Oregon Environmental Council

The Oregon Environmental Council is Oregon's leading statewide environmental policy advocate. Its programmatic focus includes slowing global warming, cleaning up Oregon's rivers, protecting children from toxics, promoting healthy food and farms and building a sustainable economy. OEC works to create change on three levels: to help individuals live green; to help businesses, farmers and health providers thrive with sustainable practices; and to help elected officials create practical policy.

Oregon Environmental Council has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2000.

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Photo courtesy of Allison Hensey for the Oregon Environmental Council.

Oregon Environmental Council Grant history

2017

$15,000 - To strengthen and maximize the impact of the Emerging Leaders Board via professional development, external communications, and alumni engagement. Conservation capacity

2016

$100,000 - A two-year grant to advocate for a cleaner and healthier environment. Conservation policy

2014

$140,000 - A two-year grant to advance innovative solutions on behalf of Oregon's environment. Conservation policy

2013

$3,000 - For a staff communication skills training. Opportunity fund

2012

$100,000 - A two year grant to bring Oregonians together for a healthy environment. Conservation policy

2011

$15,000 - For engagement of young people to protect Oregon's environment. Conservation capacity

2010

$120,000 - To bring Oregonians together for a healthy environment. Conservation policy

2010

$5,000 - Communications Tune-up Other

2008

$120,000 - A two-year grant to bring Oregonians together for a healthy environment. Conservation policy

2007

$50,000 - For general support to underwrite the organization's efforts to bring Oregonians together for a healthy environment. Conservation policy

2005

$20,000 - For general support to bring Oregonians together for a healthy environment. Conservation capacity

2004

$25,000 - To explore online marketing strategies to engage new constituencies. Conservation capacity

2002

$25,000 - To explore new ways to engage new constituencies. Conservation capacity

2000

$15,000 - For general support to develop innovative tools and programs for environmental advocacy. Conservation capacity

Oregon Environmental Council Successes

Oregon chooses a coal-free future

Oregon chooses a coal-free future

Oregon recently became the first state to pass legislation to transition off of coal-fired power, which currently makes up 30 percent of the state's energy mix. Thanks to the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition bill, Oregon will transition off of coal-fired power completely by 2030. Growth in clean, renewable energy, such as wind and solar, will replace the coal that will be phased out, effectively doubling Oregon's renewable energy use by 2040 and making it one of the cleanest powered states.

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Legislative wins in Oregon for clean air and healthy kids

Legislative wins in Oregon for clean air and healthy kids

In 2015, Oregon governor Kate Brown signed into law the renewal of the state's Clean Fuels Program, which will guarantee 7 million metric tons of carbon pollution reduction (equivalent to 37,500 railcars of coal), and the Toxic-Free Kids Act, which allows the tracking of hazardous ingredients in children’s products and requires the worst offenders be replaced with safer alternatives. (Photo courtesy of Oregon DEQ.)

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Oregon Environmental Council Resources

Grantee Close-up: Emerging Leaders Board

In 2010, the Oregon Environmental Council created an Emerging Leaders Board to increase the engagement of younger Oregonians in its work. In 2016, the Brainerd Foundation took a closer look to see what we can learn from this approach. Our findings and advice for other organizations working to engage the next generation are available here.

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How one nonprofit is giving power to millennials and benefiting from their perspective, passion, and purpose.

How one nonprofit is giving power to millennials and benefiting from their perspective, passion, and purpose.

The Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) was looking for a way to increase the membership and engagement of younger Oregonians in its work. So, they started an Emerging Leaders Board to keep OEC connected and relevant to the concerns and interests of millennials.

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