By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of America and the power of the wind blowing off our coasts and across the country, we can meet the energy needs of every household in the nation. New policies we helped win will bring us closer to realizing that potential by making it easier to build wind farms on and offshore, and to put solar panels on our roofs.
Report shines spotlight on plastic pollution
Environment Oregon Preservation Associate Dave Mathews released a report highlighting the damage caused by plastic pollution and the steps that communities worldwide are taking to solve the problem. "Oregon Takes Action: Efforts Around the Globe to Fight Plastic Pollution" notes that 80 governments from Bangladesh to Portland have taken action to reduce consumption of disposable plastic bags.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that two out of three Oregonians live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.
New limits on carbon pollution
In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the tens of thousands of Oregonians who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies
After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for pregnant women and young children, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that coal-fired power plants like Boardman must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.