Accomplishments

Working together, we have accomplished so much!

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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

Goals for 2019

L to R: Rep. Rob Nosse, Lisa Arkin and Jessica Applegate, Eastside Portland Air Coaltion at a rally for clean air.

L to R: Councilor Semple, Eric Richardson, NAACP; Mayor Vinis; Brittney Judson, NAACP; Mysti Frost and Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics.

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.

Goals for 2019

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.

Goals for 2019

L to R: Pablo Alvarez and Bianca Ballará

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. AlsoReflections on the “Solidarity to Solutions” Summit in San Francisco by Pablo Alvarez and Ana Molina (PDF)

Goals for 2019

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)

Goals for 2019

L to R: Kristina Lefever, Board member; Bob Johnson, Non-Toxic Irvine; Lisa Arkin

L to R: Krystal Abrams, Lisa Arkin and Eugene City Councilor Mike Clark

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.

Goals for 2019

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.

Goals for 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

Goals for 2019

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.

Goals for 2019

At the very end of 2018, we moved into the Mahonia Building, a new, sustainable office building. You can now find us at 120 Shelton McMurphey Blvd., Suite 280.

Goals for 2019

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Some of our proudest accomplishments from 2017

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