Sustainable Oregon 2018

​Tours are Wednesday morning, June 13.

University of Oregon Zero Waste Program

Founded by students in 1991, the University of Oregon Zero Waste Program is committed to eliminating discards, reducing waste, and recovering resources through waste minimization, reuse and repair, recycling, and compost. The program began with on-campus recycling, and since 2012 has evolved to include reuse, waste reduction, composting, and zero waste events. The program efforts and services encompass all University on-campus operations, and features desk-side recycling collection, collection of uncommon materials not accepted by local waste haulers, voluntary composting collection, and office and dorm clean-out events.

Capacity: 11 max. No min.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Start time: depart Hilton at 9:00am

Travel time to/from Hilton: 10-15 minutes

Destination: UO zero waste warehouse (processing facility), UO reusable office supply, campus zero waste building, composting facility

Tour leader: Karen Kaplan, Zero Waste Program Manager

Details: catered lunch at Falling Sky Brewery on campus

Cost: $20/person, includes transportation and lunch

Transportation: UO 12-passenger van no charge. Karyn Kaplan will pick up and drive van.


PakTech, a family owned company started in 1991, is the innovative leader of 100% recycled and 100% recyclable injection mold packaging handles and automated application equipment. Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, PakTech recently opened a second manufacturing production facility in neighboring Cottage Grove to provide increased production capacity and expected growth. PakTech is a full-service company, providing handles and application equipment to food and beverage and consumer goods industries. PakTech helps make it easy for consumers to grab, carry, and release multiple products using a simple, low waste, 100% recyclable handle.

Capacity: 12

Duration: 2 hours

Start time: depart Hilton at 9:00am

Travel time to/from Hilton: 10-15 minutes

Destination: PakTech

Tour leader: Gary Panknin, QA Manager/Sustainability Officer

Cost: $15/person, includes transportation

Transportation: City of Eugene Waste Prevention & Green Building vans


BRING is one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit recyclers. Since 1971, BRING has encouraged people to rethink what they use and what they throw away. BRING offers a wide selection of salvaged and surplus building materials, garden supplies, and other reusable items in its Planet Improvement Center. In addition to its reuse retail outlet, BRING provides community education and advocacy on waste prevention, construction materials management, sustainable business practices, and more.

Capacity: 35 max. 10 min.

Duration: 2 hours (not including travel time)

Start time: depart Hilton 9:00am

Travel time: 30 min.

Destination: BRING

Tour leader: Carolyn Stein, Executive Director

Transportation: LTD EMX bus passes

Details: box lunches provided

Cost: $20/person, includes transportation and lunch


Rexius is in its ninth decade of recycling and processing organic waste and wood residual materials for the landscape, agricultural, and environmental industries. The company has grown to over 200 employees, and not only involves the manufacture and delivery of organic products, but also offers complete landscape and irrigation services, landscape maintenance, environmental restoration services, organic erosion control systems, and conveyed delivery systems manufacturing.

Capacity: 20

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start time: depart Hilton at 9:00am

Travel time to/from Hilton: 20 min

Destination: Rexius

Tour leader: Jack Hoeck, Vice President of Environmental Services

Details: $15/person includes tour and transportation

Transportation: City of Eugene Waste Prevention & Green Building vans

Self-Guided Walking Tours

Choose a self-guided walking tour of sustainable destinations close to the AOR conference site, and use the provided map to participate in interactive exploration of these Eugene highlights at your own pace.

Maps will be available at registration desk.

Materials Exchange Center for the Community Arts (MECCA)
Starting in 1999, MECCA saw a need to provide educators with materials to further a student’s artistic discovery and creativity. With help from local leaders the idea for a materials exchange was born. In 2001 MECCA became a nonprofit organization with the mission to divert materials from the waste stream and bring them into our community’s creative endeavors.

Hummingbird Wholesale’s Mahonia Building
Hummingbird Wholesale is a family-owned Organic wholesale food distributor serving businesses along the 1-5 corridor. Hummingbird chooses products carefully, considering the sustainability of farming practices, ingredients, and nutritional value. Owners Julie and Charlie Tilt recently set out to create a project unlike any other – a commercial straw-bale building utilizing locally sourced straw, a waste material, in an innovative design that is low in embodied energy and high in insulating properties. Additionally, the Tilts have worked with reuse retailers to source as many construction materials as possible.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start time: 9:00am or 9:30am

Travel time to/from Hilton: 5 – 7 min (walking)

Destination: MECCA

Details: self-guided, map provided

Cost: No charge. Maps provided at registration desk. Please indicate if you are interested in participating to allow us a headcount.

Transportation: walking