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Building Science Seminar: Durable, Efficient and Healthy Homes

Seminar teaches the core concepts of building science. $175 Fee

Portland Plan Community Involvement Committee

SOLV Spring Beach Cleanup

Join Oregonians from all over the state to help clean up our beaches during the SOLVE Beach Cleanup, March 31st. For nearly three decades, these twice-yearly beach cleanups have made our beaches more enjoyable and free of trash. This effort benefits people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy communities for present and future generations. Learn more at the SOLV website.

Earth Hour

International Earth Hour starts at 8:30 p.m. in every time zone, including here in Portland. Show your care for the planet and solidarity with this important global effort to help kick off Earth Month. Please turn off your lights and unplug for an hour at 8:30 p.m. March 31st!

Hortlandia

Get the right plants for your natural garden at Hortlandia, April 7-8 at the Portland Expo Center. Vendors from the upper Northwest to the California border come to Portland to offer the latest plant introductions as well as the time-tested (and hardiness-tested!) plants. Complementing the plant vendors are specialty garden art vendors bringing one-of-a-kind pieces made from metal, wood, glass, ceramic, fabric, and stone. Visit here for information.

Cosmo7 Runs at Sunset

The Cosmo7 fun run takes runners through historic Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, August 11, and the sunset run offers a 7k walk/run followed by tasty adult beverages at the Flip Flips & Lemon Drops after party – a girls night out. Help Energy Events support Breast Cancer Recovery through the Pink Lemonade Project and savor small bites from Beaches.

The “Suits and a Keg” men’s event takes place at the same time.

Backpacking Basics

REI will take the mystery out of backpacking as we share our knowledge in this show and tell session. We will cover backpacking essentials: choosing a pack; selecting proper clothing; and the right footwear; and understanding the basic gear you need to reach your destination. No experience necessary! Visit REI for more.

Packy Turns 50!

The Oregon Zoo’s favorite elephant, Packy, was born at the Zoo 50 years ago, on April 14. Help him celebrate with a pachyderm-sized party, including a birthday cake, music, games and more great events at the Oregon Zoo! Packy’s birth in 1962 helped usher in a new era of learning and conservation for elephants and led to more worldwide conservation efforts. But to us here, he’s simply our Packy. Learn more at the Oregon Zoo.

Landscaping for Conservation

Help out the environment by letting nature do your gardening. Join Education Director Matthew Collins with Tryon Creek State Park for a Landscaping for Conservation workshop and learn how your garden can function more like the natural system surrounding us. You will learn about your garden from the ground up starting with the soil and its complex role supporting plants. You will also learn about gardening with native plants which use less water and dont require expensive fertilizers and pesticides. This program is a great way to learn more about the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, a partnership between the Friends of Tryon Creek, Columbia Land Trust, and Audubon Society of Portland. This is a free program for adults but enrollment is limited, pre-registration is requested. Online registration available at NatureFind.

Earth Day 2012 City Repair

Earth Day is back, and City Repair is collaborating this year with the Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) to bring you this year’s Earth Day 2012 Interactive Event, Sunday, April 22. The theme for this year is “The circle of life: Earth Day renewal”.

Also, check out Earth & Spirit Council’s Earth Conference 2012, happening Friday April 20 – Saturday, April 21. Between the two events, it’s a full Earth Weekend!