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Rain garden and naturescaping workshops return

Dig into Fall: Workshops are Open!

Looking for some fresh garden ideas? Want to bring more color and beauty to your yard all throughout the year? There’s still plenty of time to attend our FREE workshops!

You’ll learn how to create a low-maintenance (& low-cost!) landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and is safe for children, pets and streams. Tell your friends and register today while space is still available!
Click Here to Register

Workshop Offerings

Rain Gardens 101: Learn how to create a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater runoff and also benefits urban streams and wildlife.

Naturescaping Basics: Design your landscape to conserve water, decrease stormwater runoff and minimize pollution while saving you time, money and energy!

Site Planning 1: An extension of Naturescaping Basics, this workshop covers how to prepare a site plan utilizing naturescaping techniques.

Site Planning 2: Share your landscape site plan and receive personalized advice from our landscape specialists in this feedback session.

Fall Schedule

You can view the full workshop schedule, start times, location details and register online here.

Rain Gardens 101
10/7 – Hollywood Senior Center
10/13 – Pilgrim Lutheran Church
10/20 – People’s Food Co-op
11/4 – Historic Kenton Firehouse
11/11 – SMILE Station

Naturescaping Basics
10/7 – Historic Kenton Firehouse
10/14 – Loaves & Fishes
10/20 – Pilgrim Lutheran Church
10/27 – Smith Memorial Presbyterian
11/17 – Leach Botanical Garden

Site Planning 1
10/21 – Historic Kenton Firehouse
10/28 – Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
11/10 – Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Site Planning 2
11/14 – EMSWCD Office
Click here to register.


Solarize Northeast Registration Ends May 15

May 15th, 2012–Last Day to Register for Solarize Northeast!

Have you been thinking about putting solar on your home, but were not sure if solar was right for you? Sign up today, and receive a free solar site assessment. Northeast Coalition of Neighbors has partnered with Mr. Sun Solar, Umpqua Bank and Neil Kelly to offer area homeowners an easy and affordable pathway to solar as well as opportunities to improve their homes’ comfort with energy efficiency improvements. Tax credits and cash incentives, along with a variety of financing and ownership options, provide homeowners with an affordable pathway to energy independence.

Attend our final free workshop on Saturday, May 12th and learn how solar energy can work on your home. The workshop will cover the basics of going solar, explain tax credits and cash incentives, and review financing and lease options.

Final Solarize Workshop:
May 12th, 11am Umpqua Bank, 1745 NE Alberta Street

Register for Solarize Northeast today at or contact Gene Lee at, 503-823-4113. Registration deadline is May 15th.

Let’s finish the job! Earth Day planting at King Facility

We are nearing the successful completion of the invasive species removal and replanting project at the King Neighborhood Facility. Thank to the tireless advocacy of neighbor Diego Gioseffi, this Earth Day will be another opportunity for the community to come together and plant the slope by the site of the farmers market with native plantings. Spread the word to all your friends!

Going Green and Saving Resources

News from the Regional Green Building Hotline:

Metro, the City of Portland, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties offer a community resource serving our region: the Regional Green Building Hotline. For over four years, the Hotline has provided practical tips and useful information about green home strategies, including resources and incentives for new and existing commercial and residential projects in the region. The Hotline has answered thousands of questions about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, renewable energy, indoor air quality, salvage, doing more with less, training workshops and more. The free service is a bridge to the information you need to help you begin, wherever you are.

Inquiries are welcomed from homeowners, renters, real estate professionals, non-profits, contractors, students, developers, business owners and design professionals in the tri-county area. It is the Hotline’s intent to inspire callers to incorporate as many sustainable choices, either material or behavioral, into their projects as they would like. The Hotline can also help callers overcome perceived barriers and obstacles around green building.

Green Building Questions Answered Here!
Looking for effective ways to save money on utility bills? Which local green programs and incentives are available to me today? What is the WaterSense label? How can I retrofit my house to healthily age-in-place? Where can I attend a free class to build a rain garden?
Can I get a rebate for planting a tree? Does my new water heater qualify for a tax credit?

Try this free community service from Metro, City of Portland
Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

Regional Green Building Hotline 503.823.5431
A service within the Green Development Resource Center


Facebook ~ Green Development Resource Center
Twitter ~ @greenhotline

Save the date for the 11th Annual City of Portland Build It Green! Home Tour on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Can You Go Solar? Find Out Now

Solarize Northeast is a project of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods that helps homeowners to go solar by lowering the cost through bulk purchasing and free education on how to go about it.  Low-cost financing is available as well.

Installing solar is affordable and easy! Come learn how and why at one of the Free Community Introductory Workshops:

  • Sat 3/10 11AM-12:30PM Umpqua Bank, 1745 NE Alberta
  • Thurs 3/22 6PM-7:30PM NECN, 4815 NE 7th Ave.
  • Sat 4/14 11AM-12:30PM Umpqua Bank, 1745 NE Alberta
  • Thurs 4/19 6PM-7:30PM NECN, 4815 NE 7th Ave.

Register for the workshops or a free solar site assessment now at:

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