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

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.

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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.

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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.

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2014 is go-time for climate

Posted by Jen Coleman at Sep 05, 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.

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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.

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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...

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Top Ten Green Apps

Top Ten Green Apps

Posted by Simon Tam at Aug 18, 2014 09:10 PM |
Filed under: slot1

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.

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Asthma awareness tips

Posted by Jen Coleman at Jun 01, 2014 12:00 AM |
Filed under: slot4

Do you know how pollution—indoors and out—is a part of the asthma problem? Help make Oregon a healthy place to breathe free with these tips.

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Safer Sunblock

Posted by Jen Coleman at May 13, 2014 02:00 PM |

Outreach Director Jen Coleman was on Portland's local news this week talking about sunscreen. See more!

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Healthy spring gardening

Posted by Jen Coleman at May 01, 2014 09:55 AM |

Read our tips for healthy gardening with clean, healthy soil and no contaminants.

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Equity and Dialogue

Posted by SaraK at Apr 23, 2014 08:55 AM |

Sara K of OEC's Emerging Leaders Board describes the environmental movement's responsibility to address equity.

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A Captive Audience

Posted by Colin Price at Apr 14, 2014 01:35 PM |

Says Colin Price: Last week I went to prison. Fortunately, I was at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem by choice.

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Spring cleaning surprises

Posted by Jen Coleman at Apr 06, 2014 02:30 PM |

If you already use green cleaners, what more can you do for healthy spring cleaning? See a few unusual tips.

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Protecting our greatest drinking water source: groundwater

Posted by Tiffany Austin at Mar 27, 2014 10:35 AM |

70% of Oregonians get their drinking water from groundwater. Find out what it is, why it matters, and how you can protect it.

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