18 results for author: Jamie Pang


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 ...

Eco-healthy living-how to prepare your garden for fall

With the rainy season and school year in Oregon underway, Autumn is a great time to clean up garden beds, manage soil and compost, prepare sod and minimize problems in the new growing season. Fall garden clean up and winter preparation is essential to the long-term health of your yard and garden. Fall is a time to welcome change, preparation, and maturity. Here are some fun eco-friendly yard projects that you can do with school age children, in addition to new eco-healthy gardening tips and tutorials from our partners at Oregon Metro.  Overseeding Your Lawn Sometimes a yard dries our or dies from the brutal summer heat. The fall is one of ...

Emerging toxics: PFAS in groundwater

“Forever chemicals” and where they’re being found in Oregon.

Nearly 1/2 of the food packaging tested from popular chains contain “forever chemicals”

There is no shortage of toxics entering our bodies these days, between wildfire smoke, chemicals from consumer products, and now toxics in our food packaging. A new study published last month, Packaged in Pollution: Are food chains using PFAS in packaging?, by OEC’s partners Toxic Free Future and the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition concluded that nearly half of the food packaging used from popular chains contain toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) (“forever chemicals”)—despite increasing consumer demand and legislative action to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in food packaging. The study involved laboratory ...

Climate Change, Economic Justice and Wildfires Collide

The West Continues to Burn Amidst a Pandemic and Heatwave The current wildfire situation is changing so fast in Oregon, that I have updated this blog no less than four times. Wildfires continue to wreak havoc and destruction across the West. As I type, the sky is filled with smoke, and the sun is an eerie shade of fiery orange-red. Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency and State Fire Marshal leadership has advised that Oregonians from areas across the state be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. This is not a movie set during the apocalypse: this is our climate reality.  As someone who grew up in California, I am used to the ...

Toxic Free Kids Act in its final implementation stages!

Due to TFKA’s reporting requirements, we have discovered toxic chemicals in thousands of children’s toys and personal care products. Requiring reporting and phaseouts of these chemicals will lead manufacturers to develop better, safer products. 

Gas Stoves Are Creating Unsafe Levels of Indoor Air Pollution

According to a growing body of research, tens of millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution in their homes. The culprit? Your gas stove. A study released by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) last month concluded that carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), emissions from gas cooking can exceed the national levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency, and can seriously pollute your indoor air. Gas stoves emit a number of pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), formaldehyde (HCHO), and particulate pollution, each of which can exacerbate various respiratory illnesses- ...