Personal Choices

Revise your Buying Habits

Jackson County Re-Directory (Recycle-Reuse-Repair-Rent)

We can all make personal choices to reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

Moving toward a zero waste lifestyle

Climate Reality – Ten Things You Can Do

What We Can Do The SOCAN list of behavioral (soft)greenhouse gas emission reduction suggestions.

10 Ways to Be a Better Environmental Steward in 2018 Suggestions published in Ecowatch December 2017.

Green America – Ten Suggestions

Rogue Valley Urban leaf disposal options that are better than burning.

Energy Star home performance information

Energy Trust provides financial support for some home improvements

Carbon (Footprint) Calculator:

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality – Calculator

Mother Nature Network – 15 Best Carbon Calculators

EPA Household Carbon Footprint Calculator (An excellent, in-depth calculator that takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Issues covered include home energy use, household vehicle use, recycling and more.)

Native Energy Carbon Calculators  (Business, Household, Travel)

Corporate Carbon Footprint Calculator from carbon footprint (TM)

Carbon Offsets (Carbon Credits):

Caution should be used when purchasing Carbon Offsets. Green America provides information about considerations. Green America: Carbon Offsets Demystified 

Carbon Fund.org (calculators and buying)

Native Energy (How Offsets work and Buying)

Divestment / Investment

Divesting sends a clear message: fossil fuels are toxic to people and the planet, therefore they are toxic to our portfolios. Divestment forces CEOs and politicians to take notice because it signals the importance of an issue to consumers and constituents. The environmental, public health, and financial risks of fossil fuels mean we need to continue to pressure investors by divesting from fossil fuels. (Source: Green America: The Power of Divestment)

The New Top 200 (11-01-2017; 200 fossil fuel companies by size of reserves)

GoFossilFree.org (source of current campaigns and information)

Steps to Divest and Reinvest

Roadmap to Divestment

Financial Products and Services

Ashland City Council Resolution in Support of Fossil Fuel Divestment (10-21-2014

If You Have To Fly:

When it comes to reducing emissions, some airlines are better than others. Analysis is reported by Climate Progress.

Home Construction

2013 Rogue Valley Green and Solar Tour in the Applegate Valley:  Visits to energy efficient  homes and discussion of design: Watch the Rogue Valley Community Television video.

Credit Cards:

Credit cards are generally owned by huge mega-banks, so using them supports the ‘too big to fail’ banks that support fossil fuel extraction.

It is worthwhile trying to “Take Charge of Your Credit Card” a campaign of Green America. Learn more.

Pacific Power Blue Sky Program:

Blue Sky renewable energy program and help bring new renewable energy facilities on-line.

Grants from Blue Sky are helping construct the Medford Airport Solar Project.

Southern Oregon Recycling December 2017 Update:

Because of the recent resistance of China to accept our mingled recycling because too many of us contaminate it, co-mingled recycling is likely to end up in  the landfill. The regional rules have changed and we need to start separating our items as follows:

Rogue Disposal and Recycling Information

Clean glass bottles and jars can be dropped off at:

  • Ray’s Food Place, 735 N. Main Street in Phoenix
  • Ray’s Food Place, 401 5th Street in Jacksonville
  • Ray’s Food Place, 126 E. Pine Street in Central Point
  • Sherm’s Thunderbird, 2347 W. Main Street in West Medford
  • Sherm’s Food 4 Less, 2230 Biddle Road in East Medford
  • Rogue Transfer & Recycling, 8001 Table Rock Road in White City

Cardboard, Newspaper, Plastic milk jugs, Tin & Aluminum cans, Glass bottles and jars can be dropped off at:

  • Rogue Transfer & Recycling in White City, 8001 Table Rock Road.

Ashland/Talent Recology program: https://www.recology.com/recology-ashland/

Eagle Point Southern Oregon Sanitation program: https://www.sosanitation.com/news/recycling-market-crisis-update/