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Sustainable Communities

WSU Clark County Extension is dedicated to local environmental sustainability, aligning with Washington State University’s mission to meet current and future needs. We manage programs with clear goals and priorities to address environmental, social, and economic challenges. Through research and outreach, WSU Clark County Extension fosters growth and innovation, enhancing the well-being of our local community.

What is Sustainable Communities

A sustainable community for WSU Extension Clark County prioritizes environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic vitality. It promotes conservation practices, waste reduction, and green infrastructure development. The community engages in educational outreach, involves diverse voices in decision-making, and supports local economies. Through collaboration with local stakeholders and continuous improvement, we ensure a resilient, thriving community that meets current and future needs.

Why is Sustainable in our Community so Important?

All this is important because it ensures the long-term well-being and resilience of our community. Environmental stewardship safeguards our natural resources and protects the health of our ecosystems, which are vital for our survival and quality of life. Social equity ensures that everyone has access to resources and opportunities, promoting a more just and inclusive society. Economic vitality sustains local businesses and livelihoods, fostering prosperity and stability. By prioritizing sustainability, we not only address pressing challenges like climate change and resource depletion but also create a healthier, more prosperous, and more equitable community for generations to come.

What is Clark County Extension Doing Now

Our established Green Team, in collaboration with the Clark County Green Business program, has worked to set up a comprehensive recycling program for office supplies and materials, ensuring that our operations minimize waste. We actively compost food scraps both on-site and during community classes and events, promoting a culture of environmental responsibility. We support green office purchasing, and offer Sustainable Education workshops and classes to the community. These include topics such as Food Waste Prevention, Composting with Confidence, Intro to Sustainable Landscaping, and Drip Irrigation, empowering our community to adopt more sustainable living practices. To reduce our carbon footprint, we encourage ridesharing and public transportation options for our staff. We also provide sustainable educational opportunities to our team, enhancing their knowledge and practices. Learn more about Clark County Green Business here:

We Compost Community Hubs

WSU Clark County Extension hosts a We Compost Pilot site at the 78th Street Heritage Farm. This collaboration with Clark County Public Health and Waste Connections aims to reduce food waste in landfills. With several Community Hub locations, residents can dispose of food waste for free, promoting sustainable waste management. Learn more here: 

REBUILD: Resilient Efforts for Building, Upcycling, and InnovationTransforming Waste into Community Treasure

Our REBUILD program repurposes discarded items through recycling, repair, upcycling, and redistribution to community organizations in need. Volunteer with us to conserve resources and build a stronger, more resilient community! Learn more about REBUILD here:

Food Waste Prevention – Fighting Food Waste Together

WSU Clark County Extension is committed to preventing food waste by addressing this critical issue across the county through education and outreach efforts. Their initiatives target food waste in agriculture, households, and even at the landfill level. Learn more about Food Waste Prevention here:

Small Acreage Program

The CLARK COUNTY Small Acreage Program assist landowners in effectively managing their small acreage properties in Clark County. This program provides education and resources to help landowners enhance the productivity, sustainability, and ecological health of their land. It focuses on promoting best practices in areas such as soil management, water conservation, pasture management, and habitat protection. Through workshops, technical assistance, and community events, the program aims to empower landowners to make informed decisions that benefit both their land and the broader environment. Learn more about the Small Acreage Program here:



WSU Clark County Sustainability Programs

Food Waste Prevention Small Acreage Program REBUILD

Clark County Partners

We Compost