Stronger Together: Environmental legislation on our radar
OEC has six legislative priorities in the 2015 session, several of which involve a number of partners, but our work doesn’t end there! We support additional protections for the environment, including the following, and are tracking a number of other bills that could positively or negatively impact Oregon’s environment.
Oregon Conservation Network’s Priorities for a Healthy Oregon
OEC is a member of the Oregon Conservation Network, a coalition of over 40 organizations throughout the state that work together to defend and increase protections for the environment in the Oregon Legislature. Each session, we unite around several key bills. Read more about this session’s Priorities for a Healthy Oregon.
What’s next on the carbon-busting agenda?
Now that we’ve secured the Clean Fuels Program, OEC is turning its attention to other important policies to reduce carbon pollution. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet—tackling climate change requires overarching policies, like putting a price on carbon, and complementary policies that advance low-carbon technologies more quickly and support people in adopting more climate-friendly lifestyles. Among other things, OEC will be lending our voice to a robust discussion this legislative session about how to limit and price carbon in Oregon. Read more about legislation to curb carbon.
Restoring outdoor education for Oregon students
Outdoor education has been an Oregon tradition for over 50 years—yet today less than half of all Oregon students have the opportunity to participate in outdoor education programs. Outdoor school helps young people gain the knowledge and perspectives to make responsible choices about our natural resources throughout their lives. OEC has endorsed the campaign, led by Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition to secure significant and lasting public funding for every Oregon fifth or sixth grader to experience a full week of Outdoor School or similar programming.