4 results for author: Raphaela Hsu-Flanders


Speak up for Transportation Justice

Calling all Oregonians: Join us as we stand with partners across the state in support of drivers licenses for all: the “Equal Access to Roads Act” (House Bill 2015).Who should be licensed to drive? For many years, in order to get a driver’s license in Oregon, people had to prove three things: driving skills, residence in Oregon, and identity. But in the last ten years, those who want to drive must also show their citizen status to get a license or permit. As a result, thousands of Oregonians have no way to get a legal license to drive.Even to drive a child to school, or a doctor’s appointment would mean breaking the law. In ...

It’s time to pass this good idea: household hazardous waste stewardship

In 2017, the Oregon Poison Center received 3,478 phone calls from people accidentally exposed to spills, leaks, or other accidental exposure to household products.¹ Today, we have the opportunity to advocate for a bill that would protect against these incidents--and protect our environment--by ensuring the proper disposal of hazardous household waste in Oregon.House bill 2772, introduced last month, would establish a statewide stewardship program for household products that are flammable, corrosive or toxic--such as roach spray, oven cleaner, paint stripper and more. It would create a fund to ensure that the program is supported statewide. OEC ...

May is Bike Month!

After seemingly endless months of rain, Spring is here! Which means many of Oregon’s streets are now filled with even more bicyclists!Oregon’s most populated area, the Portland metro region, has the highest rate of commuters biking to work in the nation, which means we are collectively spending less money on transportation, driving fewer miles, and emitting less carbon dioxide into our atmosphere.To top all of that off, May is National Bike Month. At Oregon Environmental Council we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the many benefits of biking! More than half our staff bikes to work regularly, and we encourage others to join us in ...

Emerging Leaders Alumni Program Launches

Eight years after starting, we realize it’s time to celebrate the nearly 50 people who’ve been a part of our Emerging Leaders Board, a diverse, powerful network of young professionals who collectively contribute to our work, both while serving on the board and after.This April, we officially launched our Emerging Leaders Board (ELB) Alumni Program with a happy hour at Migration Brewing in Northeast Portland. Board members from 2010 through today gathered to reminisce, share notes, and get to know new members.Members of Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board serve 18-month terms, with many staying for two rounds and up to ...