SOLVE IT for Earth Day
Presented by Portland General Electric | April 22, 2017
Over 5,800 volunteers take care of Oregon during 'SOLVE IT For Earth Day'
Portland, Ore., April 22, 2017 - Oregonians came out in force today to make a difference in communities across their state for SOLVE's 28th annual SOLVE IT for Earth Day event, 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.
This year 35 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 10 acres, and 2,690 native trees and shrubs were planted.
An Oregon tradition, now in its third decade, this event brings together families, groups, individuals and businesses at community-led projects across our state in an effort to improve and preserve the treasured areas that make our state so unique. Participating volunteer groups included event sponsors Portland General Electric, KOIN 6, Skanska, Genentech, Comcast, and Advantis Credit Union. In addition volunteers from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Portland State University, Oregon State University, Transition Projects, and dozens of schools helped at projects across the state.
"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 for Earth Day 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.
- In Hillsboro, local youth from the SPLASH program led a Global Youth Service Day event at Hamby Park. Over 80 volunteers, including 61 youth, removed invasive weeds and spread mulch throughout the park.
- In Medford and Phoenix, the Rogue Valley Council of Governments coordinated 5 different sites along the Bear Creek Greenway. The project engaged 108 volunteers who collected over 5,000 pounds of trash, keeping harmful litter out of the creek and protecting wildlife.
- In the Tillamook State Forest 63 volunteers collected 40 cubic yards of trash including 52 tires, a sectional sofa, mattress set and truck canopy. Local 4 X 4 clubs, the Oregon hunters Association, Oregon Equestrian Trails, and the Tillamook State Forest Trail Patrol all came together to help with this annual cleanup.
SOLVE IT for Earth Day is presented by Portland General Electric. Additional sponsors include Legacy Sponsor - Metro; Major Sponsors - Clean Water Services, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Washington County; Media Sponsors - K103fm, and KOIN 6; Supporting Sponsors - City of Beaverton, Comcast, and Skanska; Community Sponsors - Advantis Credit Union and Genentech.
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