Regaining Our Green Edge: The Portland Mayoral Debate recap

Oregonian: Portland’s Toxic Air: Mayoral Candidates Debate Better Regulation

Mounting concerns about the state’s handling of toxic air pushed Portland’s top mayoral candidates to blast state watchdogs Thursday and pledge better regulation.

KOIN: Ted Wheeler, Jules Bailey and Sarah Iannarone discussed environmental issues

On the local air quality issue:  “The Oregon DEQ let us down,” Wheeler said. “The question is, is the [DEQ] going to step up and provide the enforcement, or does this region need to go on its own?” Iannarone stressed the importance of keeping locals informed. And Bailey commented that he has seen firsthand how industry affects the DEQ and regulations. “We’ve been a city that’s prided ourself on sustainability leadership and we’ve got to get back there,” Bailey said. “We have air toxins… we need a regional authority.”

Portland Tribune: No Trash Talk During Mayoral Environmental Debate

Iannarone wanted to “make sure that we’re listening to the community. That we are listening to what they want instead of what we think they need.”  In response to a question about the recent air quality concerns beginning in Southeast Portland near where she lives, Iannarone asked: “Do we need a regional airshed monitoring group?” She suggested looking for citizen partnerships and ensuring the collection of data.  Bailey championed his idea of a Portland-wide regional air quality authority in order to alleviate growing concerns over the city’s air quality and the lack of state intervention in diesel and small industrial fumes.  Wheeler was direct. “Oregon DEQ let us down,” he said. “They are good people but when it came to sharing info, being transparent, they absolutely let us down.” He floated the idea of a penalty structure for local polluters: “It’s very important that we get this right. This is a matter of life or death.

Related Posts
Filter by
Post Page
Featured Transportation Solutions Policy OEC News/Updates/Events Toxics-Free Environments Air Quality Climate Protection OEC Membership Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Emerging Leaders Board Water News
Sort by

Supporter Spotlight: Joel Newman & Soccer Shots Portland

In 2021, Joel Newman and his wife
May 24, 2023, 3:48 pm


ODOT Mega-projects in the Portland area

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a mega-project wishlist. The top projects on this list are the Abernethy Bridge on I-205, and the Boone Bridge, the Rose Quarter, and the Columbia River Crossing on I-5.  These projects have been waiting for funding for years or even decades. A total price tag for Oregon of at least four billion dollars seems likely, and for that, we’ll receive a few short segments of highways with more la
October 5, 2021, 12:13 pm


Oregon Environmental Council: Andrea Durbin to transition to City of Portland leadership

After 12 years with OEC, Durbin will head the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
February 22, 2019, 5:32 pm


Cleaner air and construction for Portland

Today, Portland adopted “clean air construction standards,” a policy that will bring an end to the dirtiest diesel construction equipment on city-funded projects. They’ll start by restricting idling of heavy-duty diesel engines on construction sites, and move on to require cleaner engines. What gr
December 13, 2018, 11:54 pm


B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery: Moving Portland Into the Future, Today

B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery is a company unlike any other operating in the US today. Founded in 2009 by Franklin Jones, the idea for this Portland business came to him as he rode by bike from Japan to Ireland. Traversing continents, Franklin rode through cities of all shapes and sizes, experiencing the varied ways different cultures deliver goods and manage logistics. He saw that many cultures utilize
May 3, 2017, 4:14 pm


Portland Thorns FC EARTH DAY Match with OEC

Celebrate Earth Month with the #1 women’s sports team in the world + support Oregon’s oldest statewide environmental group. Tickets sold at a reduced rate – with ⅓ of your purchase going straight back to OEC. Portland Thorns FC Earth Day Match with OEC SEASON OPENER! Saturday, April 1
March 29, 2017, 11:42 pm


Portland Leads On Climate – Again!

Scores, labels and ratings — they’re all a regular part of how we communicate information. We consult miles-per-gallon ratings on cars, nutrition labels on food, and Energy Guide labels on appliances to make informed consumer decisions. But consumer labeling for homes have been inconsistent and unavailable in most real estate markets. Not so anymore for the Portland market. Yesterday
December 16, 2016, 12:47 am


March 3: Portland Mayoral Debate

Join Us for the 2016 Portland Mayoral Debate: Regaining Our Green Edge, a debate on Portland’s top environmental priorities. PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES Treasurer Ted Wheeler Commissioner Jules Bailey Sarah Iannarone Thursday, March 3, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Location: Benson Polytechnic High School (auditorium) 546 NE 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97232 This event is hosted by 
February 24, 2016, 8:32 pm


Portland Addresses Climate Change through Action Plan

With the release of a new 2015 Climate Action Plan, the City of Portland and Multnomah County are giving us a chance to think globally, but act locally. And they want your input on it. The draft plan provides a roadmap for our community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent
March 11, 2015, 2:41 am



No Replies to "Regaining Our Green Edge: The Portland Mayoral Debate recap"