Policy

Oregon Environmental Council advances effective public policies that safeguard our future. Here are the latest updates on actions from the Oregon Legislature, Governor’s Office and state agencies:


Federal climate action paves the way for progress

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

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Statement on Protecting Oregon’s Democratic Process

OEC's Executive Director calls for accountability and ensured safety to protect the rights of Oregonians as the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session begins

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2021 Water Outlook

OEC’s water program sets its eyes on natural infrastructure and water justice in 2021

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Advocates hold commissioners’ feet to the fire

Oregon Transportation Commission decision advances climate-friendly projects but fails to meet the urgency of the climate crisis

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2020 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Despite being only a handful of months ago, the 2020 Legislative Session already feels like the distant past. OEC came into the “short” session confident that 2020 would be the year for climate action.  After the 2019 session came to a dramatic close, the Renew Oregon coalition, (OEC is a steering committee member), got back to work putting together climate policy in collaboration with the Governor’s office and the environmental leaders in the legislature.  We started the 2020 session with a full agenda of policy goals. In addition to climate, we advanced work ...

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Your Vote Matters – Our Issue Endorsements

From fair and honest elections to investments in biking, walking and electric buses, here are our picks for Oregon ballot measures that are critical to our environment, health and democracy.

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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 ...

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transforming transportation: working together to accelerate electrification

Cutting down diesel pollution not only improves human health and mitigates climate impact, it also keeps our money local and creates new jobs. On July 10th, Governor Brown signed on to a memorandum of understanding with governors of 14 other states, committing to work together to accelerate the electrification of medium and heavy duty trucks.  This is just the beginning of an important push to make sure that the heavy trucks driving through our communities get cleaner as fast as possible. These vehicles- box trucks, trash trucks, trailer trucks, school buses, and ...

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Advancing Equity in Transportation Systems

We know that our transportation system is not equitable. A system centered on moving vehicles, not people and goods, is not equitable. Most of us don’t think about “transportation” as an issue. We think about our commute, our errands, our trip to drop the kids off at school. Transportation is so completely woven into our lives that we don’t think about it separately. We also don’t question whether the way we get around could be different, or should be different. It just is the way it is, right? Because of this, we often can’t see how the way it is ...

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How energy efficient are your computers, appliances?

Energy efficient appliances can save consumers money and help Oregon meet its climate goals.

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