Gorge Owned is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Award. The awards were presented at the Gorge March for Science, held Saturday, April 28th at Rheingarten Park in White Salmon.
Samantha and Jeff Irwin, of Hood River, received the individual category for their radical reduction of waste at home. Through the daily practice of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” they reduced their garbage to three cans for the entire year of 2016 and managed to decrease their garbage to only two cans in 2017. With the average person generating 4.3 pounds of trash per day, Samantha and Jeff were recognized proving that one family can truly make a difference when they commit to changing their habits.
Hood River County won the organization category for its leadership in developing the Hood River County Energy Plan. The forward-thinking plan is a guide help the county and its residents use energy wisely, reduce fossil fuel emissions related to energy use, and improve resilience and energy independence.
Analemma Wines, of Mosier, Oregon won the business category for their commitment to energy, water, and soil conservation and community engagement. The company’s biodynamic approach to farming results in healthier soil, reduced water use, effective erosion control, biodiversity—not to mention, delicious wine.
About the Award
This annual award presented by Gorge Owned around Earth Day is named after Tod J. LeFevre, a longtime resident of Hood River and a true champion of sustainability. Tod passed away on March 7,