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Help Support a Sustainable Future in Lake Oswego

LOSN wants your help in sustaining a prosperous, equitable, and environmentally healthy Lake Oswego for future generations.

 

We're celebrating our 10-year anniversary!

LOSN has had an impactful decade, yet there are many challenges ahead and it takes our entire community to achieve our shared goals.

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Lake Oswego Sustainability Network
PO Box 775
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Donations are tax deductible. The Lake Oswego Sustainability Network is a 501(c)(3) organization with Tax ID# 47-3672319

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City Survey Results: Lake Oswego Residents Say the City Should Do More to Address Climate Change

The City of Lake Oswego released the results of the 2023 City of Lake Oswego Resident Survey returned from 401 randomly selected Lake Oswego residents. This survey is used to determine resident priorities and areas of concern and to get feedback on key policy issues. This information will help inform the City Council’s goal-setting session on January 20.

Among 13 general areas that the city should focus on, respondents rated “Effectiveness of efforts to respond to climate change” as third in importance (after sustainability and public safety). In a “combined importance/satisfaction index”, the respondents rated “Effectiveness of efforts to respond to climate change” as the most important area in which it should prioritize investments in services.  

The overall take away? Many of you and your neighbors agree that addressing the climate crisis must be a priority for our city government. Let the mayor and city council know you support their efforts to fulfill the city’s Sustainability and Climate Action at CouncilDistribution@lakeoswego.city

READ THE FULL REPORT …

 

How Should We Care for Our Urban Forest?

The trees of Lake Oswego define our urban forest, but we need to remember that trees do not function alone. What we do to enhance our landscapes has a huge impact on trees.  What is planted near our trees? How do we protect and improve the soil? How do our trees get watered? How do we prune our trees? How do we know our trees are healthy and don’t provide unnecessary risk?

 

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All of these questions need to be answered if we are going to have a healthy urban forest. Each of us needs to take responsibility in taking care of our urban forest. This newsletter includes information to help find answers to those questions.

Read June 2024 newsletter…

How and When to Begin your Electrification Journey

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Where Should You Start?

To start your electrification journey, consider getting an assessment from a home performance contractor who can develop a holistic, integrated plan for your home. They can help you smoothly, efficiently and economically stage your project while maximizing the discounts and tax credits. A Guide from Rewiring America has case studies showing how to think about maximizing the financial incentives over several years. 

To see how this works check out the Rewiring America calculator.  Put in a few pieces of information to determine if you are eligible for upfront discounts. If your eligibility is limited to tax credits, get a home performance assessment for assistance in staging your projects over several years to maximize your tax credits.

Finally, even with these tax credits and discounts and knowing that you will likely save hundreds of dollars every year in reduced energy costs, these upfront costs can be daunting.  Craft 3, a nonprofit lender, offers home energy loans with competitive interest rates and repayment through your PGE bill. 

Also, ask your HVAC contractor about financing options that they have. Some of the major HVAC brands offer low or even zero interest loans through their preferred dealers which can help you to avoid the up-front cost and also avoid additional interest payments. 

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July 2, 2024
  • Webinar: Electric Yard Care - Ditch the Gas
    July 2, 2024  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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July 20, 2024
  • James Recycling Event
    July 20, 2024  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    7555 SW 45th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, USA
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Electric Yard Care webinar

Electric Yard Care: Ditch the Gas

Find out why going electric makes it easier to have a beautiful yard without the noise and toxic emissions from gas powered equipment.

Join Electrify Now for a 30-minute webinar on July 2 at noon to discuss the advantages of battery powered electric equipment and answer any questions you may have about switching to this superior solution for yard care:

  • Why the noise, air pollution, carbon pollution and solid waste from gas powered tools have a surprisingly high negative impact on our environment, and how electric power tools eliminate those problems.
  • How the latest generation of battery electric tools rival or surpass the performance of gas power tools and require virtually no maintenance.
  • How electric tools compare on cost of operation compared to gas models, especially as fuel prices continue to rise and battery technology continues to improve.
  • How the power tool industry is moving in the direction of battery electric just like the automotive industry.
  • How to choose a reliable system of tools that best meets your needs and reduces equipment costs.
  • Tips for how to use batteries and maintain their maximum lifespan.
Appliance Standards Update - Impacts on Gas Prices and Electrification

APPLIANCE STANDARDS UPDATE

Learn about proposed appliance efficiency standard increases and how they might impact gas prices, heat pump adoption and energy bills.

Electrify Now and the Advanced Water Heating Initiative explore these two important and interrelated topics of federal appliance standards and gas price increases.