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Clark County Green Business’ free virtual workshop series continues this month with an event focused on waste prevention. The series began in late February and will conclude with an event in May.

Remaining workshops include:

  • Waste Prevention, 8:30 am Wednesday, April 14
  • Change Making and Progress Tracking, 8:30 am Thursday, May 13

The Waste Prevention event will welcome Waste Connections’ Danielle Womble. Danielle will present ways to identify waste reduction opportunities, prevent recycling contamination and educate employees on proper waste… Read More


Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free composting webinars this spring.

The four composting webinars will teach people how to keep food scraps out of the landfill by using their curbside composting cart or setting up successful composting systems at home. Three different home composting methods are highlighted.

Pre-registration is required for all webinars. To register, visit the Master Composter Recycler webpage. Participants will receive a confirmation email… Read More


Public health officials in Clark and Cowlitz counties are urging people to stay close to home this spring break and take precautions if gathering with others.

COVID-19 case numbers had plateaued in Clark and Cowlitz counties, but over the last few weeks have begun to increase. Additionally, multiple COVID-19 virus variants have been identified in Clark and Cowlitz counties, including variants known to spread more easily.

“The increasing virus activity should be a reminder to all of us that the pandemic is not over,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, health officer for Clark and… Read More


The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for two volunteer positions on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. One position represents north Clark County, and the other represents the county at-large.

The three-year terms begin in April. Meetings are held quarterly at 6 pm on the first Thursday of the months of February, May, August and November. Meetings are currently held virtually.

The commission advises the county council and staff on solid waste issues and planning for recycling, garbage collection, landfills, transfer stations and waste-reduction programs. In 2021… Read More


For the next three weeks, the COVID-19 vaccination site at Tower Mall will prioritize giving second doses to people who received their first dose at the site. A limited number of first-dose appointments will be available each week as well.

The Tower Mall vaccination site opened March 5 and operates Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. In the first three weeks, more than 8,900 people received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at the site. Over the next three weeks, the site will provide second doses to everyone who received their first dose at the site. People who received their… Read More


Additional appointments for COVID-19 vaccination have been added at the Tower Mall site in central Vancouver. Another 160 appointments have been added for Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. This brings the total number of appointments up to 1,000 per day.

The appointments are available to anyone who is eligible in Phase 1a or Phase 1b Tiers 1-2. Those who are currently eligible to be vaccinated should seek appointments now, before additional groups become eligible on March 31. Everyone who is eligible now will remain eligible after March 31, but appointments may be more… Read More


Clark County is announcing recipients of 2021 Green Awards. The awards are presented annually to individuals, organizations and businesses for their leadership and dedication to environmental sustainability.

The 2021 Green Awards winners are:

Ellen Ives - Green Neighbor Award for a resident who exemplifies a sustainable lifestyle
Ellen rides her bike, composts in her backyard, and when she’s on-the-go she always packs a kit of reusable items to avoid single use products. 

Nancy Stoy - Green Apple Award for an individual involved in school… Read More


Public Health is opening appointments for COVID-19 vaccination at the Tower Mall site to anyone who is eligible in Phase 1a or Phase 1b Tiers 1-2. The link to schedule appointments will be posted on the Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine webpage and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor) at noon today.

If you do not have internet access or need help scheduling… Read More


Public Health is opening appointments for COVID-19 vaccination at the Tower Mall site to anyone who is eligible in Phase 1a or Phase 1b Tier 1.

Over the last several days, Public Health has sent emails and called people who are on the county’s referral list to offer appointments at the Tower Mall vaccination site. However, many appointments remain unfilled.

In order to ensure that every available dose of COVID-19 vaccine is administered, Public Health is making the link available to anyone who is currently eligible. Visit the Safeway/Alberstons website to schedule an… Read More


The COVID-19 vaccination site that opened last Friday in the Tower Mall parking will continue for at least another week. The vaccination site is a collaboration between Clark County Public Health, the city of Vancouver and Safeway.

During the first week of operations, about 2,400 people were vaccinated over four days. Safeway is providing the Pfizer vaccine for the site through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and secured additional vaccine to continue vaccinations for another week and increase the number of available appointments.

Clark County Public Health is… Read More