ReBuilding Center's 2018 Guide to Earth Day Portland

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In 2017, the ReBuilding Center was able to divert over three million pounds of materials from the waste stream—that’s the equivalent to the weight 10 blue whales, the largest animal on the planet! As a nonprofit we are committed to sustaining the environment for future generations, and our mission is to inspire others to value and discover existing resources while creating a more sustainable and equitable Portland. This Earth Day, we are celebrating this big blue sphere we call home and invite you to join us in building community through reuse!


Daimler Trucks EcoFair

Friday, April 20th
4555 North Channel Ave, Portland
in the Corporate Conference Center

The ReBuilding Center will be tabling at Daimler Truck’s LEED Platinum certified headquarters with sustainable vendors from across Portland in various sectors including energy, food, waste, nonprofit, volunteering, and more! This event is open to the public and tours will be available at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00pm.


SOLVE Boise Neighborhood Clean-Up

Saturday, April 21st
832 N Beech St, Portland

The ReBuilding Center is proud sponsor of this neighborhood cleanup, providing garbage disposal for all of the materials that volunteer teams will be working to remove from our parks and sidewalks and keeping them out of our local waterways. Are you interested in volunteering? All cleanup supplies will be provided. SOLVE asks that you come dressed for the weather with a refillable water bottle. Meet at Stormbreaker Brewing’s patio at 8:30am for supplies before heading into the neighborhood at 9am. Afterwards, enjoy a free pint back at Stormbreaker at 12pm!

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Happy Earth Day in the Native Grove

Saturday, April 21st
300 N Ivy St, Portland

As one of the ReBuilding Center’s Community Outreach partners, it’s been wonderful to see Boise Eliot Native Grove transform an empty lot into a community space for “relaxation, contemplation, and play.” The aim of this plot is to bring neighbors together to create an “oasis of nature & art in the midst of our urban neighborhood.” The grove supports local insects and birds by creating a habitat with native plants, flowers, and trees. If you are interested in learning more about plants, animals, and how we fit into our ecosystem, attend this planting party. Get to know your neighbors while getting some exercise in nature and enjoy some snacks!


Inner City Blues Festival

Saturday, April 21st
North Portland Eagle’s Lodge
$20 (21+)

After all your work cleaning, fixing, planting and/or communing, nourish your soul at the 7th Annual Healing and Healthcare Inner City Blues Festival. Come say “hi” to the ReBuilding Center at our booth and learn more about our carpentry classes, volunteer opportunities, and free pick-ups during a wonderful night of food and music.

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Fix-It-Fair at the ReBuilding Center

Tuesday, April 24th
3625 N Mississippi Ave, Portland

The ReBuilding Center is so excited to host a Fix-It-Fair in our woodshop! Volunteers will be fixing broken small appliances, mending garments, repairing bikes and small engines, sharpening tools/knives (limited 2 items per person), and repairing shoes. This event is free and open to the public. Last year we were able to serve over 60 people and fixed over 80 items, so come on by with your items and help support the reuse economy!

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Buy Reused or Take a DIY Carpentry Class

If you are not able to make it to one of these events, consider stopping by the ReBuilding Center to purchase some reclaimed materials for a project you’ve been looking to start, or sign up for a hands-on carpentry class and learn how to creatively work with salvaged materials. We are now offering programming for youth 16 years of age and older, including brand-new classes like Kinetic Toys and DIY Plumbing Repairs.

However you spend your Earth Day/Week/Year, we hope we can be a sustainable resource for you and the community to enable greater self-reliance, creative expression, and connectedness!

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