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Our work
Oregon Environmental Council works directly with businesses, elected officials and community leaders across the state to take real and immediate action to curb the biggest driver of climate change: greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels. By working now for lasting solutions, OEC helps protect the state against the costly and dangerous effects of extreme weather and air pollution while helping to build a strong clean energy economy for us all.Everything in our lives depends on the climate, from the food we eat to the water that supports our health, homes and industries. But our climate is changing and the impacts are appearing across Oregon: extreme heat that harms the most vulnerable amongst us and outdoor workers, changes to our ocean that threaten our fish and shellfish, and low snow levels that cause droughts and impacts our tourism and recreation.

OEC is acting now to reduce climate pollution and protect the Oregon we love. We are working to cut pollution by transitioning to cleaner energy, cleaner fuels, and climate friendly transportation options. The result will be cleaner air, a stronger economy, more jobs and healthier, more vibrant communities.”

Capping Climate Pollution: Clean Energy Jobs
More than 800 Oregon businesses and 15,500 individuals support our state’s contribution to the global fight against climate change. They have signed petitions calling for a transition from polluting energy to a clean energy economy. As a result, leaders, environmental champions and a large coalition supports the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs bill.

The bill puts a limit, or cap, on pollution that declines over time. It requires large emitters to hold permits for their pollution. Proceeds raised from selling those permits get reinvested back into improving Oregonian’s lives: making homes and buildings sip energy and save on utility costs, supporting cleaner transportation options, and making communities more resilient to climate impacts. Learn more about the bill.

Clean sources, clean energy
Turning on our lights and running our refrigerators doesn’t have to wreck the climate. Energy efficiency and renewable energy--like wind and solar power--are widely available and ready for much broader use. In 2016, Oregon Environmental Council and partners helped pass the Clean Electricity, Coal Transition bill. It was a first-of-its-kind law to transition off coal, double the use of renewable energy, create a new community solar program, and allow utilities to start meaningful investments in recharging stations for electric cars, trucks, and buses.

Making sure we use energy wisely is one of the best long-term solutions. The less energy we use, the fewer the impacts along the way. Energy efficiency, which includes everything from thicker wall insulation to smarter lighting and appliances, has been one of the most reliable and lasting ways to cut climate pollution.

When combined with our legacy of hydropower, Oregon’s electricity mix will be more than 80% clean and renewable — some of the cleanest in the nation! Read more about how we got to this victory and sign up for OEC’s Grassroots Action and Information Network to be alerted to timely ways that you can help us act on climate.

Making Oregon a Clean Energy Leader: Renew Oregon
Clean fuels

The largest source of Oregon’s climate pollution comes from transportation--nearly 40 percent! All those tailpipes put out not only greenhouse gases, but many other harmful air toxics. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Cleaner fuels, like electricity and biogas, can power everything from garbage trucks to delivery trucks to the family car.

The Oregon Clean Fuels Program, requires transportation fuels to become 10% less carbon intensive over 10 years by swapping cleaner fuels for traditional gasoline and diesel. It’s one of the key transportation sector solutions for fighting climate pollution. OEC helped pass, defend, and ensure strong implementation for the program, which has already cut over 1.4 million metric tons of climate pollution.

Clean transportation for all

The way we get around makes a real difference for our health and environment. Cars and trucks emit nearly 40 percent of Oregon’s climate pollution and more than one-half of Oregon’s air pollution. Runoff from streets and parking lots pollutes our water. Poorly planned roads lead to sprawl, which threatens Oregon’s forests and farms. Communities where residents can’t walk or bicycle safely have higher rates of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

It’s time for an eco-friendly transportation system that supports clean air, climate stability, and healthy families living in economically vibrant neighborhoods. A system that provides everyone—including those too young, too old, too poor, or physically unable to drive—with equitable access to the places they need and want to go.

Find out more about Eco-friendly transportation solutions.

  • Our past successes

    Oregon Environmental Council promotes public policies to slow climate change while sharing solutions that individuals and businesses can easily employ to protect our environment. Together, these policies will lay the groundwork for a new clean energy economy that creates good paying jobs.

  • We championed ...

    The state’s most environmentally-friendly transportation package that provided dedicated funding for transit, incentives for electric cars, and took steps on managing congestion.

  • We passed ...

    The Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, a first-of-its-kind law to transition Oregon off of polluting coal-fired power while simultaneously DOUBLING the state’s commitment to clean electricity to 50 percent new, renewable energy — like solar and wind — by 2040. When combined with our legacy of hydropower, Oregon’s electricity mix will be more than 80 percent clean and renewable — some of the cleanest in the nation! Our state received global recognition for this pioneering law, and has created a model for getting off of coal that other states can follow.

  • We championed ...

    The innovative Clean Fuels Standard, which will cut climate warming pollution from transportation fuels by 10 percent.

  • We helped ...

    Broker the shut down of Oregon’s only coal-fired power plant and single-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • We helped ...

    Pass of the Clean Car Standards, providing greater protections for our communities against tailpipe emissions and the dirty air and climate pollution these emissions cause. These standards were adopted at the federal level--multiplying the impact of Oregon’s actions.

  • We worked ...

    To pass our state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, which are the second strongest such goals in the nations.

  • We need ...

    To account for the true cost of climate pollution on an economy-wide basis. Oregon has pledged to put a price on climate pollution as part of the Pacific Coast Collaborative. OEC is laying the foundation for Oregon to limit pollution and inspire other states to follow towards a national movement against pollution.

Promoting Climate-Resilient Agriculture

Oregon’s natural and working lands are impacted by climate change, and with farmland covering more than a quarter of the state, our agriculture sector must be supported with policies that help farmers and rural communities succeed.

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute’s 2017 assessment predicts that warming temperatures, changing rain and snow patterns, droughts and increasing carbon dioxide levels will impact crop planting schedules, pest management strategies, crop growth and yield, livestock health, soil retention and more.