Oregon Environmental Council, Inc.
Rating: 4.91 stars 58 reviews
Location: 222 Nw Davis #309 Portland OR 97209 USA
Oregon Environmental Council’s mission is to advance innovative,collaborative solutions to Oregon’senvironmental challenges for today and future generations.
Oregon’s rivers will have the excellent water quality and adequatestream flows necessary to support people, native fish and wildlife. Healthyrivers will provide increased resilience to the impacts of global warming.Preventing household pollution and conserving water will be a part of everydayliving, just as recycling is today. All sectors of Oregon’s economy, including ranching andfarming, will be national leaders in using water efficiently and protectingclean water and fish and wildlife habitat while thriving economically. Citiesand counties will protect their watersheds as they grow. As a result, futuregenerations of Oregonians will be free to swim, boat and fish in our rivers –and to eat what they catch – without risking their health.
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I am a long time member of the Oregon Environmental Council, as well as a financial supporter, because of the valuable work this organization does. OEC retains a dedicated and skilled staff, experts in their individual fields, while at the same time skillful management keeps operating costs low. They have an excellent record with both programs and policy work. I have tracked their success' over the years and I've noticed that their particular skill is bringing people together to make things happen. The everchanging environmental agenda, along with a fluid political scene requires skill, tact, commitment and long hours of work all of which they seem to do gladly and efficiently. Oregon is well rewarded by their record of success. P.S.
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OEC is the first nonprofit I've been a long-time volunteer for (2 years!), and I plan on continuing my involvement as long as I am a resident of Oregon. In addition to giving my time, I also choose to donate to OEC on a monthly basis. Not only is OEC a driving force to preserve the health of the Oregon we love, but also a great organization to be an advocate for. I can't say enough wonderful things about the positive changes OEC is making, and also the genuine staff that personify the values of the organization.
OEC has been intentional about deepening their work at the intersections of racial justice and the environment, and I've appreciated the leadership to align our policy advocacy and cultural change work that is needed to keep Oregon healthy with opportunity for all.
I love OEC. I discovered OEC as a physician. OEC was dealing with health and environmental threats outside of the mainstream, separating out the real problems backed by good research from the flakey, before these real issues were acknowledged by mainstream health and science professionals. As long as I have been involved, I have not seen them compromise their principles. The conferences are great, great speakers and topics, and they practice what they preach about health and environment in the delicious lunches that go with them. For me, one of the most important things about OEC, is I feel comfortable referring to information from OEC when discussing issues with my medical colleagues— ie I trust OEC to only put forth legitimate information, based in good science.
I came to the OEC as Encore Fellow a few months ago. I knew little about the organization at the time but have learned a great deal since. OEC has made a difference for the people of Oregon by helping the state become a model for effective environmental policies that enrich the lives of all citizens. OEC helps get things done. It accomplishes its goals not only by making persuasive arguments but also by helping to empower people to achieve results that positively impact their lives. And it does all of this within a work environment that promotes initiative, collaboration and fun. OEC is a great asset to Oregon and an exemplary organization that others can learn from.
I work for a national, partner NGO and I am nothing but impressed at the capacity and demonstrated success of this organization. This small group of individuals has a large impact on any campaign they set their sights on. We are in the fourth year of a campaign where OEC has provided the strategy, coordination, technical expertise and outreach that is all needed to move the needle on an issue. When my organization is talking about other campaigns, I frequently find myself referencing the successful models I've seen implemented by OEC. Huge kudos to this valuable asset of the Oregon community.
Having recently completed an internship with Oregon Environmental Council, I not only enjoyed the creative ambience of OEC's working group of dedicated and vibrant professionals, but was made to feel right at home and was always considered as an important contributor to the team effort. The team effort here is no small item: OEC is at the forefront of coalition building for positive environmental change across the entire state of Oregon. Their efforts may not be of the flashy type so often hyped by some members of the environmental community, but they are real; backed by good science and built to last. I call this good work and I applaud OEC for tackling tough issues and designing programs that really work. Thanks guys!!
My first experience with OEC was in the 1980s when as a non-partisan legislative analyst I worked with the group on solid waste and recycling legislation. What attracted me to the organization was its fact-based collaborative approach. Over the years I have volunteered, served on the Board of Directors, and since my retirement from the board have worked with its staff on a wide range of issues that involve agriculture and Oregon's continued sustainable development. With nearly 30 years of experience working with the organization, I have come to rely on OEC as both authoritative and flexible in seeking long term solutions to the challenges facing both urban and rural Oregonians.
I manage civic engagement processes on major public policy issues. OEC has consistently been one of the most important participants in these processes because they are so effective and respected. Whether sitting on an advisory committee, bringing issues before agencies and decision makers, working one-on-one with peers and/or those who would be seen as "opponents," OEC staff and board members have always been among the most productive at achieving real progress in public policy. This is not only because they are effective at articulating and advocating for their positions, but because they know how to work in collaborative processes to seek and find solutions that are genuinely viable in the short term, while making sure decision-makers and other parties don't lose sight of the long-term goals.
I have worked with various OEC staff on different sustainability issues over the past six years. The staff is always very professional, dedicated and collaborative. They focus on getting good things accomplished without getting distracted or bogged down. They have shown great flexibility to work with different types of organizations and base their decisions and actions on good data and information whenever possible. They are a great asset for Oregon.
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