91 results for author: Amy Lewin


Add your kombucha to the bottle return bin

Starting January 1, Oregon’s Bottle Bill expands to include your energy drink or kombucha tea. Oregon’s Bottle Bill was introduced in 1971, in the early days of Oregon Environmental Council, thanks to the hard work of our members such as Don Waggoner and Rich Chambers. As the very first bottle bill in the U.S., it was created to address a growing litter problem along Oregon beaches, highways and other public areas. The Bottle Bill marked the beginning of the end for America’s “throwaway” culture. Before the bill, “no deposit, no return” bottles and containers made up approximately 40 percent of roadside litter. In April, 2017, ...

You have the power (to make positive change in the world)

In Oregon, we have a lot that’s worth protecting, which means there’s a lot at stake. Our state’s environmental richness is matched by decades of hard work by advocates like Oregon Environmental Council.  But we have more to do. As we move into 2018, Oregon has an opportunity to make a powerful impact on investing in a clean energy economy and tackling climate change, which is why we invite you to make a powerful impact with a donation to Oregon Environmental Council. The act of giving isn’t simply about your donation (which is an essential part of how we carry out our work). It’s about making a powerful difference. It’s about ...

Job Announcement: Accounting & Payroll Specialist

Status:                        Regular, non-exempt position Reports to:                 Finance Director Hours:                        Approx. 28-36 hours per week (negotiable; could grow to 40 hrs) Starting Rate:           $18-19 per hour Location:                    Portland, Oregon Print Job Announcement (PDF) Scope of Responsibility OEC’s Accounting & Payroll Specialist has primary responsibility for the organization’s accounts payable and payroll processing systems, prepares many of the monthly journal entries, and plays a supporting ...

Oh, what a wonderful week!

Thank you to our members who stepped forward on Giving Tuesday to commit your support for Oregon's environment. Not only were members across the state sending in generous donations, they were sharing their reasons for giving. Here are a few of our favorite love notes from members: "Changing policy at the state level is our best hope for progress. Thank you, OEC, for all that you do!"    "I believe in conserving and protecting our natural resources and strongly believe future generations should have the opportunity to enjoy them too." "You've got this!" When we stand together, we are powerful! If you missed out on the fun, there's still ...

Welcome new board members!

Our Board: Oregon Environmental Council's Board of Directors includes professionals, academics and experts from across a range of expertise from conservation to climate, finance to forestry. Meet the newest members of our board: Amira Streeter Amira Streeter moved to Portland from Maryland to attend the prestigious Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark and participate in their robust Environmental and Natural Resources Law program.  Since graduating in 2013 with a J.D. and Certificate in environmental and natural resources law, Amira has cultivated a wide range of experiences in the environmental field.  Her work experience includes ...

Giving Tuesday: Give to OEC

Just one person’s vision of a better future can draw people together. And when we stand together, lasting change is possible. Here in Oregon, that’s how established major environmental laws—laws that ensured recycling, bike lanes, public access to beaches, innovative land use planning—laws that changed the course of our state’s history. The protections achieved by the environmental movement of the past must be upheld by the environmental movement of today. Across Oregon, we must continue to act. We must continue to lead as we defend these laws and address today’s critical issues like toxic air pollution, water scarcity, and the ...

Business & the Environment Speaker Series, Nov. 16

As Oregon works to find innovative solutions to traffic congestion, high housing costs, and increased social inequities, OEC invites our business members to join us at the table this November to learn from others.  Our 21st season of Business & the Environment Speakers Series opens November 16th and features Tony Pickett, Vice President of Master Site Development at Denver’s Urban Land Conservancy. REGISTER ONLINE: Tickets are $40 ($30 for OEC individual/business members) and include lunch. Tickets: bit.ly/oecbizforum. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Tony is an urban real estate professional recognized for his collaborative leaders...

Join us for a Statewide Day of Action

In the unprecedented world facing us, what’s the most powerful statement you can make? It’s showing up to say I care about protecting people, defending clean air and water, and giving our kids a better life. On Saturday, Nov. 4th, we all need to show up. Check it out. Oregonians have been organizing for years. On November 4th, people across the state gather to show our legislators we can't wait any longer for a strong, equitable climate policy in Oregon. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get together with friends, enjoy a beverage and talk about shared values, then look no farther. Join Oregon Environmental Council, founding ...

How’s your Walktober?

Let’s face it: adopting new healthy habits can be challenging. Sometimes it takes a little nudge to turn good intentions into action. If you've been meaning to try walking to school, work or other activities, "Walktober" is a great time to start! Hundreds of schools across Oregon have walk-to-school community programs offering support, supervision, and maps for safe and reliable routes. See who's walking. For adults, check out the links to special walking events this month, as well as walking groups, assembled by Oregon Walks. If you need more incentive, check out these step-tracking apps that help you earn donations for your miles. ...

Thank you Travel Oregon!

As we prepare to celebrate 50 years of loving Oregon, Oregon Environmental Council a proud to announce we are the recipient of Travel Oregon’s competitive grants program. The grant will help our nonprofit create a public art tourism loop in 2018 to celebrate our legacy of collaborative environmental policy in Oregon, including the Beach Bill, Bottle Bill and Bike Bill. We are excited to be partnering with Portland State University, the cities of Cannon Beach and Salem, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest College of Art on this project. The $17,000 awarded to OEC, is part of Travel Oregon's ...