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This has been such a strange year that nothing seems completely out of the question. So visitors to BRING’s Garden of Earthly Delights could be forgiven for thinking that along with a pandemic and catastrophic wildfires, 2020 brought an alien invasion. The garden is now home to Drossian Resource Ark Glenwood Object-19 (DRAGO-19), a 12-foot-tall metal sculpture created by local artists Jeff Shauger and Joe Mross. The multi-ton object is partially buried in the ground, as if it had crash-landed in Eugene or was unearthed during an archaeological dig. With its welded body, working lights and dials, and boxes that

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We think it’s safe to say that 2020 is a year most of us would rather forget. The pandemic has taken loved ones from us, disrupted our work and school lives in unimaginable ways, and canceled travel plans, weddings and casual visits with friends and neighbors. The wildfires in the McKenzie River Watershed and throughout the west were a fiery reminder of the very real and advancing threat of climate change. While the death of George Floyd has brought more attention to inequities in our country, it’s heartbreaking to know many people are still suffering from discrimination and bias-based violence.

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Environmentally-minded organizations have always labored to do what’s right for the earth, and many have long been engaged in efforts to improve wages and working conditions for their employees and give back to their communities. And, the recent attention on movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, as well as the plight of immigrants and people from indigenous cultures, has rightly brought the need to increase efforts around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) to the forefront of people’s minds. Many of us who are committed to these ideals are still trying to figure out how to include this

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How local businesses are adapting, innovating, and building resiliency The coronavirus pandemic changed everything in an instant. Overnight, our lives and livelihoods were turned upside down. Parents began working from home while attending to their children’s emotional, physical, and educational needs. Restaurants modified their menus and business models to take-out, online ordering, and no-contact delivery. Art galleries and non-profits moved to online auctions and fundraising events, and everything from elementary schools and universities, to yoga studios and fitness centers, took their classes to online meeting platforms. If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything it’s that humans are resilient. At

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by Sophia McDonald Bennett When China slashed the volume of recycled materials it would accept in 2017, there was a huge outcry. People who were accustomed to recycling most types of paper and plastic in their curbside bins were upset that the recycling system they’d come to rely on seemed to be falling apart. And Oregon’s recycling system was broken long before the “National Sword” policy went into effect. Many of the things people were “recycling”—including plastic cups and clamshells, grocery bags, plastic lids, coffee cups, and freezer boxes—were not recyclable at all. And while this change was a blow

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Edited 6/23/20: The Community Product Design Challenge has been postponed until the fall. Last year, 11 designers and teams of designers participated in the 3rd Annual BRING Community Product Design Challenge, transforming salvaged building material into useful items in just seven weeks. For each of the past three years, designers have arrived at the BRING retail store in March to select their materials without knowing what would be available. Curated by BRING staff, the materials are selected for their transformability, composition, and availability — doors, salvaged wood, metal seat backs, odds and ends. Over the next weeks, designers use their

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