Promotion of sustainable practices that improve our environment
The Preserve Planet Earth committee of the Rotary Club of Portland promotes the protection of our planet and the use of sustainable practices that improve our environment. The committee accomplishes these goals through awareness of issues, recognition of preservation achievements, and participations in projects with local environmental groups.
The Preserve Planet Earth committee sponsors field trips for members to learn about sustainable environmental practices and activities to protect the environment. In the past, the committee has sponsored the Red, White, and Green tour to green wineries to learn about sustainable practices in wine making; a field trip to Mount St. Helens; and an excursion to learn about the geology of the Columbia Gorge and the Columbia Land Trust's focus on land preservation.
Annually, the Preserve Planet Earth committee takes nominations from Rotary members and presents the Rotary Club of Portland Environmental Achievement Award. Begun in 1997, the award is presented to a business, organization, community, neighborhood, or individual that has made an outstanding contribution to preserving planet Earth. Projects promoting recycling, improvement of air or water quality, conservation, or otherwise protecting the environment and promoting awareness of environmental needs are eligible for consideration. The Environmental Achievement Award serves to keep the club abreast of environmental issues, as well as to champion purveyors of sustainable environmental practices.
The Preserve Planet Earth committee partners with local environmental organizations to identify projects where Rotary members can work to improve the environment. The Club recycles electronic waste through Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette and actively solicits bicycle donations for the Community Cycling Center during Environmental Awareness Month. Recently, over twenty Rotary members worked with Oregon Trout to plant more than 3,000 trees on the Deschutes River, as part of Oregon Trout’s effort to promote river restoration. By partnering with established community organizations, Rotary works to get things done in the most efficient and effective manner for its member volunteers.