The City of Salem's Center 50+, the only designated full-service senior center in Marion County, is proud to announce we are EarthWISE certified. Our 2008 building was designed to meet sustainable standards. Examples include: rain water filtered through a bioswale; water conservation achieved through low-flow toilets, reduced landscaping water use, motion sensitive faucet aerators, kitchen grease traps, along with energy efficient lighting. Establishing a green team reflects our commitment to recycling and waste reduction.
Center for Hope & Safety has been providing a safe environment for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking since 1973. We pride ourselves on our commitment to operating sustainably, including a comprehensive recycling program, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, and multiple energy upgrades in our new advocacy office. We believe that by promoting good stewardship of our environment, we can help to provide a better community for everyone.
Family Building Blocks believes all children deserve a safe and clean environment. We strive to create a healthy and nurturing place for children to learn and grow. That is why we recycle, compost leftovers, buy environmentally friendly products, conserve water and energy and educate our staff on the value of recycling and re-using. Children are the future and we are doing our part to make sure it’s a bright one for them all.
Garten Services is proud to be
an EarthWISE business! Garten began providing jobs for people with disabilities in 1970 and has been recognized as a leader in recycling since the mid-1970s. Their sustainable business enterprises include: recycling (including electronics and large events recycling), green custodial, commercial laundry, packaging & fulfillment, and full mail service.
Mid-Willamette Valley ReStore strives to be a partner in keeping the earth healthy by conserving energy, using recycled products, and reducing waste by recycling and reusing materials. The ReStore has been a huge recycler both in their store and at their construction sites. The ReStore reuses shopping bags, has policies in place to conserve energy and protect water quality, and recycles metal, wood, batteries and fluorescent lights! Keeping hundreds of tons of building products out of the waste stream has helped the ReStore reduce their cost of operations while improving the environment.
ReStore is Woodburn's first non-profit organization to be EarthWISE certified! The ReStore keeps many thousands of pounds of furniture, appliances and other household products from being thrown away. More importantly, by selling quality used items at the ReStore, they eliminate all of the materials that go into the new products which is a huge win for the environment. They also sell products that are environmentally friendly, like recycled paint in various colors. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Woodburn has also adopted a sustainable policy to ensure that their operations remain green in the future and demonstrate their commitment to a healthy environment.
Marion-Polk Food Share has been leading the hunger relief efforts throughout Marion and Polk counties for more than 20 years. By achieving the EARTHWISE certification we demonstrate our commitment to environmentally friendly business practices while fulfilling our mission to end hunger in our community.
SAIF Corporation is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. SAIF strives to be a sustainable business and has been EarthWISE certified since 2008. Their efforts in waste reduction, recycling, and resource conservation led them to being honored with a Mid-Valley Green Award for sustainability in 2010.
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Saint Mark Lutheran Church
Saint Mark Lutheran Church has always strived to operate in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Obtaining EarthWISE certification gave our "green team" a better blueprint on how to implement even more sustainable actions. A checklist based action plan helped guide us to reduce waste, save energy, and recycle more. We look forward to continuing to make changes and improvements in the years ahead!
Salem-Keizer Transit’s innovative green practices have garnered an EarthWISE certification from Marion County. Among the outstanding efforts noted by county staff in presenting the award were the district’s bus wash that captures and filters water for reuse, its refueling practice that saves approximately $1,000 per month by reducing energy demand, and the sustainable design features of the new Keizer Transit Center.
Salem Art Association is dedicated to art education, art appreciation and historic preservation in the greater Salem area. We are proud to be Earthwise Certified. Having a foundational respect for the environment, honors the arts and their longevity. Along with our daily ecological practices, this year we inaugurate our Zero Waste initiative, including a solar powered generator for the Salem Art Fair & Festival which is attended by 37,000 people annually.
Straub Environmental Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create awareness and understanding of our relationship to the environment. Our environmental education programs teach and motivate people to become active stewards of the environment. In an attempt to lead by example, we strive to operate as sustainably as we can and are proud to be EarthWISE certified!
Temple Beth Sholom (TBS), a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement which places great emphasis on stewardship of God’s creation, is EarthWISE certified. Cognizant of this responsibility, TBS and its membership follow the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle while conserving water and energy wherever possible.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem is proud to have achieved EarthWISE certification. One of our guiding principles is respect for our environment, which we strive to embody in part through our use of non-toxic homemade cleaning products, an electronically distributed newsletter, energy-efficient lighting, and water-conserving landscaping practices. We wish to be good stewards of the planet to help current and future generations thrive."
The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley works throughout Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties to identify community needs and direct resources to where they will have the greatest impact. As environmental stewards United Way tries to lead by example by recycling, reducing waste, and reusing materials. We hope our commitment influences others that use our building or services and that they will learn how easy it is to go green
Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community
Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community is proud to be part of the EarthWISE program. We have established recycling stations throughout the building and grounds, which enables over 100 staff and residents to recycle a wide range of items. Our Community Green Team will continue to implement programs that will preserve our environment for generations to come.