The art of collaboration: working together for conservation

It seems so rare now, Democrats and Republicans working together towards shared conservation goals. But in the 1970s, Oregon was an epicenter of bipartisan cooperation that established important, groundbreaking environmental policy that has shaped our state to this day.

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Jars full of air and other lessons

By Sabrina Cerquera, Environmental Health Intern “If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live.” — Hippocrates As an environmental studies and political science student at Lewis & Clark College, I held this ancient quote in the forefront of my mind to remind me of two things: we all share the same land, air and water; and we must reflect on the past in order to move forward with change. In the past six weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to put these theories, as ...

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Angus Duncan

“Whatever is in the air, and the water, and the soil and the trees- I had a lot of opportunity to ingest it. Ultimately, you see enough of the world, and you realize what a great place Oregon is."

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We’re looking for a Legislative Director!

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY Oregon Environmental Council—a nonpartisan, membership-based nonprofit—seeks a dynamic team player with lobbying and policy advocacy experience to fill our Legislative Director position. The Legislative Director advances our collaborative, proactive policy agenda before the state legislature and executive branch, as well as occasional work with city and county elected officials, tribal governments, and Oregon’s congressional delegation. The Legislative Director is Oregon Environmental Council’s voice in Oregon’s Capitol ...

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We’re looking for a Major Gifts Officer!

Oregon Environmental Council seeks an experienced fundraiser who is passionate about connecting donors with ways to protect what they love about Oregon’s environment. Come join our team! SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY Oregon Environmental Council’s development team is responsible for raising the resources to support the organization’s strategic goals via foundations and grants, corporate giving, membership, planned giving and major donor fundraising. Reporting to the Director of Development and working closely with the Executive Director, ...

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Vigilance must remain, despite departure of EPA chief

When Scott Pruitt was first appointed to head the Environmental Protection Agency, I was asked in an interview with Jefferson Public Radio whether he was really the worst ever pick for the agency. I replied “yes.” But even then, I could hardly imagine the damage the now former EPA chief would do. While ignoring decades of scientific research, Scott Pruitt gutted proposed rules for reviewing chemical safety (while rubber-stamping hundreds of new chemicals); rolled back a regulation that requires factories to run their air pollution control systems; was instrumental ...

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Take a tick seriously

Our climate is changing and this will change our lives. It will also change the lives of all kinds of critters in Oregon. Which is why we'd like to talk about ticks and why it's important to take a tick seriously. We can expect insects—including ticks and mosquitos—will appear in different places, at different times, in different numbers, and with different diseases than they carry today. So what does that mean for our health? Doctors must learn to spot symptoms and identify disease that may be new to them. Public health professionals will be challenged to ...

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Top tips for Oregon summer adventurers

Adventuring in Oregon can do wonders for your mind, body and spirit—if you plan ahead for health risks in today’s changing climate. Whether your plan is to lounge in a local park or set off trekking the far-flung places, we wish you awe, bliss and delight! Before you go, know this: today’s summer hazards are different than they were a generation ago. Climate change and ozone depletion have changed the nature of bug bites, sun exposure, allergies and asthma. A little precaution can go a long way to keep these hazards from putting a damper on your fun. Take ...

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Green Trivia Night

Join the Emerging Leaders of Oregon Environmental Council and test your environmental know-how! WHEN: Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 PM - 9 PM WHERE: Migration Brewing, 2828 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232 Think you know your stuff when it comes to Oregon & the outdoors? What about environmental policies that have shaped our state? Our state bird? The most common insect? How clean is our air compared to other states? Go up against other environmental nonprofits, law firms, businesses, friend groups and families and more at Green Trivia Night hosted by Oregon ...

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Alison Hopcroft

"I realize that I can spend my entire life doing important work that gives back to the community that makes an impact in the world….but I’ll never be able to personally make a difference with all of the issues that I care about."

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