Working together, we have accomplished so much!
|Beyond Toxics played a leading role in a broad coalition to finalize the Cleaner Air Oregon policy enactment. We were tough on advocating for stronger standards that force industrial polluters to reduce their emissions to protect community health and to achieve clean and healthy air. Introducing a bill for Community Toxics Right to Know in 2017 led the state of Oregon to adopt a new requirement that industries report their air toxics emissions inventory and make the data accessible to the public. See Traversing the gauntlet by Lisa Arkin|
|We broke new ground in the climate justice movement. In February, the Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force and the Eugene City Council, at our request, adopted a resolution to endorse the International Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.|
|Beyond Toxics hired two new staff to join our strong Environmental Justice team, particularly to work with our close partners: the Eugene/Springfield NAACP and UNETE Farmworker Advocacy Center in Oregon’s black and brown communities. MORE
In the fall we began the West Eugene Community Health Survey canvassing organizing work to gather neighborhood-level data on community concerns about environmental health and equity. If you’re a Lane County resident, feel free to take the survey. You can also sign up to volunteer to collect responses door-to-door.
|Beyond Toxics is a Oregon Just Transition Alliance steering committee member and our staff participated in national climate change gatherings, actions, networking and training. MORE: See our Climate Justice page with photos and comments from Ana Molina and Pablo Alvarez and From Despair to Action: A Climate Activist Leader in the Making by Mysti Frost. Also: Reflections on the “Solidarity to Solutions” Summit in San Francisco by Pablo Alvarez and Ana Molina (PDF)|
|Beyond Toxics launched the Non Toxic Oregon Project and Non Toxic Rogue Valley projects. Our goal is to guarantee our right to be safe from toxic chemicals when visiting parks, sporting fields and schools. (See also our video, Golfing Goes Green and the NTRV Facebook page)|
|We led the effort to establish Eugene as an official Bee City USA. (See Bee City Eugene – what’s next? by Krystal Abrams) AND led the effort to certify the University of Oregon as a Bee Campus.
Bee Jazzy, our signature annual gala fundraiser, raised double the previous year’s contributions (the most we’ve ever raised!) and broke attendance records! Our amazing co-hosts Mountain Rose Herbs and GloryBee deserve special mention for their support.
|Beyond Toxic organized a uniquely-themed Environmental Justice Earth Day. Breath of Fresh Air was a HUGE success that we would like to repeat in 2019.|
|In partnership with Huerto de la Familia, Beyond Toxics created the West Eugene Pollinator Garden, engaging youth and community members in projects and education to protect pollinators. MORE|
|We held the 6th Annual Beauty of the Bee Photo Contest and continued to shed light on the beauty and importance of bees. MORE: Counting on pollinators to return by Krystal Abrams.|
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