Oregonian Action Guide

Oregon Environmental Council was founded in 1968 by Oregonians who wanted a strong environmental voice in decision-making.

Today, increasingly complex environmental challenges require active, informed Oregonians more than ever.

Here are some tips for exercising your responsibilities:


Stay informed:

Who is making decisions about the environment in Oregon?

More than a dozen state agencies work with The Governor’s Natural Resource Office to advance the state’s environmental programs (see 10 year plan). The state legislature shapes agency work with legislative measures and budget decisions. Agencies also carry out federal law delegated by the US EPA.

It can be challenging to track all the decisions across so many agencies! Here are a few ways to stay informed:


Speak up:

As an Oregonian and a consumer

Public opinion makes a significant difference for our elected officials, but also for the businesses that have an impact on our environment. Your duty as an Oregonian and a consumer is to send clear messages about what you value. Here are a few resources to get started:


Spread the word:

Be a catalyst for action and advocacy

Experts have shown that in addition to personal values, people are moved to action by the influence of their social circles. You can move your friends and neighbors to action by making your own actions visible and inviting others to act.

  • Make your actions visible: Look for bumper stickers, yard signs, t-shirts and other ways to express your commitment.
  • Try a fundraiser! Check out these 50 creative fundraising ideas.
  • Help raise the profile of environmental issues: like, share and comment on OEC’s Facebook page. Also check us out on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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Ways and Means members adopt HB 2020, moves forward historic climate action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2019 The Clean Energy Jobs bill now moves toward votes in House and Senate
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Oregon’s landmark climate bill moves toward Ways and Means, historic action

Natural Resources subcommittee OKs HB 2020 after amendment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 5, 2019
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April’s Action Advances Awareness As All Await Amendments: 5 Things 2 Know – Climate Work

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CLEAN ENERGY JOBS BILL SHOWS GOOD PROGRESS TOWARD HISTORIC ACTION

Oregon Environmental Council applauds the Clean Energy Jobs bill released by the Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders this week. “We deeply appreciate the hard work that has gone into the Clean Energy Jobs bill and look forward to working with state
February 1, 2019, 7:58 pm
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New state agency could meet urgent need for climate action

Gov. Kate Brown announced this week a major step toward reducing climate impacts with a proposal to create the Oregon Climate Authority after a year of harmful wildfires, algae blooms and a steady flow of alarming reports by scientists and federal agencies. Without a doubt, climate change is one of Oregon’s most urgent issues of 2018. The agency would help the state better prepare for the
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Call to action: Let’s keep the Clean Energy Jobs momentum going strong

We ask you to take a moment to contact your legislator to show continued support for the Clean Energy Jobs bill.
May 21, 2018, 10:21 pm
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Join us for a Statewide Day of Action

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Engaging Oregon’s Hispanic Community for Climate Action

Oregon Environmental Council and its partners have been working to broaden Oregon’s climate movement – looking beyond our usual allies to impacted communities and overlooked allies. In order for us to lead on climate, the movement must be broad, encompass all communities and be a place where all Oregonians feel they have a voice. While OEC has often worked to create culturally competent materials that resonate with different groups, as a part of our climate push, we are m
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400 Oregon Businesses Call for Climate Action

350 is a significant number when it comes to climate. In the words of Dr. James Hansen, one of the most respected climatologists in the world,  “CO2 will need to be reduced from [current levels] to at most 350 ppm to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed.” The current level at which we’re pumping CO2 into the atmosphere is not feasible if we are to sustain a healthy
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Join us in growing Oregon

Exciting updates to OEC’s volunteer and action network!

Are you ready to spring into action? I hope so, because I’ve got exciting news—OEC is launching a Grassroots Action & Information Network (G.A.I.N.), and you’re invited to join the fun! We’ve loved the support of our active volunteers, but now we’re ready to expand what we can offer you. Are you interested in helping OEC protect Oregon’s climate, air and water? Join us! In the past volunteer opportunities have often meant standing behind
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2 Replies to "Oregonian Action Guide"

  • luba eisenhart
    April 13, 2016 (5:42 am)
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    Valuable commentary – I Appreciate the information – Does someone know where my business might be able to get a blank a form form to edit ?

  • Oregon Environmental Council | Top Green Resolutions for 2016
    March 20, 2018 (7:46 pm)
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    […] Speak up: Your personal experience and independent opinion can be a powerful change-maker. If you’ve never written a letter to the editor or visited your state lawmaker, make 2016 your year. Don’t worry, we can help you out with these tips. […]


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