19 results for author: Jamie Pang


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- ...

This Earth Day, Pledge to Stop Burning Wood for Public Health

What do Earth Day, wood smoke and COVID-19 all have in common? The answer lies in air quality. With most of our nation’s in-person Earth Day festivities cancelled or moved to a digital format, and the state’s at-large shelter-in-place policy, many people may not be thinking that much more needs to be done to protect Oregon’s air quality. After all, our world’s air has become significantly cleaner, due to a slowdown in economic activity, right? While this may be currently true, the necessity of improving our air quality in the long-term cannot be under-estimated. It is no secret that decreased air quality and pollution is linked to a ...

Guide to Green Disinfecting

As fears of the COVID-19 pandemic ramp up, news reports of people hoarding cleaning supplies have dominated the headlines. Here at OEC, we want to remind our readers not to panic. Seriously, please don’t. You do not need to stock up on bleach, disinfecting wipes, or hand sanitizers that have harmful additives to be able to clean or disinfect properly. Rather, regardless of whether there is a pandemic or not, you can still utilize the tried and true solutions creatively, and be more diligent about your own personal cleanliness to keep you and your home healthy and happy. Here are some eco-friendly and less toxic ways to clean your home and ...

Oregon Needs You to Speak Up For Its Air Quality

OEC is one of 21 petitioners to petition the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for new rules (called the “Indirect Source Rule”) on toxic diesel emissions. The petition was authored by Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School, and Neighbors for Clean Air. DEQ is allowing for our petition to move forward, finding that it is necessary to limit the air contaminants coming from mobile sources and is taking public comments until February 14, 2020. Based on these comments, the agency may finalize a rule accepting the petition, alter the rule, or reject the petition. What is the ...

Show support for the Toxic Free Kids Act! Sign our petition, please!

Oregon’s Toxic Free Kids Act is a landmark consumer safety and children’s health law that was passed with bipartisan support in 2015. Since it passed, we’ve learned that hundreds of products – like pajamas, dolls, and underwear – contain chemicals scientifically linked to cancer and other serious health concerns.

Emerging data shows combined residential woodstoves, chimneys emit particulate pollution at levels similar to a wildfire

Breathing smoke from burning wood in chimneys and woodstoves can harm a person’s health, and several cities and counties stand ready with grant dollars to help people switch to better forms of primary heating. New data shows the annual particulate levels from these heating sources rival that of a wildfire.

In with the New Decade, Out with the Old Method of Heating!

As we close off the last decade and enter into the new year, one can’t help but reflect on what changes we can make in our homes and what policies we can support to protect our health and environment to meet our 2020 and 2050 climate goals. Something as simple as switching out your method of heating may make all the difference in your neighborhood’s air quality, as well as combat climate change. This new year, you can resolve to clean the air by phasing out your use of a wood stove or fireplace and committing to cleaner ways to heat or create ambience in your home.  Many of us love the coziness of a fire and the warmth of a wood stove and ...

Hold the wrapping paper! Most of that gift-wrap is not eco-friendly nor recyclable

It is that time of year again—no matter what holiday you celebrate, or what religion you subscribe to, it is difficult to be unaffected by the enthusiasm of the season of giving and reflection. It is predicted that the average American will spend $942 on holiday gifts this year. It is no secret that as consumerism spreads, landfills also fill up, and the Earth suffers.   According to Stanford University, Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year. And most of that holiday wrap is not eco-friendly nor recyclable. A whopping 40% of the world’s industrial logging goes into ...

If Our Government Won’t Regulate Toxic Chemicals, It Is Up to Consumer Behavior and Retailers to Drive Change

New Report Reveals Top Retailers Making Major Chemical Safety Advances A new report released this week by Oregon Environmental Council’s partner Safer Chemicals Healthy Families reveals that many of our nation’s top retailers are voluntarily embracing safer chemical policies to help protect consumers from hazardous chemicals in products.  The fourth annual Who’s Minding the Store? A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals evaluated and graded the chemical policies and practices of 43 retail chains ranging from Starbucks to Lowes, with more than 190,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as part of Safer Chemicals Healthy ...