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We connect people who want a strong local economy, healthy environment and vibrant community in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Sense of Place

A high-quality lecture series cultivating a sense of place in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Green Drinks

Make meaningful connections and learn about sustainable businesses.

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What is Gorge Owned?

We are a member-supported organization working to strengthen connections between the people, natural environment, and economy in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Sense of Place Lecture Series

Now in its 5th year, the Annual Sense of Place lecture series continues to deliver interesting, meaningful lectures that bring us closer to the human and natural history of The Columbia River Gorge. Each lecture draws, on average, 200 people looking to build a greater connection with the place they call home.

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GO! Solar

GO! Solar is a Gorge-wide solarize initiative that facilitates the installation of residential solar systems in Hood River, Wasco, and Klickitat counties. Partnering with local contractors and suppliers, securing local lending options, and working with utilities, local government and nonprofit partners, GO! Solar equips Gorge homes with PV systems at a remarkably low cost.

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Green Drinks

Green Drinks is a monthly networking event for business professionals, community thought leaders and residents interested in making meaningful connections and learning about sustainability issues.

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GO! Local

The GO! Local campaign is an ongoing initiative that educates consumers about the benefits of supporting local enterprises. Through coordinated events and marketing tools—including print advertising, an online directory, social media and the GO! Local Challenge—the campaign helps customers easily identify locally owned enterprises and creates opportunities for them to connect with one another, ensuring that more money stays in our local economy.

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Green Home Tours

The Green Home Tour showcases cutting-edge homes in Hood River and surrounding towns that reduce energy and water use, incorporate solar photovoltaics and other renewables, and utilize green building materials. The self-guided tour includes about a dozen homes.

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Gorge Earth Day has always been one of our favorite programs since the start of our organization back in 2000. We’ve organized everything from parades to puppet shows to dance parties to films as a way to help Gorge residents celebrate the Gorge’s natural environment. Annually during Earth Week, we  award the annual Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion awards. These awards celebrate individuals, businesses and students working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge. Learn More

Leaders for Tomorrow is a two-year program providing high school students with face-to-face experiences that empower them and connect them to their community. Through a series of site visits and service learning activities, students learn first hand from business, non-profit and community leaders about what it takes to be a part of a successful and sustainable community. Learn More

Our Sustaining Members:

Wet Planet Whitewater
Center Pointe Community Bank