy for clean waters, empowers the diversity of stakeholders to care for our unique river, and educates youth and future activists with creative curriculum inspired by local ecological traditions. TRK offers programs including watershed watch, restoration and recreation. TRK’s table this year will feature rain barrels and stormwater mitigation. But people can come chat with Ruby, the Tualatin Riverkeeper about any and all water topics.

Umpqua Bank *

NEW EXHIBITOR

https://www.umpquabank.com/

At Umpqua Bank, they do things a little different. As one of the largest banks on the west coast, investing is what makes them who they are. And it’s not just about money, they invest in shaping, engaging and inspiring the people and communities that they serve. They also empower customers to do a little good, too, with an approach to lending that’s focused on doing the right thing. Their GreenStreet Lending offers homeowners and businesses the opportunity to make energy efficient improvements, so they can invest in a better future for themselves and the planet.

Victory Seed Company

*NEW EXHIBITOR*

http://www.victoryseeds.com/

Victory Seed Company is a small, mission-driven plant variety preservation organization run by Mike and Denise Dunton in Liberal (near Molalla) Oregon. The company has hundreds of open-pollinated and heirloom seed varieties. Victory Seed Company farms these seeds; what they don't raise they obtain from a network of carefully selected growers. According to their website, "Instead of seeds that are packaged ahead of time, moved through various distribution locations only to end up sitting on a rack in the garden center of your favorite store, our seeds are received, quality checked, and stored until their sale."