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Published on December 6th, 2016 | by Carolyn Fortuna

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Green Festival Portland Community Award: The Finalists Are…

The Oregon Convention Center will be the site of a Portland Green Festival this year that will run from December 9-11, 2016. With more than 250 sustainable food and beverage, lifestyle, and environmental organizations scheduled to showcase their products and services, the Green Festival will continue its tradition as “America’s largest and longest running sustainability and green living event.”

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But this year’s Portland Green Festival is much more than fun food and education! Important local recognition will go to five non-profit organization finalists that offer locally-based projects with creative ideas, measurable goals, and direct benefits to the local, sustainable community.

Green Festivals president Dr. Corinna Basler says Portland organizers expect up to 5,000-7,000 people for the three-day expo, where they can enjoy food samples, attend free yoga classes, test drive electric scooters, and — oh, yeah — vote for the non-profit organization that best meets the criteria for The Green Festival Community Award for Portland.

What are the Green Festival Community Awards?

Green Festival is committed to supporting inspiring organizations and projects that educate and benefit their local communities. To reinforce the importance of local knowledge, the Green Festival Community Award, a $5,000 grant awarded to a deserving non-profit, is chosen by the public. Organizers said the Green Festivals event is just now coming to Portland “at the behest of the exhibitors and fans who were passionate about Portland’s important role in the green movement.”

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Voting at the Green Festival Community Awards in San Francisco last month

Community Award entrants were required to present their green ideas in firm action plans that describe how an Award would be used by the organization and how the use would advance and support the goals of the green community. The Award is a significant opportunity for nonprofits to gain exposure, support, and resources for new or ongoing projects. Organizations get up close and personal with the community through extensive online outreach and social media recognition; they also meet and greet Green Festival attendees to pitch their ideas.

Here are the five Portland Community Award Finalists

The Oregon Electric Vehicle Association (OEVA) – The Oregon Electric Vehicle Association (OEVA) is a non-profit association of electric vehicle enthusiasts. We promote electric vehicle education and encourage their safe construction and use. We are part of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and a chapter of the Electric Auto Association.

Columbia Slough Watershed Council – Columbia Slough Watershed Council is a small non-profit dedicated to habitat restoration, education, and community connection related to the Columbia Slough and its watershed in North Portland, Fairview, and Gresham. Our watershed hosts one of the largest urban wetlands, the most diverse neighborhoods in Oregon, and 10% of the jobs in Multnomah County. We connect these factors through restoration of a heavily impacted system, celebrating and supporting community green spaces, and environmental education in local schools.

Food as Medicine Institute – The goal of the FAME series is to help communities adopt a more whole-foods based diet by providing them with nutrition education and giving them the tools to overcome the many obstacles to eating healthy in today’s society. Our program was created by Naturopathic physicians and is designed to empower individuals, families, and communities to make lasting and sustainable dietary changes. Within all of the communities we have worked, we have seen impressive changes take place in the lives of our participants in just three months. We look forward to the possibility of providing our program to elementary schools to help foster a more health-conscious culture in our local schools.

SOLVE – SOLVE IT for Earth Day is a signature event to be hosted by SOLVE on Saturday, April 22, 2017. With an annual average of 7,500 volunteers, we are proud to be Oregon’s largest Earth Day event. Across the state, volunteers unite to pick-up litter, remove invasive vegetation, and/or plant native vegetation at hundreds of sites in their local communities. SOLVE supports these efforts by providing litter bags, disposable gloves, first aid kits, and safety vests for all volunteers. However, we are not able to provide three key items commonly requested by project leaders: debris buckets, reusable work gloves, and litter grabbers.

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary – Green Acres Farm Sanctuary provides compassionate care and a loving home to over 150 abused, abandoned, and unwanted farm animals. We also foster dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies. We are a place of last resort for many of these animals who are elderly, sick, or have chronic conditions which require ongoing care. We would use the Green Festival Community Award to provide critical medical care, feed for special diets, and safe shelter.

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Important Media is a media partner with Green Festivals, and will be at the Portland Festival this weekend! Come say hi!  

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writes from her home in Chepachet, RI, where she advocates with her lake association for chemical-free solutions to eradicate invasive species. She’s an organic gardener, nature lover, and semi-vegetarian (no red meat since 1980) who draws upon digital media literacy and learning to spread the word about sustainability issues. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Google+



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