Sustainable Klamath is a dedicated group of local volunteers focused on the health and harmony of our community. We understand that sustainability considers the whole instead of the specific, emphasizing relationships rather than pieces in isolation, and we welcome collaboration and a holistic approach to community development. We believe that citizen involvement at the grass-roots level is a powerful and effective way to enact positive change that is equitable, and that makes sense ecologically and economically. We strive to provide education and resources that support, engage, and elevate our community and we cherish the beauty of the Klamath Basin and all its people.
History and Accomplishments
Sustainable Klamath (SK) started as Klamath Sustainable Communities (KSC) in 1995. As an off-shoot of a League of Women Voters population study, KSC worked with LWV Klamath County and the Klamath Basin Audubon until incorporating into its own 501(c)(3) in 2003.
During the early years, KSC worked with Waste Management, the City of Klamath Falls, and Klamath County to create and enact a variable rate structure for recycling and waste pick-up as part of their focus on recycling and waste reduction. Success and growth led KSC to branch out into other areas of sustainability, allowing for the establishment of the Mills Community Garden in 2010, the Klamath Tool Library and the Solid Waste Action Committee (SWAC) in 2018. All three projects are ongoing, providing the Klamath Basin with empowering resources and useful, sustainable solutions. You can learn more about these projects here.
In 2019, KSC modernized and changed its name to Sustainable Klamath (SK). The new Sustainable Klamath redesigned its social media platforms and revamped its content to further reach potential volunteers, inspire the community, and advance the concept of sustainability in the Klamath Basin.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings are being hosted in a virtual setting. If you are interested in attending a virtual meeting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sarah Silverman: Sustainable Klamath Chair
Sarah Silverman has been a dedicated proponent of recycling and sustainability for decades, having lived in progressive communities in the San Francisco Bay area and along the California coast. She has participated in social and environmental justice initiatives such as Aftershock, a coalition of experts assisting displaced business owners after the 1997 Loma Prieta earthquake, which she helped launch and lead. After a 27-year career in the wine industry, which taught her valuable lessons on sustainability, soil and plant management, packaging, distribution and more, Sarah and her husband moved to Klamath Falls where she puts those lessons to good use as Chair of Sustainable Klamath and enjoys all the beauty the Basin has to offer.
Isabel Rodriguez: Vice-Chair
Dwight Long: Secretary
A founder of Sustainable Klamath, Dwight Long has been a waste reduction activist since 1968. As a managing partner of Sunflower Recycling in Portland, Dwight played a key role in the group’s evolution after their creation of the world’s first curbside recycling program in 1972. He organized the effort to create a recycling program in San Juan County, NM in 1990, resulting in the dedication of a new recycling facility two years later, and after moving to Klamath Falls, Dwight helped to create the Library Tax District. At the time of the 1999 vote, he chaired the PAC and Library Advisory Board.
Matthew Negherbon: Treasurer
Alissa Oliverson: SWAC Committee Chair
Alissa Oliverson received her Master Recycler certification from Rogue Disposal & Recycling in the fall of 2019 and began working with Sustainable Klamath in the spring of 2020. She focuses on research, education, and activism relating to plastic pollution, waste management, recycling, and consumption. Alissa writes SWAC’s Trash Talk column that appears in the Herald & News, and she was instrumental in designing the new Sustainable Klamath logo and website. She is currently learning how to compost at home, and in her spare time Alissa enjoys writing and performing poetry that often contains the themes of her environmental research.
Michael Fitzgerald: Chair – Tool Library (TL)
Michael Fitzgerald has been a student and proponent of sustainable living practices since the 1960’s. After moving to the Klamath Basin in 1981, he became a member of Sustainable Klamath and after many years of service he became a member of the Board. Michael has held his position as Chair of the Klamath Tool Library for three years, in addition to acting as the Circulation Manager since the Tool Library’s opening on July 1, 2017.
Chair – Mills Community Garden (MCG)