We bring Oregonians together

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Oregon Environmental Council listens to and partners with Oregonians of all ages, races, ethnicities and genders, from across the state and from all walks of life. We seek solutions that can be embraced by all political affiliations to create a healthier future for our state.


A diversity of ideas, experiences and views contribute toward more enduring and resilient solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges. Diversity is strength. In order to understand and act on the issues that face an increasingly diverse population, OEC has prioritized:

  • Building strong, responsive relationships with community-of-color partners. As one example, the Coalition of Communities of Color and OEC partnered on a project to intentionally build and strengthen relationships between environmental organizations and organizations representing people of color. That project identified barriers to working together, strategies to address those barriers, organizational intersections, and opportunities for partnership and collaboration.
  • Actively supporting the policy priorities of community of color organizations, including opposing anti-immigrant initiatives; working with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon on transit legislation; supporting Inclusionary Zoning, supporting legislation to address racial profiling, and more. We have joined the One Oregon United Against Hate coalition and are helping secure pledges to stand with Oregon’s communities of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized communities in the face of fear and hate.
  • Engaging other conservation organizations in trainings and conversations about diversity and equity, including organizing a three-part event series on social and environmental equity issues for our peer environmental NGOs, with over 200 participants.
  • Maintaining an internal Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team. This team includes members of our staff, Board of Directors and Emerging Leaders Board. The group meets on a monthly basis to review our internal diversity plan, set goals and stay accountable to progress towards those goals.

Here is the current breakdown at OEC:

Oregon OEC Board of Directors OEC Emerging Leaders Board OEC Staff
Racial Diversity (self-identifying) 13% people of color  29% people of color  59% people of color  18%
LGBTQ (self-identifying) 5%  7%  6%  18%
Female/Male Ratio 51%/49%  41%/59%  59%/41% 88%/12%

OEC recognizes we have a long way to go. We value honest feedback from communities of color as we implement our equity, diversity and inclusion plan. We hope to play a real and lasting role in addressing socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services in Oregon as they relate to a healthy environment.

Resources for Understanding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

To see our resource list for understanding equity work, please click here.