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AOR is pleased to announce that Sustainable Oregon 2021 will be held on October 20-22, 2021. We are seeking passionate and effective storytellers who would like to share their innovations, solutions, and stories of change. The annual AOR conference is an opportunity for new and old colleagues in the recycling, waste prevention and sustainable materials management industries to connect about ideas, learn what’s on the horizon, and be inspired. 

Due to continued uncertainties regarding the safety of large in-person gatherings, the conference may be held in person at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon, or online as a virtual event. AOR’s Board of Directors will make this decision by July.

AOR welcomes proposals and presenters that lend themselves to either an in-person or virtual format. Please only submit a proposal if you are willing to participate in for either scenario.

We have prepared a guide that provides helpful information about what we’re seeking this year. We invite you to review the guide and then complete the proposal form below by April 9. Thank you for your interest in participating in Sustainable Oregon 2021!



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