Clark College has been educating in our community since 1933, and in more recent history, they have been leaders for large-scale sustainability. In 2014, Clark College was certified as a Green Business, but their sustainable practices began long before then.
Composting, conducting waste audits, and conserving resources have been business-as-usual at Clark College for years, but their most recent improvement is a project for energy efficiency. Over the last few years, all outdoor lighting was upgraded to high-efficiency LED, and indoor lighting is currently being phased to LED. Projects like these occur across the college because of cooperation between Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), Facilities Services and the Environmental Integrity Council.
The Clark County Green Business LSW Architects has been making waves in the community with their development of Ryd, a free green shuttle service for people who work in downtown Vancouver. Ryd — an acronym for Rethink Your Drive — is providing downtown employees with a free ride to their office when they park a little ways away. The shuttle takes away the pain of parking downtown, and runs on 100% electric power, reducing emissions and getting people to work! Check out the article.
Green Business Morning Blend is an opportunity to network and discuss business environmental initiatives in an informal setting. Held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at different locations, the event is free and open to all Green Business program participants and anyone with an interest in greening their own business or workplace. Please invite colleagues and friends!
GoGreen Portland has established itself as the largest regional conference for business and government decision-makers to come together for one day to learn from recognized community leaders to advance sustainability best practices in their own organizations.
Choose your own adventure at Columbia Spring’s Family Nature Festival: a celebration of Clark County's natural treasures. Crafts, activities, games, guided walks, and hands-on presentations will showcase the cool, creepy, and crawly world to be found in our own backyards. Enjoy live music from local bands. Find a pumpkin in the forest. Learn about owls, water bugs, fish, and more!
Cardboard, copy paper, and junk mail are recyclable, of course. But what about other types of paper? Frozen food boxes, greasy or food-soiled food packaging, and six-pack drink carriers are not recyclable and should go in the garbage.
Because plastic is integrated into frozen food boxes to keep the contents of the box safe, frozen food boxes cannot be reduced into pulp and cannot be recycled. Drink carriers such as beer 6-packs are not recyclable for the same reason.
Food soiled boxes such as pizza boxes cannot be recycled due to contamination of the box by food. Non-soiled cardboard that has been cleaned of all food and grease residue can be recycled.
Help your coworkers recycle right. If you'd like more information or are interested in scheduling an employee training about what is and isn't recyclable, contact.
Clark County Green Schools can help your school keep trash from landfills as we work to reduce waste, send more items to be recycled, and compost leftover food items — or better yet, feed hungry people.
We’re here to assist with food waste composting and recycling in cafeterias, offering education, containers and sort tables. We have plenty of guides, toolkits, infographics, and much for for you to download.