Next, on one side of the origami, write your first and last name, city, and zip code so ODFW can confirm that you’re a real person. On the other side, write:
“Please pull out of the water exchange that could allow Nestle to bottle Oregon’s water”
or your own words that convey the same message.
Last but not least, make sure your origami arrives to ODFW on Earth Day of 2013. Depending on where in Oregon you live, you should probably send it at the end of the week before Earth Day.
This year, Earth Day falls on Monday, April 22nd.
The department’s mailing address is 3406 Cherry Avenue Northeast, Salem, OR 97303.
If you are sending origami, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how much origami you sent.
In Full Gear: ‘Normalizing’ Active Transportation in Hillsboro
HILLSBORO, OR (3-27-2013) – Although the City missed out this month on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ cash prizes to implement GoPoint transportation hubs, one grassroot nonprofit’s efforts to “normalize” active transportation in Hillsboro are in full gear.
“In a Hillsboro where active transportation is ‘normalized,’ citizens – including families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities – would be able to reach their intended destinations safely by foot, bike, or assistive device, without barriers to access,” says Annee von Borg, MSW, MPH, co-founder and director of Resources for Health.
Active transportation – including cycling, walking, using a wheelchair, skateboard, or any other form of human-powered transportation – can yield benefits such as weight loss, improved heart health, and overall enhanced well-being. von Borg is familiar with these benefits on a personal as well as a professional level. In 2011, her family of seven went car-free in Hillsboro, helping husband Moses lose over 100 pounds and change his parking spot from the handicap space to the bike rack. To accommodate physical disabilities, he rides an adaptive bike.
As a public health professional, von Borg recognizes active transportation as an intervention with the potential not only to boost individual health, but also to transform community and environmental health by reducing air pollution, increasing social cohesion, and even contributing to economic development as citizens redirect money saved on transportation and health care costs toward local businesses.
In accordance with the organization’s mission to empower citizens to care for their health, the environment, and their communities, Resources for Health has organized two local events to raise awareness of walking and biking routes to Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in conjunction with tree plantings at the site. The events also serve to raise awareness of road and sidewalk improvements that would make this public park more accessible to more of the public. Sidewalk gaps, high speeds, and compromised bike lanes are some of the current barriers to safely and comfortably accessing the Preserve’s location along Highway 219 for car-free travelers, especially for the 60% of the population who identify as “interested but concerned” about biking for transportation. von Borg writes about some of these issues on the family’s blog.
Last Saturday, a small but dedicated group reached the Preserve by foot to plant 3,000 trees as part of Friends of Trees largest volunteer turnout of the season. This Saturday, Resources for Health invites citizens to join them again to “Pedal to the Preserve!”, an easy 1.5 mile group bike ride from Hatfield Government Center. From there riders can
Resources for Health is also known locally for its Wheel Solutions program, delivering CSA shares by cycle in Tanasbourne, Orenco Station, and Amberglen neighborhoods, currently in partnership with Dairy Creek Farm and Holland Residential Properties (see also: Oregonian article). The von Borg Family additionally was recognized in 2012 by the BTA’s Alice Awards for “outstanding achievements and dedication to building the future Oregon where bicycling is safe, convenient, and fun.” Clearly they’ve taken this commitment to the next level in Hillsboro.
Annee von Borg, MSW, MPH
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Since our Roots & Shoots group adopted Evergreen Park in 2010, we’ve been waging a peaceful battle on the invasive Armenian blackberry that dominates the park’s forest in order to make space for the crowded native plants that live there.
Last year on MLK Day, Kaiser Permanente office staff came out to help us with the effort against the blackberry.
For MLK Day 2013, Kaiser teamed up again to remove blackberries as co-adopters of Evergreen Park. This time, we were joined by a local girl scout troupe and a charter school, too.
Jim Gersbach, a friend of Friends of Trees, another organization we frequently team up with, is the Senior Hospital Communications Consultant who will be leading his fellow staff in two service projects a year to enhance the Evergreen Park’s forested area. Jim knows enough about trees to maybe one day help create an arboretum right at Evergreen Park! We can dream…. Meanwhile, Scott Crowell at Hillsboro Parks & Rec suggested we do some native plantings at our next project to help crowd out the invasive species, like we did with SOLVE Green Team at Council Creek last year, continuing this year.
Overall, the event was very successful. The forest floor and native plants that were completely sheathed in blackberry just hours before, were uncovered once more.
If you’re local and looking to get involved with Roots & Shoots, join us at at Evergreen Park, Council Creek, or one of the Friends of Trees plantings in Beaverton!
RFH Roots & Shoots, now in our 10th year of youth service-learning projects, is recruiting new members ages 10+ and an adult co-leader in the Hillsboro/Beaverton area.
This year, in addition to hands-on volunteer projects caring for the environment, animals, and community, we’ll use Project Citizen curriculum to learn to monitor and influence public policy on the issues related to our hands-on efforts. Project Citizen promotes “competent and responsible participation with government at all levels while developing support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”
For example: While we volunteer to plant trees in Beaverton neighborhoods, how does public policy affect trees in our state forests? Our group will work together to identify and study a public policy issue, exercising critical thinking and problem-solving skills to explore the associated complexities, and produce a portfolio project to present to the community and/or policymakers.
WHEN: Saturdays beginning 10/6. Hands-on, get dirty volunteering 1-2 mornings monthly with Friends of Trees, SOLVE, and City of Hillsboro. Additional Saturday dates and times for Project Citizen TBD.
WHERE: Indoor meetings – Our home/office in the Tanasbourne area. Outdoor volunteering – Hillsboro/Beaverton locations.
CONTACT: email@example.com or 503.690.8348 with additional questions or interest as youth member or adult co-leader.
Excellent news for folks who live or work in Hillsboro and appreciate natural, organic, food and earth-friendly products: Resources for Health is starting an Azure Standard drop point THIS WEEK through the Wheel Solutions pilot program.
As a drop point, Resources for Health receives delivery of individually placed $50 minimum orders along the main Azure truck route and distributes them to purchasers in Hillsboro using active transportation – cycles, trailers, and feet, oh my!
Wheel Solutions is envisioned as a delivery cyclists’ cooperative that pedals the way for local food system infrastructure while enhancing community well-being. Summer solstice marked the launch of the pilot program, cycle delivery of CSA shares in partnership with two local farms to subscribers’ home or office. Seasonal share subscriptions are still available from Artisan Organics and honey, eggs and more from Dairy Creek Farm, too. Check out photos of the historic first deliveries here.
Resources for Health is (and always has been) about on-the-ground solutions NOW, so Wheel Solutions is currently operating on a free/volunteer/donation basis while seeking capacity building funding. The grassroots nonprofit’s health promotion mission dates back to its founding in 1996 at Yale University by “suburban bike ninjas” Moses and Annee von Borg, MSW, MPH of Hillsboro’s Cycling Seven.
So if you live or work in Hillsboro, please peruse Azure’s 9,000 or so earth-friendly items to fuel your ride, save money, and feel good about supporting pioneers of organic farming in Oregon. Follow the links from the Azure Standard ordering page and read more about Wheel Solutions too.
Major employers in delivery range of the Resources for Health office include Kaiser Permanente (194th & Evergreen), Intel and surrounding Silicon Forest employers. The next cutoff for orders is 4pm this Friday for delivery Wednesday, July 11. Please email or call 503.690.8348 with questions or to chat. Celebrate food independence with local healthy choices and car independence with a Wheel Solutions delivery!