Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The 42° north parallel delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada.
Oregon has been home to many Indigenous nations for thousands of years. Because of its diverse landscapes and waterways, Oregon's economy is largely powered by various forms of agriculture, fishing, and hydroelectric power. Technology is another one of Oregon's major economic forces, beginning in the 1970s with the establishment of the Silicon Forest, a nickname for the cluster of high-tech companies located in the Portland metropolitan area. W
Environment quality[edit | edit source]
- Beyond Toxics
- Freshwater Trust
- Department of Environmental Quality, the chief regulatory agency of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon responsible for protecting and enhancing the state's natural resources and managing sanitary and toxic waste disposal. W
Open spaces[edit | edit source]
List of Oregon state parks W
Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]
Ecotrust[edit | edit source]
Ecotrust is powered by the vision of a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, we have partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, we work to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. Together, we are making this place we live a home that we love.
Other initiatives[edit | edit source]
- BARK, non-profit organization that was created to combat logging, clear-cutting, deforestation and projects members say cause "commercial destruction" in Oregon forests, specifically those of the Mt. Hood National Forest. W
- List of Oregon state forests W
- List of Oregon National Forests W
Community involvement[edit | edit source]
Community energy[edit | edit source]
Solar energy[edit | edit source]
Solar power in Oregon has been growing in recent years due to new technological improvements and a variety of regulatory actions and financial incentives enacted by the state government.
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon that helps utility customers in Oregon benefit from efficient energy use and generating renewable energy . Energy Trust offers services, cash incentives and other energy solutions to customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista in Oregon and customers of NW Natural in Washington.
- Solar electric
- Biopower from wood waste, landfill and wastewater gas, manure and other organic sources
- Other sources, including hydropower and geothermal, and some instances of small-scale community wind
Wind power[edit | edit source]
The U.S. state of Oregon has large wind energy resources. Many projects have been completed, most of them in rural Eastern Oregon and near the Columbia River Gorge. Wind power accounted for 12.1% of the electricity generated in Oregon in 2016.
Cycling activism[edit | edit source]
Oregon Bicycle Bill[edit | edit source]
The Oregon Bicycle Bill (ORS 366.514) is transportation legislation passed in the U.S. state of Oregon in 1971. It requires the inclusion of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists wherever a road, street or highway is being constructed or reconstructed and applies to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as well as Oregon cities and counties.
The law requires that in any given fiscal year, a minimum of 1% of the state highway fund received by the ODOT, a city or county is used to provide walkways and bikeways located within the right-of-way of public roads, streets or highways open to motor vehicle traffic.
Cycle Oregon[edit | edit source]
Cycle Oregon is a week-long recreational bicycle ride held annually in different parts of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is also the name of a non-profit corporation established in 1991 to manage the event. More than a thousand riders participate every year and are supported by vans, meals and facilities.
Cycle Oregon, non-profit organization dedicated to transforming individuals and communities through bicycling.
- Bike paths in Oregon W
- Oregon Pedestrian and Bicycle Program, Oregon Department of Transportation. Resources include: safety publications, bicycle maps, project design and funding resources, and trip planning tools.
Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]
- List of nature centers in Oregon W
- Environmental Education Association of Oregon
- Map of nature centers and environmental education centers in Oregon
Food activism[edit | edit source]
- Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden)
- Aprovecho Research Center, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, develops efficient cook stoves for use in developing countries.
Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]
Oregon Bottle Bill W
Sharing[edit | edit source]
Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]
Hiking trails in Oregon W
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Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]
see also External links
Ecovillages[edit | edit source]
Lost Valley Educational Center is an intentional community and ecovillage located on 87 acres (350,000 m2) acres of mostly forested land in Dexter, Oregon, United States, approximately 18 miles (29 km) southeast of Eugene. The center was founded in 1989 and is located on the grounds of the old headquarters of the Shiloh Youth Revival Centers.
News and comment[edit | edit source]
Depave picks away pavement to create green space, Oct 11 
Oregon becomes first state to pass law to completely eliminate coal-fired power, Mar 3 
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Environment Oregon is a political non-profit organization in the U.S. state of Oregon, that lobbies for legislation in regard to environmental policy on local, state and national levels. It is affiliated with Environment America, a federation of environmental organizations in thirty states. Based in Portland, Oregon, it has more than 35,000 members throughout the state. It is also partnered with the Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center, its sister 501(c)(3) organization.
- Environment Oregon
- 1000 Friends of Oregon, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for land-use planning. W
- Restore Oregon, formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a mission to "Preserve, Reuse, and Pass Forward Oregon's Historic Resources to Ensure Livable, Sustainable Communities." W