Residing in the Columbia River Gorge invokes a certain sense of pride. Residents are proud of the community that we live in, the mountains and rivers that surround us, and the choices that we make to protect the people and places we love. Sustainable decisions may have just become popular recently, but it has been a way of life here in the Gorge for a long time. Many businesses here have chosen to make sustainability the foundation of how they operate, making decisions that benefit the economic and environmental health of the entire region for years to come. Gorge Owned (GO!) has recently partnered with Chinook Book, enabling anyone living in or visiting the area to make sustainable decisions by shopping at 100% locally owned businesses who embody these values.
Gorge Owned (GO!) brings together community members and supports 100% locally owned businesses which help to build a strong local economy, healthy environment, and vibrant community. One of their biggest initiatives is GO! Local, the only region-wide “buy local” program. This program promotes locally owned businesses and boosts local spending by raising awareness about the benefits to the community when people shop locally and donate to local charities. They find ways, big and small, to celebrate local businesses. Sometimes that is in the form of recognizing great things that are happening and honoring green initiatives, hosting events at local businesses, or finding ways to bring everyone together.
Recently, GO! Local has partnered with Chinook Book, making it easier than ever to connect with these local and sustainable businesses. Chinook Book chooses companies that take care of the environment and give back to the community to partner with, and works with them to promote shop local initiatives, helping to grow and strengthen those regions. Whether you live in the Columbia River Gorge or are visiting (and use Chinook Book benefits in other areas), the coupons offered will give you great discounts at many places in the Gorge! Using the Chinook Book coupons is a great way to explore new and exciting businesses, and feel good knowing that the money you’re spending is contributing to a healthy economy and environment.
Sustainability touches the core of what we do here at Wet Planet. We have made supporting the community and protecting the environment the core of our way of operation. Some of the things we do to minimize our ecological footprint:
- Monitor waste, composting trash, recycling everything possible
- locally sourced and/or produced supplies for store, office and our Farm-to-Table Cafe,
- reducing energy and water consumption,
- use biodegradable cleaning agents when possible
We believe a truly sustainable organization also recognizes the importance of community interaction and locally-minded business relationships.
Wet Planet has hosted the White Salmon River Fest and Symposium for the past 12 years, bringing together community members to celebrate the White Salmon River watershed, its varied stake holders and users, and to raise awareness for the preservation of this wonderful and unique natural resource.
Working with other local businesses is a priority. Most food served at the Wet Planet Café and Grill is sourced from local farms, bakeries, vineyards, and breweries. Whenever possible, Wet Planet works with businesses in town for office and marketing supplies, retail goods, and to build partnerships within the community to promote a sustainable tourism industry. Both Wet Planet owners are actively involved in the local communities by serving on the Husum/BZ Community Council and the Mt Adams Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Wet Planet consciously works toward building a strong and healthy economy, which is why Wet Planet has always supported the wonderful Gorge Owned community organization.
In line with our sustainability philosophy, Wet Planet is a proud partner of this cool new GO! Initiative. The Wet Planet ‘coupon’ includes specials on whitewater rafting trips on the White Salmon River for this summer.
Check out these GO! partners that are setting new standards in sustainability as well. We recommend making a visit while you’re in town!
The Renewal Workshop is a brand new, revolutionary company in Cascade Locks, OR, that is finding a way to keep textiles out of landfills by creating new life for used outdoor clothing. They are reducing waste by recovering value, both by extending the life of outdoor clothing as well as eliminating much of the energy, water, and chemicals that are required into producing replacement products. This is a great place to shop for the clothes and gear that will keep up with you on any outdoor activity in the Gorge, and will make you feel good about it! Look for more big news from this small company, or read more about their renewal sensibility.
Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, Oregon, has set the bar for turning art of fermentation into a sustainable endeavor. Using materials from the region, Full Sail beers contain 95% Northwest goodness. Waste from the process, in the form of spent grain, returns to the local agriculture cycle as feed for cattle. In efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, the brewery optimizes time spent consuming energy with a condensed four-day work week. That’s one less day on the grid and a whole lot less energy consumed. Rounding out their sustainable profile, Full Sail has been recognized as a top green business to work for in Oregon State. In 1999 the company divided up ownership, making it entirely employee owned. Pride in these practices shines from every employee’s face, knowing they are working toward preserving the environment and community where they live and work.
Join us in supporting the local community by purchasing your own Chinook Book subscription, and book your discounted 2017 White Salmon whitewater rafting trip by using the Chinook Book app. Visit GO! Local for a full list of the Gorge’s participating businesses – shops, restaurants, hotels, wineries, breweries, contractors, business services, and nonprofits – and learn how to access Chinook Book for local deals.
PS – If you live in the Seattle and Portland areas and are using Chinook Book, you can now also use it in the Gorge!