Overlook Neighborhood Sustainability Summit

My neighborhood is holding its first Sustainability Summit to discuss issues of ecology, economy and equity at the local scale. We’re bringing neighbors and others together to share about current efforts and ask how we can collaborate more on sustainability and livability. There are fantastic speakers coming including some friends and folks whose work I really admire.

I will be moderating a panel on our local ecology with panelists from Neighbors for Clean Air, Backyard Habitat Certification Program and Friends of Overlook Bluff. I will talk a bit about Sustainable Overlook’s Pesticide Free Neighborhood project, then I’d like to draw connections between what regional organizations are doing to protect and restore our green spaces and ensure clean air and water, what local grassroots groups are doing and what we can do as individuals on a daily basis that makes a difference.

One goal of the day will be to become aware of what initiatives are underway, how we can work together more synergistically and where they may be gaps to address.

There will be some ‘Transition Initiative’ components to the day, such as sticky-note brainstorming to kick off the networking session and ‘open space’ style group discussion.

I’m excited to share, listen and learn – when we work together, things get better. Everyone is welcome, whether you live in North Portland or want to bring back inspiration to your neighborhood elsewhere. Join us!

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February 21, 11:30 to 4 pm. $10 donation Registration is open now.

PS. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am – catered by our  wonderful new neighbors The New American cafe…do not miss it!

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