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The practices on this page are not just more sustainable, they will save you money. For more sustainability information explore the links below.  This list includes a sample of useful websites; there are many others.

Building and Construction

Whatever the size of your building or remodeling project, from painting a room to constructing a new house, you can choose materials that are healthier for you and your family to live with and are easier on the environment.

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Preparing local produceFarmers Markets and Food

Farmers Markets in Clackamas County

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Energy Use

According to the Oregon Department of Energy, on average Oregonians spend 15% of their total energy use on their homes. The typical Oregon household spends about $165 a year just for showers and baths. Other typical expenses include:

Refrigerator: $90
Clothes washer: $60
Dishwasher: $47
Water heater heat loss: $75

You can make simple choices to reduce energy use.

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Indoor Air Quality

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), scientific research shows that air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. For many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.

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In your yard and garden you can make choices that will save money, protect environmental resources and help beautify and preserve your community.

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Local Economy

Supporting local businesses helps to keep our community and our economy strong and sustainable.

Chambers of Commerce in Clackamas County:

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Smart Shopping

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Your transportation choices have profound impacts on your life, on the environment, on public costs, and on the livability of our neighborhoods. Here are some tips and places to look for help making positive changes:


Bus, Max and Streetcars


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Waste Reduction and Recycling

Recycling is great, but reducing what you use and what you waste in the first place is an even better way to conserve resources and save money.

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