15 results for author: Jana Gastellum

Black History Month: a call for community-led solutions

Black History Month is both a time to celebrate and an opportunity to raise our voices for change. From environmental advocacy within the Muslim community to immeasurable contributions in the arts, there are a myriad of ways that Black leaders make our state a better place for us all. And yet, Black communities continue to bear the brunt of our increasingly pressing environmental challenges.  The time is now to raise our voices for equitable solutions and fight for racial justice in every corner of Oregon. It’s personal Dr. Robert Bullard, considered the “father of the environmental justice movement”, started collecting data in the ...

Celebrating Latinx Leadership for Environmental Justice

For Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate and recognize the many ways Latinx-led and Latinx-serving organizations advance critical environmental work on everything from transportation and housing, to farmworker protection, water justice and climate resilience throughout Oregon.

Sweeping Environmental Wins in Oregon’s 2023 Legislative Session

At the end of the 2023 Oregon Legislative Session, OEC is proud to have secured several major policy victories that will benefit Oregonians and our shared environment. Thanks to our coalition partners, supporters, and legislative champions, the Oregon legislature delivered critical action to reduce climate and air pollution, support healthy, affordable, resilient communities, and leverage once-in-a-lifetime federal funding for clean energy and clean water infrastructure.

Honoring Black Environmental Leadership

OEC is proud to work alongside Black-led organizations who ensure environmental, racial, transportation and social justice for communities throughout Oregon.

2022 Oregon legislative victories!

With a flurry of action in just five short weeks, the 2022 Legislative Session concluded on March 4th. This year’s session started with extreme uncertainty as a result of major changes in leadership and a new COVID variant. It also began with good news: an unexpectedly large state budget surplus. In the end, Oregon Environmental Council is thrilled that most of our major priorities made it across the finish line and that we helped win crucial investments in environmental and community benefits. We did this work, like always, in collaboration with a wide array of partners. Our alliances aren't always conventional. We worked with farmworker ...

2022 Oregon Legislature: Mid-Session Update

The 2022 Legislative Session is well underway. OEC staff have jumped in with both feet, analyzing bills and recommending improvements, writing and delivering strong testimony, organizing partnered groups, and defending against harmful proposals. So far we have testified on over 20 unique bills and inspired nearly 300 citizen contacts to legislators and committees from OEC activists like you. We have focused our efforts on four key areas.  Efficient and resilient buildings and communities, Clean and equitable transportation,  Jobs, Justice, and Health  Resilient Lands, Waters, and Rural Economies Find out more about our work in each ...

SB 289: Addressing a safety disparity in the outdoors

OEC was excited to see that the Oregon Legislature passed, with broad support from both republicans and democrats, SB 289, the Safety in the Outdoors bill. This bill is an important step to make public spaces safer for everyone, and to ensure more equitable access to Oregon state parks and resources that are critical to health and well-being.

How OEC Uses Our Equity Lens to Inform Our Work

Oregon Environmental Council started our intentional diversity, equity, and inclusion work in 2012. We started this journey by listening and acknowledging that the environmental movement has caused harm and not been as inclusive as it needs to be. In saying this, we want to acknowledge the diverse voices in the movement and not erase their accomplishments. There have always been incredible BIPOC leaders doing environmental and environmental justice work, and we are grateful for and indebted to their accomplishments. Part of our collective work is to change the narrative by not just focusing on white leaders, whether current or historic.  In order to ...

Oregon’s Clean Fuels program gets a major boost in 2020

Oregon’s Clean Fuels program will be extended and be strengthened, which will make it one of the country’s shining examples of successful climate policy.

What’s the latest? A cap-and-invest update

Oregon’s 2020 Legislative Session has passed the halfway mark, and a lot has happened on climate legislation. Senate Bill 1530, a cap-and-invest bill, is the year’s main focus.