April Earth month activities & events

  • Get your Green Teams together and go on a GooseChase! For the month of April, anyone who lives or works in Washington County is invited to join our GooseChase Earth Month Challenge game. It's free, open to all ages, and easy to join! Just download the GooseChase app for iOS or Android, enter game code R7419E or search WashCo Earth Month. You can sign up as a guest or create an account. Make sure to follow us on Facebook for special bonus missions throughout April!

  • Take this Drawdown quiz to get a better understanding of what actions you can easily take to reduce your carbon footprint and learn about other solutions to climate change.

Please also join us every Tuesday in April for a series of hour-long webinars on different topics listed below. We'll be offering sessions in English and Spanish. Please share widely!

Tuesday, April 6: Recycling 101 Get back to basics with our recycling refresh webinar. We'll cover what should and shouldn't go in your garbage and recycling bins, and answer your questions about specific items.
Register for Tuesday, April 6: 12-1 p.m. (English) | 5-6 p.m. (English) | 6-7 p.m. (Spanish)

Tuesday, April 13: Beyond the Bin
Recycling is great, but there are many other actions you can take to conserve resources, save money and even learn new skills! Join us in thinking higher up the waste hierarchy and learn about local options for repair, donation and more.
Register for Tuesday, April 13: 12-1 p.m. (English) | 5-6 p.m. (English) | 6-7 p.m. (Spanish)

Tuesday, April 20: Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge
Did you know that wasted food costs the average family of four about $1500 per year? Learn more about the economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste and how you can make a difference by participating in our free Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge.
Register for Tuesday, April 20: 12-1 p.m. (English) | 5-6 p.m. (English)

Tuesday, April 27: Green Cleaners and Healthy Homes
Keeping our homes clean, safe and healthy is a top priority for many of us right now. A representative from Metro's Healthy Homes program will be joining us to share tips on choosing safer products as well as simple recipes for making non-toxic cleaners at home.
Register for Tuesday, April 27: 12-1 p.m. (English) | 5-6 p.m. (English) | 6-7 p.m. (Spanish)
Latte & Learn Series

Join us for the next three virtual Latte & Learn series focusing on green schools, electric vehicles and sustainable commuting. These are free events and Spanish interpretation will be available. Please share widely!

Wednesday, April 7: Green Schools
This event is for educators and others who work on school sustainability projects or programs. Representatives from Oregon Green Schools, the National Wildlife Federation and the Metro Waste Prevention and Environment Services Education Team will discuss sustainability certifications, educator resources, and techniques used during distance learning this past year.

Thursday, April 22: FORTH presents opportunities in Electric Transportation!
Electric Vehicles (EV) are becoming more popular as an alternative to the traditional combustion engine in reducing air emissions. In response, car manufacturers are ramping up production of EV's to address this issue. Join us to hear from FORTH Mobility about how the EV industry is growing, the benefits of driving an EV, their work in expanding into many communities and their certification program for businesses and organizations.

Tuesday, May 4: Westside Transportation Alliance commute options!
Let’s talk transportation! If you’re searching for sustainable commute options or looking for ways to improve your company’s benefits package, the Westside Transportation Alliance has you covered. On this webinar, they’ll share about their programs, workplace project and more. You do not have to be a WTA member to attend.
Recycle or not?

Plastic-padded envelopes are not recyclable and belong in the trash but there are steps you can take to reduce your waste. When shopping online consider bundling your orders so your items come in just one package. Or, reuse them for outgoing shipping— just be sure to remove old mailing addresses or barcodes and reseal with packaging tape.

For more answers on your recycling questions, follow @recycleornot on Instagram and visit RecycleOrNot.org. For Spanish, follow @reciclarono on Instagram and visit ReciclarONo.org.
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