After listening to an engaging talk about entrepreneurship at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration, I hopped over to the Native American Student and Community Center for a seminar on rural-urban connections. The topic of last night’s talk: conservation. Melanie Parker of Northwest Connections and Nils Christofferson of Wallowa Resources discussed their experiences working in the field of conservation in rural communities. The sketchnotes above capture some of the ideas that the two panel members discussed (click on the image to view an enlarged version). The biggest take-away: the need for place-based solutions to environmental challenges. No two environments are alike, so it is necessary to approach each challenge at the local level, by building partnerships among community members and collaborating until a solution is reached. Easier said than done, but these two (and the groups they work for), are making progress. In order to accelerate that progress, financial and political support is needed from urban communities. What do you say to that, Portlanders?
For more information about this series of seminars put on by Sustainable Northwest and PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, check out the seminar series website.