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 home

  • Green building

    Green buildings are designed and built in such a way that they have a reduced impact on the environment. See Clark County’s Green Building webpage for information on energy efficiency, resource efficiency, and high indoor air quality.

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  • Services & resources

    Planet Clark

    Planet Clark is a public-private outreach and education partnership group of Energy Efficiency Services, Building Safety, and Environmental Services from Clark County (which started Planet Clark) and Clark Public Utilities, NW Natural, and Energy Trust of Oregon. Check out Planet Clark for information about weatherization, indoor air quality, and how kids can be energy detectives.

    Clark Public Utilities

    Clark Public Utilities has a wealth of information on conserving energy. Looking for ways to cut your monthly energy costs? Let their online home energy calculator do the math for you! It's fast and it's free. If the daily usage shown on your bill has increased quite a bit over the same time period as last year, start your investigation here. Schedule an energy counselor visit to help assess and analyze your home energy use. Spend time perusing their extensive energy saving tips for heating, water heating, in the kitchen, doing laundry, lighting, and cooling your home.

    Bonneville Power Administration

    For 30 years, the Northwest has been a leader in treating energy efficiency and conservation as a power resource. The Northwest Power Act of 1980 called on the Northwest to give energy conservation top priority in meeting its power needs, and the region quickly learned that a megawatt saved is the equivalent of a megawatt produced. Bonneville provides effective energy saving tips on their website, including lighting, energy star appliances, electronics, heat pump water heaters, showerheads, weatherization, ductless heat pumps, and more!

    Energy Efficient Improvements

    Improving the energy efficiency of your home has the added benefit of saving you money for heating and cooling as well as making your home a healthier place to live.

    Weatherization assistance

    Home weatherization benefits homeowners, landlords and tenants by installing cost effective measures for energy conservation and address health and safety concerns.

    Eligibility for home weatherization assistance is determined by the number of people living in the household and income levels. Eligible low-income households receive the energy audit and energy saving measures installed free of charge.

    Housing Preservation

    The Housing Preservation programs assist low-income households with home maintenance repairs, including weatherization, home energy assistance and modifications for increased energy-efficiency.

    Education

    If you would like a home energy efficiency presentation for your community group or organization, or the Energy Detectives training program at your school, contact Mike Selig at mike.selig@clark.wa.gov or (360) 397-2375 ext. 4540.

  • What goes in the yard debris cart?

    The yard debris cart is where you can place grass and clippings from your yard to recycle them into compost.

    The Master Composter Recycler Program offers FREE workshops and trainings on backyard composting, worm-bin composting, recycling, green cleaning, and other waste-reduction techniques. For more information about this program and to sign up for a workshop, visit our Master Composter Recycler pages or email mcr@clark.wa.gov.

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    What goes in the cart:

    Leaves, grass, brush, or woody prunings.

    If you use bags instead of, or in addition to, your yard debris cart, please use only compostable, double walled kraft bags sold for this purpose. Brush bundles must be less than 1 foot in diameter and 5 feet in length. Tie with twine or string, no wire please. Loose yard debris is not accepted.

    There are weight limits for the carts. For more information, please call Waste Connections at 360.892.5370, visit www.wcnorthwest.com or email recyclehelp@wcnx.org.

    Seasonal items:

    • In Autumn, pumpkins are accepted with the candles removed.
    • Christmas trees can be placed in your cart. Cut them into sections no longer than 5 feet and remove all tinsel, decorations and lights. No flocked trees are accepted.
  • Online resources

    Clark County Green Businesses

    The Clark County Green Business Program recognizes and celebrates the achievements of green businesses. The program provides web-based assessments, resources, and assistance to businesses seeking a structured approach to implementing green initiatives and measuring results.

    Recycling A-Z

    A guide for local reuse, recycling, and safe disposal options for hundreds of products and household items. The facilities listed on this site are in Clark County and the Portland metro area.

    E-Cycle Washington

    Washington has a FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors, laptops and televisions. This site will help you find out where you can recycle these items in your community.

    Plasticbagrecycling.org

    This website will answer your questions about what type of plastic bags can be recycled, and what products might be made from this recycled material.

    Clark County’s Green Schools Program

    Clark County Environmental Services partners with Washington Green Schools, Waste Connections, and City of Vancouver to provide education and technical support to all schools in Clark County. Schools in this program have the opportunity to focus on one or all six environmental categories: waste, water, grounds, energy, transportation and healthy buildings. As of winter 2015, there are 76 out of 136 public schools in the Clark Green Schools program. Currently, Clark County has the largest number of green schools of any county in the state of Washington.

    2 Good 2 Toss

    Technically known as an online materials exchange, 2good2toss is a convenient way to exchange small or large quantities of used or surplus building materials and large household items.

    Hour Impact

    Hour Impact is a time bank program in Clark County where individuals exchange assets, resources and expertise with time as the sole currency. For every hour deposited, members are able to withdraw an hour of service for their needs. An hour exchanged based on the equality of time empowers individuals to utilize their assets and enhance their lives, neighborhoods and communities. The program assists those who may be unable to pay for important services to support themselves and acknowledges that every human being has something of value to contribute. To participate, you must create an account and profile page and complete a background check. You can then post assets you have to offer, and view other peoples’ profile and offerings.

    More Information

    The Master Composter Recycler program is funded through a grant provided by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Coordinated Prevention Grant program. For additional information about the program or to ask a question, call (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352 or email mcr@clark.wa.gov.