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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was signed into law by President Biden in August 2022. In addition to addressing record inflation, the legislation contains historic provisions for fighting climate change. The landmark spending bill is considered by many to be the largest investment by the federal government to confront climate change. Supporters of the bill claim that it will result in a forty percent reduction of climate pollution by 2030. Measures addressing climate change in the new bill include $5 billion in funding to drive low-carbon procurement in the built environment. Investments affecting the construction industry include labeling low-embodied

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On the first anniversary of Earth Day, a passionate group of activists in Eugene and Springfield founded BRING because they wanted to do more to protect the planet we all share. They collected newspaper, glass, and other recyclables and sent them to processors so those precious resources wouldn’t end up in the trash. Over time, the organization added educational programming, a reuse store focused on saving high embodied-energy goods, business consulting, and advocacy. BRING may look much different today, but we owe our success to many of the people who were involved. On our golden anniversary, we asked current and

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The many challenges presented by 2020 meant BRING had to refocus on our core business operations for a while. And we’re giving more attention to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) now because 2021 looks like it could be a banner year for positive policy changes in Oregon. As of right now, it looks like there may be upwards of six pieces of legislation that address EPR, reuse, recycling, waste reduction, and related issues. Below, we give a brief description of each. The last one on our list—a proposal to modernize Oregon’s recycling program—may actually be the most important. We have information

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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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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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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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The Bold Steps Award recognizes Eugene-based sustainable businesses and represents a partnership between The City of Eugene, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, and BRING. Updated from a once semi-monthly award to an annual award, the level of competition has increased as well as the visibility of the winner. For the City of Eugene, sustainability means considering and balancing all three aspects of the triple bottom line – people, planet and prosperity – to address the community’s present needs without compromising future generations. The Bold Steps award recognizes businesses that embody this vision and are taking bold steps in each area of

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