84 results for author: Amy Lewin


Thank you Travel Oregon!

As we prepare to celebrate 50 years of loving Oregon, Oregon Environmental Council a proud to announce we are the recipient of Travel Oregon’s competitive grants program. The grant will help our nonprofit create a public art tourism loop in 2018 to celebrate our legacy of collaborative environmental policy in Oregon, including the Beach Bill, Bottle Bill and Bike Bill. We are excited to be partnering with Portland State University, the cities of Cannon Beach and Salem, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest College of Art on this project. The $17,000 awarded to OEC, is part of Travel Oregon's ...

Join us: Business & the Environment Speaker Series

As Oregon works to find innovative solutions to traffic congestion, high housing costs, and increased social inequities, OEC invites our business members to join us at the table this November to learn from others.  Our 21st season of Business & the Environment Speakers Series opens November 16th and features Tony Pickett, Vice President of Master Site Development at Denver’s Urban Land Conservancy. Online registration is now open! Tickets are $40 ($30 for OEC individual/business members) and include lunch. (Purchase your ticket here.) Tony is an urban real estate professional recognized for his collaborative leadership on ...

How the Oregon Rebate for Electric Cars Works

In the next year, new rebates for electric cars will be available thanks to hard-fought work by OEC (and our partners) this last legislative session. While you're planning your next EV purchase, we thought we'd share a little more about how it will work, who it will impact and why it's important (hint: clean air + better cost/mileage = 😊 ). VIDEO: Oregonians eligible for rebate when they buy an eco-friendly car in 2018 (KPTV)  Policy analyst Josh Goldman with the Union for Concerned Scientists explains the basics. http://blog.ucsusa.org/josh-goldman/how-the-oregon-rebate-for-electric-cars-works Goldman walks through which electric ...

Protecting a sacred resource

While the Dakota Access Pipeline has brought the rights and traditions of Native people into the national spotlight, preserving the integrity of this sacred resource is not a new challenge for Northwest tribes. 

Rural & Equitable Partnerships

We bring people together. It’s OEC’s secret to lasting environmental solutions that keep on working for Oregon. It’s so critical, especially as Oregon grows and changes...

Oregon Transportation Plan Open House

When it comes to our public resources you have a say. So when feedback is requested, we encourage our members to participate! Now, through August 31, you can participate in an online open house focused on Oregon's Public Transportation Plan (OPTP). The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is working with state and local governments on this update. The plan addresses ODOT’s work and supports the decisions of public transportation providers and other government agencies, which will impact transportation decisions throughout the state. The OPTP will become a part of the Oregon Transportation Plan when it is adopted by the Oregon Transpo...

2017 Legislative Wrap – Important Strides Made

Heading into the 2017 legislative session, we knew it would be difficult to make major strides, given the significant revenue shortfalls facing the state. We were right. It was a tough run, but fortunately we did make important strides. Here is a quick update of the bills OEC worked on and our results. Transportation for Oregon’s Future (HB 2017) Our biggest success! The transportation package includes the largest statewide investment in public transit that Oregon has ever seen. It also includes Safe Routes to School, bike and pedestrian paths, electric vehicle rebates, and congestion pricing. While it’s not perfect, it’s long overdue ...

ELB Insta-Takeover #protectwhatyoulove

Follow along starting this Saturday, via the Oregon Environmental Council Instagram channel to hear about our Emerging Leaders Board's personal connection to Oregon. #protectwhatyoulove #itsyouroregon #OECelb

Defending Oregon from Federal Attacks on Community Health

Pulling out of international climate agreements. Cutting funds for programs that keep our drinking water safe. It seems, every week there is a new announcement from Washington, D.C. that signals our country’s water, air, and public health are under attack. To understand what’s at stake, Oregon Environmental Council has launched a new project focused on how federal actions will affect Oregon’s ability to protect the environment and how we can stand strong for Oregon’s environment and the health of our communities, particularly our state’s most vulnerable populations. Cuts in federal agency budgets will put key state agencies at risk. If ...

Toxic Free Building: for the Environment and Our Health

The intersection of health and the environment is core to Barbara and Bill Steele’s work as farmers and winegrowers in Southern Oregon. Cowhorn vineyard, located just 45-minutes from Ashland & Medford, sits in the Applegate Valley in a place “teeming with wildlife.” “When we started Cowhorn, our mission was to create a model for other farmers that could be economically viable,” said Barbara Steele of their biodynamic-certified vineyard and farm. Cowhorn Vineyard’s recently completed a 2,200sf tasting room, patio and storage facility   responds to the connection between environment and health in a whole new way. After a ...