Annual Report ’11 January 2012 CREATING A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITYWorking together, we are moving our community forward! A broad and diverse network ofpartner organizations and individual volunteers, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition isdemonstrating that we can accelerate the creation of a sustainable community. In 2011,the Coalition’s action teams continued to pursue the goals outlined in the Community Sus-tainability Action Plan. Here are some of the highlights of what they accomplished.Economic Vitality Action Team initiated efforts to create a Buy Local First campaign.Boosted by strong support at the annual Town Hall, a Buy Local First Challenge was devel-oped in collaboration with the Corvallis Independent Business Alliance (CIBA). The EVATalso sponsored book discussion groups that explored Prosperity without Growth.Energy Action Team helped Corvallis residents procure low-interest loans for energy effi-ciency projects through a revolving loan fund; trained Energy Advocate volunteers to pro-vide follow-up with homeowners who have had home energy reviews; and supported Com-munities Take Charge, a program to encourage no-cost and low-cost energy-saving actions.Food Action Team distributed thousands of “Local 6” passports and sponsored the secondannual “Local Eats Week” to encourage patronage of local restaurants that are featuringmenu items grown, produced, or processed in the six-county area. They also distributedmore than 1200 copies of the team’s new Corvallis Garden Resource Guide.Housing Action Team sponsored the first annual Abundant Choices Homes Tour, featuringa variety of sustainable housing options.Land Use Action Team continued work on a city-wide Neighborhood Inventory that focuseson walkable, mixed use neighborhoods and neighborhood centers. The team is exploringthe use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to share the results.Natural Areas Action Team sponsored the second annual Natural Areas Week of Celebra-tion, introducing hundreds of area residents to the abundant open space and distinctiveflora and fauna of our community.Transportation Action Team sponsored the second annual World Car Free Day in Corvallis.Thousands of community members chose to walk, bike, and ride the bus on September22nd, and hundreds pledged to do so on a regular basis.Waste Prevention Action Team distributed thousands of copies of the Corvallis Area ReuseDirectory (2nd edition), featuring businesses and non-profits that accept items for reuse.They also tripled the number of recycling block captains who distribute information aboutrecycling to their neighbors on a quarterly basis.Water Action Team made significant progress on the 3 Waters Project at the First Alterna-tive Co-op South Store, demonstrating water conservation and reuse practices throughrainwater collection and infiltration, behavior change, and high-efficiency technologies.
Page 2Abundant SolarAkro Construction CorporationAllied WasteAlt. Power & Energy Cnsrv. ComponentsAmerican Toy LLCAmeriworld Energy Management SUPPORTING OUR PARTNERSAn Ovation Group LLCAnimal Crackers Pet SupplyAnne’s Agency In 2011, the Sustainability Coalition grew to more than 200 partner organizations thatASOSU Environmental Affairs Task ForceAssociated Students of OSU include non-profits, businesses, faith communities, educational institutions, and localATCO AmericaAudubon Society of Corvallis government. One of our primary purposes is to provide opportunities for increasedAvery Addition Neighborhood AssociationBaby Go Lucky Diaper Service communication and collaboration among our partner organizations. This past year, weBald Hill FarmBeaver Biodiesel LLC offered support to our organizational partners through the following activities:Beit Am Jewish CommunityBenton CountyBenton County Env. Issues Advisory Comm. Sustainability Fair — Forty-one partner organizations were the featured exhibitors at aBenton County FairBenton County Master Gardeners fair held immediately before the annual Town Hall meeting. The 600 community mem-Benton Furniture ShareBenton Habitat for Humanity bers in attendance had an opportunity to learn more about what our partners are doingBenton Soil & Water Conservation DistrictBeth Young Garden Design to create a sustainable community.Blackledge FurnitureBlock 15Bombs Away Café Sustainability Town Hall 2011 - Held at the CH2MHill Alumni Center on March 9, 2011,Bonnie Arent Lorenz, AcupunctureBoys & Girls Club of Corvallis the Town Hall drew a crowd of more than 400 community members. Highlights in-Broadleaf ArchitectureCascade Pacific RC & D cluded a slide program featuring partner accomplishments of the previous year, votingCASSECH2MHill for a community-wide challenge related to economic vitality, and “snapshots” of sus-Charles R. Gerke AIA ArchitectChing Hai Internatl. Assn. in Oregon tainable actions taken by individuals. The Town Hall was a model sustainable event,Chintimini Wildlife CenterCirello’s Pizza & Pasta providing partners with ideas and best practices.Citizens BankCity of Corvallis Quarterly Gatherings – We hosted three meetings of Coalition partners at the publicCoast Range AssociationCoHo Ecovillage library (April, July, October), with attendance ranging from 60 to 100. Each of the gath-Community Alliance for DiversityConfluence Design & Construction erings featured presentations by selected partners that shared what their businessesCORE CommunicationsThe Corvallis Clinic, P.C. and organizations are doing to become more sustainable.Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ MarketsCorvallis Benton Chamber CoalitionCorvallis Bike Co-op Eco-film Festival – For the first time, the Coalition was a co-sponsor of this popular Feb-Corvallis City ClubCorvallis Custom Kitchen & Baths ruary event, in collaboration with the Corvallis Environmental Center and the CorvallisCorvallis Daytime Drop-in CenterCorvallis Environmental Center Oddfellows. Many Coalition partner organizations provided exhibits at each film show-Corvallis Fall FestivalCorvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition ing, sharing informational displays and hands-on activities.Corvallis Independent Business AllianceCorvallis MattersCorvallis Oddfellows da Vinci Days – Coalition volunteers served on the da Vinci Days “Green Team,” staff-Corvallis Oregon Tilth ing composting/recycling stations located throughout the festival grounds. Many of ourCorvallis PedicabCorvallis Public Schools Foundation partners also participated in “Green Town,” an area of the da Vinci Days festival thatCorvallis School District 509JCorvallis UCC – Just Peace Committee showcases businesses and organizations that incorporate sustainability into their prod-Corvallis Waldorf SchoolCottage Gardening Service ucts, services, and practices.Country VitaminsCrawforDesign, Inc.Crescent Valley High School On-line Communications – In 2011, we launched our new and much-improved website.Cycle SolutionsdaVinci Days The Coalition’s partners were connected through an increasingly broad array of on-lineDebonair EnterprisesDelta Engineering Services communications, including Sustainable Corvallis Google groups, Facebook, Twitter,Devco EngineeringDH Renewables monthly sustainability events calendars, and bi-weekly “E-Updates.” Each of theseDigital City GuideEarth Charter Campaign tools enhances communication among our partners.Earth Sea & SaltsEcNowTech Inter-organizational Collaboration - Representatives of our partner organizations servedEcotecture® PublicationsEcumenical Ministries of Oregon on Coalition action teams. For example, the Food Action Team included representa-Emerald Forest ArchitectureEnergy Trust of Oregon tives of the Corvallis Environmental Center, First Alternative Co-p, Corvallis Oregon Tilth,Energy Wise LightingFarmland LP Ten Rivers Food Web, League of Women Voters, and Willamette Seed & Grain.FireWorks RestaurantFirst Alternative Food Co-opFirst Presbyterian Church Hull Home Efficiency North Jackson Company Silverman Studios Timberhill Athletic ClubFirst United Methodist Church Integrated Resource Management Northwest Earth Institute Slow Food Corvallis Tix R Us, LLCFootwise Intertech, Inc. Nova Garden Design, LLC Soilsmith Services, Inc. T. Gerding Construction CompanyFreshwater Illustrated Institute for Applied Ecology Oregon State University Solar CREEK Tyee Wine Cellars Ltd.Friends of Witham Oaks Intl. Brhd. of Electrical Workers (Local 280) Oregon Toxics Alliance Solar Ki Unitarian Universalist FellowshipGarland Nursery Jobs Addition Neighborhood Association Oregon Wildlife Institute SoupCycle University Housing & Dining/OSUGECO (Global Environmental Change Org.) Kapa Landscape Design OSU Campus Recycling Spindrift Cellars Winery Veterans for Peace, Chapter 132Geologie Keller Williams Realty OSU Community Services Center Spring Creek Project Virginia Shapiro, DCGet Organized! Knollbrook Peace House OSU Extended Campus St. Mary’s Care for Creation Comm. Visit CorvallisGet Smart! Resource Efficiency Program League of Women Voters of Corvallis OSU Extension—Benton County St. Anne Orthodox Church Weinsteiger Mustard CompanyGluten Free RN Legend Homes Corvallis Communities OSU Hydrogen Club STEPS (OSU) Western Pulp ProductsGood Samaritan Episcopal Church Linn-Benton Pacific Green Party OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Stoker’s VitaWorld Whiteside Theatre FoundationGood Samaritan Regional Medical Center Live Well Studio Pacific Timbercraft Sunbow Farm Wild Garden SeedGreen Cascades LLC Marys Peak Natural Resources Interp. Cntr. PreservationWORKS Sundborn Children’s House Willamette Disc Golf ClubGreen Currents Metzger Green Construction Prudential Real Estate Professionals SunSavor Food Willamette Living MagazineGreen Planet Dreams MicroEPIC Productions RESULTS Corvallis Sunwize Willamette Neighbrhd. Housing Svcs.Green Thumb Printing and Design Mid-Valley Bicycle Club Rod Terry, Designer Susan Binder, Designer Willamette Seed & GrainGreenbelt Land Trust Native Plant Society of Oregon Roxy Dawgs Sustainable Building Network Willamette Watershed ProductionsHealth Equity Alliance Natural Choice Construction LLC Seasons of Life Ceremonies Sustainable Forests Partnership WineopolisHolly Oak Music Studio Natural Choice Directory Seventh Generation Bldg. Guild Sweet Yoga, LLC Your LOCAL Real Estate TeamHome Grown Gardens Neighborhood Naturalist Sierra Club (Marys Peak Group) Ten Rivers Food Web 3 DegreesHOUR Exchange N. College Hill Neighborhood Association Signe Danler, Realtor/Ecobroker The Valley Explorer
Page 3 Our Vision STRENGTHENING THE COALITION Corvallis is a community in which the needs of the present are met withoutThe Sustainability Coalition is an all-volunteer organization that has a Steering Committee, compromising the ability ofan Executive Committee, and three operational committees that work to ensure its long- future generations to meetterm viability. Here are a few of the year’s highlights from those committees: their own needs. It is a flourishing and thriving cityThe Sustainability Coalition’s Steering Committee is responsible for overall policy, strategy with a vibrant economy that respects, restores, anddevelopment, and finances of the Coalition. In that capacity, the Steering Committee cares for the community of life. Developed a process for revising the Community Sustainability Action Plan Revised the Coalition’s internal decision-making process Our Mission Recruited an ombudsman to assist with conflict management To promote an ecologically, Formally adopted Financial Policies and Procedures economically, and socially Explored the possibility of hiring a consultant for grant writing healthy city and county.In May, the Steering Committee held a strategic planning retreat to explore our organiza- We will achieve our mission by using the Sustainabilitytional vision and develop steps to realize that vision. As a follow-up, we initiated Guiding Objectives and a democratic, highly Development of a 5-year strategic plan for the organization participative decision A description and outline of the Coalition’s staffing needs making process. Development of an advocacy policy Establishment of a Fundraising Committee that will operate separately from Our Guiding Objectives the Finance Committee Our community will:The Executive Committee is composed of four Steering Committee members, including the 1. Reduce and ultimatelyFacilitator. In 2011, they continued to carry out the Coalition’s day-to-day operations. eliminate our community’s contribution to fossil fuel dependenceThe Communications & Marketing Committee focused much of its attention on the design, and to wasteful use ofdevelopment, and maintenance of our new website, which was introduced at the 2011 scarce metals andTown Hall meeting. This committee also worked on increasing the visibility of the Coalition minerals. Use renewableby tabling at community events such as the Eco-film Festival, Earth Faire, OSU Earth Day, resources wheneverChef’s Show-off, Spring Garden Festival, Buy Local Breakfasts, da Vinci Days, National possible.Food Day event, Farmers’ Markets, and WIN Conference. Committee members created anew look for the bi-monthly E-Updates; produced monthly Sustainability Events Calendars; 2. Reduce and ultimately eliminate ourand helped publicize the many projects, activities, and events of our action teams. community’s contribution to dependence uponThe Finance Committee set up a PayPal account and sent out a solicitation letter to raise persistent chemicals andfunds from partner organizations and individual community members to cover costs of the wasteful use of syntheticannual Sustainability Town Hall meeting, basic operations, and action team projects. substances. UseThese funds were supplemented by several small grants and donations from a benefit con- biologically safe productscert featuring one of our Steering Committee members. The Coalition treasurer serves as whenever possible.chair of the Finance Committee, and a committee member serves as our bookkeeper. 3. Reduce and ultimately eliminate ourThe Membership Committee recruited 21 new partner organizations in 2011. The Mem- community’s contributionbership Committee also serves as the Nominating Committee for the Coalition. In that to encroachment uponcapacity, the committee developed a slate of Steering Committee candidates and organ- nature (e.g., land, water,ized the election through an electronic survey, which was also used to solicit feedback wildlife, forests, soil, ecosystems). Protectfrom our partners. natural ecosystems.In addition to serving on these operational committees, Steering Committee members 4. Support people’s capacityserve as liaisons to the action teams. The primary responsibility of the liaison is to serve to meet their basic needsas a communications link between the action team and the Steering Committee. fairly and efficiently.
Page 4 Corvallis Sustainability Coalition - Annual Report BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IN CORVALLIS AND BEYOND Communicating with local decision-makers and with other communities that are on a similar path is key to accelerating the creation of a sustainable city and county. Our Steering Committee Throughout 2011, representatives of the Sustainability Coalition reached out in a variety of ways to enhance this important dialogue: Annette Mills, Facilitator Jen Brown The Sustainability Coalition continued to communicate with the Corvallis City Council by Bob Devine Betty Griffiths Presenting the Coalition’s Annual Report and responding to questions Loma Hammond Submitting recommendations for Council goal-setting Debra Higbee-Sudyka Providing periodic reports on action team projects, including presentations by the Linda Lovett Jennifer Nitson Food, Natural Areas, Transportation, and Waste Prevention Teams Emily Pheil Anne Schuster The City’s Sustainability Supervisor continued to serve on the Steering Committee and John Swanson Communications Committee, providing an important link to the City. In addition, a City Brandon Trelstad Council liaison appointed by the mayor participated in Steering Committee meetings on a regular basis. A member of the Benton County Environmental Issues Advisory Committee continued to Corvallis Sustainability Coalition serve on the Steering Committee, providing greater communication with Benton County. PO Box 2310 Corvallis, Oregon Three of the Coalition’s Steering Committee members are serving on the Corvallis 97339-2310 Tax ID #27-1003508 School Superintendent’s Sustainability Committee, and we recently joined the Economic Vitality Partnership, providing further opportunities for collaboration and communication among partners and action teams.sustainablecorvallis.org The Sustainability Coalition is being used in a primary case study by a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska program on Leadership of Sustainable Cities. In April 2011, the Sustainability Coalition was one of six Oregon non-profit organizations and businesses hon- ored by Governor John Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown with the Oregon Sustainability Award. The Coalition was recognized for utilizing a grassroots-led process to create a Community Sustainability Action Plan, thus providing a model for communities pursuing all three core components of sustainability – environ- mental, social, and economic. Two of the Coalition’s partner organizations, the Corvallis School District and First Alternative Co-op, were also honored during the awards program. “We live at a pivotal moment in the story of humankind…. We are starting to see the limits of what the earth can provide. The signs are all around us. We can choose to ignore these signs and wait until we are forced to react. Or we can seize this opportunity to work together to create a sustainable world.” - Community Sustainability Action Plan Thank you to the dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals who are working together in Corvallis and Benton County to create a sustainable community.