Community Building Block

Sustainable Communities

A highly livable city which employs local benchmarks to measure its progress in areas such as housing, economic vitality, educational quality, environmental quality and overall quality of life.

City of Corvallis Vision Statement
City Council, 1997
Community Building Block

Sustainable Communities

A highly livable city which employs local benchmarks to measure its progress in areas such as housing, economic vitality, educational quality, environmental quality and overall quality of life.

City of Corvallis Vision Statement City Council, 1997

Corvallis & the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

The city of Corvallis has a long history of commitment to sustainability, envisioning a “highly livable city which employs local benchmarks to measure its progress in areas such as housing, economic vitality, educational quality, environmental quality and overall quality of life” (Corvallis City Council, 1997).

Community members work collaboratively to create a sustainability action plan to serve as a role model for communities across America.

An intensive grass roots effort involving more than 600 local volunteers and topic-specific work groups resulted in strategic goals for Community Inclusion, Economic Vitality, Education, Energy, Food, Health and Human Services, Housing, Land Use, Natural Areas and Wildlife, Transportation, Waste and Recycling, and Water.

The Food Action Team is one example of the Coalition’s ongoing work. The team set out to increase the consumption of locally and sustainably produced food. An Edible Garden Group encourages gardening, while another group promotes local food sources.

Karen Bloom, a Corvallis resident and Food Action Team member, feels strongly about promoting food security in her community. She assists with the creation of the annual garden resource guide and hosts edible garden tours (summer tours of local yards with edible landscaping designed to educate community members and inspire them to grow their own food at home).

The Food Action Team has accomplished a great deal – from local recipes distributed at farmers markets to events like ‘Local Eats Week’ which features local ingredients at area restaurants, and Neighborhood Planting Kiosks along residential sidewalks and in parks and community gardens.

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition maintains regular contact with local government and helps guide the community’s discussion on sustainability.

The Coalition’s broad view of sustainability leaves room for a wide variety of interests and missions. One of the Coalition’s strengths has been the way it has galvanized so many different players across a common purpose.

Corvallis & the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

The city of Corvallis has a long history of commitment to sustainability, envisioning a “highly livable city which employs local benchmarks to measure its progress in areas such as housing, economic vitality, educational quality, environmental quality and overall quality of life” (Corvallis City Council, 1997).

Community members work collaboratively to create a sustainability action plan to serve as a role model for communities across America.

An intensive grass roots effort involving more than 600 local volunteers and topic-specific work groups resulted in strategic goals for Community Inclusion, Economic Vitality, Education, Energy, Food, Health and Human Services, Housing, Land Use, Natural Areas and Wildlife, Transportation, Waste and Recycling, and Water.

The Food Action Team is one example of the Coalition’s ongoing work. The team set out to increase the consumption of locally and sustainably produced food. An Edible Garden Group encourages gardening, while another group promotes local food sources.

Karen Bloom, a Corvallis resident and Food Action Team member, feels strongly about promoting food security in her community. She assists with the creation of the annual garden resource guide and hosts edible garden tours (summer tours of local yards with edible landscaping designed to educate community members and inspire them to grow their own food at home).

The Food Action Team has accomplished a great deal – from local recipes distributed at farmers markets to events like ‘Local Eats Week’ which features local ingredients at area restaurants, and Neighborhood Planting Kiosks along residential sidewalks and in parks and community gardens.

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition maintains regular contact with local government and helps guide the community’s discussion on sustainability.

The Coalition’s broad view of sustainability leaves room for a wide variety of interests and missions. One of the Coalition’s strengths has been the way it has galvanized so many different players across a common purpose.

Corvallis & the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

The city of Corvallis has a long history of commitment to sustainability, envisioning a “highly livable city which employs local benchmarks to measure its progress in areas such as housing, economic vitality, educational quality, environmental quality and overall quality of life” (Corvallis City Council, 1997).

Community members work collaboratively to create a sustainability action plan to serve as a role model for communities across America.

An intensive grass roots effort involving more than 600 local volunteers and topic-specific work groups resulted in strategic goals for Community Inclusion, Economic Vitality, Education, Energy, Food, Health and Human Services, Housing, Land Use, Natural Areas and Wildlife, Transportation, Waste and Recycling, and Water.

The Food Action Team is one example of the Coalition’s ongoing work. The team set out to increase the consumption of locally and sustainably produced food. An Edible Garden Group encourages gardening, while another group promotes local food sources.

Karen Bloom, a Corvallis resident and Food Action Team member, feels strongly about promoting food security in her community. She assists with the creation of the annual garden resource guide and hosts edible garden tours (summer tours of local yards with edible landscaping designed to educate community members and inspire them to grow their own food at home).

The Food Action Team has accomplished a great deal – from local recipes distributed at farmers markets to events like ‘Local Eats Week’ which features local ingredients at area restaurants, and Neighborhood Planting Kiosks along residential sidewalks and in parks and community gardens.

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition maintains regular contact with local government and helps guide the community’s discussion on sustainability.

The Coalition’s broad view of sustainability leaves room for a wide variety of interests and missions. One of the Coalition’s strengths has been the way it has galvanized so many different players across a common purpose.

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Tracking Oregon's Progress (TOP) is a joint effort of Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Oregon State University (OSU) to track Oregon's economic, social and environmental progress. The full 2018 TOP Report includes 'How to Mobilize Communities' and 'Reflections on Community-Driven Solutions.'

Get the full report

Tracking Oregon's Progress (TOP) is a joint effort of Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Oregon State University (OSU) to track Oregon's economic, social and environmental progress. The full 2018 TOP Report includes 'How to Mobilize Communities' and 'Reflections on Community-Driven Solutions.'