Oregon Environmental Council, Inc.
Rating: 4.92 stars 60 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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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 first found out about OEC in 2010, when I was concerned about bisphenol-A in children's products and food, and found out that Oregon was considering a ban on BPA. I connected with OEC when I wanted to testify as a citizen at the Legislature in Salem in February 2010, as well as writing letters to the editor and calling representatives. After that bill failed, I testified again in 2011, again with helpful support and resources from OEC. After that statewide bill failed narrowly, a similar one was considered in Multnomah County. I was able to testify as a citizen and this ban passed unanimously and has now gone into effect as law. OEC has shared resources and studies that illustrate the concerns of chemicals in consumer products, let citizens know when crucial hearings or votes take place, and worked tirelessly to make our community and environment safer. I'm so grateful for their studies and focus on dangerous chemicals. Not all of us are scientists or legislators but everyone deserves safe products and to participate in our political system. Thank you to OEC for everything they do.
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