environment

Watersheds Alliance presents “Arise”

Once a month from January through June, the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance sponsors a free, environmentally focused film at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. The films are shown on the last Tuesday of the month, starting at 6 p.m., and complimentary pizza is provided for all attendees. This month, on Tuesday, March 25, the Watersheds Alliances presents "Arise," a film narrated by Daryl Hannah, telling the stories of 13 women in five countries who have initiated transformative environmental projects in their towns and villages.

Films scheduled for April, May, and June are below:

  • Tuesday, April 22: "Watershed"
    Robert Redford directs a story about the threats to the Colorado River—which provides fresh water for 30 million people—and offers solutions for the future water needs of the American West.
  • Tuesday, May 27: "More Than Honey"
    A chilling look at Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious sydrome that has caused the collapse of bee colonies around the world. Bees are vital for the pollination of fruits and vegetables, and are therefore vital to our food chain.
  • Tuesday, June 24: "Idle Threat"
    One man’s spirited mission to stop idling engines, which consume more than six billion gallons of gasoline annually in the U.S.—a significant contributor to pollution, respiratory disease, and climate change. 

Green Business Showcase

Green is the color of growth and new life…and the North Bank is certainly bursting with an abundance of green-minded businesses that care about our local environment and that are doing everything they can to conserve our region's abundant resources. This is what those businesses are discovering: green isn't just good; it's also profitable. The Vancouver Business Journal wants to celebrate green businesses and raise awareness about their vital roles in our community.

With that in mind, the VBJ invites you to attend the 2014 Green Business Showcase and Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at the historic Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks. Attendees will learn about what businesses are doing to become greener, how they're creating a healthy work environment for employees, and the ways they're giving back to their communities. The Clark County Green Business Program will also recognize participants that have completed all the requirements to be verified as green businesses.

The cost is $10 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres. To get your tickets, click here.

Columbia Springs Volunteer Training

Columbia Springs is local gem, a green jewel of beautiful, wild Columbia River habitat with slightly more than 100 acres ready to be hiked, explored, and appreciated. But this marvelous local resource couldn't operate without volunteers—and that's where you come in, because Columbia Springs is offering a Volunteer Lead Training Day from on Saturday, March 8. You'll be trained to help Columbia Springs with its on-site education, restoration, and outreach events. Read the full Volunteer Lead Position Description here.
 
The training day includes classes on environmental education, restoration, leadership, group facilitation, and an orientation to Columbia Springs, including a tour of the site, which is located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway. Breakfast and lunch is included. No previous experience with "being outdoorsy" is necessary; just come as you are and Columbia Springs staff will teach you what you need to know. Plus, the training is totally free (including breakfast and lunch—what a deal!) Register by completing this online volunteer application. To learn more, contact Columbia Springs' Volunteer and Events Coordinator at 360-882-0936, ext. 230, or send an e-mail to volunteer@columbiasprings.org.

Become a Columbia Springs Volunteer

We can all agree that Columbia Springs is local gem, a green jewel of beautiful, wild Columbia River habitat with slightly more than 100 acres ready to be hiked, explored, and appreciated. But the fact is, this marvelous local resource couldn't operate without volunteers—and that's where you come in, because Columbia Springs is offering a Volunteer Lead Training Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. You'll be trained to help Columbia Springs with its on-site education, restoration, and outreach events. If your interest is piqued, read the full Volunteer Lead Position Description here.
 
The training day includes classes on environmental education, restoration, leadership, group facilitation, and an orientation to Columbia Springs, including a tour of the site, which is located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway. Breakfast and lunch is included. No previous experience with "being outdoorsy" is necessary; just come as you are and Columbia Springs staff will teach you what you need to know. Plus, the training is totally free (including breakfast and lunch—what a deal!) All you need to do is register by completing this online volunteer application. To learn more, contact Columbia Springs' Volunteer and Events Coordinator at 360-882-0936, ext. 230, or send an e-mail to volunteer@columbiasprings.org.