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The Sustainable Sites Initiative (http://www.sustainablesites.org/)
is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects,
the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden to
create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable
land design, construction and maintenance practices. The Initiative seeks to
achieve for landscapes what the U.S. Green Building Council has accomplished in
the design and construction of ecologically-friendly buildings, commonly called
(Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design). Working with volunteer experts, the
Initiative’s staff is preparing the report with prerequisites that professionals
would use to design, build and maintain sustainable landscapes. Some of these
practices include using recycled rain and household water for irrigation,
improving soil health with compost, choosing plants suited for the site and its
climate, avoiding chemicals that contribute to water pollution, and using
vegetation to reduce the heat island effect of cities. The enterprise’s website
features selected case studies from across the U.S. on how
ecologically-sustainable gardens might be built. Dr. Deborah Tolman was the
imaginator, designer, implementer, and educator for one such case study: the
Malolepsy/Battershell Residence in Portland, Oregon.
Available soon: copies of The Guide for $15 and our new 'got
worms?' t-shirt! Click here to
check it out!
Portland Weird!: A Community Festival
Join us November 8th from 11am - 4pm at the
Multnomah County's Central Library
for the Keep Portland
Weird Festival. We'll be seated on the 3rd floor in the
Collins Gallery showing you how to make paper lint and handing out other
weird tips from our guide! See you then! Download the flier PDF
Boot Organic Festival
September 5-7, 2008
St. Philip Neri Church
calendars! The 3rd annual
Muddy Boot Organic
Festival will take place September 6th & 7th and the keynote address
will take place Friday, September 5th, and will feature agricultural
visionary Dr. Wes
Rohter, CEO of New Seasons Market will make opening remarks. Tickets are
$15 and are available
festival is held at
Neri Church at
2408 SE 16th Avenue (near 18th & Division) in Portland, Oregon.
Annual Portland Tour de Coops
Tour De Coops 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008. 11am-3pm
This year's tour includes over 20 coops, a bicycle tour of the
chicken coops in cooperation with
Shift, and a raffle to
win your very own chicken coop!
Tour Booklets pre-sales will start at People's Coop and Garden
Fever! on July 18th. Day-of Tour Booklets will also be sold on July 26th from
10:30am-1pm at both locations. The tour booklets are $5/person or $3/biker
and contain all information necessary for taking the tour.
Go By Bike!
Arrive at People's Co-op at 12PM to fill out a waiver & get
snacks, the ride will leave at 12:30.
T-shirts and raffle tickets for a chicken coop will also be on
sale during the tour!
Garden Fever! is located at 3433 NE 24th Ave (just South of
Fremont). People's Food Coop is located at 3029 SE 21st Ave.
Make your own bottle path!
Use the whole bottle,
flat-bottomed ones only
Pound with a rubber
mallet into partially dug out hard soil
Fill to the top with pea
- Exactly one year from completion, every bottle will have a
native fern inside
- It's the nature of spores and the right conditions for
Now Available at Multnomah County Library!
May 12, 2008
Due to popular demand, the Tolman Guide will be available for
Multnomah County Library. Two copies were delivered to the
library the past month, and will be available soon for Portland residents.
Tolman, Lasley, and Parker are continuing to research publishers for wider
Press Release: The Tolman Guide to Green Living in
Is it possible to eat healthy and organic
on $7.00 a day? A new resource guide on living green in Portland says
“Yes It Is.” To get you started, The Tolman Guide to Green Living
focuses on Portland’s area neighborhoods and offers over 230 tips on
simple, sustainable, and affordable do-it-yourself projects in the
categories of water, air, energy, food gardening, biodiversity, and
processes. The guide is a compilation of many sources such as books,
peer-reviewed journals, popular journals, magazines, newspapers,
technical manuals, brochures, and websites with photos of examples from
Portland neighborhoods. A Natural Resource class offered through
Portland State University’s Geography Department initiated the effort in
spring of 2006 and Michelle Lasley and Joe Parker have packaged the
final form. The project prompted Portland State University Professional
Development Funds to provide printing materials while the Geography
Department at PSU provided the printer and as a result of the grant
money, the authors want to give away the first 100 hard copies. The
Tolman Guide on green living practices in and around the home is now
available to the first 100 people who request it. You can get your free
hard copy at one of three places: Metro’s Solid Waste and Recycling (600
NE Grand Ave.), Ecotrust (721 NW Ninth Ave., Suite 200), or Portland’s
Office of Sustainable Development (721 NW 9th Ave., Suite 350). A free
PDF is available online at www.tolmanguide.geog.pdx.edu. You may also contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.