15 results for author: Nora Apter

Strengthening Oregon’s Climate Protection Program

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is getting closer to finalizing rules for a new Climate Protection Program. Over the past year, DEQ has made a number of positive changes to strengthen the rules; however, a few key policy design features still hang in the balance.  The Climate Protection Program aims to address the effects of climate change by capping and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Oregon’s top polluting sources: transportation fuels, natural gas, and large industrial emitters. A well-designed Climate Protection Program provides Oregon a vital opportunity to demonstrate leadership and make progress in the fight ...

Building Back Better with a Strong Reconciliation Package

OEC and nearly 50 other state-based partners call on congressional leaders to build back better through bold investments in climate, jobs, and justice. August 26, 2021  RE: Please help Oregon build back better by supporting an equitable economic recovery and health outcomes, family-sustaining jobs, and a transition to a clean energy economy.  Dear Senator,  Throughout this summer, Oregonians across the state have experienced record-breaking heat waves, which have killed some 100 people, sent thousands to emergency rooms for heat-related illness, and forced dozens of small businesses to close their doors. With climate-fueled extreme ...

OEC & Partners Advocate to Strengthen the Climate Protection Program

July 16, 2021 Governor Kate Brown Office of the Governor 900 Court Street NE, Suite 254 Salem, OR 97301-4047 Director Richard Whitman Department of Environmental Quality 700 NE Multnomah St. Suite 600 Portland, OR 97232 Cc: Chair George and Members of the Environmental Quality Commission Governor Brown and Director Whitman, On behalf of the undersigned groups representing environmental justice, business, culturally-specific and climate advocacy organizations from across Oregon, we write to reiterate our concerns--and suggestions for strengthening--the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s draft ...

Oregon Climate Action Plan: 2021 Progress Report

One year after the signing of Executive Order 20-04, our coalition released a robust report assessing the state’s progress on implementation.

Celebrating Year 1 of the Oregon Climate Action Plan

Today we celebrate Oregon’s leadership, the tireless work of coalition partners, and a more stable future thanks to Executive Order 20-04.

Federal climate action paves the way for progress

OEC’s climate team breaks down the ins and outs of what Biden’s “Climate Day” means for Oregon

The single most important action you can take to protect Oregon’s climate, future

We need to elect pro-climate officials at every level to protect our environment and ensure a stable climate for future generations In a matter of days, tens of thousands of Oregonians were put under evacuation orders, thousands of families lost their homes, and nine people lost their lives. More than a million acres of precious Oregon lands--including critical carbon stores--were destroyed. Dense smoke led to air quality so beyond hazardous that public officials issued a statewide advisory instructing Oregonians to stay indoors. And here’s the kicker: if we do not reverse current climate pollution trends, devastating wildfires like the ones ...

Building Back Better: What a Green Stimulus Could Look Like for Oregon

So what does building back better look like?

Strengthening clean fuels and expanding transportation electrification in Oregon

Oregon moves forward with its effort to expand its Clean Fuels Program credits, advance emissions-free transportation electrification Oregon is building on its strong leadership to reduce climate pollution from transportation fuels, as part of its work to implement the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP)--Gov. Kate Brown’s March 2020 executive order on the climate crisis. One of the OCAP directives that we at OEC are most excited about is extending and strengthening Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. Since 2016, the Clean Fuels Program has been creating jobs and working to lower pollution from fuels by making cleaner options available. In its first ...

Save money on groceries and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time

Reducing food waste can save consumers money and help Oregon meet its climate goals-- now that’s what we call a double win!