Portland, July 10th, 2013. Ecotrust Sundown Concert Series which takes place every Wednesday night in July, celebrates the intersection of music, green living and community wellbeing. Hosted at Ecotrust’s Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Parking Lot, the free outdoor concerts bring together top local musical acts and the Innovation Showcase, featuring an exciting group of innovators working in the Pacific Northwest.
Sundown celebrates the intersection of music, green living and community wellbeing.(Photo Credit: Alex Speaks)
The four-week music series is hosted at Ecotrust’s Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, located in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. The free outdoor concerts bring together top local musical acts and the Innovation Showcase, featuring an exciting group of innovators working in the Pacific Northwest. Described as a farmers market of ideas, the street fair-style exhibition features an inspiring array of nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions who are delivering inventive solutions within conservation and environmentally-responsible enterprise. Our goal is to provide a platform for these organizations to tell their story, share their initiatives and create authentic connections — all to the beat of Portland’s best independent musical acts.
Each concert focuses on a different environmental theme with coordinated information, organizations and intiatives:
Environmental impact is considered in every planning decision. The series features free tap water drinking stations, a compostable-only policy on food and beveragewares, a free bike valet station, a solar/biodiesel/wind power source, and an aggressive recycling and compost-only refuse plan.
Here’s a video highlighting a recent concert theme: water.
Ecotrust Sundown Concert Series 2013
The events begin at 5:30pm with the opening bands. The headliners perform from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
Each concert focuses on a different environmental theme with coordinated information, organizations and intiatives. Learn more about the BANDS .
July 17 — Reimagining ENERGY
Hosted by Umpqua Bank
Portland Cello Project with Adam Sheare
July 24 — Treasuring FORESTS
Hosted by Green Hammer
Crystal Bowersox with Wayward Vessel
July 31 — Honoring FOOD
Hosted by Organically Grown Company
Radiation City with Genders
For over 20 years, Ecotrust has pioneered ways for economies, communities and nature to thrive together. Our goal is to build a new economy that creates more resilient communities and ecosystems here and around the world. At Ecotrust, we believe the work starts here — in our backyards, cities and regions.
Portland, July 21st. The Organically Grown Company hosted a fundraising party for one of its favorite charities: the mentoring program for homeless and transitional teens called p:ear. Marketing Communications Specialist for Organically Grown, Tonya Haworth, and Marketing Manager, Stacy Kraker, organized the event.
Nate Engkjer, a p:ear employee, Steph Chase, the Development and Community Relations Manager, and Beth Burns, p:ear’s Executive Director
The party was on the Ecotrust terrace at 721 NW 9th Avenue.
Phresh Organic Catering Company served up tomato basil salad, roasted potatoes, and chicken breast with Oregon honey-chipotle barbecue sauce.
Organically Grown Company is employee and grower owned. Every summer the company gives boxes of fresh produce to the p:ear kitchen to help feed hungry teens.
This fundraiser for p:ear had views of the “Sundown at Ecotrust” event happening below.
Mo and Don Mayfield look over the terrace with Tonya McMillan and her son Koen.
Tyler Clear and Brian Cook gave a thumbs-up to the organic food at the party.
Baby May had a wonderful time looking at the terrace tomato plants and blueberry bushes .
Melyssa Sharp, Katie Trudeau and Sean McConahay
Organic Grown Company is the largest wholesaler of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs within the Pacific Northwest. It was founded by farmers who purchase 90% of their products directly from the growers themselves.
Kristi Yoder and Rachel Ebert enjoyed the atmosphere.
Matt Mylet, Jae Easterbrooks and Laurie Landeros take a quick picture after getting some drinks from the inside bar.
Each year “p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives”. Throughout this process, p:ear helps serve around 900 “homeless and transitional young people” who vary in age from 15 to 24.
To truly exit homelessness, kids must develop the internal strength, skills and foresight to make healthy choices. p:ear provides a safe, non-judgmental environment in which youth are trusted to outgrow unproductive and harmful behaviors. We offer individualized mentoring and education programs in a safe, reliable setting designed to foster trust, build self-esteem and to teach homeless and transitional kids – who all too often are regarded by society as disposable, “hopeless cases” – that they are valuable individuals with a future who have something vital to contribute to this community.
p:ear staff and volunteers serve as mentors, friends, and role models, while p:ear’s unique programs create opportunities for young people to grow intellectually, express themselves constructively, communicate in positive ways and engage in meaningful interactions with the larger community of Portland. This is not work that can be accomplished in the short-term. These are relationships based on trust that take years to cultivate and require enormous dedication to sustain.
We are committed to being there for p:ear youth over the long-haul to share failures and successes, mundane events as well as life-altering milestones.
p:ear mentors youth through education, art and recreation.
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