SOLVE IT for Earth Day

Presented by Portland General Electric | April 22, 2017

Thanks to everyone that came out during SOLVE IT for Earth Day 2016!

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Saturday, April 22nd 2017

Nearly 7,000 volunteers dig in and help out at 'SOLVE IT For Earth Day'

Oregonians came out in force today to make a difference in communities across their state for SOLVE's 27th 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 over 41 tons of trash and debris were collected from 173 sites including neighborhoods, parks, school grounds and natural areas around the state. Invasive non-native plants were cleared from 12 acres and 2,800 native trees and shrubs were planted

An Oregon tradition now in its third decade, this event brings together families, community groups, individuals and businesses at community led projects across our state in an effort to improve and preserve the treasured natural areas and communities that make our state so unique. Participating volunteer groups included event sponsors Portland General Electric, KOIN 6, Skanska, Genentech, and Advantis Credit Union. In addition volunteers from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Portland State University, University of Oregon, Portland Rescue Mission, and Transition Projects 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 Beaverton, 146 volunteers came together at the Mulch Madness event, spreading mulch around 1,400 native trees and shrubs. Volunteers from Apple, Elemental Technologies, and Beaverton neighborhoods ensured that these plants will survive the summer, filtering water and providing valuable wildlife habitat.

In Medford, 111 volunteers dedicated their morning to remove trash from along the Bear Creek Trail. More than 1,500 pounds of trash was removed, helping keep the creek healthy and the trail beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

Along Tillamook Bay on the Oregon Coast 130 volunteers removed 3 tons of trash. By keeping this debris out of the bay fish and other animals are protected from the negative effects of plastic and other litter. Volunteers even found a mounted antelope head!

Thanks to all our volunteers for helping keep Oregon clean and healthy!

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