DEQ awards $125,000 to boost 13 repair and reuse businesses and non-profits in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality awarded approximately $125,000 total to 13 businesses and non-profits in Oregon’s repair and reuse industry on Friday, July 17. DEQ’s 2020 Workforce Development Repair and Reuse grants provide up to $10,000 to each awardee to support projects that help protect Oregon’s environment, public health and economy.

Repair, Reuse, Relax – DEQ staff protects the environment one foot of lumber at a time

“It started innocently enough with pressure washing the deck. This seemingly benign activity showed that the deck needed a lot of repair.” -Rebecca Wells-Albers My husband and I have been working on a deck rebuild at our house in the evenings and weekends since April (note that we are reluctant but willing Do-It-Yourselfers). We usuallyContinue reading “Repair, Reuse, Relax – DEQ staff protects the environment one foot of lumber at a time”

DEQ Repair and Reuse grants spur growth for small businesses and nonprofits

A Repair and Reuse grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality can be transformative for a small business or nonprofit. “The DEQ was great to work with, I can say that,” said Willa Bauman, operations manager at the ToolBox Project in Eugene. The nonprofit runs a tool library, where members borrow tools instead ofContinue reading “DEQ Repair and Reuse grants spur growth for small businesses and nonprofits”

Staying connected while working apart

While Oregonians are practicing physical distancing and taking other precautions as we weather the COVID-19 pandemic together, staff can still connect whether it’s 6 feet or 6 miles apart. Here are some friendly faces of staff from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality who continue to adjust to working at home.

State agencies ask Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from outdoor burning while communities respond to COVID-19

In response to the “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, a coalition of Oregon state agencies are asking Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from conducting outdoor burning.