4 Bowling Lanes. 2 Organizations. 1 Winner.

Sam Diaz

The month of May brought a unique challenge to 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI): a bowl off against Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board (ELB).

LULI bowling

Both 1000 Friends and the Oregon Environmental Council manage their own leadership programs. 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Land Use Leadership Initiative offers a primer on Oregon’s statewide planning system, encapsulating principles and processes surrounding the urban growth boundary, transportation networks, and housing location. Equipped with both knowledge and new connections, the Fellows then advocate on a climate smart strategy. Land use plays a key role in achieving specific outcomes related to housing or transportation or climate change. LULI is a place to learn about how to use some land use tools to further not only statewide goals but also advocate for your own community to prepare for climate change or achieve equity. Our most recent LULI cohort just graduated – congrats to them all!
Oregon Environmental Council’s ELB brings together members of the younger generation to brainstorm solutions to improve upon environmental issues related to air, water and climate change. “The ELB is an incredible opportunity for young leaders to expand their networks, develop new skills, and to serve one of Oregon's most well-respected environmental organizations," said Simon Tam, Oregon Environmental Council. "Also, as evidenced by our bowling photo and work in developing a carbon-conscious beer, it's quite a bit of fun too!”

While 1000 Friends of Oregon had more bowlers to make a higher raw score, Oregon Environmental Council bowled a higher average throughout the night. We may have 'lost' the bowling challenge, but we won a lot of new friends who care deeply about the future of Oregon. We look forward to next year’s duel as well as collaborating with dynamic Fellows from both organizations!
Interested in next year’s Land Use Leadership Initiative? Applications will open June 2015. Please contact Sam Diaz at Sam@friends.org for any questions.