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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: slot1

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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2014 Legislative Wrap Up

Posted by Angela Crowley Koch at Mar 18, 2014 09:41 AM |

Another legislative season come and gone: how did the environment do? OEC's legislative director offers a summary.

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Celebrate rain, prepare for drought

Posted by Jen Coleman at Mar 07, 2014 11:30 AM |

Three cheers for rain and snow relieving a dry winter! Dry times are a part of our climate future; see tips for living green in dry times.

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Emerging Leaders Board: Celebrating Four Years

Posted by Graeme Byrd at Mar 03, 2014 10:00 AM |

Graeme Byrd recalls his two terms on OEC's Emerging Leaders Board.

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Living Green: Making Better Choices Possible

Posted by Jen Coleman at Feb 13, 2014 04:55 PM |
Filed under: slot4

How do you choose what's best for you and for Oregon? From fuel to homes to toys, OEC works to make good choices possible.

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Portland People Pushing Pedals

Posted by Colin Price at Feb 13, 2014 02:55 PM |

What's the latest on biking in PDX?

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6th Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference

Posted by TylerG at Feb 11, 2014 01:45 PM |
Filed under: Healthier Lives

This conference will host leading scientists, researchers, and health professionals to continue our robust dialogue on the interrelationship between the environment and health and healthcare practices.

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Toxics hearing highlights

Posted by Angela Crowley Koch at Feb 06, 2014 12:00 AM |

On one side: toy and chemical industries. On the other: Oregon's doctors, scientists, and parents. See what they said about a bill to address toxics in children's products in 2014.

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We knew the demand was there

Posted by Chris Hagerbaumer at Feb 01, 2014 12:00 AM |

Once made eligible for funding, requests came in from across the state to build bicycle and pedestrian trails.

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