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Oregon Environmental Council

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Citizen Participation, Environment

Mission:

Oregon Environmental Council’s mission is to advance innovative,collaborative solutions to Oregon’senvironmental challenges for today and future generations.

Target demographics: protect Oregon's quality of life

Geographic areas served: Oregon

Programs: Oregon Environmental Council protects the health of every Oregonian and the place we call home by working for clean air and water, a healthy climate, an unpolluted landscape and sustainable food and farms. Founded in 1968, OEC champions innovative, collaborative solutions to Oregon's environmental challenges. Find out more at www.oeconline.org.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Oregon Environmental Council is a wonderful organization. They do amazing work to ensure Oregon is a healthy place for every single person. I have volunteered with OEC for nearly two years, and it has been a great experience. The staff were very welcoming when I reached out to them two years ago to offer my time. They have offered me a range of ways that I could contribute my time, and I jumped at the opportunities on many occasions. It is so fulfilling to be able to take an active part in making this state great. I appreciate OEC, not only for their willingness and trust to let volunteers help in so many different ways, but also for making us volunteers feel a part of the OEC family.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported OEC for over 10 years now. They consistently and effectively bring together Oregonians, who often have differing political perspectives, to find solutions to our most pressing environmental issues. The staff and board are smart, committed, and incredibly passionate about protecting this place that I love.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My organization collaborates with OEC on state transportation policy. In my experience, OEC staff are knowledgeable, pragmatic, and hardworking. This combination of qualities enables OEC to be extremely effective at improving policies in ways that will improve the environment and improve Oregonians' lives.

Jennifer599

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OEC has a long track record of driving big changes in Oregon, and it continues to be innovative and assertive in taking on emerging issues. I've been very impressed with its work to get toxins out of kids' products and create healthier daycares, protect clean water, and fight climate change. They are very smart and politically adept, and also exceptionally fair and balanced in the way they approach issues and create solutions that benefit Oregonians--from underresourced communities to businesses/employers. Their team is 100% committed. The updates they send are great summaries of what's happening in the environmental movement in Oregon.

Board Member

Rating: 5

OEC's ability to talk across industries and aisles is impressive! Conversations surrounding climate policy are seen through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion - which is encouraging when we continue to see underprivileged communities disproportionally affected by climate change. From the Bottle Bill to the Clean Fuels Act, OEC is working towards a better Oregon for all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to intern at OEC this year and I loved it. I learned so much about environmental justice and the work being done by OEC. Throughout my experience there, I felt loved and supported. I appreciated the staff's honesty and desire to learn and grow. They were very flexible with my work schedule and always made sure that I felt supported. I am greatful for the opportunity I had this summer as an intern at OEC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at OEC was a great experience, the opportunity allowed me to have a deeper understanding about the environmental challenges we are facing statewide, and the progressive programs the organization continues to create to address them. They do a particularly great job making policy to find ways to better the quality of life of all Oregonians, and their work usually achieves what it aims for, or at least puts up a fight to try and do so.

The people I was working with was very resourceful and helpful, they took the time to get to know me and involve me in interesting projects.

They are growing and trying to expand their cultural competency, supporting the conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion, which I think is great.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OEC works to protect the quality of life of all Oregonians on all fronts. We're lucky to have a state Environmental Organization that puts in the time to know the issues and provides really meaningful education to citizens on issues that matter most in their lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Oregon Environmental Council when I was serving in the Oregon legislature. OEC impressed me then as a thoughtful leader among Oregon's environmental community, with a balanced approach to environmental issues. As an OEC board member now, I am proud of OEC's commitment to the environment, to environmental equity and its record of achievement in the Capitol and across the state. OEC is a small organization that "punches above its weight" on account of the dedication and commitment of its staff and the strong network of volunteers who support it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My husband and I have donated to OEC for many years, in support of their outstanding efforts to care for Oregon's environment. I am excited to now be a board member, and in this position I have a very clear line of sight to the workings of the organization. The management and staff of OEC are among the smartest and most dedicated non-profit teams I have ever seen. OEC's on-going successes in the areas of climate, toxics and water speak for themselves. Oregonians can rely on OEC to continue the forward momentum in these key areas of environmental concern.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OEC is truly a one-of-a-kind organization. In addition to leading the state on the most critical issues related to water, climate and toxics, OEC also supports diversity, inclusion and equity in the conservation movement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Oregon Environmental Council is an incredible organization, serving Oregonians and this beautiful state while leading the way for global environmental progress. Having the opportunity to work with OEC this past summer as a volunteer was a wonderful experience, and one that I would recommend to everyone who is passionate about taking care of the environment in a collaborative, engaging setting. The organization’s professional staff members are a joy to work with, as they accomplish the remarkable goal of finding solutions for some of the largest and complex issues of our time. Thank you for the work that you do, OEC. Oregon is lucky to have you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oregon Environmental Council has a strategic vision for how to make Oregon a healthier, more livable state with a focus on key issues of interest. Their execution and results should speak for themselves. Oregonians may not realize how much work it takes to keep our state beautiful and our families safe. OEC is doing that work: from championing clean air policy to safe water and consumer products free from toxic chemicals, we're lucky to have a champion like this in our state. I've worked with several staff members on projects, and to a person, they are hardworking, passionate and smart. Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Oregon Environmental Council has changed the landscape in our state, in terms of raising awareness about the urgency of dealing with climate change. Perhaps more importantly, they engage citizen participation in the legislative process, and were instrumental during the last session of the state legislature in getting a comprehensive clean fuels bill passed. I was able to participate in some of their demonstrations in our state capital of Salem, and it was uplifting to join with people in a wide range of ages who are deeply concerned about and committed to leaving the planet in good enough shape for future generations to be able to survive and thrive. I highly recommend the OEC without reservation!
David Michael Smith

Donor

Rating: 5

Oregon Environmental Council is led by some of the smartest folks I know. Their work is effective, strategic and has a real impact. Their team is easy to work with, great at what they do and they're making a real difference across the state.

Board Member

Rating: 5

OEC is arguably the most influential environmental organization in Oregon state, and is leading numerous policy and advocacy initiatives to clean up Oregon's air, land, and water. Their policy victories in Salem speak for themselves, but they are also an engaged and collaborative community member. OEC is also taking great strides to draw a wider swath of Oregonians into environmental and social justice dialogues, ensuring that healthier environments also lead to healthier communities and citizens. I am privileged to be a member of OEC's Emerging Leaders Board, and it is clear that OEC's vision is also gaining major traction with millenials, not to mention the state's business community. Expect to see OEC at the front of the environmental pack for years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The OEC worked with us to put on a presentation this year about Healthy Homes - Living Toxic-Free. The presenter did an outstanding job, preparing for the specific audience very well, offering interesting, relevant information and materials.

Joseph40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.