You are here: Home Community Blog

"It's Your Oregon" Blog

— filed under:

Everyday solutions, news, and musings from every corner of the Beaver state.

Everyday solutions, news, and musings from every corner of the Beaver state.

The Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Program: One Year Later

Posted by Simon Tam at Oct 21, 2014 10:14 PM |
Filed under: slot4

Just over a year ago, Oregon established a Pesticide Stewardship Partnership (PSP) Program that helps to ensure Oregon’s water quality through pesticide monitoring, training and tools for farmers to help reduce the amount of pesticide running off into our streams and rivers, and community collection events for safe disposal of pesticides.

Read More…

OEC Supports Ballot Measure 92: Vote Yes to Protect our Environment

Posted by Simon Tam at Oct 17, 2014 04:45 PM |
Filed under: slot4

Ballot Measure 92 is a proposal to label the foods in our grocery stores that are produced with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Oregon Environmental Council supports this measure because we believe that Oregonians have valid concerns about GMOs and their impact on our environment and we have the right to choose GMO-free products when we are deciding what to eat and what we will feed our families.

Read More…

End of the killer couch?

Posted by Jen Coleman at Oct 08, 2014 03:06 PM |

Now that we know flame retardant chemicals do more health harm than good, will we end the use of these toxics?

Read More…

Impact Investing and the OEC Endowment Fund

Posted by Simon Tam at Oct 07, 2014 11:15 AM |
Filed under: slot3

For over 45 years, Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) has been leading the charge for impactful, lasting solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges. Now OEC’s endowment investment portfolio will reflect OEC’s commitment to finding innovative and enduring environmental solutions.

Read More…

OEC Voted #1 Nonprofit Again!

OEC Voted #1 Nonprofit Again!

Posted by Simon Tam at Oct 02, 2014 08:45 PM |
Filed under: slot4

Oregon Environmental Council is thrilled to again be named the #1 nonprofit to work for in Oregon in the “small nonprofits” category of Oregon Business magazine’s annual survey.

Read More…

Renewable energy and energy efficiency have an unexpected ally in Oregon

Renewable energy and energy efficiency have an unexpected ally in Oregon

Posted by Simon Tam at Sep 18, 2014 04:05 PM |
Filed under: slot4

These days you've probably noticed a lot more solar panels around Oregon. From the roof of the state Capitol building to roofs around your neighborhood, people have been implementing innovative ways to boost their energy efficiency.

Read More…

2014 is go-time for climate

Posted by Jen Coleman at Sep 16, 2014 09:40 AM |

Humans have changed the climate, there's no longer any doubt. But can we keep climate impacts from being severe? Only if we act boldly, and start immediately.

Read More…

Oregon Procurement Guidelines: Safer products, innovative materials

Posted by Simon Tam at Sep 16, 2014 09:10 AM |
Filed under: slot1

OEC's Colin Price and Staple's Roger McFadden weigh in on new guidelines

Read More…

Sorry about locking the keys in your trunk

Sorry about locking the keys in your trunk

Posted by Simon Tam at Sep 15, 2014 02:27 PM |
Filed under: slot4

OEC Deputy Director Chris Hagerbaumer’s love letter and goodbye to her noble steed.

Read More…

Who? Auto shops, car washes and landscapers reduce pollution by the gallon.

Who? Auto shops, car washes and landscapers reduce pollution by the gallon.

Posted by Simon Tam at Sep 12, 2014 12:30 PM |

Oregon’s Eco-Logical Business program, called “Ecobiz,” is growing up. With a slick new website and a growing number of certified businesses, Ecobiz is taking off.

Read More…

2014 is go-time for climate

Posted by Jen Coleman at Sep 06, 2014 12:00 AM |

Humans have changed the climate, there's no longer any doubt. But can we keep climate impacts from being severe? Only if we act boldly, and start immediately.

Read More…

Conservation and clean energy combine at Klondike Wind Farm

Conservation and clean energy combine at Klondike Wind Farm

Posted by Simon Tam at Aug 26, 2014 10:45 AM |

The Klondike Wind Farm, located near the town of Wasco, in Central Oregon, is owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables and encompasses four individual wind power projects. Together, these wind farms generate a total of 400 megawatts of wind energy—enough to power more than 115,000 homes.

Read More…

Neil Kelly, Liberating OEC From the Darkness

Neil Kelly, Liberating OEC From the Darkness

Posted by Simon Tam at Aug 18, 2014 09:40 PM |

For over 45 years OEC has done fantastic work in office space that was, to be kind, bland and uninspiring, featuring a too-small meeting room and a dark cube farm...

Read More…

Top Ten Green Apps

Top Ten Green Apps

Posted by Simon Tam at Aug 18, 2014 09:10 PM |

The universe of apps for smartphones and iPhones can be confusing. The number of apps continues to grow, and it can be hard to find a truly useful tool in a world full of flashy nonsense. That’s why we at Oregon Environmental Council decided to wade into the app store and dig out the best from the rest.

Read More…

Be a citizen scientist

Posted by Jen Coleman at Aug 06, 2014 12:24 PM |

You're never to old to experiment and learn. See our tips on fun adventures that help advance scientific understanding.

Read More…

Oregon Businesses Act on Climate Change, With Your Help ​ - a letter from Andrea Durbin​

Oregon Businesses Act on Climate Change, With Your Help ​ - a letter from Andrea Durbin​

Posted by Simon Tam at Jul 15, 2014 11:10 AM |

Dear Friends,

As a supporter, I know you share Oregon Environmental Council’s commitment to a healthy and sustainable future, and that’s why I want to let you know about a big step forward for Oregon. Today, 70 leading Oregon businesses recognized the critical need for action on climate change. Their declaration acknowledges that we must act to reduce carbon pollution and protect our state’s natural areas, vital communities and our economic future. These forward-thinking businesses recognize that the Northwest has a special ability to show the world how to choose a better path.

With your help, OEC played a critical role in motivating these businesses to speak out and support action: Last fall, I was proud to witness Oregon’s governor join with the governors of Washington and California and the premier of British Columbia to sign the Pacific Coast Climate Pact, aligning our goals to curb carbon pollution and act on climate change. My team at Oregon Environmental Council worked hard to initiate and shape that process, and we invited some Oregon businesses to join our regional leaders at that powerful moment. Everyone left that signing energized and ready to pull together the business community to step up and support action across our state and the entire west coast.

Oregon Environmental Council worked with these business leaders and, together with our partner Climate Solutions, we built a coalition of companies to step up and support climate leadership. Today that coalition – the Northwest Businesses for Climate Action — released the Oregon Business Climate Declaration with over 70 companies in support, including companies like Adidas, eBay, Moda Health, Portland Trailblazers and Umpqua Bank, among others.

I invite you to read the declaration and the full list of supporters here or browse through some highlights in the Portland Business Journal.

The Northwest is well positioned to show the rest of the world what it looks like to build a clean energy economy. With the support of Oregon’s leading businesses, we can build the broad support across society that we need to make meaningful change, spur economic development, create jobs and speed technological advancement throughout our region.

Thank you for your support and investment in Oregon Environmental Council’s work. You are an integral part of the progress we are making to create a cleaner, healthier future for Oregon, our region and country.

Best wishes to you for the summer season,

Andrea Durbin

Executive Director

 

Read More…

4 for the 4th: Free Oregon fun

Posted by Jen Coleman at Jul 04, 2014 06:26 AM |

Happy Independence Day! Here are OEC's July 4th tips for celebrating freedom with all that's free in Oregon.

Read More…

Environmental health advocate turns to popcorn making

Environmental health advocate turns to popcorn making

Posted by Simon Tam at Jun 25, 2014 03:00 PM |
Filed under: slot4

For fifteen years, Neha Patel played a key role forwarding sustainability efforts in Oregon and beyond. She protected the public from exposure to toxic chemicals in her role with the Oregon Center for Environmental Health, helped sport event organizers incorporate environmental and socially responsible initiatives into events in her role with The Council for Responsible Sport, and promoted product stewardship with Eco Stewardship Strategies.

Read More…

20-minute Living: Building Communities for Big Ideas

20-minute Living: Building Communities for Big Ideas

Posted by Simon Tam at Jun 20, 2014 09:50 AM |
Filed under: Healthier Lives

What if everything you needed was within 20 minutes of your home? Your office, grocery store, your child's school, even the train station. That is exactly the concept behind 20-minute living—being able to do all the necessary and enjoyable things that make life great within 20 minutes of your home. Twenty minutes by foot, transit or bike is the goal.

Read More…

Full Interview With Mike McCloskey

Full Interview With Mike McCloskey

Posted by Simon Tam at Jun 03, 2014 11:38 AM |

In April, OEC's marketing communications fellow, Peter Auseklis, sat down with Michael McCloskey, author of Conserving Oregon's Environment: Breakthroughs That Made History. Their conversation provided insights into Michael's historical perspective on conservation at both the state and federal level. Michael also shares his views on how young people can most effectively “take up the cause” and be the future agents of environmental awareness and protection.

Read More…

Updates by Email
It's Your Oregon. Stay informed, have a say, sign up for our e-news!
Privacy Policy
 
Personal tools
powered by Plone | site by Groundwire Consulting and served with clean energy