13 results for tag: #ItsYourOregon

Transportation Transformation: The Writing Is On The Wall

Greenhouse gas emissions aren’t something you can easily feel or smell or see in your daily life. It’s hard for us to get a sense of what the volume is, and whether it’s going up or down. That’s why it’s so important to track the measurements to see what’s working and what isn’t workingOn September 18, the City of Portland released a report on greenhouse gas emissions in Multnomah County from 1990 to 2017. This report tells us that some things are working, though not quickly enough, and some things are working much worse than others.Here’s the good news: Emissions are down nearly 40% from 1990 levels, even though the population ...

Youth activism continues to inspire, push for bold climate action

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.

Air Pollution Facts & Tips

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 ...

Sponsored content: Celebrating 50 years Innovation: Intel & Oregon Environmental Council

Our state motto, “she flies with her own wings,” has long been reflected in the spirit of the people of Oregon, with a readiness to embrace new ideas and look towards the possibilities of tomorrow.

Curbside Recycling: Four Love Stories and a Kitchen Table

by Kevin KasowskiThe idea for one of the rituals at the heart of being an Oregonian – taking the recycling bin out to the curb each week – was conceived at a kitchen table, and born thanks to a little “pillow talk.”If you’re over 40, you may remember hauling tied up bundles of newspaper to a local recycling depot back in the day. For most other household “leftovers” there was nowhere else to go, except the garbage can and then the landfill.Our Bottle Bill, enacted in 1971, with Oregon Environmental Council’s (OEC)  help, began to change that (at least with respect to glass and aluminum), but in the early 1980s, a small ...

Corinne Handelman

Corrine first started working with Oregon Environmental Council back in 2012, collecting signatures for the Toxic Free Kids Act. More recently, she served on the Emerging Leaders Board...

2001: Mercury Reduction Act

In 2001, we helped pass the Mercury Reduction Act, including a first-in-the-nation phase out of mercurycontaining thermostats, as well as phase out of mercury-containing thermometers, auto switches and novelty products.Oregon became a leader in cutting harmful mercury from our waste stream. This act was a major step in Oregon Environmental Council’s efforts to protect children’s health, as well as Oregon’s rivers and fish.

1998: Assisted in the launch of the first U.S. car sharing operation.

With two cars, an old gas station on SE Division Street in Portland, and the ingenuity and support of people committed to new ideas, car sharing in the United States became a reality, first in Oregon.https://oeconline.org/carsharing-turns-20/ 

1973: Land Use Planning

https://oeconline.org/land-use-bill/https://oeconline.org/the-art-of-collaboration-working-together-for-conservation/#DYK Oregon’s beautiful farmland and forests were once at risk of being haphazardly paved over? In 1973, Oregon Environmental Council helped pass Oregon’s unparalleled statewide land-use planning laws, Senate Bill 100. It was a remarkable collaboration of bipartisan support to protect Oregon’s vibrant farms and forests and created an institutional structure for statewide planning still in use today. It’s what sparked the organization of our partners at 1000 Friends of Oregon. @1000Oregon #TBT Read more about this ...

1972: Recycling Hotline

#DYK Before there was curbside recycling in #Oregon, you had to call a hotline to find out where to take your stuff? #TBT In 1972, Oregon Environmental Council created the state’s first recycling hotline. We wanted to help #Portland residents figure out how and where to recycle their materials. At the time, Oregon had just passed the Bottle Bill, but there were no city recycling programs (yet…). One year after we started the recycling hotline, we handed the switchboard over to Oregon DEQ, and eventually @oregonmetro where today you can call 503-234-3000 and talk to a real human about your recycling, disposal and waste prevention questi...