A definition of “sustainability”
Sustainability considers the whole instead of the specific. That is, it emphasizes relationships rather than pieces in isolation. The concept is not at all about regressing to primitive living conditions. It is also about developing as communities in ways that are equitable, and that make sense ecologically and economically.
History and Accomplishments
Klamath Sustainable Communities (KSC) began in 1995 as an off-shoot of a League of Women Voters population study. After a number of years under the auspices of LWV Klamath County and of Klamath Basin Audubon, KSC incorporated in 2003 as a 501c3 tax-exempt corporation.
During the early years, KSC’s focus was on recycling and waste reduction. Working with Waste Management, the City and the County, KSC achieved a variable rate structure for recycling and waste pick-up.
While continuing to work on recycling issues, KSC began to branch out into other areas of sustainability. KSC established the Mills Community Garden in 2010 and the Klamath Tool Library in 2018. Both of these projects are on-going.
When China disrupted the plastics recycling market in 2018, KSC transformed its then-inactive Recycling Committee into the Solid Waste Action Committee (SWAC). SWAC began a monthly column in the Herald & News called Trash Talk which provides current reduce-reuse-recycle information to the public. Signs are now in place at all the County waste/recycling collection sites to encourage sustainable practices.
In 2019 KSC changed its name to Sustainable Klamath (SK). SK redesigned its website, Facebook page and informational material to re-energize the sustainability concept in the Klamath Basin.
Our meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month in the Crater Lake Room behind Washington Federal from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, 5215 S. 6th in Klamath Falls, behind the bank’s building that is visible from the street. There is adjacent parking.
From 6:15 to 7:00 we have a potluck supper and either a presentation or general discussion. All are welcome.
Sarah Silverman – Chair
Isabel Rodriguez – Co-Chair
Dwight Long – Secretary