Oregon’s nursery industry will work together over the next 10 years to improve energy efficiency by 25 percent, according to a goal adopted recently by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) Board of Directors. The energy savings will be realized through OAN members’ participation in a voluntary energy efficiency program. The program will be organized by the OAN with help from two sets of partners: utility companies, and nonprofit organizations that specialize in energy efficiency.
According to program manager Whitney Rideout, Oregon’s entire nursery industry should benefit as a result of the commitment the OAN board has made. Not only will the industry receive positive press, it will also accrue a market advantage against other growers that aren’t energy efficient. Further, the industry’s demonstrated interest in saving energy likely will translate to less of a perceived need for government regulation.
The OAN and its partners will begin work on the efficiency plan early in 2011. Members are encouraged to get involved in the process. Those interested may contact Whitney Rideout at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.