Portland, OR.  SOLVE volunteers are picking up trash in downtown Portland. The nonprofit is also gearing up for Earth day. The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking. More than 1 billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

SOLVE is launching a new statewide event this April, which coincides with Earth Day, called the Oregon Spring Cleanup. This new event has its roots in the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup (created in 1986) and SOLVE IT for Earth Day (started in 1990). Organizers say, “We hope the Oregon Spring Cleanup will become a new family tradition for your loved ones to join with other Oregonians in making the state a better place for both humans and wildlife, from Astoria to Brookings, Bandon to Burns, and all points in between.”

Students from Rosemary Anderson High School recently removed 320 pounds of litter from the Piedmont neighborhood in NE Portland.

There are dozens of opportunities for celebrating Earth Day with SOVLE this year! Projects occur on various dates between April 10 and April 25. You can check out the list of projects and search by date and location, or you can check out the project map to find an event of interest to you. Here’s a link.

About SOLVE:

Founded in 1969, SOLVE’s mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

SOLVE restores and preserves Oregon’s environment by mobilizing the power of volunteers and partners with the generosity of donors. Across the state, we bring diverse communities together to improve the health and safety of our neighborhoods and natural areas including our coast, rivers, parks, and forests.

  • We implement litter cleanups because we know the importance of keeping our neighborhoods safe and healthy, while also understanding the importance of picking up litter before it heads downstream, impacting our shared ocean.
  • We orchestrate year-round beach cleanups because we know they are essential to reducing the harmful effects of plastic pollution and other marine debris.
  • We plant native trees and shrubs and remove invasive species to help Oregon’s habitats stay healthy, so they can continue to support a wealth of pollinators and other wildlife.