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 ...
Post by Hosana Medhanie
As a recent graduate of Willamette University, I set out to find an internship that would allow me to get involved with environmental protection and sustainability because it’s an area I am excited in exploring further. Fortunately, this summer I have the opportunity to work as OEC’s Environmental Leadership and Justice Intern. OEC has partnered with Emerging Leaders Internship Program (ELI), a program that provides college students with paid internships at top companies in Portland. ELI’s goal is to bring underrepresented groups -- first ...
Most of us assume that once a bill has been signed into law, the victory has been achieved and the hard work is done.
So what happens after a proposed program becomes law? Do we check the item off our list and move on to the next? At Oregon Environmental Council, the answer is no. Our work continues behind the scenes -- and sometimes, that’s the toughest work of all.
Take the Clean Fuels Standard as an example. The Standard, which requires oil companies to gradually reduce carbon pollution from their gasoline and diesel fuel by 10% over ten years, went into effect ...
The water flowing in streams and percolating in the ground is directly connected to what comes out of your tap. We depend on clean water to support healthy communities, a vibrant economy, and habitat for native fish and wildlife. Water is the fundamental building block that defines our way of life in the Northwest.
But our clean water is at risk.
The EPA recently started the process to repeal the Clean Water Rule, a landmark set of guidelines that strengthened protections for important waterways. Without it, fewer streams, wetlands, and other waters would be protec...
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 ...
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 Environmental Council commends Oregon leadership for moving forward on a transportation package focused on common ground.
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...