Oregon Values Held Strong on the 2018 Ballot

Oregon Environmental Council staff and board are feeling both grateful and energized to see how Oregonians voted on critical ballot measures in the 2018 midterm election. With 69.06% of eligible voters turning out across the state, Oregonians stood by healthy and safe communities as a priority. And Portland’s clean energy measure showed that Oregon is among the many states taking bold action to address climate change. The outcomes, as of 11/09/2018: Measure 102: PASSED with 56.77% of the vote. This measure will help Oregon respond to the unprecedented ...

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Where there’s smoke….

Oregon is feeling the devastation of California’s fires this November, and our friends and neighbors will need our help to recover. We’re also likely to feel the smoke here in Oregon.(See NY Times: How To Help Those Affected by the California Fires).The jet stream can carry smoke and particles from Western fires all the way across the country, according to NASA. When weather pulls that smoke out of jet stream and down to breathing levels, it can harm health hundreds of miles away from the fire. We’re grateful for doctors, nurses and caregivers who help people ...

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Untangling Measure 104

Hundreds of programs statewide that protect our favorite outdoor activities and our basic necessities, like air and water, rely on taxes and fees for those protections. But there’s a sneaky ballot measure on Tuesday’s election that threatens to do enormous harm to the Oregon Constitution

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We’re looking for a Communications Director!

Oregon Environmental Council is hiring a communications director to lead our marketing/communications team in maintaining a strong public presence for OEC through earned, owned and social media channels. The director develops and helps execute our strategic communications plan to grow public support for OEC's programmatic and organizational goals and to reflect our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.Scope of ResponsibilityOregon Environmental Council’s communications director leads our “marcom” team in maintaining a strong public ...

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A 100-Year Vision for Water

Water defines Oregon, but investments are not keeping up with the need. Now the state is developing a plan to ensure a secure and resilient water future for all Oregonians.

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Oregonians attend DEQ hearing to speak against EPA rollbacks

Dozens of concerned Oregonians left messages of opposition to proposals that would reverse environmental standards that protect our climate from greenhouse gases and communities from harmful air pollution during a public gathering in Portland.Organized by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Multnomah County after the federal administration refused to plan a public hearing in the state, the hearing included a court reporter so that residents, families, doctors, teachers and others could formally speak their concerns. Others left written statem...

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We’re looking for a Major Gifts Director!

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 ResponsibilityOregon 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 Executive Director, the Major Gifts Director supports Oregon Environmental ...

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A chance to speak up about federal roll backs

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has planned a public forum for residents to comment on the Trump Administration's proposals to rollback clean car standards and the Clean Power Plan. Coal and cars have been the top two sources of emmissions in the United States.The Obama Administration adopted proposals to cut emissions from these two sectors. The Trump Administration is now rolling them back. Periods for public comment are about to expire, and DEQ will forward messages to the federal agencies before deadlines. Oregon Environmental Council strongly ...

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Warning for Do-It-Yourself Projects

Two deadly paint stripping ingredients are for sale on hardware-store shelves today, right next to safer alternatives. Even if you use protective gear, the health risks may be serious. These chemicals are linked to 60 deaths in the United States, including the death of Michael Richartz of Portland, Oregon, who was stripping paint from a bathtub when he was overcome. That doesn’t begin to count the harm to the nervous system, reproductive system and children’s developing bodies. If you are a hobbyist or handy-person, here is more information to help protect ...

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Oregon’s proposed law shields the state from federal rollbacks

Gov. Brown proposes to enshrine Clean Air and Clean Water Act protections into law.

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