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OEC Is In Willamette Week’s Give!Guide 2019, Donate Online Today!

This is the second year OEC will be in the Willamette Week's Give!Guide and we could not be more excited! Giving online started November 1. Don't miss this chance to do good by Oregon and help protect our air, water, and land for future generations. There are many opportunities to win awesome prizes, attend exciting events put together by nonprofits, and attend amazing live music performances too. Get a jump start on your holiday giving and do good while getting a little something in return for your kindness. Giving to OEC is not just good for the environment, it could be good for you too. Check out the 2019 events and prizes below: Give!Guide ...

OEC Announces New Executive Director, Diana Nuñez

Nuñez brings two decades of leadership expertise and strong commitment to equity and engagement  PORTLAND, OR—Oregon Environmental Council is pleased to announce that Diana Nuñez has been selected to serve as the organization’s new executive director. Nuñez, who has served as OEC’s Interim Executive Director since April, was selected as the result of a rigorous, seven-month national search. Nuñez distinguished herself from all other candidates through her passion for the environment; leadership expertise; dedication to building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and vision for future growth. “I am so honored to have ...

We’re looking for a Climate Program Director!

Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a skilled and motivated Climate Program Director to help enact and implement climate policies and programs in Oregon that significantly and equitably reduce climate pollution, thereby helping Oregon meet statewide greenhouse gas reduction targets and demonstrating the feasibility and effectiveness of climate leadership to other states and countries. OEC focuses primarily on state-level climate solutions, coordinating with national and regional advocates, and occasionally forwards local-level solutions.   Scope of Responsibility The Climate Program Director’s portfolio includes helping pass and ...

Oregon Legislature Passes Bill To Curb Toxic Diesel Exhaust

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Oregonians from Diesel Pollution SALEM -- In a 16-to-11 vote in favor of HB 2007, after a 44-to-15 vote in favor by the Oregon House, the Oregon Senate has passed a bill to protect the health of Oregonians from harmful diesel pollution. . HB 2007 requires the clean-up of old dirty diesel engines in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, where 44% of the state’s population lives.When diesel is burned, it emits fine particulate matter, NOx (a smog-forming pollutant), and 44 air toxics, such as benzene and acetaldehyde. This diesel exhaust is uniquely toxic; its human health toll includes cancer, heart ...

Oregon House Votes to Curb Diesel Pollution

Old dirty diesel engines may soon be on their way out SALEM -- Diesel exhaust from heavy-duty engines is one of Oregon’s biggest air toxic problems and can be solved by replacing old polluting engines with newer diesel engines or with trucks and equipment that run on cleaner fuels like electricity. In a 44 to 15 vote in favor of HB 2007, the Oregon House has chosen to accelerate this critical transition. “We have known about diesel’s pernicious impacts on human health for decades,” said Morgan Gratz-Weiser, Legislative Director of Oregon Environmental Council. “Today’s landmark vote signals that the Oregon House cares about Oregonian...

OEC Battles Chemical Industry Over Safer Kids’ Products

In 2015, Oregon Environmental Council championed the Toxic Free Kids Act. The law is designed to make children’s products safer by eliminating toxic chemicals scientifically linked to health impacts. Now, this landmark protection for kids and consumers is nearing a critical crossroads. In a recent meeting with state agencies, industry trade groups launched another attack on the law. They want to be able to continue using toxic chemicals without proving their products are safe. On top of that, some manufacturers want Oregon taxpayers to foot the bill when they are required to assess the safety of the children’s products that bring them ...

Oregon Lawmakers Take Action Against White House Attacks on Environmental Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2019 PORTLAND, OR - The Environmental Protection Act (HB 2250) has passed the Senate and is headed to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown. HB 2250 ensures that Oregon’s standards for clean air and clean water remain high even as the Trump Administration continues to roll back environmental laws at the federal level. We are in an unprecedented era where we cannot take environmental protections for granted. Clean air and clean water are the building blocks of a thriving society and strong economy. These protections are fundamental to environmental and public health. They ensure safe drinking water, clean water for ...

Transportation Options Abound During National Bike Month!

May is here and warmer weather is on the way. Spring is calling us to get out and enjoy all the beauty Oregon has to offer. May is also National Bike Month and that means many of us have an extra impetus to commute to work via bike and log more miles on our city streets over the weekend. It is no secret that the Portland metro region has one of the highest rate of commuters biking to work in the nation, and National Bike Month is a great reason to join the the ranks. All these bikes on the road have a positive impact on the environment and the individual. Commuting to work and running errands via bike is cost effective, reduces your carbon ...