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Little did I know what was in store in January 1973, when I walked into OEC’s SW Water Street office. Judie (Neilson) Hansen was efficiently managing in a small area full of mis-matched furniture. I explained that Oregon Environmental Council sounded like a good place to volunteer because “environmental” was part of its name. I went away from that first encounter with a copy of Senate Bill 100, which I read that night in a toy-cluttered NE Portland living room after my preschoolers were tucked in.
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Conservation and clean energy combine at Klondike Wind Farm

Conservation and clean energy combine at Klondike Wind Farm

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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Conservation and clean energy combine at Klondike Wind Farm

Conservation and clean energy combine at Klondike Wind Farm

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

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

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

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​

 

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4 for the 4th: Free Oregon fun

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

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

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

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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President Obama's Plan to Fight Climate Change

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a clean power plan that will protect all of us from the health hazards of pollution and the long term impacts of climate change, while making it easier to implement real reform here in Oregon.

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Asthma awareness tips

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

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

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Healthy spring gardening

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

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Equity and Dialogue

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

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Portland customers ask Walgreens to take responsibility for toxics in products

Actions take place across the country as consumer challenge to retailers escalates.

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A Captive Audience

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

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

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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