Wednesday, 05/30: “Slaying Dragons – Women Overcoming Small Business Challenges”

Gorge Owned is very happy to support this fantastic event brought to us by SCORE Mentors in Portland and Hood River. SCORE invites women entrepreneurs and small business owners to their first-ever panel discussion and networking event for women in the Gorge: Slaying Dragons: Women Overcoming the Challenges of Small Business Ownership. In addition to a panel discussion, table hosts will also lead small group discussions about business challenges and lessons learned. Light breakfast will be provided.

What: SCORE Mentors presents Slaying Dragons: Women Overcoming the Challenges of Small Business Ownership
When: Wednesday, May 30th, 7:30 – 9:30 am
Where: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, 1108 E Marina Way, Hood River

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2018 Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards!

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.


2018 Tod J. leFevre Champion AwardsSamantha 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, 2011 when his long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis ended before donor lungs could be found. Among many other things, Tod was a respected civil engineer, green building advocate, a mountaineer, skier, adventurer, innovator andteacher. He launched a solar engineering and installation firm, Common Energy, which is now owned by his wife Marti and Scott Sorensen. Tod and Marti have two children, Cassell and Sutton Bell. This award honors Tod and his humble determination to collaboratively tackle environmental problems, through his business and through community service.

Special Thanks

Thank you to GO’s generous contributors, and to the following Sustaining Members, for allowing our work to thrive.

Thank you for supporting Gorge Owned!

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