Portland Sustainability Institute Joins the Conversation on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Rob Bennett, Executive director of the Portland Sustainability Institute, and John Knott, CEO of the Noisette Company in South Carolina fresh from the second Read more…

What Do You Put On Your Lawn?

For the past two years, Coates Kokes has managed the social media outreach efforts for the Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams, a partnership of eight public agencies in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. During that time we’ve worked to educate people on the impact their ‘backyard behaviors’ have on the health of our local rivers and stream.

We recently completed three :15 videos that were concepted, produced, directed and edited in-house. Each video is centered Read more…

Happy Earth Day, Earth!

You didn’t think this editorial staff would let Earth Day go by without a post did you? Well, it was decided that we’d bring a smorgasbord of nature-friendly, goodness to our readers.

First off: Coates Kokes is now Recycle at Work Certified. If you’ve ever visited CK HQ, you may have noticed the many sorting bins we have for recycling. Paper’s the obvious one, but we’ve Read more…

A New Place to Scrape Your Plate

Sue and Kate on the PR team helped coordinate the Portland Composts! pilot media event Wednesday and all four TV stations showed up. Four neighborhoods, or about 2000 homes, were selected to participate in the initial program before introducing the food scraps composting to the entire city in 2011. Here’s some exclusive CK camera footage of the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQCnNtrCTyg

Behind the Scenes

No spoiler alert here. Just a behind-the-scenes preview of a soon-to-air :30 second tv spot for Metro’s Recycling Hotline. Without giving away the concept, the spot is another in-house production with the help of producer, Katey Carson. In-house director, Sam Lienen was especially excited to finally get his eye behind a Read more…

Coates Kokes Helps to Standardize Sustainability on College Campuses

Everybody from the Princeton Review to the Sierra Club is rating colleges and universities on their own “green index.” But what’s been needed is a common standard rating system open to all college and university campuses in the US and Canada from community colleges to research institutions that is comprehensive and transparent. All of Read more…