2021 Environmental and Climate Justice Legislation


Beyond Toxics, NAACP Eugene/Springfield and NAACP PDX are taking immediate action to address environmental equity and climate impacts. Together we are introducing two transformational pieces of Environmental and Climate Justice legislation that will support our most impacted communities across the state of Oregon.

Action Alert for Environmental Justice!

Read the Guest Opinion in the April 9th edition of the Statesman-Journal: Environmental justice on the floor of Legislature by Robert W. Collin

VICTORY! SCR 17 resolution passed out of the Senate on a 22-7 vote!

Thank you to those who spoke in favor of this bill:
Senator Manning
Senator Jama’s office staff
Representative Pham
Eric Richardson
Quinn Read
Ira Cuello Martinez
Ana Molina

… and all those who wrote compelling testimony!

SCR 17 establishes an environmental justice framework of principles for State of Oregon. See this page: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/SEE/2021-03-23-13-00/Agenda for more information and a link to view the livestream.

Special thanks to Rep. Pham, Sen. Manning, Jr., staff from Se. Jama’s office and a BIG shout out to Chief Sponsor, Sen. Dembrow!

You can help make Oregon a leader on principles of justice, equity and inclusion as a statewide standard of practice!

BILL TITLE: Environmental Justice for Oregon: A Joint Resolution
DESCRIPTION: One-page summary of SCR 17 (PDF)
SPONSORS: Introduced by Senators Dembrow, Golden, Frederick and Manning and Representatives Power and Helm.
Co-sponsors of SCR 17 include: Senator Dembrow (Chief Sponsor), Senator Manning, Senator Frederick, Senator Golden, Representative Power (Chief Sponsor), Representative Helm, Representative Schouten, Representative Lively, Representative Reardon, Representative Wilde

This joint resolution establishes principles, builds a framework of shared values, and lays the path forward for future policies and practices based on the right to ethical, balanced, healthy and responsible uses of land and renewable resources for future generations.

NEW! SCR 17 Talking Points (PDF)

Instructions on How to Testify at Legislative Hearings (PDF)

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Summary of our Environmental Justice Legislative Priorities (PDF)

As Oregon takes on the monumental challenge of addressing the climate crisis, we need to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, and that BIPOC and other historically underserved communities are centered and meaningfully consulted every step of the way. Our organizations are proud to be championing two pieces of legislation in 2021 aimed at achieving environmental and climate justice. Passage of this legislation will achieve decisive policy across numerous natural resources, from watershed protections to air quality, centered on equity and justice and using community engagement strategies.


UPDATE ON HB 2488: Equity and Climate in Land Use:
The House Committee on Energy and the Environment has just passed HB 2488-7 out of committee! It now proceeds to the Joint Ways and Means Committee for consideration.

Read the Guest Opinion in the April 9th edition of the Statesman-Journal: HB 2488-3 address equity in land use by Phil Carver and Roberta Cade


Read our One-page summary of HB 2488 (PDF)
Read our key Talking Points for HB 2488->> (PDF) / Sample testimony on our webpage->>

Read our HB 2488 Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

BILL TITLE: Equity and Climate in Land Use
SPONSORS: Introduced by Representatives Power and Helm
Chief Sponsors: Representative Power, Helm; Senators Golden and Dembrow
Regular Sponsors: Representatives Holvey, Alonso-Leon, Wilde, Meek, Dexter, Nosse, Hudson, Neron, Pham, Salinas, Schouten; Senators Frederick and Prozanski

Our statewide land use planning goals were written and adopted nearly 50 years ago, and lack standards for meaningful and equitable public participation, for achieving environmental justice, and for addressing the impacts of climate change. HB 2488, Equity and Climate in Land Use, addresses these gaps in our land use system – putting Oregon on a path towards land use decisions that plan for a just and climate-resilient future. This bill will adopt a new Goal 20 for climate change and equity that prioritizes the needs of historically underserved communities and address climate change.

Send emails to members of the House Committee on Energy and Environment advocating for HB 2488. The email addresses of individual committee members are linked to their name on the committee page: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HEE/Overview.
PLEASE NOTE: if you send an email it will not be posted on the OLIS website and will not be part of the public record.

See the video recording of the 1st hearing; discussion and testimony for HB 2488 starts at about 1 hour, 9 minutes.

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Support for Beyond Toxics & NAACP Legislative Concepts


Speakers: Senator James Manning, Representative Karin Power, Sharon Gary-Smith, President of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP Portland and Eric Richardson of the Lane County chapter of the NAACP, and others.


Our co-partners include:
the Lane County and Portland Chapters of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)


Our endorsers include:
Climate Solutions, Corvallis/Albany NAACP unit #1118, Verde, Rogue Climate, Portland NAACP 1120-B branch, Douglas County Global Warming Coalition, LiveMove, Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network, Democratic Party of Oregon’s Environmental Caucus, 350 Salem Oregon, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), University of Oregon Climate Justice League, Elders Climate Action (ECA) – Oregon Chapter, Our Climate, Cascadia Action Network, Congregations P’nai Or and Havurah Shalom, 350 Eugene, Surfrider Foundation – Oregon Chapters, the Oregon Democratic Caucus, Klamath-Siskiyou Wild, 350 PDX, Rural Organizing Project, UO Coalition Against Environmental Racism, Eastside Portland Air Coalition, Renewable Northwest, Urban Greenspaces Institute, the Oregon Student Association, Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, Neighbors for Clean Air, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon/Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, 350 Eugene, Center for Biological Diversity, and The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.