Be a catalyst for change

Your voice, together with many, has the power to make a positive impact on Oregon’s future...

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Building advocacy with our Emerging Leaders

We set out to plan an event that would remind community members what we’re trying to achieve...

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What’s in Salem’s air?

“There's nothing better than seeing people come together for a cause,” says Antonio. He and a fellow student, Casandra (Cassie), are practicing their leadership as interns with Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS). Their first challenge: uniting neighbors to demand cleaner, safer air quality in Salem. Cassie takes the issue personally. She has lived most of her 17 years in Salem, and her chronic condition makes her very sensitive to air pollution. “Coming from the Northgate area, I have seen how pollution has made a drastic change in my community. Each year it ...

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Clean Energy Jobs: Take action Feb. 12

Climate change continues. We’ve endured hot summers and threats of wildfires not far from our doorsteps in 2017. Let’s let our legislators know during this upcoming session they have a chance to lead the nation with innovative programs that will mitigate rising temperatures and extreme weather patterns. Renew Oregon and our partners will be helping individuals interested in speaking with their representative or senator about climate change on Feb. 12. Now’s our chance to encourage our state leaders to continue their path toward the adoption of the Clean Energy ...

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Cleaner air and winter warmth

Yes, it’s true: Oregon’s air isn’t always that great. Stagnant air made particle pollution so bad in Eugene-Springfield in December that they issued a temporary ban on wood burning for the first time since 2015. Multnomah County just created the same authority to issue a ban when public health is in danger. But what about your own wood-burning stove, fireplace or fire pit? Wood burning may be a household's only source of heat, or may be something to simply enjoy. Either way, there’s just no denying that there’s a health price to pay for that wood fire, ...

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Your fair share to stop dirty air

In case you missed it: An audit of Oregon's air quality permitting program finds that lack of funding has weakened the agency's ability to protect our communities from dirty air. Toxic pollution. Heavy metal. Soot. Smog. Smoke. Any way you measure it, keeping Oregon’s air clean and breathe-able takes work. Oregon needs every business and individual who has a smokestack, chimney or tailpipe to do their part to protect health—and we need our health and environmental agencies to ensure we are all doing the job. We share responsibility for clean air. So: what does ...

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Skip the DEQ! Hawthorne Auto offers testing on site

On my list of to-do’s this month was taking my car to the DEQ to get its emissions tested.

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Add your kombucha to the bottle return bin

Starting January 1, Oregon’s Bottle Bill expands to include your energy drink or kombucha tea. Oregon’s Bottle Bill was introduced in 1971, in the early days of Oregon Environmental Council, thanks to the hard work of our members such as Don Waggoner and Rich Chambers. As the very first bottle bill in the U.S., it was created to address a growing litter problem along Oregon beaches, highways and other public areas. The Bottle Bill marked the beginning of the end for America’s “throwaway” culture. Before the bill, “no deposit, no return” bottles and ...

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Keep investing in rural communities

Newly incorporated in 2006, the City of LaPine has been working for the past decade to build the systems and services that residents of other Oregon cities take for granted. Now, this small community is looking to the future by connecting 300 existing lots to a safe municipal drinking water and sewer system to provide families with clean water and prevent pollution from impacting the health of residents and rivers downstream. But for a small town, it can be challenging to build whole new systems or keep pace with current rules and best practices. Reports this ...

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Together, let’s commit to Oregon’s environment

As we reflect on the past year, it is sometimes hard to feel optimistic. So many Oregon Environmental Council members and supporters across the state have echoed the same concerns about the future of our state's environment and our ability to continue to make progress nationally and globally to safeguard clean air, clean water and a stable climate. You know what we’re up against. And yet, amid the ongoing threats of funding cuts and environmental policy rollbacks, we want to end this year with hope. Hope and optimism for the future and what we can achieve togethe...

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