Clean Air Champions

Many community organizations in Oregon have made clean air solutions a top priority and are doing critical work to ensure that Oregon decision-makers:

  • understand the effects of air pollution on our health
  • hear from marginalized communities where exposure is highest
  • explore solutions that will protect health

OEC applauds the efforts of these groups and individuals who are tackling air pollution to improve public health.

Beyond Toxics is committed to alleviating the effects of air pollution by improving state and local air quality policies to reduce air toxics, diesel particulate, fine particulates, and other hazardous air pollutants released into the air.

Concerned Citizens for Clean Air is a Central coast/ Lincoln County advocacy group concerned with herbicide spraying and industrial emissions

Crag Law Center  was founded in the summer of 2001 with the primary purpose of building the capacity of so many other dedicated individuals and organizations striving to create positive change. Crag Law Center led a diverse coalition of eleven environmental and social justice groups, who submitted comments on a proposed temporary rule that would regulate emissions of air toxics from colored glass manufacturing facilities.

Eastside Portland Air Coalition (EPAC) formed via social media when high levels of heavy metals were detected from industrial facilities near their neighborhood. Today, they advocate for stronger health-based regulations for industry, as well as demanding action on other sources of air quality concerns.

Neighbors for Clean Air educates, motivates and activates citizens in efforts to improve air quality in Portland and Oregon. NCA collaborates with elected officials to promote regulations and policies that best protect public health, works with businesses subject to air quality regulation and provide opportunities for dialogue about their efforts to reduce emissions and the results of those efforts, and continues to build a coalition of likeminded individuals and organizations to strengthen a public voice.

Northwest District Association’s air quality committee strives to monitor and improve the quality of the air in the Northwest neighborhood with the goal of creating a healthy environment for everyone living, working in, and visiting the neighborhood. Sharon Genasci chairs the Committee.

Organizing People, Activating Leaders (OPAL) builds power for Environmental Justice and Civil Rights in our communities. They organize low-income communities and people of color to achieve a safe and healthy environment where we live, work, learn, play and pray. They strive to create opportunities for meaningful participation in decision making.

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility is concerned with high levels of airborne toxics in Portland neighborhoods. Air toxics have the potential to cause serious harm to human health, including increased chances of getting cancer and heart disease, neurological and developmental disorders, respiratory and other health problems.

Rogue Valley Clean Air is a campaign of the Rogue Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (RVMPO) dedicated to educating the public and businesses about air quality issues.

South Portland Air Quality

These agencies and cross-agency initiatives may also be useful contacts:

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