Forum focuses on disasters’ environmental impacts

NEWS RELEASE

September 24, 2015

For further information, contact:

Rick Osborn, Public Information Officer, Benton County Board of Commissioners

(541) 766-6082, rick.osborn@co.benton.or.us

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County’s Environmental Issues Advisory Committee will be facilitating a community conversation about “Getting Ready for the Big Ones: Preparing for environmental impacts due to earthquakes and other disasters” at its annual Fall Forum.

The event – scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., in Corvallis – also will feature the naming of the annual Environmental Award recipients, selected by the Benton County Board of Commissioners and Environmental Issues Advisory Committee. The Benton County Employee Sustainability Award winner for this year also will be announced.

The Benton County Board of Commissioners and EIAC created the Environmental Award, to recognize the year’s most outstanding environmental contributions in the community. Any individual or organization is eligible to nominate or apply for the award. Winners will demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship that goes beyond compliance with regulatory requirements. To be considered for the award, individuals or organizations will have:

  • Enhanced environmental conditions within Benton County;
  • Implemented environmental projects, practices or plans with tangible results;
  • Provided leadership in improving the environment in Benton County; or
  • Lent support to the County Sustainability Policy through their efforts.

While the award, now in its third year, will be at the top of the agenda, two other presenters will be discussing impacts of disaster in Oregon to round out the evening. Oregon State University Emergency Preparedness Manager Michael Bamberger will discuss “Preparing Today to Reduce the Impacts Tomorrow” and OSU College of Engineering Dean Scott A. Ashford well speak about “Lessons Learned from Recent Earthquakes: Implications for Oregon.”

The Fall Forum event is sponsored by the Benton County EIAC and all Benton County residents are invited to attend. Those in attendance will be invited to express their interests in environmental issues affecting Benton County.