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Conservation Commission

The mission of Ashland’s Conservation Commission is to educate and advocate for the wise use of resources by the city government and the people of Ashland. The commission meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month.  Meetings are open to the public. 

The Conservation Commission consists of nine voting members including one representative each from the solid waste franchisee for the City, Southern Oregon University, and the Ashland School District, and six other voting members.

The powers, duties and responsibilities of the Commission are to educate and advocate for the wise and efficient use of resources by the City of Ashland and Ashland citizens.
The Commission recommends to the City Council the adoption of policies, implementation strategies and funding related to:
  • Recycling, source reduction and solid waste/landfill issues;
  • Electric conservation issues;
  • Water conservation issues;
  • Resource conservation issues;
  • New power resource decisions, but not decisions involving wholesale power contracts;
  • Renewable Resource decisions;
  • Education of citizens about resource efficiency issues


Commission News & Events

2015 Urban Composting Classes
There will be four classes this year - two basic, one advanced, and one focused on both vermi (worm)-composting & the new Bokashi Method. All classes will be held from 10 am – noon at the Recycle Center located at 220 Water Street (Please park on Water Street, not in Recycle Center parking area).

Jim Flaherty, OSU Extension Instructor and Master Gardener, will teach participants how to divert food scraps & organic yard debris from the landfill by composting. Come learn & see examples of how to set up an enclosed compost system that deters critters. 

Basic ClassJune 20 or July 18 (pick one). This class is an introduction to the basics of urban composting.

Advanced ClassAugust 15. This class is is for urban composters who have taken the intro class or know Nitrogen from Carbon. This class offers more information, techniques, & strategies. General knowledge of composting is required.

- NEW-  The Bokashi Method & Vermi(Worm)Composting Class - September 12. This class will teach a great way to make nutrient-rich fertilizer with minimal space.
All classes are free, thanks to the City of Ashland Conservation Commission & Recology Ashland. No registration required. For more information, call 541-482-1471.


Conservation Commission links:

Current Projects

Commission Goals for 2013-2014

Annual Awards

For a complete list of the various conservation programs available to residents and businesses within Ashland, please go to


Length of Term
Meets 4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Community Development Building, 51 Winburn Way
Members (3 year terms expiring April 30)

Email Address
Term Begin
Term End
Roxane Beigel-Coryell   SOU Representative - Chair      
Risa Buck   Recology Representative      
Cara Cruickshank   Commissioner   05/05/2015   04/30/2018  
Adam Hanks   Staff Liaison      
Jim Hartman   School District Representative      
Marni Koopman   Commissioner - Vice Chair   08/08/2012   04/30/2016  
James McGinnis   Commissioner   08/21/2007   04/30/2018  
Rich Rosenthal   Council Liaison      
Shel Silverberg   Commissioner   04/01/2013   03/31/2017  
Bryan Sohl   Commissioner   04/01/2014   03/31/2018  
Mark Weir   Commissioner    11/15/2011   04/30/2018  

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Conservation Commission Meeting
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Regular meeting of the Conservation Commission.  (Read more)
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