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We envision a society where everyone has equitable access to healthy food and clean air and water, and underserved communities are included in decision making processes that affect them.
Together, we move beyond the damaging environmental practices of the past and collectively work to support and maintain ecological resilience and balance.


FightFoodWaste

Corvallis City Council is hosting a work session on an ordinance that requires restaurants and grocery stores to sort and compost food waste. The City’s Climate Action Advisory Board has recommended Option E to the city council.

Why is this important?
Composting food waste dramatically reduces the greenhouse gasses produced by decomposing food when compared to landfilling. Composting also allows for food waste to be turned into a beneficial soil or fertilizer rather than taking up precious space in landfills where it would remain for time immemorial. The EPA currently estimates that 24% of landfill space is dedicated to storing food waste. Grocery stores and restaurants are the TOP source of food waste! Lastly, this ordinance will help the city of Corvallis meet its waste diversion goals required by the state of Oregon. Metro Oregon has banned food waste for businesses in its 23 cities and 3 counties. It's time that Corvallis do the same!

How you can get involved

Testify by official written comment
You must submit your testimony by July 18th at 12:00 pm.

See our Action Alerts page for sample testimony and more!

Write to the Corvallis Mayor and City Council: city.recorder@corvallisoregon.gov and cc: mayorandcouncil@corvallisoregon.gov


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Join us for a walk in a lush Pacific Northwest forest to learn more about resilient forests biology and forestry practices!

2024 Resilient Forestry Tour - THIS WEEKEND!

Join us for our summer resilient forestry tour :

Sunday, July 21 - Shady Creek Forest, Walton OR

NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATION!

Most years we partner with small forest owners to host guided tours in biodiverse forests. These projects demonstrate how good forest management can protect drinking water, biodiversity and sequester carbon on the land, all of which are practices that benefit future generations.

Read more about the 2024 Resilient Forestry Tours

Download the Resilient Forestry Tours flyer (PDF)


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Oregon Health Authority (OHA) offers free air conditioners and air purifiers to people who qualify. This protects people at risk from extreme heat and wildfire smoke. In 2023, we partnered with Oregon Health Authority to distribute over 200 air conditioners and air purifiers to community members at greatest risk to heat-related issues. Applications for this program are now on pause. The pause is to make sure qualified people who applied for an air conditioner can get one. OHA will update this page when applications open again.

Read more about the resources available in Lane County to help you Beat The Heat


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Bee-Dazzle us with your love of bees!
2024 Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest is NOW OPEN!

Send us your favorite original photo of bees in any setting, whether in the wild or in your own back yard. We will accept one photo entry per person. This year, we are highlighting the increasingly worrisome decline of our native bee species. Bee creative! | ENTER TODAY->>


NEW JOB OPENING!

Environmental Justice Policy Manager for Beyond Toxics

Position Title: Environmental Justice Policy Manager
Contract Status and Hours Distribution: Full-time: Exempt, salaried
Workstation at the Beyond Toxics Office, Eugene, Oregon
Reports to: Executive Director
Annual Salary: Starting salary $65,000, or commensurate with experience and attributes. Merit raise opportunity within the first 6 months and annual COLA. Longevity pay raises offered.
Benefits: Health Insurance, vision and dental, simple IRA contributions from employer following 3 months of employment, paid time off, monthly technology stipend, 10 paid Fridays off during the summer.
Location: The position is based at the Eugene offices and requires a minimum of three days in office combined with remote work.
Start Date: Open until filled. Start date is flexible. Onboarding opportunities prior to hire date.

Position Overview:
The Environmental Justice Policy Manager (EJ Policy Manager) plays a key role in furthering Beyond Toxics’ mission of promoting environmental and climate justice through a wide range of activities including research, advocacy, leadership, policy advancement, and coalition-building. This position primarily involves the development, organization, and management of Beyond Toxics’ environmental justice projects. Responsibilities include leading policy initiatives and representing Beyond Toxics on various coalitions, alliances, state committees, rules advisory groups, and commissions.

To apply:
Please send a one-page cover letter, your CV or resume, and three professional references via email to info@beyondtoxics.org with the header EJ Policy Manager Application — [your name].

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interviews will be scheduled for late May and early June, or until filled. You will only be contacted if we invite you to be interviewed for this position. No phone calls, please.

See the full job description and requirements (PDF)


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What’s Trash Got To Do With It? Toxics!

A blog by Mason Leavitt, Beyond Toxics GIS and Spatial Data Coordinator

Over the first weekend of March, I had the opportunity to attend the 2024 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, most commonly referred to as PIELC. Every year, lawyers, policy experts, and activists come from all over the United States and the world to exchange views, strategies, and projects regarding some of the most salient environmental issues currently facing society. My objective was to increase visibility around Beyond Toxics’ burgeoning work on the topic of climate and toxic impacts from landfills. | Read more

 


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