25 results for tag: transportation


Stronger Together: The 2015 carbon-busting agenda

To get a handle on climate disruption, we need everyone’s participation and we need to tackle carbon pollution from every source. OEC is promoting and supporting state policies that: Make our homes and other buildings more efficient Make our cars and trucks more efficient Transition Oregon away from dirty energy, like coal and oil, toward clean, renewable energy sources Provide people with more transportation options Hold big polluters accountable for the true cost of their carbon pollution Early in the 2015 legislative session, OEC worked with partners to lift the sunset on the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. SB 324 requires oil ...

It’s Almost Spring! Legislative Update from OEC

The 2015 legislative session is off to a great start! Below is a special update on how OEC's legislative agenda is progressing.  Speaking of the Capitol, we hope you’ll join us and more than 40 other environmental organizations for Oregon League of Conservation Voter’s lobby day. It’s happening on March 24. Click here to learn more and RSVP. CLIMATE PROTECTION Clean Fuels Program—SB 324 Victory! After the bill passed both chambers, Governor Brown signed SB 324 into law on March 12, lifting the sunset on Oregon's Clean Fuels Program! This is a great early victory for the environmental and business communities. Over the next ten years, ...

Youth Transit Initiative: A Win for Youth, Family Pocketbooks and the Environment

Oregon Youth Face Transportation Barriers Yellow school buses get students to and from school, but they do not help students access broader opportunities that foster success in life. Some students can’t participate in sports or other after-school activities, such as tutoring, because they don’t have a way home. For some kids, an after-school job is a necessity, and transit access helps them contribute to their family’s income. Other youth can’t access essential social services that contribute to their health and stability. And due to limited transportation options, some students are chronically late or absent, fall behind, and simply drop ...

Climate Smart Communities

By 2025, Oregon will grow to 4.3 million people, challenging us to add two more Portlands, eight more Salems, or 28 more Bends to our state. More people means more traffic. If we plan ahead, we can design communities so that people can move efficiently with the least infrastructure and energy costs. If we don’t plan ahead, our health and environment are at risk. Oregon Environmental Council worked to pass state legislation that requires the Portland metro region—and encourages Oregon’s other major metropolitan areas—to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Oregon’s growing urban areas can do this by creating “Climate ...

Sorry About Locking Your Keys in the Trunk

by Chris Hagerbaumer Goodbye, trusty old Toyota Tercel. Built in 1991, purchased by me in 1996, you served me well for 18 years. I had made it to my thirties without owning a car, but—ironically—when I landed my job as a transportation reform advocate for Oregon Environmental Council, I needed you to ferry me back and forth between Salem and the office and all across the state, at least till OEC got a company car a few years later. Sorry about locking the keys in your trunk on a Forest Service road. We may have had to bond with Sasquatch had we not figured out how to jimmy the back seat enough to reach into the trunk. Sorry about leaving the ...