No matter how you planet, it's Earth Day

Wind power is capable of energizing half the homes in Oregon, the Renewable Energy Project announced as part of its Earth Day lobbying activities.
Matthew Staver | Bloomberg

Wind power is capable of energizing half the homes in Oregon, the Renewable Energy Project announced as part of its Earth Day lobbying activities.

When I told a former co-worker that I’d be doing a short Earth Day piece for Sustainable Business Oregon, she raised a good point.

At SBO, she offered, every day is Earth Day.

True, very true. Still, it seemed worth it to take a quick temperature check as to whether Portland, a nexus of environmental celebrants, feels that Earth Day is even worth noting in these parts.

It turns out a few events and announcements were timed to today’s festivities.

For instance, our Business Journals brethren have written a bunch of pieces about their local celebrations and Earth Day predilections.

The folks touting Oregon’s PaintCare program also mentioned Earth Day in pushing their popular coatings recycling efforts.

My three favorite activities for the day, though, include a gripping new study, a movie showing and, of all things, a legislative lobbying day.

  • The Renewable Northwest Project is one of several groups hitting Salem’s hallways to demonstrate how cumulative spending on renewable projects in the state has reached $9 billion. Not only has that resulted in 3,200 megawatts of clean power generation, it has contributed more than $79 million in revenue to local communities. Plus, renewable energy interests have created more than 4,600 jobs. Of note in the RNP’s report: Oregon ranks fifth in the nation for wind capacity installed. It has harnessed enough wind power to provide electricity to nearly half of Oregon’s total households.
  • Movie buffs should hit Portland State University for a special screening of “Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science.” The film, which’ll air at PSU’s Shattuck Hall Annex, is free. PSU wants the film to goad conversations about climate change, climate science and strategies to affect atmospheric changes.
  • Finally, Northwest RiverPartners issued word this morning that regional residents overwhelmingly view hydropower as a “clean, renewable energy resource.”
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