Sunday, June 7, 2015
#COLBYDOESOREGON: A SUSTAINABLE EXPERIENCE
Before I left Oregon, I stumbled upon the SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture And Energy) Center. At first, I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. It's a huge tourist attraction dedicated to teaching and promoting sustainable agriculture and alternative energy - there are tons of interactive displays with lots of activities geared toward kids.
My first thought was that maybe it was some sort of industry-sponsored propaganda; the exhibits are a bit strange (a kinetic sculpture replica of a French fry making machine, and a hot air balloon simulation ride that describes all the various farms and businesses) and a butt-load of cash was sunk into it by the government (the $7 million price tag was divvied up and paid for by state economic development funds ($4 million) from the Oregon Lottery and another $3 million from the Port of Morrow).
I guess in the end, though, if the place helps to promote sustainability, it can't be a bad thing. It's definitely worth the price of admission in the long run.