81 results for author: Amy Lewin

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 ...

Last ditch effort for clean air 

The deeply slashed Senate Bill 1008 will do only what the state promised to do long ago: clean up our state’s diesel school bus fleet. This bill will dedicate about 1/3 of the Volkswagen settlement to retrofitting or replacing school bus engines in school district fleets statewide.

Oregon’s transportation plan supports a healthier state

Oregon Environmental Council commends Oregon leadership for moving forward on a transportation package focused on common ground.

Push to pass Oregon’s transportation package

The 2017 legislative session is drawing to a close, but we still have an opportunity to make a historic investment in a transportation system for Oregon’s future. Tell Oregon lawmakers to take action...