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Your Vote Matters – Our Issue Endorsements

From fair and honest elections to investments in biking, walking and electric buses, here are our picks for Oregon ballot measures that are critical to our environment, health and democracy.

We’re looking for our next Digital Media & Communications Coordinator!

Title: Digital Media & Communications Coordinator Status: Regular hourly/Nonexempt position Salary: Commensurate with experience, minimum $22.00/hour Hours: Full time, M-F (currently working from home)   Scope of Responsibility Oregon Environmental Council’s Digital Media & Communications Coordinator is a key member of OEC’s Communications and Marketing team and has cross-organizational responsibilities. The Coordinator works in collaboration with OEC’s Director of Communications & Marketing Director to implement strategic communications that engage the public and key audiences in understanding and ...

Giving Tuesday and $25K Challenge Match

Oregon Environmental Council has relied on the generosity and investment of our members for over 50 years. With you by our side, we’ve made significant progress supporting a healthy and resilient environment through passage of the bottle bill, bike bill, beach bill, and our most recent climate victories. While the long-term impacts COVID-19 remain unknown, it is clear that our world will be changed in many ways, and that our work together will be challenging, but no less important.  Please join us again today by participating in GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  GivingTuesda...

How OEC Is Supporting Communities During COVID-19

Oregon Environmental Council stands with communities throughout Oregon, the nation, and the globe in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to using our advocacy to do our part to limit impacts on more vulnerable populations. As an organization, we are telecommuting and using best practices for social distancing to help “flatten the curve.” We’re also checking in with one another at least twice a week to remain connected to one another. Staff is also sharing information on how to support communities and taking action ranging from buying gift cards and takeout from local businesses to help keep them afloat in the near-term, ...

Governor Brown Signs Executive Order to Combat Climate Change in Oregon

Executive Order Reaffirms Oregon's Commitment to Reducing Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Supporting the Expansion of a Clean Energy Economy Governor Kate Brown has issued an Executive Order solidifying Oregon’s commitment to fight climate change, expand clean energy technologies (clean fuels program), and invest in the protection of youth and frontline communities. It comes after years of public demand for bold climate action, years of public hearings and input, and years of rallies across the state. This remarkable climate action will expand the already successful Clean Fuels Program, create more energy efficient clean homes and ...

Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! OEC is proud to be a nonprofit partner with Earth Day Oregon this year. The environmental movement has come such a long way since Earth Day began 50 years ago. Here in Oregon, OEC and our partners have continued to be a driving force behind the protection of our air, water, and land. In our first 50 years, OEC accomplished many amazing  first in the nation legislative wins that continue to safeguard the health and well-being of all Oregonians today. 1971 - Bottle Bill and Bike Bill 1973 - Statewide land use planning laws to protect Oregon's farms and forests 1977 - Ban on ...

Keep Your Heart Healthy Year Round

Valentine’s day may be behind us, but OEC is sharing our love for Oregon through our work every day. Our vision for a healthy future includes ensuring that every Oregonian has a chance to live, and love, in environments that support healthy hearts. That means ensuring that the air we breathe, in our neighborhoods and at our jobs, is free from heart-damaging pollution. Did you know… Cleaning up the air can actually increase life expectancy and reduce heart attack risk in a matter of years. More people die from heart attacks and strokes than from lung problems due to diesel exhaust and tailpipe pollutants. Smoggy days can cause inflamm...

Hold The Salt: Options For Keeping Your Sidewalk Ice-Free

Winter weather in Oregon can be unpredictable. With this latest cold snap, it is time to start thinking about how we combat snow/ice on our sidewalks and driveways. The cost of so much salt Salt is used in many parts of the country because it lowers the freezing temperature of water and therefore can help accelerate the melting process of snow and ice. However, after it’s spread on roads or sidewalks, all of that salt has to go somewhere, and most of it washes into the storm sewer and gets deposited into the nearest river.  There, it can harm freshwater fish, frogs and other wildlife that aren’t acclimated to salty water, and can reduce ...

New Year’s Resolution: Keep It Green In 2020

Want to make some changes in 2020 that are better for you and Oregon? Here are a few ideas to help you get your year started off right. Take a look at the numbers: The first step to knowing where you stand is to measure and track resource use. Calculate your water footprint and carbon footprint to discover new ways to save. Change up your routine: Start off small with one new thing. Get to work or run an errand by bus, train, or bike. Make one meat-free meal a week or try a more environmentally friendly version of your normal household or personal care products. Out with the old: Is it time for a new furnace, fridge, stove or dishwash...

Air Quality Alert: Wood Smoke Pollution

While many of us enjoy the warmth and coziness of a wood stove or fireplace, few realize just how dangerous wood smoke is. Burning wood releases high levels of tiny particles and gases that harm our health. The cancer risk from a lifetime of exposure to wood smoke is 12 times greater than being exposed to the equivalent amount of cigarette smoke. While wood smoke is a serious health issue anywhere wood is burned, several Oregon communities have violated (or are in danger of violating) federal air quality standards due to wood smoke pollution, including Burns, Eugene, Grants Pass, Hillsboro/Washington County, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Lakeview, ...