Torrent of spring events

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Step It Up 2007: National Day of Climate Action
April 14. The message is “Step it up, Congress. Cut Carbon 80% by 2050,” there are events planned for Albany, Corvallis, Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, Portland–or stay home and call your representative.

Coalition for a Livable Future 5th Annual Livability Summit
April 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., PSU’s Smith Center Ballroom
This starts with a talk by Denis Hayes. “National Coordinator of the first Earth Day, Hayes has been at the core of the modern environmental movement since its launch. Hayes has served in top positions with numerous prominent academic institutions, non-profits and government agencies. As the current President of the Bullitt Foundation, he aspires to make the Pacific Northwest—the best-educated, most environmentally aware, most progressive corner of America—a global model for sustainable development.”

Willamette University’s First Annual Northwest Sustainability Conference
April 20-22. Creating Synergies: Community, University and Business
Presentations and panels are still being set. The vision is to “provide a forum for business leaders, professionals, scholars, students and activists from throughout the Northwest to share experiences, network and explore opportunities for collaboration. Friday April 20 will feature panels and presentations, and Saturday field trips will include visits to businesses and communities that are guided by sustainable principles [one of which is Pringle Creek Community]. On Sunday, April 22, an Earth Day celebration at Salem’s Rivefront Park will feature food, games and music.”

Going Green: Oregon’s Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy
April 24, 7:30 a.m., Multnomah Athletic Club
This event, put on by Metro and the Oregon Environmental Council’s Forum for Business & the Environment, features “a panel of area professionals who specialize in helping businesses around the world “go green,” including business practices that lower carbon emissions. Dennis Wilde, a principal with Gerding Edlen, Wally Van Valkenberg, a partner with Stoel Rives, Phil Welker, Executive Director of Portland Energy Conservation Inc, and Steve Kokes, Strategic Director for Coates Kokes Advertising Agency, will comprise the panel.”