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"These times present a
historic opportunity for change."

Spencer Beebe
Founder, Ecotrust

Please enjoy this quarterly news update from Ecotrust.

Give buttonDONATE: It's that time of year
Give via our website or through Willamette Week's Give!Guide and help us seed innovation, create jobs and protect nature.

news picNEWS: The low carbon economy, frozen vs. fresh, FoodHub
» The Washington Post on an affordable way to save the planet (op-ed)
» The Globe and Mail on debunking the fetish of fresh
» The Washington Post and New York Times on greenhouse gas economics
» The Bulletin on farm to fork
» Capital Press on linking farmers and buyers
» The Oregonian on tax credits for rural communities

Kitlope picINDIGENOUS: Ecotrust awards $45,000 to indigenous leaders
The annual Ecotrust Award for Indigenous Leadership recognizes five of our region's most innovative leaders.

sky picHOPENHAGEN: Our low-carbon economy paper heads to Copenhagen
The authors of a major study from Ecotrust's E3 Network are invited to present to the worldwide audience this month.

FoodHubFOODHUB: Where food people connect
Sign up before Dec. 31 and save $20 on registration.

EP picEDIBLE: Give the gift of Portland’s favorite food magazine
Help friends and family explore the region’s bounty with a gift subscription to Edible Portland.

Nau picSHOP: Do it Nau!
Shop online at this week and 10 percent of your purchase goes to Ecotrust and other social benefit organizations. Free ground shipping.

forest picCREDITS: Tax credits available for rural communities
Ecotrust receives New Markets Tax Credits from the federal government to fuel innovative initiatives in the Northwest’s rural and disadvantaged communities. Have a great idea that fits? Contact us.

NCC picVENUE: Community grants for 2010
Apply now for a community grant from Ecotrust Event Spaces to local non-profits.

Twitter picSOCIAL: Let’s get connected
Please join us on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Andrew Revkin picTHANKS: Two lectures, 2,300 attendees — and it was all free
We take a moment to remember the 40+ local organizations and individuals who joined us in 2009 to deliver two major, free lectures to the Portland public.

Shirky picTED: Clay Shirky on how social media can change the world
How does this fit with the newsletter? It doesn't. It's just interesting.

ABOUT ECOTRUST: Ecotrust's role is to serve as a think-tank that identifies deep innovation, and then it seeks to turn those ideas into proof-of-concept realities. For nearly 20 years, Ecotrust has used this approach to convert $60 million in grants into more than $300 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. Ecotrust's many innovations include co-founding the world's first environmental bank, starting the world's first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in the fisheries, forestry, food and farm sectors, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision-making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it honors and supports the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership in its work. More on the Web at

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