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SOLVE calls on thousands of Oregonians to clean up the state for Earth Day

SOLVE is now accepting volunteers to take part in the largest Earth Day event in the state, SOLVE IT for Earth Day, presented by Portland General Electric. Volunteers are joining together to help care for Oregon’s parks, waterways, and neighborhoods by picking up litter, removing invasive weeds, and enhancing our natural areas.  Over the past 27 years, more than 112,000 SOLVE volunteers have removed 15 million pounds of litter and invasive plants from illegal dumpsites, neighborhoods, and natural areas as part of this global event. 

Who: Thousands of Oregonians will mobilize across the state for the 30th Annual SOLVE IT for Earth Day eventpresented by Portland General Electric. 

What:  Volunteers can choose from over 150 locations to make a huge impact on the environment. From removing litter from our city streets, marine debris along the coast, invasive plants in our parks; to planting native trees all over Oregon’s special places, participants can think globally and act locally with SOLVE. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9:00am to 1:00pm (times vary by site)

Where: Choose from over 150 hands-on volunteer events across the state, from Astoria to Bend, Portland to Medford. Projects take place in parks, natural areas, and neighborhoods.

How: Visit solveoregon.org or call SOLVE at 503-844-9571, ext. 321, or 1-800-333-7658 to get more details, pick your project, and sign up. 

Why: Litter is a serious problem. It flows down from storm drains, into rivers, and out to our beaches and ocean. When wildlife confuse tiny bits of plastic and other litter with food it can result in malnutrition, entanglement, or strangulation. Additionally, Oregon’s water, wildlife, and economy are threatened by invasive species, because plants brought from areas outside Oregon can spread quickly and damage entire ecosystems. 

Presenting Sponsor, Portland General Electric, and its employees have been a long-time supporter of SOLVE and its mission. PGE employees, their families and friends, will be pitching in at various SOLVE projects in the communities where they live and work to celebrate Earth Day. 

Along with Portland General Electric, other event sponsors include: Metro, Clean Water Services, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Bottle Drop, Comcast, Genentech, Advantis Credit Union, Republic Services, K103fm, and KOIN 6.

About SOLVE 

SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model of volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas, and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. Visit solveoregon.org for more information.