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Dear Friends, Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a dire report that revealed the difficult choices we must make to ensure a livable future in the face of climate change. While many nations have stepped up to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Accord, the new report makes it abundantly clear that we must do more. This Giving Tuesday, please give to BRING today and help us do more. BRING’s mission, to provide vision, leadership, and tools for living well on the planet we share, is more important now than ever. Climate change is here.

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Environmental  Education: It’s For The Kids By Sophia Bennett BRING was founded as a recycling organization, and its second service was offering educational programs in local schools. When the Oregon Legislature passed the Opportunity to Recycle Act in 1983, the bill required counties to teach residents how to responsibly deal with their end-of-life products. BRING happily took on that important job in Lane County. Community education remains a fundamental part of BRING’s mission, although the focus these days is more on the other three Rs (reduce, reuse and rethink). It plays a critical role as people work to combat climate

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Oregon’s Eco-Logical Business Program (more commonly known as EcoBiz) is a statewide service that helps auto repair shops, body shops, landscapers and car washes go green. Companies receive free consulting services that help them reduce toxins, improve worker safety and decrease pollution in our waterways, air and land. Once they’ve met a set of standards they receive a certification and help marketing their companies. They can also receive discounts on licenses and other fees. BRING took over management of Lane County’s Ecobiz program in 2015 because it’s a perfect complement to our Rethink green business consulting program. In fact, businesses

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Numerous builders, developers, and contractors have utilized the services of the BRING Construction Materials Recovery and Reuse program in the past year. Two projects stand out as examples of how conscientious owners and contractors can achieve measurable results in waste reduction by working with the program. The owner and contractor remodeling an old church in the Friendly Street neighborhood took a material-conscious and environmentally-friendly approach to their project. The Arcadia Phase 2 project involved converting the old, single-story building into energy efficient two-story townhouses, preserving some of the unique characteristics of the structure in the process. The builders recovered nearly

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Building Community, One (Reused) Piece at a Time Annual Home and Garden Tour Scheduled for September 9 It’s been 10 years since a group of BRING supporters decided to host a self-guided tour that showcased sustainable indoor and outdoor living spaces. Since that time the BRING Home and Garden Tour has grown into a much-anticipated community event that demonstrates how beautiful, comfortable, and interesting eco-friendly living can be. This year’s tour will take place on Sunday, September 9, and showcases a variety of projects. In addition to homes and gardens there’s the ToolBox Project, which loans out home and garden

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of BRING’s Home and Garden Tour, The Art of Sustainable Living. For the past decade businesses, homeowners, and our co-hosts, City of Eugene and EWEB have helped to build a  treasured community event that educates and inspires. To celebrate, this year’s theme, Building Community, focuses on the unique and innovative ways we create a community. Building Community is all about establishing meaningful connections with people. Whether it’s a gathering space for friends and family in the backyard, a volunteer run tool lending library, or an office building filled with like-minded tenants, the common goal

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The Oregon Country Fair is coming up July 13 to 15. BRING will once again be making your peachy experience a little less poopy by providing a cloth diaper service. Cloth diapers will be available for $10 per dozen with a $30 refundable deposit. Plastic storage bags and pins are available, but diaper covers are not. Diapers can be rented or returned during Fair hours. Diaper service is located on Wally’s Way, near the Childcare area. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. While you’re thinking about diapers (something

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Are you ready to rethink? These companies aren’t just doing business – they’re doing good – by reducing waste, incentivizing alternative transportation, and giving back to the community. Rethink offers free assistance and certification for businesses in Lane County. Congratulations to Rosen Aviation on their rethink certification “Rosen Aviation embarked on a program to reduce our carbon footprint and create a more sustainable facility. Naturally, we turned to local experts for collaboration. As part of the Rethink program, BRING toured our facility and helped us identify ways to improve our sustainability practices while also increasing efficiency. In addition to suggested

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As recent changes to plastic recycling policies have made it harder to divert waste products from landfills, a lot of people have asked why companies make containers and tubs that are so hard to recycle in the first place. Why can’t they make their packaging easier to deal with when it reaches the end of its usable life? And if that packaging isn’t easy to recycle, shouldn’t they bear some of the brunt of recycling it? That idea – that manufacturers should take responsibility for recycling or reusing the products they produce – is known as extended producer responsibility or

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Rethinking Recycling By Sophia Bennett When the City of Eugene announced changes to its plastic recycling policies – and waste haulers across the region followed suit – many people felt a sense of panic. Lane County has the highest recycling rate in Oregon, which also boasts some of the top recycling figures in the country. To these dedicated recyclers, the thought of putting cottage cheese containers, shampoo bottles, and yogurt tubs in the trash seemed almost painful. The truth is that the rules around recycling have changed very little. “There is a perception that a huge chunk of previously recyclable

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