Asher Miller, executive director of the Post Carbon Institute, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Fair and Town Hall on March 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center at Oregon State University.
The Post Carbon Institute, which was founded in 2003, relocated to Corvallis in June from Santa Rosa, California. The group has nine employees, with four them based in the Corvallis office on Southwest Washington Avenue. Other employees work in California, Arizona, Mexico and Great Britain. Nearly 150 residents turned out in August for a climate resilience talk by institute senior fellow Richard Heinberg at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.
Marketing and communications director Amy Buringrud said the institute moved to Corvallis “because there’s a strong network of like-minded organizations and local, sustainable solutions are an inherent community value.”
Miller, who is serving on the city’s Climate Action Advisory Board, will speak on “Post Carbon Corvallis: Creating a Resilient Community.” He is one of the co-authors of “The Community Resilience Reader,” which was published by the institute in September 2017.
The event opens at 5 p.m. with the fair, which includes more than 60 hands-on exhibits and vendors representing coalition partners or action teams. Local food will be available as well as music and a kids' activity room.
The town hall begins at 7 p.m. In addition to Miller’s address, the session includes the annual community scrapbook slide show, interactive table discussions and electronic voting on the climate action plan with clickers borrowed from Benton County.