Resources for learning more about environmental sustainability:

  • Living Planet Report (WWF, 2014) (finding that in less than two human generations, population sizes of vertebrate species have dropped by half).
  • Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report (IPCC, 2014) (concluding that human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems).
  • Oregon filmmaker, Wagging Tale Productions, is developing a provocative new film, THE PEOPLE FACTOR, on the role of population in economic, social, and environmental well-being. View the video trailer to learn more.  

Sages working on solutions:

Roberta Schwarz
Lenny Dee
Lori Davidson

Lori Davidson

Inspiring people to take responsibility for the Earth

Walt Mintkeski

Walt Mintkeski

Helping to preserve water quality and improve energy efficiency


Volunteer for nonprofit partners: 


Northwest Earth Institute—Discover change together and inspire people to take responsibility for Earth. You can lead one of NWEI’s discussion courses with friends, church members or co-workers on a variety of subjects such as actions to reduce your carbon footprint, or challenge yourself to adopt a new behavior through the EcoChallenge. Call Liz Zavodsky, 503-227-2807.



Forest Park ConservancyProtects and restores over 5,000 acres of public and private land within the Greater Forest Park ecosystem. You can help remove invasive plants or repair trails by joining a stewardship work party. Call 503-223-5449.


Willamette RiverkeeperProtects and restores the Willamette River so that it supports natural habitat, clean water, fishing and swimming. You can learn more about the river and volunteer through many different initiatives such as joining a stewardship work party or helping to connect with the public at festivals, markets and other meetings. Call 503-223-6418 or email info@willametteriverkeeper.org.


Natural Resources Defense Council—National advocacy group to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. Take action on numerous advocacy campaigns.


Columbia Land Trust  conserves and cares for the Northwest places you love—the places that provide all of us well-being and an unrivaled quality of life. You can volunteer with Columbia Land Trust as an extra field hand, an office helper, a photographer, a junior board member, or other roles. Click here to learn more about all the volunteer opportunities.


Center for Earth Leadership—Trains and motivates Northwest citizens to become agents of local change in forging a sustainable culture. Take advantage of one or more of the Center’s programs such as participating in their Agent of Change course to learn to implement sustainable practices and influence others in your neighborhood, workplace, or other locales. Call 503-227-2315 or email info@earthleaders.org.



Climate Solutions—Accelerates practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides. Stay informed and take action in support of regional climate solutions campaigns to reduce global warming pollution and transition Oregon to a clean and energy-efficient economy. Sign up for action alerts or join their Business Leaders for Climate Solutions.