Woodburn ReStore gets recognition for sustainability by county
Woodburn ReStore, a part of North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, has been awarded EarthWISE certification by Marion County. The certification is achieved when businesses commit to sustainable practices that meet EarthWISE standards.
In order to receive the certification, Woodburn ReStore demonstrated that it is taking steps to reduce water and energy use and is recycling, reducing waste and purchasing materials made with recycled content.
While more than 150 businesses in Marion County are EarthWISE certified, ReStore is only the second Woodburn business to receive the certification and the first nonprofit organization in the city to be EarthWISE certified. BrucePac is the other Woodburn business to be certified.
Connie Farrier, director of the Woodburn ReStore, said that while ReStore has sustainability baked into its mission of selling reclaimed building supplies, undergoing the certification process revealed other ways the organization could improve its sustainable practices.
"We think we're already doing such a good job, because we're taking things and selling it for reuse, which is important. But I don't think we realized what we could do as far as recycled paper, saving energy, those type of things, like timers on your lights or your appliances," Farrier said. "So there were a lot of things that we did to improve."
Bailey Payne, a waste reduction coordinator for Marion County, presented an EarthWISE plaque to Woodburn ReStore on Nov. 14.
"We're proud to have the Habitat ReStore in the program," Payne said. "They really epitomize sustainability insofar as their reuse of materials and helping the environment by not needing to manufacture so many things in the first place."
Payne said ReStore's commitment to equity makes it a valued EarthWISE recipient.
"In sustainability, there's equity, which this nonprofit serves because a lot of people that are their customers are people that have less means," Payne said.
EarthWISE is a free environmental assistance program offered to all business and nonprofits in Marion County. To learn more about the EarthWISE program call 503-365-3188 or go to www.MCEarthWISE.net.