A shoppertunity to be green

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. Gr...

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Now Accepting Applications for the Emerging Leaders Board!

Oregon Environmental Council is seeking the right candidates to join our Emerging Leaders Board for the Portland Metro Area. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of one of Oregon’s leading environmental non-profits. As a member of the OEC Emerging Leaders Board you will be able to promote and support the mission of OEC to advance innovative, collaborative solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations. The OEC Emerging Leaders Board is looking for a diverse cross-section of Oregon’s brightest men and women ages 25-35 ...

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Arsenic: where is it?

Just because you don’t know it’s there, doesn’t mean it can’t harm you. Whether in apples or well water, arsenic shows up more places than we think – and you can see them all neatly illustrated in Dartmouth College’s recent infographic. Dartmouth has neatly illustrated an issue OEC has been working on. Arsenic is a naturally occurring, stealth chemical. Like a nefarious poison from a fairy tale, you can’t smell, see, feel or sense it. Yet it can be suspended in our water and found in the food we eat. It seeps into our surface and ground water. It is cont...

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Back to school: what’s your route?

When you were a kid, how did you get to school? In just one generation, the percentage of U.S. children walking or bicycling to school has dropped dramatically, from 42% in 1969 to13% in 2009. Even when school is a mere 1/4-1/2 mile away, kids are being chauffered by car half of the time. This has harmed children’s health: Less physical activity has contributed to soaring rates of obesity (26.4% of Oregon children are overweight or obese, the 7th highest rate in the nation). As parents drop off and pick up their children, idling engines pollute the air, triggering ...

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Engaging Oregon’s Hispanic Community for Climate Action

Oregon Environmental Council and its partners have been working to broaden Oregon's climate movement - looking beyond our usual allies to impacted communities and overlooked allies. In order for us to lead on climate, the movement must be broad, encompass all communities and be a place where all Oregonians feel they have a voice. While OEC has often worked to create culturally competent materials that resonate with different groups, as a part of our climate push, we are making a renewed effort to meet people where they are – that is to say, know what issues matter ...

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Guest Post: The Clean Power Plan Will Benefit Transportation, Too.

As climate advocates – and really, most of the nation- enjoy a well-deserved celebration after the announcement of the Clean Power Plan, transportation issues have taken a back seat. An overlooked benefit of the Clean Power Plan is that its an important step in transportation policy as well.

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The collective consciousness shift: your monthly dose of climate goodness

It's that time again. Time to put away our newly-altered Atlas to reflect shrinking ice sheets and turn away from the barrage of stories on drought and wildfires, stories that seem to point to a rapidly changing world. Yet while climate change is certainly a big deal, it's also true that in the media if it bleeds, it leads. Hence we see the repeated publication of the shocking, the tragic and the scary. That's why we've created a special forum here to, at least on a monthly basis, document the positive when it comes to climate change. The good is there; the movement is ...

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Guest blog: Rogue Basin Climate Summit, Oct. 13 & 14

by Alan Journet, Co-facilitator SOCAN alanjournet@gmail.com | 541-301-4107 Everyone loves where they live, and we in Southern Oregon are no exception. Why is this area so beautiful? The answer is revealed in a trip to Grants Pass—warm summers, mild temperatures, four seasons. It's the climate. The forests, woodlands, farms, wineries, and rivers we enjoy are here thanks to our unique climate. But the Rogue Basin has been experiencing four decades of troubling climate trends. Data from Medford reveal the city has warmed nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit over the last ...

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Progress on the Equity Front

… is bound to benefit Oregon’s environment in the future By: Danny Schaffer OEC is proud of its role in achieving cornerstone environmental legislation in 2015 – the reauthorization of the Clean Fuels Program and passage of the Toxic Free Kids Act. Not surprisingly, these innovative programs dominate OEC’s discussion of events in Salem. But also critical to environmental sustainability are the important steps by Oregon’s legislature to advance racial justice, health equity and the strengthening of families and communities. Environmental progress is ...

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Statement on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

President Obama got to the heart of the issue when he stated: “climate change is not a problem for another generation.” We must act now. At Oregon Environmental Council, we work collaboratively with individuals, businesses, health providers and elected officials to advance innovative, collaborative solutions to Oregon’s most pressing environmental challenges. Climate pollution threatens our economy, our health, our natural resources, and harms our way of life. Dangerous climate pollution is currently pumped into Oregon’s air and water, and President Obama’s Clean ...

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