Angus Duncan

Angus Duncan spent his childhood exploring the beautiful landscapes of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon. Endless summer days were spent climbing the steep volcanic cliffs of Mount McLoughlin, and biking around the spacious rural landscapes.

“Whatever is in the air, and the water, and the soil and the trees- I had a lot of opportunity to ingest it. Ultimately, you see enough of the world, and you realize what a great place Oregon is.”

For many years, Angus has poured his energy into tackling our state’s most pressing environmental policy issues. Through his work, he intersected with Oregon Environmental Council on behalf of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council several decades ago. At that time, he was rallying support for a controversial deal to decommission the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, Northwest of Portland. Eventually Oregon Environmental Council supported the deal, impressing Angus with their commitment to supporting solutions for all. Angus strengthened his ties to Oregon Environmental Council while serving on the Board of Directors from 1996- 2005, advocating for clean transportation and initiaves on climate protection.

Angus says the best piece of wisdom he picked up living in Oregon is that you “leave your campsite better than you found it.”

In his eyes, Oregon is our campsite, and the issue of our time is climate protection. While we have a right to enjoy the beautiful wonders of this state, we must support work that brings down our state’s greenhouse gas emissions and our environmental footprint so that future generations can continue to enjoy all that Oregon offers.

“I cannot imagine anything more important (than climate protection) to my life, my kids’ life… and the rest of the planet,” Angus said.

Angus now serves as the president of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, chairs the Oregon Global Warming Commission, and helped create the West Coast Governors Global Warming Initiative.

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3 Replies to "Angus Duncan"

  • Margaret Comfort
    September 18, 2018 (1:24 am)

    So reassuring to read the Street Roots article that covers the concept of the forests in our state as carbon sinks. Legislators and the governor have gotten questions about why this hasn’t happened so far for a few years from me. So glad to hear there is a commissioner who is on this track. What can you do?

    What can people do to support the carbon sequestration effort re the forests in our state?

    • Alex
      October 15, 2019 (3:56 pm)


      the main thing you, as an individual, can do is DRIVE LESS.

      Also eat less meat, buy less stuff, and throw less away.

      Check out and sign up if you’d like to join a community of urban environmentalists committed to creating a better future.

  • Kathleen Dougherty
    March 3, 2019 (8:15 pm)

    I, too, grew up in the Rogue Valley– Kathleen (Kathi) Dougherty. I graduated high school in 1965. I remember Angus Duncan from those years, and am so glad to have discovered that you are involved in the Oregon Global Warming Commission. I learned about you from The Sunday Oregonian (I still read the newspaper.).