Outdoor Industry Association: Eco Working Group
Read a recent article about the Eco Working Group in The Oregonian
What: An initiative of the Outdoor Industry Association, aimed at developing widely accepted, voluntary tools to measure environmental impact.
Who: More than 150 participants, from more than 80 companies and organizations. Oregon representation: Includes KEEN, Columbia Sportswear, Nike and Nau; consultants Zero Waste Alliance.
Funding: A $30,000 grant from the Portland Development Commission got things rolling; 37 voting members pay dues. Seeking additional grants.
Accomplishments: Sustainable packaging guidelines, project framework.
What’s next: Launch eco index in early 2010; eventually, consider consumer labeling.