Green News and Brews

Green News and Brews

Salem Environmental Education presents a series of science pub presentations on a wide variety of relevant environmental topics. These programs highlight many of the important issues that face Oregonians today. The three seasonal programs will be held at Taproot Lounge and Cafe, a co-sponsor of the series. A donation of $5 is requested.

Salem’s Drinking Water

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 8:00pm, Taproot Lounge and Cafe This is a free event with donation suggested. No registration required.

What steps are being taken to safeguard Salem’s drinking water after last summer’s drinking water advisory for vulnerable populations? What is known about the causes of algal blooms in the North Santiam watershed that produce cyanotoxins? How do the new drinking water rules from the Oregon Health Authority address cyanotoxins?

Work in Salem focuses on three areas—improving drinking water treatment today, installing new treatment to keep drinking water safe in the future, and making sure equipment, partnerships, and volunteers are in place to get water more quickly to the community – if needed.

Salem Environmental Education invites you to learn more about the City’s long-term solution for removing cyanotoxins and about what is being done now in case another season of high algae levels in the watershed produce harmful cyanotoxins.

Our Salem

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 8:00 p.m. at Taproot Lounge and Cafe – What Will Salem Look Like in the Future? Be Part of the Process.

Salem has started its community-wide visioning process, asking people for input on how Salem should grow and develop. This is a unique opportunity for residents, businesses, and others to shape the future of the city. The talk will be about the Our Salem project, the visioning process, and how people can get involved.

Join us to learn about the City of Salem’s community visioning process with Ms. Kim, a senior planner with the City of Salem. Ms. Kim is managing the Our Salem project to update the Comprehensive Plan, which guides future development in the Salem area. This plan includes goals, policies, and maps that guide everything from where different types of housing are allowed to how to protect Salem’s natural resources.

This is a free event with donation suggested. No registration required.

Green Burials: The Ultimate Form of Recycling

On Tuesday January 21 at 8:00 at Taproot Lounge and Cafe Salem Environmental Education presents Green Burial: The Ultimate Form of Recycling

It’s no secret that Oregonians hold our environment in high regard. For many of us, incorporating practices that help preserve our state’s water, air and land have become ingrained into our daily routine. But what are our eco-friendly options when it comes to end-of-life? Attend this presentation and learn about options for the ultimate act of environmental volunteerism—green burial.

Elizabeth Fournier owns and operates Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon, where she is affectionately known as “The Green Reaper” for her green burial advocacy. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Green Burial Council, the environmental certification organization setting the standard for green burial in North America. She is also the author of The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial.

This program is free and open to the public, donations appreciated. For more information contact Jon Yoder at joyoder73@gmail.com.

Birdhouses, Bird Feeders, Big Trees and Salem’s Very Special Birds of Oregon Oaks

On Tuesday February 18 at 8:00 at Taproot Lounge and Cafe Salem Environmental Education presents Birdhouses, Bird Feeders, Big Trees and Salem’s Very Special Birds of Oregon Oaks

David Craig, a Professor of Biology and Co-director of the Science Collaborative Research Program at Willamette University, will give an overview of how to improve the chances that interesting birds will come to your bird feeders and birdhouses with the aim of highlighting some very special birds associated with Salem’s Oregon Oaks. In 2019 Dr. Craig and a team of Willamette University students piloted a new research project focused on the impact of climate change on a variety of local birds. The team is deepening the research focus on the Slender-billed White-breasted Nuthatch which is considered to be rare across most of the Willamette Valley, but can be locally common in stands of Oregon Oak. If you have a birdhouse or feeder and want to share what you are seeing Professor Craig is keen to learn about your birds and how they might relate to his team’s questions. If you are curious about birds and trees and are concerned about climate change, this talk is for you.

The program is free and open to the public, donations appreciated. For more information contact Jon Yoder at joyoder73@gmail.com.

Climate Change: What Can You Do?

Tuesday, April 21

Calendar of Lecture Series

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Birdhouses, Bird Feeders, Big Trees and Salem’s Very Special Birds of Oregon Oaks @ Taproot Lounge and Cafe
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

David Craig, a Professor of Biology and Co-director of the Science Collaborative Research Program at Willamette University, will give an overview of how to improve the chances that interesting birds will come to your bird feeders and birdhouses with the aim of highlighting some very special birds associated with Salem’s Oregon Oaks. In 2019 Dr. Craig and a team of Willamette University students piloted a new research project focused on the impact of climate change on a variety of local birds. The team is deepening the research focus on the Slender-billed White-breasted Nuthatch which is considered to be rare across most of the Willamette Valley, but can be locally common in stands of Oregon Oak. If you have a birdhouse or feeder and want to share what you are seeing Professor Craig is keen to learn about your birds and how they might relate to his team’s questions. If you are curious about birds and trees and are concerned about climate change, this talk is for you.