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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StreamTeam Virtual Make A Difference Day

Friday, October 22 7:00 am - Sunday, October 24 11:59 pm

Join us for Make A Difference Day 2021 as we make a difference from the comfort of our homes! This year, we will be doing a raffle challenge where you can complete any number of activities that we have outlined on our website:

Then post a picture on Instagram or Facebook and tag Clark Public Utilities in the post, using the hashtag #MADD2021, or email the picture to us at [email protected] and get submitted into a raffle for each submission to win wonderful prizes such as gift baskets, gift cards, or even an hour long massage!

We will be accepting submissions from Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24 and will contact raffle winners the following week.

Naturescaping Basics

Saturday, October 23 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn to Naturescape with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District! “Naturescaping” is the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases storm-water runoff while saving you time, money and energy. Please note that this class will focus on the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores:

  • pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use
  • how native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips

Even if you decide to enlist the help of a contractor, you’ll have the framework to make decisions and effectively communicate the vision you have for your yard. 

Please contact Katie at (503) 935-5377 or [email protected] for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Registration is required.

VOLUNTEER: Spruce the Couve on Make a Difference Day!

Saturday, October 23 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Let's Show Downtown Vancouver Some Autumn Love! 

City of Vancouver and Vancouver's Downtown Association are partnering for a downtown fall cleanup event on Make A Difference Day October 23, 2021.  We will work to remove litter and leaves throughout the downtown core. 

Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  If able, volunteers are asked to bring water bottles, face mask, gloves and leaf rakes. 

Youth under 18 must have a parental consent completed via the online RSVP. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions not answered in the FAQ? Please contact [email protected] 360-487-8344

Advanced RSVP is required for this event

Make a Difference Day - Volunteer Tree Planting

Saturday, October 23 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Watershed Alliance for the first tree planting of fall! Volunteers will be installing native plants to enhance the habitat along Burnt Bridge Creek. Volunteer slots fill up fast so register as soon as possible.

Pre-registration required.

Two time slots are available.Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Where: Next to 1806 NE 41st Circle, Vancouver. Follow the signs for parking.

What to bring: Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and dress for the weather. Due to COVID guidelines, we are not able to provide snacks or water on site, so please bring your own.
Before attendance at a volunteer event, please complete the online form and agree to the release of liability and waiver.

All ages and abilities welcome, but those younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

All volunteers to self-pre-screen prior to arrival at the volunteer project location. If you answer “yes” to any of the COVID screening questions, please stay home and let us know that you are unable to attend.

1) Known exposure in 14 days
2) Temperature taken before event and above 100
3) Not currently feeling well

Contact [email protected] if you have additional questions.

Fall Drive-Thru Drug Take Back Event

Saturday, October 23 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bring unused prescription and over-the-counter medication for safe, free disposal at 5 drive-thru Drug Take Back Event sites in SW Washington:

  1. Any prescription and over-the-counter medication including pills, liquids & inhalers will be accepted for safe, FREE disposal.
  2. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed.
  3. Medications not in original containers will be accepted too.
  4. Vaping devices & e-Cigarettes WITHOUT Batteries will also be accepted for free disposal at all event sites EXCEPT Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department.
  5. Sharps and syringes will be accepted from noncommercial sources ONLY at the PeaceHealth SW Urgent Care event site. Use an approved Sharps container when transporting; if one is not available, use a rigid plastic container with a lid (ex: plastic milk jug) & label the container: WARNING-SHARPS DO NOT RECYCLE
  6. NO prefilled syringes will be accepted for disposal at any event site.
** For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in vehicles & use a drive-thru process to dispose of unwanted & expired medications. All event sites will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing & disinfecting **

Visit Prevent Coalition's website for more information.

Baurs Corner Farm Tour

Saturday, October 23 10:00 am - 11:30 am

WSU Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program invites participants to tour Baurs Corner Farm in Ridgefield, WA that was recognized for stewardship efforts in 2021.  The twenty-nine-acre farm sustainably grows hazelnuts. The Baurs planted their hazelnut orchard in 2018 while implementing practices to reduce mud and control runoff to reduce negative impacts to soil and water quality, such as planting a riparian buffer strip. Participants will have the opportunity to see a hedgerow, composting bins, dahlias, fruit trees, barns and chickens on this beautiful farm. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about old tractors and dry farming.

Terry Koper, Small Acreage Program Coordinator, says “The Conrad’s are a great example in our county, modelling stewardship practices that keep streams and ground water healthy.”  These property tours are guided educational events focused on teaching stewardship practices and are open to everyone.

Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $10+ per houseold. 


Questions: email [email protected] or call 564-397-5729.

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