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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Green Business Spotlight: Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store

The Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store certified as a Green Business in 2016. As a reseller of building materials, furniture and home goods, the Habitat for Humanity Store accepts donations from the general public and business community, which keeps materials from going to the landfill and generates revenue to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to the items they sell, the store has an advanced recycling system in which they collect block foam, rigid plastic, various types of scrap metals, and wood. The Vancouver location is part of the Portland Metro network of ReStores, with other stores located in Portland, Beaverton, and Gresham. Just this last year, the stores diverted over 5,000 tons of material from the landfill. 

Since starting in October, store manager Angela Sims has taken on many of the store's sustainability efforts. She has been regularly working with store staff and volunteers to improve their practices and come up with new ideas for projects. One of Angela's goals for this next year is to go completely zero waste. Currently, items that they cannot sell go into a free pile or end up being sent to the landfill, so Angela would love to connect with other organizations to take these materials. As part of this goal, she also hope to improve their already robust recycling system and find a more efficient and less expensive way to recycle wood.

Due to COVID-19, the Habitat for Humanity Store has been closed until recently. One June 4th, they reopened for sales and can accept donations again. Folks can still purchase furniture, building materials, and more on their online store and pick them up at their ReStore warehouse in Portland. 

The Clark County Green Business program is happy to have the Habitat for Humanity as a member of our community. Keep up the good work!

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