Now that you’ve learned all about petroleum use and it’s effects on our environment, it’s time to get involved! Hopefully we’ve shown you this term how small changes can add up to a big difference. Now just imagine if you spread the word to your friends and family. You have the power (and now the knowledge) to create an even greater positive influence.
-The city of Portland has an excellent website dedicated to living sustainably. Here, they offer frequently updated information regarding city organizations such as the “Peak Oil Task Force”, “Green Building Policy”, and “Climate Action Plan”. This is an excellent way to stay involved and up to date on the happenings in our city. They also have numerous resources for greener living. Pass it on folks!
-Get involved in neighborhood organizations! This is an excellent way to get to know your neighbors, and gather together for the common good. You’d probably be surprised to know how many smaller, independently run organizations are present within our communities.
Check out the City of Portland Public Involvement Blog at: http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=50310&
-Ready to get involved in your community but still not quite sure how? Why not take a leadership training workshop? Look here for upcoming training seminars and workshops http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=53352
This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as Portland resources go. As you can see from this short list, we live in a city that is very committed to sustainability and educating our citizens. Take advantage of these numerous resources…that’s what they’re there for!
A Few Other Ideas…
-Head to your local farmers market and get to know the people who grow your food. This is great for developing relationships not only with fellow community members, but with your food as well. These are great places to socialize and exchange information with fellow green-living advocates.
-Concerned about the cost? The Worldwatch Institute offers excellent tips on how to live greener and save money at the same time. Need I say more? This site is definitely worth a read… http://www.worldwatch.org/resources/go_green_save_green
-Above all else, don’t be afraid to ask questions and do your research! The more we know, the more power we have to make a difference in our communities and our world. Hopefully we’ve provided you with useful information this term but don’t let it stop there…pass it on!