A standing-room-only crowd of more than 175 people crammed into the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s main meeting room Friday for the annual session of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.
The 90-minute event featured reports from all 12 of the coalition’s action teams: community inclusion, economic vitality, education, energy, food, health and human services, housing, land use, natural areas, transportation, waste prevention and water.
No new initiatives were announced, with facilitator Annette Mills’ introductory remarks focusing on efforts the coalition’s teams and partners have been making in climate change.
The coalition has a contract with the city to serve as project manager for the work of the city’s Climate Action Advisory Board. Mills and coalition program assistant Kathy Thompson have been working with the board.
Initiatives the coalition has begun to address climate change include a “Harvest Sunshine” program to encourage rooftop solar, a “Saving Green” project that works to make local businesses greener, and the “No Food Left Behind” venture, which aims to reduce food waste.
In her remarks, Mills noted a study that showed that if food waste were a country it would rank third in the world in greenhouse gas emissions behind China and the United States.
In other coalition updates:
• The group’s waste prevention team has received a $5,500 grant from the state Department of Environmental Quality to make its reuse and recycle directory interactive.
• The annual Open Streets event is planned for Aug. 18 and will be staged in South Corvallis.
• Jason Stivers and Johannah Hamilton were introduced as the new leaders of the community inclusion action team.