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Zoom to Sustainability

Zoom to Sustainability

The 2021-2022 Salem Environmental Education’s adult education series, Zoom to Sustainability, delivers informative presentations via Zoom that will provide some solutions to current environmental problems.

Registration is required and details of the presentation and directions for linking to Zoom will be provided before each presentation at this website and the SEE Facebook page. The programs are free but a donation is requested.

Beyond Recycling

Wednesday, October 6
Beyond Recycling: Why considering the life cycle impacts of our stuff matters much more than if it can be recycled.

In Oregon 99% of greenhouse gas emissions associated with making a product occur before it’s purchased. Conversely, only 1% of greenhouse gases associated with a product happen during its disposal or recycling. In this presentation, we will discuss how to move beyond recycling and into waste prevention as it relates to the “upstream” or pre-consumer impacts of a products’ life cycle (extraction, manufacturing, transportation, use, and disposal). Moving up the “waste hierarchy” towards reduction and reuse of our products is critical to addressing consumption-based climate impacts and moving towards larger systems of change that can more positively affect our well-being and world.

Dakota Tangredi is a Bilingual Waste Reduction Coordinator with Marion County Environmental Services. He has a background in environmental science and community sustainability education, which informs his work as a volunteer program coordinator to mobilize waste reduction volunteers around community projects and action in Marion County.

How To Go Solar

Wednesday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.

In this presentation we will answer your questions about how solar works, share information about incentives available, and help you take the first step to adding solar on your home or business. In addition, at each presentation we discuss one of three special topics: solar + storage, community solar, and the Solar Within Reach incentive. This is made possible with support from Energy Trust of Oregon

Zach Snyder co-leads Solar Oregon’s educational programming, clean energy campaigns, and advocacy work. With a background in earth science, education, and Oregon’s solar industry, he works to promote all forms of clean and equitable energy in communities across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

A recording of this program can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgOWxPOiOQg

The Oregon Oak Salvage Project

Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.

The February 2021 ice storm killed numerous Oregon white oaks, a critical biodiversity tree in urban areas and a fast-disappearing component of the Willamette Valley native oak savanna managed from time immemorial by the Kalapuyan people. Cross-sections from downed oaks were collected showing growth rings. This enabled us to document the age of the trees and the conditions under which they have grown. This information will help us to answer questions about 1) the environmental/climate conditions of the past 300 years, 2) forest health and ecosystem services, and 3) natural and cultural biodiversity. We have also initiated the Oregon White Oak Oral History Project to gather stories from community members with connections to oak trees.

In partnership with the City of Salem and hundreds of local citizens, Willamette University faculty, Dr. Karen Arabas, Dave Craig, and Joe Bowersox, spearheaded the Oak Salvage Project. In this presentation Karen will give a short overview of the project and her students will share their work which has been critical to the success of this project.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93424866638

Bring Back the Pollinators


Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.

Dave Kollen is a Xerces Society Ambassador and Certified Master Melittologist. In addition to outreach, he performs community science work by conducting surveys for several different bee atlas projects. His program will include:

  • Brief introduction to the Xerces Society
  • Introduction to pollinators and their importance in natural systems and our food system
  • Native bee diversity and natural history: NOTE: additional areas focus on bees (mainly natives) since in general, bees are by far the most important pollinators
  • Threats facing native bees
  • How we can play a role in pollinator conservation, both in general and in our own landscapes and communities. Also, for those interested in going above and beyond, opportunities to get involved in community science activities are covered.

Click here to view a recording of the presentation.