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Creating Green and Resilient Homes and Neighborhoods, free talk with Jan Spencer, in #SalemOR Wed. April 11th @6:30pm

Creating Green and Resilient Homes and Neighborhoods, free talk with Jan Spencer, Wed April 11th @6:30pm

Creating Green and Resilient Homes and Neighborhoods, free talk with Jan Spencer, Wed April 11th @6:30pm
— Read on nwpermacultureinstitute.org/2018/04/07/creating-green-and-resilient-homes-and-neighborhoods-free-talk-with-jan-spencer-wed-april-11th-630pm/


#SalemOR Progressive Film Series: Chasing Coral at Grand Theatre – Tues. March 20th

chasing_coralChasing Coral

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Grand Theatre | 191 High Street NE, Salem

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Cost is $5

Guest Speakers:


Dr. Rebecca Vega Thurber, Associate Professor of Microbiology

Dr. Rebecca has been teaching microbiology and conducting research on marine microbial ecology at OSU since 2011. Her lab investigates the role and dynamics of bacteria and viruses in marine hosts and habitats in order to better understand the proximate causes of disease, habitat degradation, and ecosystem alterations.

Dr. Vega Thurber graduated from University of Santa Cruz in 1994, receiving two Bachelors of Arts degrees in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and Marine Biology. In 2005 she received her PhD from Stanford University in Biological Sciences. She conducted her NSF postdoctoral fellowship work in the laboratory of Dr. Forest Rohwer at San Diego State University.


Dr. Nathan Kirk, Ph.D from Auburn University

Nathan Kirk holds a Ph.D. from Auburn University and has been conducting research and teaching at Oregon State University since 2013. He is interested in all aspects of symbioses, which can range from mutualisms (where both partners benefit) to parasitisms (where only one partner benefits from the interaction).

His current research focuses on symbiotic interactions between host (Coral) and symbiont combining ecological and evolutionary questions with molecular techniques. He is also involved with studying how people learn and the best ways to improve long-term retention of biological concepts and skills.


Dr. John Parkinson, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University

Dr. John Parkinson studies the cellular interactions between corals and their algal symbionts. He focuses on processes that mediate host-symbiont recognition, symbiosis initiation, and stress-induced coral bleaching. He also develops molecular tools to enhance coral restoration and conservation.

John is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University, where he works in Virginia Weis’ laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University (2014) and his B.S. from the University of Miami (2009). When he’s not in the lab, he spends an inordinate amount of time singing karaoke.

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Salem Progressive Film Series

When: 7:00 PM | Third Tuesday, Sept-May

Lecture: River Currents at Riverfront Park in #SalemOR


Speaker: Deborah Topp, City of Salem

August 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Riverfront Park Amphitheater | 200 Water St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Each year the City of Salem hires a stream crew to help clear our streams of debris that may impede the following winter’s stream flow and result in flooding. In addition, the crew takes on projects that help the City of Salem manage the streams. Come learn about the stream crew and their important projects in our streams.


Jon Yoder

River Currents Presentation Series: Missoula Flood – TONIGHT! Jul. 25th

River Currents Presentation Series – Missoula Flood

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Riverfront Park | 500 Water ST NE, Salem OR 97301

Join us as author, artist, and photographer Rick Thompson will present his research uncovering the effects of the Missoula Flood in the Willamette Valley and Salem environs.

This catastrophic flood covered the Willamette Valley with up to 400 feet of water and left gravel bars miles wide and hundreds of feet high. Signs of these floods are still visible in the local landscape today. Look at the landscape through new eyes.

Phone: 503-588-6336
Email: talarson@cityosalem.net

ECOFEST – Part for the Planet in #SalemOR – Sat., June 17th


EcoFest is a family-friendly, educational outdoor festival hosted by the Straub Environmental Center in partnership with the City of Salem slated for June 17, 2017 at Riverfront Park.

EcoFest will feature:

  • a showcase of businesses offering earth-friendly products and services;
  • hands-on educational displays and activities provided by local non-profit organizations;
  • nature walks;
  • a “Green Energy Area” highlighting renewable energy and alternative-fueled cars;
  • a rock climbing wall and obstacle relay course for kids;
  • yoga classes;
  • music;
  • educational performances;
  • local food carts; and,
  • craft beers and wine!

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#SalemOR Progressive Film Series: “Before The Flood” – Tonight! Tues. April 18th

Before The Flood

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM

Grand Theatre | 191 High Street NE, Salem, Oregon

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. “We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”

Before the Flood premieres in theaters on October 21st and will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th in 171 countries and 45 languages. The film is directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Jennifer Davisson and Trevor Davidoski with Brett Ratner and James Packer of RatPac Entertainment. It was written by Mark Monroe and Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, Adam Bardach, Mark Monroe, and Zara Duffy. The film is edited by Geoffrey Richman A.C.E., Ben Sozanski, Abhay Sofsky, and Brett Banks. The Director of Photography is Antonio Rossi. The Executive Music Producers are Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with original music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mogwai and Gustavo Santaolalla.

The carbon emissions from Before The Flood were offset through a voluntary carbon tax. Learn how you can offset your own carbon emissions by going to CarboTax.org.
Guest Speakers:

Kathie Dello, Associate Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Deputy Director of the Oregon Climate Service

Kathie is interested in working in the science/policy interface, and frequently visits and consults with local, state, and federal agencies around the region on a variety of climate and water issues. A bit of a weather nut, she is a go-to source on all things Oregon weather and climate. Kathie is a skilled climate communicator. She is featured often in the press and gives multiple talks around the region and country. Kathie maintains an active social media presence on her twitter account, @kathiedello.

She received a Bachelors in Atmospheric Science and Masters in Geography from the University at Albany (SUNY). She has completed most of the requirements toward a PhD in Environmental Sciences at Oregon State University. In her free time, Kathie likes to explore the Pacific Northwest, practice barre, and gather around good food and drink.

Angus Duncan, Chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission

Angus has served as President and CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation since its formation in 1998. The Foundation is a non-profit business venture that generates revenues from regional and national sales of renewable energy and carbon-offsetting Green Tags. Prior to BEF, Angus served on the Northwest Power Planning Council from 1989 to 1995. Angus previously worked on energy development in the private sector and as Director of Energy Policy for the US Department of Transportation. In 2004, Mr. Duncan chaired the Drafting Committee that wrote Oregon’s Climate Change Strategy for Governor Kulongoski. In 2006 he chaired the Governor’s Drafting Committee designing an Oregon load-based carbon emissions cap and trade mechanism.

Matt McRae, Climate Policy Strategist for Our Children’s Trust

Matt graduated from the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. He spent eight years as a local government Climate and Energy Analyst developing climate action plans, conducting greenhouse gas inventories, evaluating climate policy, and implementing climate actions. Prior to working for local government, Matt worked for the National Park Service for nine years. His current work involves researching and developing the climate actions and policies necessary to achieve a stable climate. In his free time, you’ll find Matt with his family hiking, canoeing and sailing.

Admission: $5

Salem Progressive Film Series

March for Science – EARTH DAY in #SalemOR: Sat. April 22nd

earth day flyer

The March for Science champions publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.

The March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not about scientists or politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

Scientists and supporters of science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely. Staying silent is a luxury we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.

The application of science to policy is not a partisan issue. Anti-science agendas and policies have been advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they harm everyone — without exception. Science should neither serve special interests nor be rejected based on personal convictions. At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. It can and should influence policy and guide our long-term decision-making.

The March for Science champions and celebrates science, but it is a small step in the process towards encouraging the application of science in policy. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it. This can only be achieved through science education and outreach.

The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. That can only happen through education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and their communities. There has too long been a divide between the scientific community and the public. We encourage scientists to reach out to their communities, sharing their research and its impact on people’s everyday lives. We must take science out of the labs and journals and share it with the world.

March for Science Facebook Page

Rally Information & Details

Click here for more information on transportation, etc.: Rally to March for Science on Salem is a service that provides transportation to Oregon State Capitol in Salem, OR.