Projects Past and Future
has a library on renewable energy resources, watershed protection, and
the impacts of the nuclear fuel cycle.
We offer a free Solar Resource
Guide, that is annually updated, containing a list of valuable
resources on renewable energy and alternative living. In addition
we have helped provide solar energy demonstrations for local schools
Technology Workshops & IN-POWER
time OCF has sponsored a series of solar technology workshops and
energy fairs, bringing energy experts like Johnny Weiss from Solar
Energy International and Richard Perez of Home Power Magazine to share
their wisdom and experience. In the past we have produced
IN-POWER, a Conservation, Renewable Energy, Solar Technology Fair, held
in the summer at different parks in Portland, Oregon. These
events have provided information and products available for
individuals, businesses and communities to put themselves “in power” to
create their own sustainable energy futures.
Solar Energy Projects
assists in the implementation of international solar energy
projects. We have provided equipment, grants, and/or volunteers
for work on small scale renewable energy projects in developing
countries. This includes a solar cooker fabrication, distribution, and
education project in Mali, West Africa;
maintenance of a photovoltaic
lighting and radiophone communication system for a Masai human rights
organization in Tanzania, East Africa (See
Lighting a Small Candle and Mali Solar Cooker Project Post Evaluation);
participation in a “hands-on”
Renewable Energy for the Developing World workshop in Costa Rica,
financing of a feasibility study on the viability of solar applications
in Palestine; and financial assistance for a renewable energy business
run by land mine victims in Nicaragua.
has also provided financial assistance for educational programs put on
by Solar Energy International in Carbondale, Colorado. We have
given scholarships to members of a Masai human rights group to
attend these energy workshops (See Poster
showing Lucas and Ava at SEI workshop) , and have also funded
participation in a Native American youth camp on solar energy.
Eva of the Masai maintaining batteries
which are hooked to solar tracker.
has an ongoing commitment to protect our environment. We support
the preservation of Oregon’s watersheds and the restoration of native
salmon runs. Our work has principally focused on the Clackamas
River Watershed where we have been successfully involved in litigation
to save a wetland from a proposed gravel mining operation endangering
has also provided financial assistance for protection of Pacific
Northwest forests, and the preservation of a Costa Rican rain forest
under the auspices of a local sustainable community.
November of 2003, OCF joined with other credit union members in
successfully opposing the conversion of Columbia Credit Union, located
in Vancouver, Washington, into a Mutual Savings Bank. By doing so
we helped preserve the use of its hard-earned equity for the benefit of
all credit union members. For extensive background
information on this effort check out the archives at SaveCCU.
has also provided financial assistance to a local documentary film
maker, and a legal group defending the first amendment rights of
its Democracy Integrity
Project, OCF is committed to furthering
democracy, be it in financial institutions or in government. In
order to resolve the problems we confront in our environment and
communities, we as citizens must reassert our sovereignty, as well
as promote peace and justice on earth. The lack of
integrity in the election process is the equivalent of dry rot in the
foundation of democracy. If we do not restore integrity,
democracy will no longer support liberty and justice for all. In
this effort to transform the global and empower the local we cannot
afford to fail.
Projects Under Consideration
is in the early planning stages for a renewable energy powered water
supply system for an impoverished village in rural Tanzania, along with
the installation of two solar vaccine refrigerators and a solar
vocational training work shop. We are considering the development
of a mobile renewable energy supply system that can be used in Oregon
and Washington for emergencies as well as an educational display.
We are also exploring the creation of a Native American alternative
energy youth camp.