Did you know that Oregon sources about one-third of its energy from coal-fueled power plants? It doesn't have to be this way! You can help.
Next Thursday, we'll be meeting over pizza here at OEC for a phone bank party. Why? There is an exciting ballot measure petition about to be launched! The initiative will call for Oregon to get away from dirty coal, embrace clean, renewable energy, and cut carbon pollution. Why are we calling people? We need your help growing our base of active volunteers to join us in making sure this initiative gets on the ballot. That's our call ...
By Samantha Murray, photo by Lacey Jarrell
Last week, some of the nation’s best and brightest water scientists, lawyers and policy-makers convened in Eugene, Oregon to think big about drought in the West. And the take-home message was that these dry periods are not going anywhere. In fact, they are more likely to grow in frequency and severity, thanks to climate change.
Since populations have shifted over the years to the most arid parts of the country and much of our food comes from those same places, experts believe we’d be better off looking at drought as a ...
From a climate perspective, Oregon is a potential haven. Some have speculated that as climate impacts become more pronounced, Oregon will be home to a growing number of "climate refugees" because of how amenable our climate is a warming world, compared to other parts of the globe. The realities of climate change are just one of many great reasons to live in Oregon. But if you're like many other Oregonians, you read the New Yorker article about "the really big one" and may now be asking if Oregon is really the bees knees after all.
But here's the simple truth: there are ...
What’s white and stands in the corner? A naughty fridge.
It’s amazing how many fridge jokes are out there when you need them.
Here’s no joke: Your fridge is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. A new fridge could be as much as 75% more efficient than an old clunker. But even the most efficient fridge uses more energy a year than the average citizen in Ghana. Or Yemen or many other nations. For real.
So if your fridge is more than ten years old, a new one is likely to pay off in serious energy savings.
You can find out just how much you'll save ...
Our research found that each year, the U.S. could generate enough waste-derived power for more than 13 million homes or 35 million electric vehicles, or enough fuel for more than 250,000 tractor trailers.
On this day in 1810, Chile declared its independence from Spain. Chile has also been the subject of recent headlines as the country endured an 8.3 magnitude earthquake, which caused some severe damage and many aftershocks. The event in itself was traumatic, but when considering the 8.8 earthquake the country already endured in 2010, you can imagine that events of this week caused a particular sense of emotional trauma.
I hope that Chile is able to find some reprieve from recent traumatic events and celebrate its independence in the customary fashion: with barbecues, ...
By Danny Schaffer
When Pope Francis arrives in United States on September 22, he will undoubtedly convey the Catholic Church’s enduring message of peace and good will for all humankind.
But he’s also likely to bring another, more sobering message that he first presented in his Encyclical (Laudato Si), “On Care for our Common Home,” in May. The message is that we cannot count on the prevailing “techno-economic paradigm” to combat the global environmental crisis that we see manifesting around us – ranging from climate change to species loss, from defore...
What does it feel like to be vulnerable to air pollution? Let me tell you my story...
One Friday a while back, I couldn't seem to get a deep breath. I thought it was due to over-exerting myself (I'm six months pregnant so I get tired pretty easily). I didn't realize that a steady stream of smoke from wildfires across the Pacific Northwest was slowly rolling into the Portland metro area, impacting the air quality all around me. It was a warm summer night, and I'm a typical Oregonian without air conditioning, so my husband and I slept with the screen door to our ...
September is here! We survived a hot, wildfire smoke-filled, dry summer. Heat records were broken across the world, from roads melting in India, to thousands of heat-related deaths in places like Pakistan, and wildfires in uncommon places, like Alaska. In terms of the climate headlines, summer has been a bit grim. The more tuned in you are, the more you may feel like you need a hug. But thankfully, fall is near. Hopefully, with the change of seasons we'll feel some reprieve from drought and wildfire, while also being given a chance to reflect on the progress we've made. ...
Earth friendly. Biocompatible. 99% natural. 100% Eco-conscious.
The frustrating reality for shoppers today is that these labels don't mean anything. At least that's what the Federal Trade Commission determined when setting green label guidelines in 2012.
So what’s a shopper to do?
OEC put together a list of best practices for shoppers to help reduce, re-use, recycle—and to reward good environmental stewards.
If you're not already doing everything on this list, October is a great time to start! Get in on the Northwest Earth Institute's Eco-Challenge.