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What is an Eco Hero?
Since everything is connected, an Eco Hero is someone who cares enough to make a difference in better the world by helping people and the planet thrive. Thanks to all of the great energy from the people who have contributed to a better world. It's about community and from the UO Zero Waste Program,

Last updated 6-11-2012

EDWARD ABBEY 1927 - 1989
Abbey authored twenty-one books in his lifetime, including Desert Solitaire, The Monkey Wrench Gang, The Brave Cowboy, and The Fool's Progress. His comic novel The Monkey Wrench Gang helped inspire a whole generation of environmental activism.

An author, proponent and catalyst for inclusivity and spiritual transformation. His work on inclusivity has taken him to over two dozen countries. Sharif has appeared in several international forums. His books include The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times and Creating a World That Works for All. He is Director of Commonway Institute in Portland, OR.

ANSEL ADAMS 1902 - 1984
At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been visionary in his efforts to preserve this country's wild and scenic areas, both on film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature's monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans

Co-founded the Community Recycling Center in Champaign-Urbana and directed it from 1978 to 1989. He secured public funding for recycling at both the city and state levels, established the Illinois Association of Recycling Centers, helped organize the Midwest Recycling Coalition and drafted a statewide recycling and solid waste management act. He served as the president of the Illinois Recycling Association from 1985 to 1987 and was named Recycler of the Year at both the National Recycling Congress in 1990 and the Association of Oregon Recyclers in 2007

Carl Anthony is an architect, a former president of the Earth Island Institute, and a founder of the Urban Habitat Program in San Francisco, which works to promote multicultural leadership in the environmental movement.


JIM BACA 1954 -
Jim Baca's environmental views have defined much of his political life. As head of the Bureau of Land Management under President Bill Clinton, he resigned when the administration failed to support his efforts to reform the agency's wild lands grazing policy. A former television anchorman, Baca is now mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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JOHN BALDWIN 1951 - 2005
John wrote the best early book on environmental planning in 1984 (Environmental Planning and Management) and co-authored Corporate Environmental Policy and Government Regulation (1994). As Associate Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management, he taught courses on environmental planning and impact analysis, world energy policy and planning, sustainable development, and on the Oregon Land Use Program. He served twice as PPPM Department chair.
AL BARTLETT 1923 - 2013
He was an influential leader in the Department of Physics, the university, the Boulder community and the global environmental movement. Generations of students were proud to have called him Professor.

Wendell Berry is an educator and the author of more than 40 works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He focuses primarily on the role of agriculture in society and human connections with the land. His work has earned him many prestigious awards such as the National Institute of the Arts and Letters award for writing, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award, Membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Ingersoll Foundation's T.S. Eliot Award to name a few. He and his wife live and work on their farm in Kentucky .-


JOSÉ BOVÉ 1953 -
A French farmer who dismantled a McDonald's
Briarpatch, July 2001 - From Arms To Farms


DAVID BROWER 1912 - 2000
David Ross Brower was born in Berkeley, California on July 1, 1912. He founded Earth Island Institute and was president of Earth Island Action Group. Brower was a life-long wilderness enthusiast and engaged in conservation battles starting in 1938.

In 2002, he was the fourth recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, given to artists whose works exemplify the environmental and social values that were essential to the great California-born author. He has received Duke University’s LEAF award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts, and both the Chapin-World Hunger Year and NARM Harry Chapin Humanitarian Awards. In 2004, Jackson was given an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice."

Dr. Brubaker taught courses in soil science, horticulture, plant pest management, genetics and biochemistry. He helped launch the international agriculture program that included his popular food and population class. He is a great recycler and conscientious about the environment in every aspect of his life. He also developed the basic plans for Suter Science Center, which was opened in 1968, and helped launch Earthkeepers, an environmental group on campus. Throughout his EMU tenure, Brubaker worked with Mennonite Central Committee's international aid programs as a consultant, study tour leader and agriculture teacher. He also led a number of EMU's cross-cultural programs.

As founder of One World Everybody Eats, a pay-what-you-want restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cerreta is determined to change the way restaurants do business and to bring delicious, healthful food to everyone, even those who can't pay.
Majora Carter Group builds efficient relationships between across sectors - helping civic, business and nonprofit organizations meet their individual interests via green economic projects.
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Schoolteacher Carla Cloer grew up in California 's Sierra foothills. In the year 2000, she received the John Muir Award , the Sierra Club's highest honor, in recognition of her two decades of work protecting the giant sequoia groves she has visited since childhood. Her efforts culminated in President Clinton's creation of the Giant Sequoia National Monument in April 2000. See Sierra Magazine.

The co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. She was inspired to co-found the group by her work as an artist -- because her chosen material is the ubiquitous plastic bag. She writes: "Having worked with the plastic bag as my primary material for the past fifteen years, all of the obvious references to recycling, first-world culture, class, high and low art give way to an almost formal process which reflects the unique flexibility of the medium."

Theo Colborn was a pharmacist and sheep farmer before going back to school for a doctorate in zoology. In 1987 she began studying the Great Lakes ecosystem and discovered that a broad range of synthetic chemicals, including dioxin and PCBs, were disrupting the endocrine systems of the region's fish, birds, and mammals. Her groundbreaking research indicated that very small amounts of these chemicals can have long-term health effects on children exposed to them in the womb. She is now a senior scientist at the World Wildlife Fund .


Paul Connett 1940 -
a graduate of Cambridge University. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. After teaching chemistry and toxicology for 23 years at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, he retired from his full professorship. After this, he helped to found the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), became director of the American Environmental Health Studies Project (AEHSP). Dr. Connett wrote the book "The Zero Waste Solution" in 2013. He also assisted the city of Naples in pursuing its zero waste strategy. He also coauthored "The Case against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There " along with Dr. James Beck and Dr. H. Spedding Micklem in 2010. - YouTube Celebration Video

Ercolini ROSSANO ERCOLINI 1957 -
Primary school teacher by profession and Zero Waste leader by passion. Rossano has more than 20 years experience in the field of waste and is the alma mater of the Zero Waste movement in Italy. Thanks to his commitment his hometown Capannori was the first European city to declare the goal of Zero Waste for 2020. He has helped the Zero Waste movement grow beyond Italian borders in what is now the Zero Waste Europe movement.
Marc Ona Essangui, 45, is president and founder of the environmental NGO Brainforest and president of the network of NGOs called Environment Gabon. Wheelchair-bound due to childhood polio, Ona also works for handicapped rights and Internet availability for Africans. -
Pat Franklin PATRICIA FRANKLIN 1941 - 2012
A former teacher and political activist, Pat founded the Container Recycling Institute in 1991 after advocating for container deposit legislation at the local, state and national level for 15 years. Pat is recognized as an expert on container recycling and bottle bills, and has spoken and written widely on the issue. She has served on numerous local and national boards, including the Virginia Forestry Board (as an appointee of Governor Gerry Baliles), the Parks and Conservation Association Advisory Board, the National Recycling Coalition, the Virginia Forum, and the American Forum.
MURRAY J. FOX 1924 -
Throughout his career, Fox was a public interest businessman and was active at the local, regional, and national recycling levels. He was an early supporter of the nascent National Recycling Coalition (NRC). He shared his knowledge with anyone who asked, especially young people. To this day his philanthropy impacts new recruits to the recycling industry through several endowments for scholarships through the NRC and the Iowa Recycling Association. He has also made generous donations to ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Initiative.
MAHATMA GANDHI 1869 - 1948
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was among India's most fervent nationalists, fighting for Indian independence from British rule. Gandhi spearheaded the non-violent method of protest, which was termed "Satyagraha". For his dedicated service to the Indian Independence movement, Gandhi is often called the "Father of the Nation."
was responsible for creating the Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste which is now the Center for Health Environment and Justice. Her claim to fame was single-handedly stopping the Love Canal and not only did she get that stopped but she started this organization out of that fight. She also is a dioxin expert. She won the Heinz Award and Goldman Award, both international awards for environmental activism.
Gibbs biography -
Welcome to Randyland.
That's what Randy Gilson calls his creation. Though volunteers and civic groups have pitched in, Gilson, 50, has done most of the work himself, using recycled and trashed materials to fashion a magnet for a neighborhood reinventing itself.
Publisher and Editor Emeritus of BioCycle and In Business , and founder of The JG Press, Inc., one of the world's leading ecopioneers, was an early and persistent advocate of conserving and reusing natural resources, composting, recycling and ecoentrepreunering. His vision for a sustainable planet touched many, encouraging people around the world to do what they could with the resources they had.
In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.
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AL GORE 1948 -
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a partnership that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. He is also co-founder and chairman of Current TV, an Emmy Award-winning, independent cable and satellite television news and information network based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. In addition, Gore is a senior partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a member of the board of directors of Apple and senior adviser to Google.

Well known for his acting career, Woody Harrelson promotes sustainable living, including the use of industrial hemp. From 2001-2009 he and his wife Laura directed an online community called Voiceyourself dedicated to news briefs, comment forums, tips on how to become involved with environmental actions, and creating a place for people to connect with one another. .

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Keefe Harrison is the lead developer and current executive director of The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit transforming recycling in towns across America. Harrison, a Waste360 40 Under 40 award recipient, talks with Waste360 about how she got her start in the industry and how she has helped generate $20 million in new recycling infrastructure investment across the U.S. over the past two and a half years.

Robert Hass is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. As the U.S. poet laureate from 1995 to 1997, he sponsored a week-long celebration of American nature writing called "Watershed" and founded the River of Words Project, an international environmental poetry and art contest for children.


Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to redefining the relationship between business and the environment through sustainable practices. Hawken founded the Natural Capital Institute which created Wiser Earth (an open source networking tool for those concerned about social and environmental justice.).

Keenan BILL HEENAN 1948 - 2013
A lifetime (honorary) board member of the National Recycling Coalition and was President of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) from 1990 until 2010, when he retired after nearly 40 years of service in the steel industry. Earlier this year, he was bestowed with the coveted Steel Market Development Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill's positive contributions to the NRC and recycling in general are beyond comprehension.
Courtney began organizing around environmental issues as a student at the University of Oregon and has since spent most of her career working to build the collective voice of young people. Courtney helped develop a campaign to make her campus more energy efficient, educating students on ways to reduce energy consumption as well as working with the University to retrofit some of the campus buildings. Post-college, Courtney worked with the Oregon Student Association, organizing students at the UO, and statewide, around increasing access to higher education for all people.

Environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill lived on a 200-foot-tall ancient redwood tree named Luna from December 10,  1997
to December 18, 1999, above the community of Stafford, California, about 230 miles north of San Francisco.


David Holmgren is the co-originator of permaculture, along with Bill Mollison. Since he and Mollison published Permaculture One in 1978, Holmgren has continued to write books outlining permaculture principles and how they can be applied and has developed three properties according to these principles. He promotes the practicality of permaculture and the realism of sustainable living in contrast to dependency based consumerism.

Doug Howell

DOUG HOWELL 1945 - 2013
Howell Enterprises began in 1973 dismantling buildings whose components were later reused in a manner uncommon for the time period. He was known for the Mosby Creek salvage yard he founded. Before there was a Bring Recycling, there was Doug. In those days, not many people were recycling metals. They would just throw everything in a trash can, and it would end up in the Short Mountain lanffill. He truly was one of the pioneers of recycling in the region."


Sepp and Veronika Holzer are farmers living on the Krameterhof in Austria and implementing permaculture design strategies on their 45 hectare property. They have been living on the farm for over 30 years and were using sustainable agriculture techniques- working with ecological systems- long before they ever heard their integrated approach described as permaculture. Sepp Holzer now travels around the world sharing his knowledge about producing high yields while living lightly on the land

VAN JONES 1968 -
Van is not a lone voice in the wilderness. He is part of a large and growing movement of Americans working to build a clean-energy future for our country and the world. A clean-energy economy will move us past some of our most pressing challenges. By making us energy independent, it will improve our national and economic security. By radically reducing the pollution that causes global warming, it will improve the health of our families and neighborhoods.
Lorraine founded NextStep Recycling is a member of the DEQ Oregon E-Cycles workgroup and a City of Eugene Human Rights Commissioner. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Social Welfare Action Alliance. She is a member of the Kindtree Autism Productions - Autism Rocks Board of Directors as well as a member of the Better Eugene-Springfield Transit Board of Advisors. She is a past co-founder and Board Member of the GreenLane Sustainable Business Network, a member of the Lane Community College Computer Information Technology Advisory Committee, and is a proud Lane County Master Recycler.

Carole King is best known as a singer and songwriter, but over the past 16 years she's also made a name for herself as an environmental activist, working tirelessly to protect some of the nation's most pristine wilderness through the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.
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LENNY KOHM 1939 - 2014
His journey into environmental work began on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and Canada in 1987. He had arrived as a photographer, but developed a deep connection with the native Gwich’in people, which spurred his transition from journalist to activist. At Appalachian Voices, Kohm incorporates that philosophy into building public awareness of mountaintop removal coal mining. He spearheaded the Appalachian Treasures Tour, which connected residents impacted by large-scale surface mining to communities around the country.
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Dr. Kravchenko is remembered as an international force in environmental law. Environmental advocates and scholars around the world have suggested that a global treaty protecting citizens’ rights to information, participation, and access to courts, especially in environmental matters, would be the best way to continue Dr. Kravchenko’s vision.
View Oregon Law's Tribute to Svitlana Kravchenko.

Enrique Leff is a philosopher and environmentalist from Mexico who focuses his work on epistemology, the political economy, and environmental education. His work has inspired many and he has continued to educate the public in Mexico as well as internationally through his involvement with the United Nations Environment Program.


Mark Lennon cut school in 7th grade to go to Earth Day in Philly. He's been cutting school and trying to help the Earth ever since. An unnatural businessman, he founded the Institution Recycling Network 14 years ago to demonstrate that a company that does social and environmental good can thrive in the "real" economy. Today Mark and IRN manage the largest and most successful program in the U.S. to facilitate the reuse of surplus furniture and equipment from corporations, healthcare, and educational institutions. Through mid-2014, IRN has kept more than 55 million pounds of usable surplus from disposal, providing it instead to support communities in 53 countries and 27 U.S. states.


ALDO LEOPOLD 1887 - 1948
Aldo Leopold was a key figure in the developing wildlife management and conservation systems in the United States . He worked within the newly formed U.S. Forest Service and participated in creating a management plan to designate Gila National Forest as wilderness area in 1924- the first area with such a designation.


Amory Lovins is an experimental physicist and consultant who co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute and continues to work there as Chairman and Chief Scientist. He is internationally active in the fields of energy, resources, environment, development, and security. Lovins is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award, and Mitchell Prize among others.


Hunter Lovins is the co-founder of the California Conservation Project (Tree People) and the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award, and Mitchell Prize among others.


As the first female in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate, Wangari Maathai used her academic background in Biological Sciences to found the Green Belt Movement in 1986. She serves as a constant voice advocating for environmental conservation, and human rights. Passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.

Mandela NELSON MANDELA 1918 - 2013
Nelson Mandela never wavered in his devotion to democracy, equality and learning. Despite terrible provocation, he never answered racism with racism. His life has been an inspiration to all who are oppressed and deprived, to all who are opposed to oppression and deprivation. Making the world a better place and helping so many people, that is sustainability and JUSTICE!

Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) rated 100 percent on the League of Conservation Voters scorecard for 2000. In 1998 she and Representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa) won the Sierra Club's Edgar Wayburn Award for their introduction of the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act, which would protect all federal public lands from commercial logging.
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Under the leadership of Terry McDonald, St. Vincent de Paul has become a veritable powerhouse of benevolence throughout Lane County. The list of the organization’s contributions are staggering when you stack them together: more than 1,100 units of affordable housing, including a townhouse complex of 40 units that just opened in Junction City; emergency services ranging from rent and utility help to donations of food, medication and clothing; homeless services including the Egan Warming Center and the Eugene Service Station; vocational rehabilitation and help to veterans; actual manufacturing, including a glass foundry, mattress recycling and, yes, the creation of upcycled retail fashion. Then there’s all those St. Vinnie’s thrift stores seemingly everywhere, with book selections that rival most used bookstores.

Her commitment to creating a better world began early on when she became involved in the women's right movement as a teenager. Her human rights advocacy ties directly to environmental conservation as she works to preserve cultures that are suffering the horrors of genocide in part because of environmental racism. Her work earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.

Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee dedicated his life, as a teacher and as an architect, to creating architecture that not only elevated the living standards of the rural poor but also provided “shelter for the soul.”.

Bill Mollison is one of the "Fathers of Permaculture." Permaculture (a combination of the words permanent and agriculture ) is an integrated design system which focuses on producing high yields with low impact techniques that obey ecological principles.


ARNE NAESS 1912 - 2009
Arne Naess was a Norwegian philosopher who coined the term "Deep Ecology". Deep Ecology focuses on the intrinsic value of nature and the interconnectedness of reality, acknowledges the spiritual aspect of nature, and denies the idea that nature is merely a physical object to be exploited by humans.


POPPA NEUTRINO 1933 - 2011
Poppa Neutrino and his family have lived a nomadic lifestyle by working odd jobs and living in structures that they have built out of discarded waste. In 1998, Neutrino, with a crew that included his wife and a few friends, became the second known person in history to cross the Atlantic Ocean by raft and the first to do so on a raft made of scrap and recycled materials.

Ohio University's manager of recycling and refuse has spent three decades in public service — he had an eight-year stint with the local health department — but his achievement developing OU's recycling program is the crown jewel of his career. He has pushed OU to move toward Zero Waste, initiated the Move-Out program and spearheaded the national RecycleMania competition.
PAUL NEWMAN 1925 - 2008
Eating organic food is good for you, but when you choose Newman's Own Organics, you're choosing to help a good cause. All of our after-tax profits are donated to charity.
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Briana Orr

Briana is one of those rare catalysts that inspires others simply through her calm and consistent actions. As an undergraduate student a few years ago, she started a highly successful program at the U of O, matching discarded bicycles with incoming international students who needed transportation. The program quickly expanded due to high demand and now many UO students can have long-term access to a bicycle at little to no cost. Her pilot program was an inspiration and led to the creation of the Bike Program at University of Oregon, which Briana now manages in a professional capacity.
Briana Orr on the UO Bike Loan Program - YouTube Video


I am so appalled by President Bush's plan to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to massive oil development that I feel I must do whatever I can to help stop it.
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Stephen Schneider was an internationally renowned climate scientist, dedicated to sharing information about global warming with the public. As a staff member at the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 1973-1996, Schneider co-founded the Climate Project.

In the 1950s, Mr. Scudder began researching ways to wash ink from newsprint so it could be recycled. In 1961, he founded Garden State Paper, the world's first newsprint recycling plant, on the Passaic River in Garfield.
Born in India , and a member of the Chipko movement to save the Himalayan forests in the 1970's, Vandana Shiva, Ph.D. is the author of numerous books related to environmental and social justice. In 1987, she founded Navdanya in defense of seed, food, and water security and to promote peace, harmony, justice, and sustainability.
Kenneth William Steblein 1960 - 2016
Ken had a lifelong passion for raising plants and animals and was a highly regarded local source for information of horticultural knowledge and backyard farming techniques. Ken began the UTMB Earth Day Celebration in 2000 and it has become an annual event on campus that has won many state and national awards for the educational impact the celebration serves. He rarely said no to anyone wanting tips on how to grow anything and loved spending time in the garden with his sons. Ken was dedicated to environmentally sound recycling and sustainability practices and had a volunteer spirit which led to positions within several organizations including the Galveston County Master Gardeners, Recycling Alliance of Texas, International Oleander Society, Galveston Garden Club, the Naval Academy Parents’ Club of the Gulf Coast and the Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association to name only a few.

Geneticist, broadcaster, author, and environmental activist David Suzuki is the host of Canadian television's long-running science program, The Nature of Things, and author of 32 books, including 15 for children. David Suzuki Foundation -
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The Recipient of the 1997 Goldman Award, the world's most significant award for grassroots environmental activism. Ms. Swearingen led efforts to halt the building of the nation's largest toxic waste incinerator located in East Liverpool, Ohio, just 1,100 feet from an elementary school.
Gabrial GABRIEL TOR 1987 -
I came to U.S. in 2004 after being approved under Refugee status as an asylum seeker. I got resettled and started living life after almost 2 decades of a refugee life ,from South Sudan to Ethiopia and to Kenya and of course to U.S. –  my current destination (1987 – July, 2004) before my arrival in the U.S. from early age as a kid of below 10 years old by the time I fled on foot with a group of South Sudanese boys/girls , later known as lost boys/girls, with rarely adults among us. We were able to live life in the wild, drinking naturally from the rivers and eating wild fruits  in the forest and vegetable known to be edible according to our South Sudan cultures.
I don’t think I would be able to survive the same ordeal in the bush today, because of how the earth has degraded and is contaminated by all kinds of industrial production and creation in today’s life and the advancement of the growing economies which are sending chemicals into the air through smoke and Co2, that polluted the air, which also return to the earth in the form of rains.
I am studying environmental studies and water resources management at SJSU, to understand the world and its limited resources and the environmental impacts.
Due to environmental effects that we have all seen, I am reducing driving times, showers, what I buy and how frequent to shop – buying only necessary stuff while recycling the recyclable materials. Besides, I am utilizing sun-light instead of turning the light on when the sun is out and shining. I also believe that the family size is very important to consider, since the world’s resources are diminishing across the globe., so why not “breed what you can afford to feed?”
Please be mindful of others and the world in everything you do/use, because our world has limited resources; which could be gone in a very short period of time if greed, exploitation and carelessness are attached.

EDGAR WAYBURN 1906 - 2010
Dr. Edgar Wayburn served five terms as president of the Sierra Club. During his many years of activism he helped establish California's Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Redwood National Park, and successfully campaigned for the preservation of 104 million acres of Alaskan open space.


WENDELL WOOD 1950 - 2015
A legend among the Oregon environmental community. A tireless worker to protect old-growth forests and endangered species. Generations of humans, spotted owls, Pacific salmon and other species are indebted to this happy warrior for nature.'' In 1981 and join the Oregon Wilderness Coalition.

weyrens GEORGE WEYRENS 1918 - 2001
Lived lightly on the land and left a legacy to help students in a scholarship. George's quiet death suited his quiet life. He never ran for office, won an award, attracted attention.

Urban Ore’s purpose was set in the 1990s by founder Dan Knapp and Board members Mary Lou Van Deventer and Michael Casady.
That purpose, To End The Age of Waste, is now printed on every receipt that Urban Ore writes for its thousands of customers
to carry home with them. The board’s intention was to set a high performance standard and lofty goal to carry the company into the future.


Chris Schoap buys houses that are slated for demolition. He gently disconnects them from their location and moves them on large dollies to a new location. At that point, he renovates them and brings them back to life. Chris purchases these for a token amount of money and saves thousands in demolition costs while keeping these out of the landfill, and reviving them for low cost housing. A win win situation for all. The ultimate recycling, moving and restoring old houses! Thanx for recycling Chris!

The Ultimate Recycling - Houses!!!

Richie's Island
Richie's Island

Described in Ripley's Believe It or Not, published March 26, 2000, Sowa constructed a floating island out of 65,000 reused plastic bottles, held together in a huge spiral with palapa roof netting. There he lives, complete with sand beach, fruit trees, a small palapa shelter, a kitchen with a solar cooker, and a composting toilet.

Eventually, Sowa will get his water supply from collected rainwater. His plan for the project was to use waste as the base for creating a small paradise on which he could eventually float around the world to spread messages of love and faith. Spiral Island is located in the southern canal of Puerto Aventuras south of Cancun , Mexico . Visitors are welcome. Any donation to the project of labor or money will help make his goal a reality.
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Is it a BIKE?


For months this bicycle "RV" has been seen around Eugene. It is made of some foam and aluminum scrap. Folks like this pop up around Eugene every once in awhile. This bicycle "RV" is the owners home, doesn't create any pollution and was made from recycled materials. Thanx to this mystery man for keeping the vision alive and for demonstrating simplicity in living that benefits all of us in the world community. Thanx for bicycling and recycling!

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