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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Community

  • Compost Consultations

    Are you interested in setting up a better composting system at your community garden?

    The Master Composter Recycler Program offers FREE Composting Consultations for community gardens in Clark County, WA. A Master Composter Recycler Ambassador will come to your garden with resources, tips and tricks to guide you to composting success.

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    How does this program work?

    Is my garden eligible?

    Any school, church, or community garden can participate in the program. The application will help provide us the details we need to know how to help you best.

    What can I expect from my compost consultation site visit?

    A Master Composter Recycler ambassador will come out to your garden to provide you resources and advice (where to site a bin, what style of bin will work best, what to compost and not compost, how to manage your compost pile, etc.) to help you set up a successful composting system. The visit will take 30 – 60 minutes. At the end of the visit, we’ll leave you with a packet of resources to guide you and fellow gardeners on your own. You are always welcome to reach out to us with additional questions.

    What happens after my site visit?

    You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary supplies to construct your composting system and manage your pile(s). However, your ambassador will be available for additional visits to help you set up your system, check up on your progress, ensure things are working properly, and troubleshoot problems.

    So how do I get started?

    If you are interested in a Master Composter Recycler ambassador coming to your garden for a consult, please call (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352 or email us at mcr@clark.wa.gov and ask to set up a visit. All we need is some basic contact information and few details on your current composting set up, or lack thereof. This will help us determine what resources we can provide to best meet your needs.

    Please spread the word! This is a new service that we are proud to offer the community for free. If you know someone who works in a community garden space, ask if they have heard of this opportunity.

  • Master Composter/Recycler

    Inspiring a greener future by sharing knowledge

    The average American throws away 4.5 pounds of stuff each day. Across our nation, over 165 million tons of potentially usable material is landfilled each year. This represents a large cost both economically and environmentally. Why throw good things away!? Diverting valuable materials back into the production and raw materials stream can save money, create jobs, and foster a healthier environment.

    The Master Composter Recycler Program educates the community about easy ways to reduce waste, recycle more, and re-think our impact on natural resources.

    Trained Master Composter Recyclers are sustainability ambassadors. They host backyard composting workshops, attend community events with a booth chock-full of composting and recycling how-to information, teach wormshops, operate composting demonstration sites, and share their knowledge with neighbors and community groups.

    For more information about the Master Composter Recycler program, please call (360) 397-2121 ext 4961 or email mcr@clark.wa.gov.

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    Related articles: Recycling Done Right | Recycling A–Z

  • Community Gardens

    Clark County manages the community gardens at Pacific Park in East Vancouver. All of the plots are rented out annually and gardeners are required to use natural gardening practices (no herbicide, pesticide, etc.).

    All plots are full for the 2017 garden season. Please check back to this site in late 2017 for information about 2018 rentals. For more information please email us at communitygarden@clark.wa.gov.

    Natural Gardens at Pacific Community Park

    NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave

    Vancouver, WA 98684

     

    Related articles: Natural Garden Tours | Composting

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  • Green Neighbors 5th Anniversary Celebration

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    Celebrate Five years of Green Neighbors with Live Owls and Bat Talk

    Sunday, October 15, 2017, 01:30pm – 04:30pm

    We are so excited to recognize five successful years of our Green Neighbors program. Please join us to celebrate this milestone by welcoming our special guest speaker, The Falconer, a wildlife biologist, conservationist and licensed falconer. What is the difference between a nocturnal and diurnal creature? How do they fly without making a noise? What do they eat? What conservation efforts can we do to ensure these animals have a future? Meet some LIVE owls and learn all about these creatures who hunt in the night.

    Then, we will dig deeper by dissecting a real owl pellet! Find out what these night creatures eat by picking apart pellets to discover bones, skulls and teeth. Try to figure out which type of animal was contained in the pellet using charts and pictures.

    What about other nocturnal creatures, such as bats? What comes to mind when you think about bats? Vampires and dark, scary nights or do you think about action heroes and fruit? Hollywood has given bats a bad rap but they truly are the heroes of the night, eating insects, spreading seeds and even pollinating plants! Bet you didn’t know that you can thank a bat for the banana in your lunch box and the peaches in your cobbler! This time of year, we see lots of scary pictures and hear a bat-load of misinformation about these helpful mammals. Come learn about these fascinating & essential twilight creatures and you’ll soon be a bat happy bat steward.

    Come enjoy a cupcake and celebrate this milestone with us and the creatures of the night!

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    Water Resources Education Center 
    4600 SE Columbia Way 
    Vancouver, WA 98661

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  • Become a Master Composter / Recycler (MCR)

    The 2018 MCR class is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list please complete the application below.

    If composting and recycling interest you, you want a sustainable future, and you want to be part of a great community, consider becoming a Master Composter / Recycler. The volunteer training provides you with the tools and knowledge to build a hot compost pile, tend a worm bin, and reduce waste.

    Master Composter / Recyclers attend an annual FREE 10-session course that explores:  backyard composting, vermicomposting, recycling, sustainable living, green cleaning, and more. Participants then share what they learn with the Clark County community. Master Composter / Recyclers “payback” their training with community service hours. They represent the program at community events such as fairs and farmers markets; teach and host workshops and lectures; grow redworms for wormshops; maintain compost demonstration sites; and share their knowledge with neighbors and community groups.

    Applications are being accepted now for the 2018 MCR training. Classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, January 24 – March 28, 2018. If you are interested in getting more hands on experience with composting and recycling, check out our workshops

    Program Application

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    Thank you for your interest in becoming a Master Composter Recycler Volunteer. Upon receipt of your completed application you will be contacted with further information. We look forward to working with you! Please contact the Master Composter Recycler Program at: mcr@clark.wa.gov or call 360-397-2121 ext. 4961 with questions or for more information.