Legacy Fellowship Graduation & Celebration
June 22, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.
Join us on June 22 for an uplifting and online celebration of our 6th Class of Legacy Fellows!
For the past six months, we’ve trained and supported nine hard working fellows to launch major service projects of their own design. Together, each fellow identified a community challenge and then carried out a solution. Read on to learn more about our fellows and their inspirational contributions to a better world.
Important! All guests will get to meet all fellows. During the event, guests will also participate in two breakout sessions to get to know two fellows more closely. We hope you and your friends can join us to recognize our fellows for all their efforts to create opportunity for the future.
Click on a SAGE fellow below to learn more.
Bethany Shetterly Thomas
Legacy Fellows Team:
Michele Bertaux, Tiffany Chapman, Lorna Lyons
Project: Education for Sustainability
The United Nations maintains 17 Sustainable Development Goals that serve as a blueprint to achieve a more sustainable future for all. These goals are interconnected and address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
As a fellow, Tahira is working with the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN) to explore new models to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and learning about these goals in our region’s schools. Over time, Tahira aims to inspire students to become more aware of sustainable development and the role that every one of us can play to achieve and maintain a sustainable future.
Project: Plastic Planet
In the past 50 years over 9.2 billion tons of plastic has not been recycled. Countries like Sweden have such intuitive programs they import most of Europe’s plastic to recycle yet countries like Chile recycle less than 1% of their overall plastic.
As a fellow, Charlie is using his background in film and policy to highlight the countries that effectively take care of their trash and push for legislative and economic change on the ones that do not. More specifically, he is working on a project called Plastic Planet to raise awareness and change how plastics circumnavigate the globe. Working across over 57 countries, Charlie and his partner are releasing plastic trackers to see where plastics are being disposed of and where they end up. Through the project, he aims to identify locations across the world where plastic pollution is high and where more policy solutions are necessary to curb the stem of plastic pollution around the globe.
Project: Women’s Empowerment
Around the world, women consistently trail men in access to jobs, credit, and ownership rights. Evidence shows that women who have access to financial resources invest more deeply in their families and communities, magnifying the impact of their wealth and improving the quality of life for others.
As a fellow, Rime is developing a program to support economic empowerment for women, particularly recent immigrants in Vancouver, Washington. Her program focuses on education in three areas: financial literacy, micro loans, and business coaching. Rime is grateful for financial empowerment in her own life, and she is driven to help other women secure resources that can help them make decisions that benefit themselves and their communities.
Bethany Shetterly Thomas
Project: Earth Day Oregon
50 years ago, 20 million Americans took to the streets in coast-to-coast rallies to celebrate the first Earth Day. The birth of the modern environmental movement led to the creation of the EPA, the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act. Now, five decades later, we’ve achieved progress, but we’ve also learned that our work is only beginning, and we need all hands-on-deck to protect Earth.
As a fellow, Bethany engaged Oregonians across the state as the lead volunteer for Earth Day Oregon. Bethany and her team inspired over 50 nonprofits to celebrate Earth Day together and to increase business and individual support for organizations working to create a better world. Through her leadership, 200 businesses made gifts to organizations in honor of Earth Day. The global health crisis caused many groups to cancel Earth Day events, but Earth Day Oregon pivoted quickly to inspire people to honor Earth Day with personal actions they can take for a healthy planet.
Project: Bridging Divides
There is no doubt that much in the news shocks you and makes you feel like our communities are more polarized, and less able to solve long-term challenges. Every American is affected by the divisions and outrage that prevent us from making progress on urgent problems.
As a fellow, Neal is bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to listen and learn from one another. Working with the SAGE Citizen Project, Neal is facilitating deliberative forums that help people from all walks of life deliberate on various options to address intense political divides in our country – ranging from personal actions we each can take, to imposing new requirements on the media, to making decisions closer to home. As a bridge builder himself, Neal is helping people make personal connections and to adopt new practices to change the corrosive tone of our politics.
Project: Tiny Homes
Homelessness persists due to many factors, including the lack of affordable and stable housing. In recent years, Tiny Homes have emerged as a humane, empowering, and energy efficient housing solution.
As a fellow, Jaden is working with Youth Igniting Change to develop the Tiny Home Project to engage students enrolled in woodworking courses in high schools to produce tiny homes to later be donated to programs that help youth who have graduated out of the foster care program. The project offers a win-win – students produce homes and, at the same time, become more aware of the personal role they can play to help people who are experiencing homelessness.
Team Project: How Shall We Live: An Ecovillage Initiative
How shall we live? This question animates the three-person Ecovillage team. The vision began as an intentional community that would be multi-generational, sustainable, have enough land to incorporate permaculture principles, be radically affordable, and favor cooperation over competition.
One concern around the existing communities in the Portland area, especially relevant in our era of increasing homelessness and housing insecurity, is their un-affordability for the lesser-paid 50-60% of the population. Michele began with a focus on this element, looking at land use, costs, co-ownership structures and locations within Oregon. It remains an area of challenge. Lorna is focused on hemp construction methods that offer sustainable, regenerative benefits and the promise of more-affordable construction. Tiffany’s passion is education and the development of outdoor schooling – a natural fit for these COVID times and a community with land held in common.