Sostane Portland

Shirley A Brown


I recently retired after working as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for 25 years and have been involved with sustainability for the last 15. I have a partner and own my home and have two sons, two daughter in laws, one grand daughter and another on the way. I am creative and very physical. I have many interests including many crafts including beading and stained glass as well as bike riding and walking. I also love to cook and have dinner with friends. I love music and also dance since I was 7.

Green Steps Taken

The issue I have focused on is just what exalty do I require and how do I keep my self warm, clothed and feed by only making small steps on this earth. I recycle water in my house, keep the heat down, have had new windows and insulation, and also solar tubes for light. I will bike and take bus before driving and am always concientious about reusing and recycling. I am now very interesting in any organization that wants to diminish our use of plastics, especially bottles. I would also be able to speak about these issues and organize.

Surprising Successes

The ability to live without and my garden

Having Trouble With

Buying something and then realizing that it is not really environmentally friendly.

Giving Back

Not as yet but very interested in local community projects for sustainability. Do volunteer for the hands on projects in my area. Yes, I make my own cleaning products and am also making my own soap and hopefully even my own soy candles. This is what we can all do when we no longer work.