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Michigan’s Move Set to Grow State’s Outdoor Recreation Economy

Today, Michigan took a big step forward in supporting the outdoor recreation economy by becoming the first state in the Midwest to create an Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council. “Enjoying the great outdoors in many different ways is a significant driver of our state’s economy and a big part of what draws people to visit, live…

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Developing a Chemical Policy – Target & Anthesis

To differentiate themselves as a leader in the industry, Target set out to develop a progressive chemicals policy and strategy for current and future business practices. This webinar will outline the process consultant group Anthesis utilized with Target to build their new, comprehensive chemicals policy, as well as share key steps your company can consider to drive transparency, proactive…

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Colorado’s Western Slope Is Making All the Right Moves

PART 1: THE GRAND VALLEY OF MESA COUNTY Surrounded by stunning land features such as the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and Colorado National Monument, the Grand Valley—that is, Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade—has long been a beloved home to and a destination for outdoor lovers. However, it wasn’t until recently that local policyholders, business owners…

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California Passes $4.1 Billion Parks and Water Bond

On June 5, 2018, Californians approved Proposition 68, the $4.1 billion bond for water, parks and infrastructure.  Outdoor Industry Association joined outdoor businesses from across the state and many other supporters on the Yes on 68 campaign, which resulted in the most significant victory for OIA’s Close-to-Home Program to date.  “This vote in favor of investing…

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OIA Elects Two Returning and Four First-Term Board Members

As a membership-driven organization, OIA strives to keep our valued members at the center of our work in policy, sustainability and increasing outdoor participation through the Outdoor Foundation. Members are key to determining the focus and direction of OIA. One of the benefits and responsibilities of membership is participating in the election of well-qualified individuals to…

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The True State of Sustainability in the Outdoor Gear And Apparel Supply Chain

This we know: The process of creating products has an inherent environmental toll. To mitigate the impacts of their businesses, brands are conducting product life-cycle assessments, joining sustainability groups, and ensuring their products meet as many environmental standards as possible. But many companies wonder how their efforts stack up in the grand scheme of sustainable…

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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of July 16, 2018   Sustainability Events at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Denver at the end of this week! Below is an overview of all sustainability-related events (that we are aware of…if you have any to add, let us know). For…

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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of July 9, 2018 Post your Higg Index FEM Assessments by July 15. The deadline to post 2017 Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) assessments is this week! Please complete and post all 2017 Higg FEM assessments by July 15. Modules will lock after this date and cannot be edited or…

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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of July 2, 2018 Mark your calendars! OIA Sustainability Events at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: Join your sustainability and supply chain peers to tackle and discuss topics like preferred materials, microfibers, climate solutions, Higg Index adoption, and chemicals management. Sunday, July 22, OIA Sustainability Working Group Meetings (register…

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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of June 25, 2018 Outdoor Industry Microfibers Communications Projects – Seeking Volunteers: In conjunction with European Outdoor Group members, we have identified three key communication needs and related projects on the topic of microfibers. We are now seeking volunteers to serve on the team that will drive projects…

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