About Environment Oregon
Who we are
Environment Oregon is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Our professional staff combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for Oregon’s environment. Environment Oregon draws on 30 years of success in tackling our state's top environmental problems.
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What we do
Whether it’s exploring our rocky coast, hiking around Crater Lake, or enjoying a special place closer to home, Oregon’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways. Yet the places we love and the values we share are too often threatened.
We research the issues and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our reports, news conferences and interviews with reporters, we help the media cover environmental issues in ways that make sense. Our canvassers meet citizens where they are — starting conversations in public places or going to door-to-door — explaining our mission while raising awareness and funds for environmental protection.
When decisions are being made about our environment, our elected officials hear plenty from the oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We speak up for our environment, making our case to public officials and helping you make your voice heard when it matters most. From environmentalists to outdoor enthusiasts, clergy to scientists, families to business owners, we all have a stake in a cleaner, healthier future.
Become a member
Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment Oregon today.
- Keeping Plastic Out of the Pacific. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our oceans for hundreds of years. Too many of the disposable plastic bags we use end up as litter in the Pacific and become death traps for birds, turtles, and other wildlife. In 2012, we continued to build momentum toward a statewide ban by banning bags in three Oregon cities. Local bans won this year will help us keep a total of 350 million plastic bags out of our waterways.
- Fighting Global Warming. Here in Oregon, we've already felt the consequences of Global Warming. Snowpack is down. Sea levels are rising, and severe wildfire incidents are increasing. In 2012, we were successful in pressing the Obama administration to adopt standards that cut global warming pollution form cars, trucks and power plants.
- Solar Works for Oregon. When it comes to the environment, Oregon is a leader, not a follower. But we're still getting the majority of our energy from dirty coal and oil. Right now, Oregon gets less than 1% of its energy from the sun, when we could be generating clean power on every Oregon home, office, school, warehouse, and store. In 2012, we launched a campaign calling on Oregon to harness enough solar energy to power a quarter million homes by 2025.