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Governor and his partner join EcoChallenge

Couple pledges to use only reusable bags, cups and bottles

Gov. John Kitzhaber and his girlfriend Cylvia Hayes have joined the 2011 EcoChallenge, pledging to use only reusable shopping bags, water bottles and coffee cups for the duration of the Oct. 1 to 15 event.

The annual event is sponsored by the Portland-based Northwest Earth Institute. Individuals and teams make public challenges to make one change in their habits or lifestyle to improve the environment.

Kitzhaber and Hayes are posting photos and updates about their experience at http://www.ecochallenge.org/list_of_participants/team_member/governor_john_kitzhaber_and_cylvia_hayes_1238

For more information on the event: www.ecochallenge.org.