Right now, there is an important conversation happening in Oregon, and around the country, about buildings. The buildings in which we live and work are a critical piece of the climate puzzle. They are both vital to reducing climate change causing fossil fuels and our first line of defense against climate harms like extreme heat, wildfire smoke, and air pollution.
Buildings are the second largest–and growing–source of climate pollution in Oregon, responsible for 34 percent of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions. This is due to the fossil fuels used for electricity to power our homes and buildings, and the fossil gas piped in for heating ...
As ODOT considers transportation pricing in the Portland region, we explain why “congestion pricing” is the most effective long-term way to address our traffic woes.
The roads belong to the public. We own the right-of-way, the sidewalks and curbs and the street.
Oregon Environmental Council, through a coalition of organizations, has filed ballot proposals for the 2020 general election that will place our state on a path toward a 100% Clean Economy and 100% Clean Electricity for everyone.
Tomorrow, we formally launch our campaign. Be the first to follow 100% Ready for Clean Air:
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Oregon is ready to transition off fossil fuels and build a 100% clean economy.
Oregon must do our part as a leader to protect the natural heritage of clean air and clean water we’re so proud of. Seven of 10 Oregonians continue supporting a cap-and-trade policy, yet we can’t guarantee the state Legisla...
Youth from around the globe came together for an intense week of climate action this September. They organized gatherings, rallies, marches, speeches, direct actions, and events to bring awareness to the current climate crisis and push decision-makers to take meaningful action on climate.
As a resource for communities around the state, Oregon Environmental Council has developed a fact sheet that describes how air pollution affects Oregonians’ health, the major sources of air pollution in Oregon, and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. This fact sheet is available in English, Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Oregon Environmental Council has been a long-time champion for health-first clean air solutions. We promote protective public policies, including the 2019 diesel clean-up bill; provide tips on how to reduce personal exposure to air pollution as well as how to ...
In the unprecedented world facing us, what’s the most powerful statement you can make? It’s showing up to say I care about protecting people, defending clean air and water, and giving our kids a better life. On Saturday, Nov. 4th, we all need to show up. Check it out.
Oregonians have been organizing for years. On November 4th, people across the state gather to show our legislators we can't wait any longer for a strong, equitable climate policy in Oregon.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get together with friends, enjoy a beverage and talk about shared values, then look no farther. Join Oregon Environmental Council, founding ...
Good news in the environmental world can feel hard to come by these days. That’s why it's more important than ever that we elevate and celebrate local success stories. SeQuential Biofuels is one of those local stories worth celebrating.
An Oregon business that recycles used cooking oil, SeQuential takes waste that would otherwise be thrown out with the nightly trash, and converts it into clean burning biodiesel.
An early participant in the Oregon Clean Fuels Standard, Portland-based SeQuential is proving that the Standard is a success. Their company is growing, and their biodiesel is sold all over the state (you may have even bought their fuel ...
Wonder how Oregon is doing at meeting climate and clean energy goals? A new, visually-compelling Clean Energy Report Card grades Oregon’s progress toward a clean energy economy, and shows a suite of solutions which will create good paying jobs, make the air cleaner and promote healthy communities.
The Report Card also provides inspiring examples of clean energy solutions--like how Pendelton has become a leader in solar installations. It includes surprising facts, including that transit projects create 70% more jobs compared to highway projects. It underscores that Oregon needs several solutions working together to accelerate the clean energy ...
Myths and Facts About Wood Smoke
Is the ambiance of a fireplace and the coziness of a wood stove worth serious health consequences? Take a moment to learn more about the downsides of wood smoke and how to reduce health impacts on your neighbors and your family.
Myth: Wood is a natural substance, so burning it couldn’t be bad.
Fact: Some 400,000 years ago, our ancestors learned how to make fire, and we’ve been burning wood ever since. But that doesn’t mean that inhaling wood smoke is good for our health. We all know that tobacco—a natural substance—is a carcinogen. Likewise arsenic—another naturally occurring substance—is ...