Presented by Portland General Electric | April 18th, 2015
Over 8,500 SOLVE Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day by Giving Back
April 18, Portland, Ore. - Oregonians came out in force today to make a difference in communities across their state for SOLVE's 26th annual SOLVE IT for Earth Day, presented by Portland General Electric
SOLVE IT for Earth Day began in 1990 to clean up Portland area neighborhoods and illegal dump sites. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest Earth Day events in the nation, with hundreds of sites across the state and more than 9 million pounds of litter and invasive plants removed over the last two decades.
Results are still rolling in with many projects continuing over the next week, but we estimate that this year over 25 tons of trash and debris were collected from 162 sites including neighborhoods, parks, school grounds and natural areas around the state. Invasive non-native plants were cleared from 11 acres and 3,000 native trees and shrubs were planted. An Oregon tradition now in its third decade, the event saw families, community groups, individuals and businesses participate in this fun, one-day event.
Participating volunteer teams included the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, numerous Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups, churches, after-school programs, businesses, and community groups. Also taking part were volunteers from event sponsors Skanska, KOIN 6, Advantis Credit Union, and Genentech.
Employees from presenting sponsor Portland General Electric made a difference at four different sites from Portland to Sherwood, giving back to the communities they serve.
"PGE and its employees care about the communities where we live and work, that's why we've proudly supported SOLVE for over two decades," said Sunny Radcliffe, Director of Government Affairs at Portland General Electric and a current member of the SOLVE Board of Directors. "Throughout the month of April, hundreds of PGE employees and their friends and families, will roll up their sleeves and pitch in at SOLVE IT and other volunteer events across our operations area - for our annual Spring Into Action campaign, which celebrates Earth Day and National Volunteer Month."
There were project highlights throughout the state.
A hard working community member, Dixie Eckford stepped up in Sisters to organize a city-wide cleanup. Thanks to Dixie's hard work 65 volunteers spread out across the city, collecting 2,000 pounds of trash, keeping it away from waterways and wildlife.
At the Sherwood Trashapalooza 129 volunteers, including a group of employees from Portland General Electric, scoured the city for trash, removing close to 1,200 pounds.
In Medford, 77 volunteers removed 6,600 pounds of trash from 2 miles of the Bear Creek Greenway including 20 shopping carts.
During the Greater Helvetia Neighborhood Roadside Cleanup in Hillsboro, volunteers removed 7,200 pounds of trash from 50 miles of roadway, clearing 3 illegal dumpsites.
An amazing 600 volunteers came together in West Linn to plan 1,250 native shrubs at the White Oak Savannah.
Volunteers enjoyed the scenic Columbia Gorge in Cascade Locks, joining up to clear invasive English Ivy and Scotch Broom from more than a mile of trail.
SOLVE IT for Earth Day is presented by Portland General Electric, and supported by the following sponsors: Legacy Sponsor: Metro. Major Sponsors: Clean Water Services, Washington County, and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. Supporting Sponsors: The City of Beaverton and Skanska. Media Sponsors: KOIN 6 and K103fm. Community Sponsor: Genentech. Site Sponsors: Advantis Credit Union, Klean Kanteen, and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation Department.
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