Registration for the 2015 Business & Environment Forum is Now Open!

Climate change is a formidable threat to our environment – but also a business opportunity and an economic imperative. To remain competitive, businesses and government must plan and adapt. Join Oregon Environmental Council as we explore what role pricing carbon could play in stimulating a stronger, cleaner economy and helping to address Oregon’s chronic revenue challenges with our guests: Honorable Mary Polak, British Columbia Minister of the Environment representing BC’s conservative party, the Liberal Party, about BC’s carbon tax experience Dr. Tom ...

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The Emerging Leaders Board Unveil Little Foot Red Ale

Save the Date: Jan 22, 2015  Save The Date! This January, join the Oregon Environmental Council and Migration Brewing for the launch of their carbon-aware Little Foot Red Ale. After expert analysis of their delicious beer’s potential carbon impact, Migration worked on their production and distribution to reduce its carbon footprint. We are proud to join them in presenting Little Foot Red Ale: "a medium bodied red ale with citrus aromatics and a spicy, dry finish." Come learn about the process behind making the beer, pick up a shirt, poster or glass with the ...

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2015 Northwest Environmental Health Conference Call for Presentations

Save the date for the 7th Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference: April 17, 2015 | Portland, Oregon The planning committee is now accepting abstracts for presentations addressing current and emerging issues in the field of environmental health for the 7th annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference. Proposals due: December 19, 2014 Notification of acceptance: January 9, 2014 Trouble with this form? Send inquiries to: jenc@oeconline.org The goal of the conference is to build bridges between environmental health research, policy and practice ...

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Winter air tips for good health

Ah, winter: frost on the pumpkin, chestnuts roasting…and is there something more than a nip in the air? Unfortunately, yes: there’s particle pollution. Winter air, when still, tends to trap fine particle pollution near the ground, especially late at night and in early morning hours. This dirty air is bad for the lungs and heart—and over the long term has been linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental harm. As an OEC supporter, you’re already a clean air champion working for cleaner transportation fuels and energy. But how do you do when it comes ...

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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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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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