Climate Risk and Health Forum Recap

How can we understand, reduce and mitigate the risks that a changing climate poses to health and health care delivery in Oregon? Featured speakers at the November 21, 2014 forum: Jana Gastellum, “Oregon Climate Overview” Oregon Environmental Council Jon Utech, “Building Climate Resilience,” Cleveland Clinic (keynote) Lillian Shirley, “Oregon Climate and Health Program,” Oregon Health Authority Kari Lyons-Eubanks, “Best Practices on Adaptation Planning,” Multnomah County Health Department Other resources presented at the forum: Oregon Climate ...

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7th Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference

health conference
A call for proposals is now open for our 7th annual Northwest Environment Health Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon on April 17, 2015. This all-day event brings health care professionals, researchers, students, citizens and advocates together.

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OEC Named #1 Nonprofit to Work For

Chris Hagerbaumer, OEC's Deputy Director, accepting the 100 best award
Oregon Environmental Council is thrilled to again be named the #1 nonprofit to work for in Oregon in the “small nonprofits” category of Oregon Business magazine’s annual survey. (Not so secret: if you take a look at our composite score, we’re the top nonprofit overall.) OEC has been in the top ten ever since Oregon Business started the survey, including occupying the #1 position for three years running*. Oregon Business honors nonprofit organizations according to their employee survey rankings in the following categories: work environment; management and ...

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Stormwater Solutions

When rain falls onto the hard surfaces of streets, sidewalks, parking lots and rooftops, it picks up pollutants in its path, gathering volume and speed until a storm drain pipes it underground or into a stream. Stormwater runoff causes water pollution, localized flooding, stream bank erosion, reduced groundwater levels, and habitat loss for fish and wildlife. In 2007, OEC convened a statewide task force on reducing urban runoff and produced a report called "Stormwater Solutions: Turning Oregon's Rain Back into a Resource."  The report describes how stormwater impacts ...

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Toxic Free Kids – We Deserve to Know

There’s no doubt about it: there are toxic chemicals in products we use every day. Those chemicals end up in our air, water—and even our bodies. Infants and children are most vulnerable to these chemicals as their bodies grow. Yet there is no way to know when, how or in what amounts children are exposed to toxics from their toys, baby blankets and nursing pillows. Parents have no way of knowing which products contain harmful carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and other chemicals of concern, and neither do doctors, public health officials—or even the retailers that ...

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It’s Your Oregon Profile: Rob Nathan

I moved to Oregon in 2007 because I wanted to live, learn and love in a state I could be proud of. The place I came from was sunnier, warmer, but it was a place where my spirit was bogged down by overt discrimination laws, municipalities with no environmental stewardship ethic, massive urban sprawl, and some of least forward thinking water management practices in the country. It was a state with a lot of work to do that was not, and is not now, setting any trends for the future! In contrast, I believe Oregon is a leader in the sustainability movement and, as a global ...

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Climate Risk and Health Care Forum

Climate Risk: What it means for Oregon's private and public health care sectors  World Trade Center, Portland, OR 
Advance Registration required. Space is limited.
Tickets: $20/$15 OEC Members Friday, November 21st, 8:00 am - 11:30 am This forum for professionals in all reaches of health care will cover a question essential to the future of the industry: How can we understand, reduce and mitigate the risks that a changing climate poses to health and health care delivery in Oregon? Featured speakers include Jon Utech, Environmental Sustainability Director at ...

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Oregon

Plants need nutrients in order to provide us with the food and fiber we need to survive. And while farmers are cost-conscious, over 50% of the fertilizer applied to major U.S. crops washes out as runoff or leaches into our water supply. The result is wasted money for farmers, contaminated drinking water and increased incidence of toxic algae blooms in our rivers, lakes and streams. Unused nitrogen fertilizer that leaches into groundwater or washes into streams can lead to nitrate pollution in drinking water from wells and eutrophication and hypoxic zones in freshwater and ...

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Social Equity and the Environment

Many of Oregon’s low-income neighborhoods and communities of color face greater environmental hazards, have less access to environmental benefits, and have the fewest resources to address these challenges. Because these communities endure many inequities, they are uniquely vulnerable to health harm from environmental factors. Oregon’s decision-makers and others who benefit from power and privilege—including Oregon Environmental Council—have a responsibility to work towards greater social equity in our state. OEC has adopted an “equity lens” to ensure that we ...

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A Transportation Prescription for Healthy Communities: Recommendations for the 2015 Legislative Session

Oregon Environmental Council participates in Transportation for Oregon’s Future, a network of concerned organizations, businesses, and citizen leaders supporting transportation choices for the 21st century. Steering committee members include 1000 Friends of Oregon, Better Eugene Springfield Transit, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, OPAL Environmental Justice, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Walks, Transportation for America and Upstream Public Health. Oregon Has a Transportation Problem People and goods are stuck in traffic, putting a drag on our economy. Roads ...

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