The Lake Oswego Sustainability Network hosted a series of successful community events and took the lead in drafting an official Climate Action Plan for the city in 2017. Later this month, the volunteer group plans to celebrate that success by looking back at what was a very big year.
"What we're trying to do is show what's happened in the last year," says LOSN board member Duke Castle, who is also one of the organization's founding members.
The group held a similar event last year, and Castle says the goal is to turn it into an annual tradition. This year's celebration will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the United Methodist Church (1855 South Shore Blvd.). It will feature a series of guest speakers, both from within the network and from City government, the school district and the community at large.There are more than a dozen speakers on the list, but Castle says the network has figured out the secret to getting through the evening: Everyone has to talk quickly.
"It starts with networking for half an hour, and food," Castle says, "and then just like last year, we're going to have a list of people get up and have two minutes to talk about what's going on in their area."
One of the network's big focuses in 2017 was advocating for sustainable and resilient design choices on a number of upcoming City and school district projects, and the event will include several guest speakers from both public agencies to discuss the status of the projects.
The tentative speaker list includes Deputy City Manager Jordan Wheeler, who will discuss plans for the new downtown City Hall and police station building, and City Councilor Jeff Gudman, who will talk about the City's new Operations and Maintenance Center.From the school district, tentative guest speakers include LOSD Executive Director of Project Management Randy Miller, who will discuss plans for the new Lakeridge Junior High School, and Courtney Clements from the sustainability network's schools action team. A representative from Hunger Fighters Oregon, the local nonprofit that operates a community food bank at Lakeridge Junior High, also plans to give a talk.
Other planned speakers include Jan Castle, who will discuss resiliency and emergency preparedness; Paul Lyons, who will discuss affordable housing; and Sustainability Advisory Board Co-Chair Eliot Mezger, who will present the Climate Action Plan.
"We'll probably bookend it with where we see things going," Castle says.
Castle says the celebration was also planned in respon-
se to rising attendance at each of LOSN's recent events,
which have included a
"Beyond Green Building" seminar focused on seismic resiliency and net-zero energy buildings.
"What we find is people really like the networking part of this — they like coming to these events," Castle says. "We haven't done as many this year as we have in the past, and people said, 'When are you doing your next event?' The Green Building was pro-
bably one of the biggest things that went on during the
year."The creation of the Climate Action Plan was another major accomplishment in 2017. LOSN and the SAB pitched the idea to the City Council a year ago and pledged to organize volunteer time to develop the document at no cost to the City.
Castle and Metzger say the subsequent year saw a flurry of activity to bring the pieces of the plan together; the resulting proposal has been submitted to the City Council and is currently awaiting approval.
"It was very clear to us that (City officials) wanted actions, not just a plan," Castle says. "So that's what they're getting."
IF YOU GO
What: Lake Oswego Sustainability Network's Annual Celebration
Where: United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd.
When: Thursday, Jan. 25, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
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