About Us

HealthyGreenPages_WebBanner_Mock-Up04_ALTBeyond Toxics protects and enhances human and environmental health. We use environmental justice engagement and community-based environmental grassroots organizing to ensure environmental protection and health for all communities. We empower communities to enact lasting solutions to environmental health threats.

Vulnerable Oregon communities, especially people of color, people of reproductive age, migrant workers and their families, and low-income individuals and communities are disproportionately impacted and harmed by exposure to toxics in their communities and at work. Because of industry’s influence, and environmental racism, Oregon’s regulatory and legal systems are inadequate or non-existent to address and remedy these injustices.

We have offices in Eugene and Southern Oregon, but we serve communities throughout the state of Oregon.

Our priorities

• Guarantee an equal right to have clean air, clean water, unpolluted soils, safe consumer products and a healthy community in which to live.
• Promote environmental and social justice and public participation in decision-making concerning public and environmental health policies.
• Protect children’s health by using the precautionary principle as the standard by which policy decisions are made regarding human health and the environment.
• Promote meaningful opportunities to choose non-toxic alternatives to the use, manufacture and disposal of hazardous chemicals, products, and emissions.

Beyond Toxics works for all Oregonians to empower individuals and communities to find solutions that protect human and environmental health. We reach out through sponsorships and organizational assistance to community-based groups seeking to stop local environmental destruction and public health threats.

In the late 1990’s Beyond Toxics’ founders successfully passed the model Community Toxics Right to Know law in the city of Eugene (requires polluters to report their emissions to the Fire Marshall for posting on a public website). Our original founders include Mary O’Brien, Anita Johnson, Michael Carrigan and Steve Johnson. The local fight to pass a Community Toxics Right to Know law inspired Oregon’s environmental leaders to form an organization dedicated to toxics use reduction and environmental justice. Beyond Toxics, originally Oregon Toxics Alliance, was founded in 2000.

We are proud members of EarthShare Oregon since June 2013!


We are now proud members of EarthShare! With EarthShare, you can donate at work with simple payroll deduction contributions. Your employer may even match your gift, increasing the impact of your investment.  For more information, check with your Human Resources manager. If you do not have a giving campaign at work, please contact them, and we can meet with decision-makers at your company.

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Beyond Toxics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are fully tax-deductible. Please consider giving a gift of a Beyond Toxics membership to a friend or family member!