24 results for author: Jamie Pang

Oregon OSHA Enacts Emergency Heat Rules

A Joint Press Release - July 8, 2021 Contacts: Ira Cuello-Martinez, PCUN iracuello@pcun.org, (503) 851-5774 Kate Suisman, Northwest Justice Workers Project kate@nwjp.org, 503-765-7105 Jamie Pang, Oregon Environmental Council, jamiep@oeconline.org, (971) 353-7963 Oregon OSHA’s Emergency Heat Rules Are a Good Start to Protecting At-Risk Workers; Strong Enforcement Will be Necessary SALEM, Ore— Oregon OSHA today issued emergency rules protecting workers from climate-fueled excessive heat, following an extensive campaign by workers’ rights, environmental, and public health advocates. The emergency heat rules enacted today are the most ...

Sustainable Fashion and OEC’s Newest Impact Partner

As Oregon emerges from 16 months of shut downs and people begin to return to stores and restaurants with a sense of safety, we at OEC want to bring some more good news for the Summer. We are thrilled to have been chosen as the Impact Partner for the next 6 months with a local Portland, OR boutique called Foundation: Fashion and Philanthropy. Foundation’s business model is centered around donating 100% of their profits to an organization that aligns with their mission. Foundation works like any other business, paying expenses like salaries and suppliers first. But then the rest of the revenue from the clothing they sell goes to a nonprofit of ...

We’ve Got Receipts! Retailers Respond to Consumer Demands for Safer Shopping

The 5th annual Mind the Store Report Card provides evidence of success; retailers are responding to consumer demands; Wendy’s announces the phaseout of PFAS in food packaging.

Lead at home? Yes, even in 2021!

Preventing exposure to toxics is core to OEC’s living green (and healthy) philosophy. This spring, protect your family with these lead tips.

Modernizing the Toxic Free Kids Act

OEC and partners testify in support of HB 2495 to strengthen protections for children’s health and defend TFKA from opposition.

Love Your Lungs: Take the Wood Smoke Pledge

Not burning wood this winter is one simple action you can take to safeguard clean, healthy air in your home and beyond.

OHA Report: Climate Crisis a Current and Growing Threat to the Health of Oregonians

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) just released its “Climate and Health in Oregon 2020” report, documenting the public health impacts from climate change across Oregon. The report is the first thorough analysis of the health effects of climate change in Oregon since 2014, and is the first of three OHA deliverables directed under EO 20-04, the Oregon Climate Action Plan. The report findings are grim, confirming what OEC has been saying all along-- that climate change is a public health threat disproportionately affecting lower income communities, communities of color, tribal communities and frontline workers. Here are the main takeaways from ...

OEC Partners With Hacienda CDC to Expand Access To Eco-Healthy Home Kit

The average American spends 90% of their time indoors, and this has only increased for Oregonians during the winter months with the new COVID-related shutdown restrictions across the state. How do you maintain your home to protect against viruses, while also minimizing the amount of toxic chemicals you come across in cleaning products in a healthy, affordable manner? OEC has partnered with Hacienda CDC, a community development corporation that provides affordable housing for Portland's LatinX community, to help provide tailored solutions to those challenges. We know that people of color and low-income communities are disproportionately exposed ...

Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide & Gift Wrapping 2020 Edition!

Believe it or not, 2021 is almost upon us. 2020 has been a year like no other—for better or for worse. COVID-19, economic turmoil, and the fight against systemic racism (again) has taught us how to reprioritize and focus on what is important. We as Oregonians also learned to social distance, isolate, and not to take time with loved ones for granted. This holiday season, you may see tons of online deals from big box stores that will be hard to turn down—all intended to increase online shopping during a pandemic and recession. But we challenge you not to buy things just for the sake of buying them, to lighten your eco-footprint this holiday ...

Americans may be exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution in their homes

In just 20 minutes of cooking, Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can surpass 1000 ppm and be in the red zone. As we shut our windows and insulate our homes for the fall and winter, OEC has some tips for you to save your air-quality during the colder months. As we have previously written, tens of millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution in their home due to gas stoves and gas appliances, and these appliances contribute to global warming. We at OEC did some research of our own. Our Environmental Health Program Director, Jamie Pang, installed an indoor air quality monitor and monitored her air quality during the devastating ...