Is There Such Thing as a Free Dinner?

by Katy on October 11, 2009 · 6 comments


After my article ran in The Oregonian the other day, I received an e-mail asking me to publicize an upcoming focus group about consumer behavior and waste prevention for this Wednesday, October 14th here in Portland, Oregon.

And although this does not appear to be a paying gig, “Food will be provided.” So I guess there is such thing as a free dinner, the jury is still out though on that whole free lunch thing.

Let me know if you went and how it was. I won’t be going myself as weeknights are soccer practice/making dinner/homework-tastic at my house.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

Here is the info:

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is conducting focus groups with key audiences to seek input on consumer behavior and waste prevention messaging in hopes of gaining insight into how to most effectively move forward with our efforts. As an environmentally conscious person, we would appreciate your valuable input in this process.

We will be holding a focus group Wednesday, Oct. 14 in downtown Portland and would like to invite you to attend. The focus group will be held from 6:00-7:30 PM. Food will be provided. Space is limited, so if you are interested
please respond as soon as possible to Kirsten Gunst ( or 503-223-3299) with your name and zip code.

Thanks, we appreciate your time and interest.

John Donovan
Senior Director
Metropolitan Group

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

dressingmyself October 12, 2009 at 6:13 am

My new Lands’ End (their apostrophe not mine) arrived today and there is a new feature – a mending service!
Is this the shape of things to come? I hope so.


thenonconsumeradvocate October 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Urban boundaries baby, urban boundaries!

However, Michigan and Oregon share the dubious honor of being the two states with the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

There’s not one day that I do not appreciate having a stable, well paying job.

Katy Wolk-Stanley
The Non-Consumer Advocate


Tracy October 12, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Oregon is the other? I didn’t know that! Me, too, about the job!


Klara Le Vine October 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Do they have these kinds of affairs often where you live? If not, will you be in contact with other active eco people to get a report? Did you write them and tell them that your first priority is family??!!! But part of me wishes so you were there – you for sure can give them some very sound advice!!!!!


Klara Le Vine October 14, 2009 at 12:51 am

I forwarded this blog entry to a friend who is looking for a good eco place to move to. Here’s what she wrote back: So funny, that u sent this link about Oregon, as just last night I saw an article about Melissa Schweisguth, who also lives in Oregon. She’s helping Organic food companies to decrease their carbon footprints.. . supposedly she fits an entire year’s worth of garbage into a coffee can.. LOL.. and my friends think that I’m a fanatic!!!

http://livingacoust ically.blogspot. com/


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