In the Community
Purchase Locally Grown Food
The best place to find locally grown food is at a local farmers market. At the OHSU Farmers Market vendors sell local produce, meat, cheese, hot food, dessert, dips and more. These goods travel short distances and are free of wasteful packaging, plus they are fresh and taste fantastic.
Conserve Energy and Resources
Practicing Green living isn't just about recycling. It also involves the food you eat, places you shop, what you buy, how you get from place to place, and many other things. There are many decisions that we make daily that can help impact the environment for better or for worse. Living Green means that we each do our best to lessen our impact on the environment through the choices we make.
Ride Your Bike To Work
Living in the United States these days means that more than likely we are faced with the need to get from one place to another. Often times traveling from point A to point B requires that we travel long distances. While not the fastest means possible, biking is the most sustainable mode of transportation short of walking or running. The OHSU Bicycling Community gives OHSU employees incentive to choose bicycling as their primary mode of transportation to and from work.
Use Alternative Transportation
Transportation can be one of the biggest challenges to Green living. In this day and age most of us have a need to get from one place to another quickly, but driving a car alone is one of the worst options for the environment. Besides driving there are many other ways to get around, which include carpooling, bus, train, light rail, street car, and of course bicycling. You can get just about anywhere in the Portland area using TriMet services.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
One of the easiest ways to make a positive impact on the environment is to know where your trash belongs. The most effective method is to reduce. If you don't need it, don't buy it, or buy as little as possible. Pay attention to how much packaging an item has before you decide to purchase it, and don't take more than you will use. If you cannot reduce what you use, reusing it is the next best choice. Purchase items used before by others or find alternative uses to items after you've used them. Lastly, before throwing anything in the trash, find out if it can be recycled. For more information about regional waste management services, visit Metro's web site.