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News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Children’s book empowers kids to reduce plastic waste

The problem of plastic in the world’s ocean and its detrimental impact on marine wildlife has gained more attention in recent years. For the director of a local environmental non-profit, Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center, this provides a big opportunity to get people to connect the dots between the problem of plastic pollution and their own consumer habits. So, she decided to write a children’s book about it.

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Our Kickstarter to educate kids about plastic pollution | Celeste Meiffren-Swango

Environment Oregon has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise money to self-publish “Myrtle the Turtle,” our children’s book about a young, adventurous sea turtle in the Pacific Ocean who mistakes a plastic bag for a jellyfish, and realizes she needs your help to keep her ocean home safe and beautiful.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

The State of Recycling in Oregon

Since 2014, Oregon’s recycling rate has steadily declined, from 41 percent to 37 percent. Although Oregon’s recycling rate remains above the national average of 34.7 percent, the results are well below the state’s goal of achieving 52 percent by 2020 and 55 percent by 2025. Note that every single major county has failed to improve their reduction of waste since 2012. This downward trend will likely continue without serious investment and programmatic change.

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News Release | Environment Oregon

Environment Oregon helps citizens take charge of energy use for Energy Efficiency Day

For Energy Efficiency Day, we released a new guide to help Oregonians conserve energy and reduce wasted energy in their homes and businesses.

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News Release | Environment Oregon

Electric bus proposal given the green light by TriMet Board of Directors

TriMet is one step closer to transitioning away from diesel buses to a zero-emission fleet after a key vote on Wednesday morning. The TriMet Board of Directors voted to approve the “TriMet Non-Diesel Bus Plan,” which commits the agency to purchasing 80 electric buses over the next five years and puts in place a plan to transition to a zero-emission fleet and no longer have diesel buses on the road by 2040.

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