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Climate Good News — The Tony Bennett Edition

My day started by standing in line for coffee behind a man singing perfectly in tune to the Tony Bennett song playing in the background. His delightful energy inspired this post, as if to say "today's the day we focus on the good!" So let's celebrate some climate victories that make us want to fill our hearts with song!Arctic drilling prospects frozen: Earlier in October, the Obama administration canceled plans to sell any new Arctic drilling leases and refused to extend leases previously sold. This big move comes after Shell already halted its failed $7 billion hunt for oil amid numerous setbacks. Some say the victory should be attributed ...

OEC supports ballot measure to fund “Cherriots”

The public transportation system serving Salem-Keizer residents has a great name – “Cherriots” – conjuring up images of beautiful horse-drawn carriages, but Cherriots has been struggling for years to meet the community’s needs. In fact, if you want to take the bus on the weekend or after 9:00 PM, tough luck!Part of the problem is the fact that Oregon lags far behind other states in supporting the daily operations of its local transit systems. From Basin Transit Service in Klamath Falls to TriMet in the Portland metro area, bus drivers and rail operators are getting people the places they need to go and creating broader community benefits, ...

Drought is “The New Normal”

By Samantha Murray, photo by Lacey JarrellLast week, some of the nation’s best and brightest water scientists, lawyers and policy-makers convened in Eugene, Oregon to think big about drought in the West. And the take-home message was that these dry periods are not going anywhere. In fact, they are more likely to grow in frequency and severity, thanks to climate change.Since populations have shifted over the years to the most arid parts of the country and much of our food comes from those same places, experts believe we’d be better off looking at drought as a “familiar common enemy" that unites us, rather than a natural disaster that ...

8 ways the beer you drink can help the environment

Earlier this year, our Emerging Leaders Board provided a unique opportunity for citizens of Beervana to raise their carbon-consciousness: Migration Brewing, in collaboration with Portland State University, launched Little Foot Red Ale, “a medium bodied red ale with citrus aromatics and a spicy, dry finish." With this rosy brew, Migration Brewing sought to take something we all love - the Oregon microbrew - and tweak its production and distribution to reduce carbon footprint and improve environmental performance.Migration Brewing isn't alone in their dedication to climate health. A growing number of American breweries have joined the fight ...

It’s Your Oregon member profile: Joseph Santos-Lyons

This profile is on Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and community minister. He talks about why he loves Oregon, the importance of environmental justice, and why climate change needs to be addressed on a state level.

2015 Legislative Agenda

Our job protecting Oregon is never done, and we have important work to do in the coming year to keep our legacy growing. Here’s what we seek to accomplish during the 2015 Oregon legislative session.Clean Fuels Work (SB 324)OEC is pleased to say that as of mid-March, we've achieved one of our major goals, lifting the sunset on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, a program that is essential to growing our clean energy economy while giving consumers more and cheaper fuel choices that are better for our air and climate.Toxic Free Kids (SB 478)Chronic disease is on the rise. In order to protect the most vulnerable among us—infants and ...

Health Series Infographic: Breast Cancer and Pollution

“I’m sorry: you have breast cancer.” We can expect that 12% of girls born today will one day hear those devastating words. What if we could change that future?There’s hope. Only a small percentage of breast cancers are due to high-risk inherited genes. So if we can reduce other cancer risks in our environment, we may be able to prevent some cancer and build a healthier future.Learn more about environmental factors linked to breast cancer and what you can do to work for prevention.