Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Connecting in a virtual world a boon for MCR workshops
Aw man, this person bought compost. They probably didn't know how to make their own. Learn how to make your own compost using our webinars!

You may be surprised to learn that the Clark County Master Composter Recycler program is part of Clark County Public Health. Taking care of natural resources and protecting our environment have strong ties to the health and well-being of our community. So really, it's a natural fit!

Being part of Public Health means that we strive to model the behaviors that the scientists and health experts, in our department and nationally, are asking the public to adopt. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this means modeling social distancing and the cancellation of in-person events. But we also wanted to make sure that our popular spring workshop series was able to continue. We decided to move our workshops online, to be held via video chat platform Zoom. Since our workshops cover behaviors that we want attendees to adopt at home, what better place to take the workshop than from your own abode! 

We just watched the webinar - great information. We are excited to get started on raising red worms. Thank you for your time putting this together, looking forward to the next one! 

Trish T. 

While the switch to virtual hasn't been seamless, we've been amazed at how successful it's been for the MCR program. Virtual workshops have seen more than double the number of registered attendees than the 2019 spring workshops, and nearly three and a half times the number of registered attendees as the 2018 spring workshops. Switching to virtual also means reaching folks when they're available and it's convenient for them. If you missed any of the three workshops in the composting series (Backyard Composting, Lasagna Garden Composting and Red Worm Composting) you can watch the recordings.The advantage of watching the workshops live is being able to ask questions and interact with our instructor. Whether you watch live or watch the recordings, these webinars are FREE!

Thank you so much for this webinar, as well as the others. It's very informative and frankly, easier to attend this way than in person!

Gary and Glenda R.

We're also bringing two new workshops to Clark County in June: Recycling Done Right on June 4 and Prevent Food Waste in the First Place on June 9. These will follow our ever-popular Green Cleaning workshop on May 27. Check out the details for these workshops, in the box below.

We hope you can join us for one, or all three, of the workshops in June!

These days, anything associated with viruses has a bad rap, but maybe making waste reduction and sustainability go viral is something to celebrate! 

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