After Many Wonderful Years With OEC
Dear friends of OEC,
I bid you a fond auf Wiedersehen. I joined Oregon Environmental Council in 1996 because I believed that if we don’t treat our environment right, we harm our own health and wellbeing. And I’ve stayed with OEC because the organization’s approach matches mine: think holistically, be collaborative, and shoot for the moon.
My original position was transportation program director. When we get transportation right, we not only keep our air clean and our climate cool—we also advance equity and community vitality. I’m proud of my role in passing a first-of-its-kind tax incentive for per-mile car insurance, establishing clean car standards that require new cars to emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions, passing the low-carbon fuel standard that requires oil companies to reduce the carbon content of their fuels, spurring ODOT and metropolitan areas to address transportation-related greenhouse gases, and supporting passage of the state’s first significant dedicated source of funding for public transit.
I’ve also greatly enjoyed my role as deputy director—supporting a remarkable, laughter-filled workplace environment that attracts high-quality, mission-driven staff; working with the team to pass important legislation like the Toxic-Free Kids Act; shepherding our strategic planning process and board policy development; and earning the nicknames GrammarBaumer and PlannerBaumer along the way.
OEC will remain my fave—a multi-issue organization that develops transformative, lasting solutions geared toward triple-bottom line outcomes (social, environmental and financial) and a leader of environmental policy-making in Oregon with a clear and competent leadership role in the state legislature.
Thank you to everyone who has helped and mentored me in my years at OEC. Nothing is achieved alone—as Halford Luccock said, “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”
P.S. Because I never let an opportunity go to ensure Oregon Environmental Council has the resources to succeed, I invite you to consider making a gift equating to my years of service at OEC: $1 per year = $23.50, $2 per year = $47.00, $3 per year = $70.50, $4 per year = $94.00, etc.! Thank You!