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Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

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.

Celebrate our first decade, and let’s expand our impact together. Support us with a donation today. We ask for your generosity to keep our momentum going with a tax-deductible gift before the end of the year.

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Lake Oswego Sustainability Network
16181 Parelius Circle
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 …

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Sustainability in Lake Oswego Schools

The Lake Oswego School District (LOSD) has embraced sustainability in many different ways – in its curriculum, in its new facilities, and as one of the four key pillars in its strategic plan. In this month’s newsletter, we’re sharing sustainability highlights from the 2023-24 school year.

Read May 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. If you are eligible for discounts, plan, but consider waiting until more information is available about your eligibility before you start your project. 

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. Be aware however, that those zero interest plans can come with steep penalties for missing a payment. If you are diligent about payments, a zero interest loan can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

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June 5, 2024
  • Air Source Heat Pumps - High Efficiency Heating and Cooling
    June 5, 2024  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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Air Source Heat Pumps - High Efficiency Heating and Cooling

Learn about air source heat pump systems – the best way to heat and cool your home, lower your energy bills and slash your carbon emissions. Heat pumps are 3-5 times more energy efficient than other heating and cooling systems like gas furnaces, oil heat, and electric baseboard heating, and they provide comfort year-round. In this 30 minute webinar, we’ll talk about how heat pumps work, how they compare in cost and performance to gas and old electric systems, tips to make your home more energy efficient, and much more.

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.