Working together, we have accomplished so much!
Air Quality and Health: Beyond Toxics canvassed neighborhoods in West Eugene to collect over 300 community health surveys. Our results demonstrate that nearly two-thirds of respondents experience impacts of bad air and feel impacts on their health. | Read the latest update on clean air issues in Lisa Arkin’s blog, “A right to clean air.”
Air Quality Laws: As an appointed stakeholder, Beyond Toxics played a key role in Oregon’s adoption of Cleaner Air Oregon rules, which force polluters to reduce cancer and disease-causing air pollutants. We also helped stop a bill in the 2019 legislature to exempt the Covanta trash incinerator from carbon pollution reduction requirements. | Check out my blog, “Trashy and Tricky.”
Community Protection: Through our groundbreaking Non Toxic Oregon Project (NTO), Beyond Toxics is ending toxic pesticide use in public spaces throughout Oregon. The cities of Eugene, Springfield, Ashland and Talent, plus Lane County, have all launched NTO pilot projects to learn how to manage parks and playgrounds without the use of synthetic chemicals. | Read about taking action on Monsanto’s Roundup in the blog, “The Retreat from Roundup.”
Environmental Justice: With our partner, Crag Environmental Law Center, we filed a successful US EPA Civil Right Complaint against the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency for their handling of the Seneca biomass facility air pollution permit. Our Civil Rights complaint was one of only two successful complaints in the entire Pacific Northwest and has resulted in important changes to public accountability for the air protection agency. | Learn more by reading our press release, Securing Improvements in Air Quality Monitoring and Community Engagement.
Environmental Justice: As part of the more than 30 presentations we were invited to give, Beyond Toxics staff provided expert education on environmental health justice issues in Oregon, from climate resiliency to forestry herbicide use.
We also created and hosted our singular Environmental Justice Bus Tour, which showcases the patterns of unjust pollution exposures for vulnerable communities of color. | Climate justice is where we are headed in 2020, as described by Krystal Abrams in her blog, “Climate Resilience in the Pacific Northwest.”
Pesticide Policy Wins: Beyond Toxics petitioned the Oregon Department of Agriculture to investigate the tree-killing herbicide, ACP and spearheaded Oregon’s national leadership to severely restrict this chemical that killed over 2,000 Ponderosa pine and decimated their ecosystem in Central Oregon. | For more detail, read Lisa Arkin’s blog on the topic, “We won! And Bayer Chemical lost!“
Pesticide Policy Wins: Beyond Toxics formed a strong coalition of farm worker justice, labor and environmental protection groups to introduce Oregon’s first bill to ban chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate developed as a chemical warfare agent in WWII. We are coming back with a bill to ban this brain-damaging and cancer-causing insecticide in 2020. | Learn more about our work on Chlorpyrifos.
Timber Herbicides: Beyond Toxics traveled to communities across our state, from Baker County to Clatsop County, to assist communities impacted by herbicide sprays on corporate timber holdings. And in some cases, we helped communities stop aerial sprays and file complaints with state agencies. | Meet Francis (VIDEO), whose homestead in Douglas County is in harm’s way from aerial herbicide sprays.
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Read the 2018 Highlights
|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.|
Some of our proudest accomplishments from 2017
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