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Join Beyond Toxics at the Falling Sky Brewpub for Pints for Pollinators!

On Tuesday, Feb. 27th, Falling Sky will donate $1 per beer, cider, wine, or their wonderful house-made soda to Beyond Toxics to support our Save Oregon's Bees campaign.

While you're there, flex your pollinator knowledge with some trivia and make sure to sign our petition for an official Native Bee Conservation Day in Oregon!

WHEN: Tues. Feb. 27, 3-9 p.m.
WHERE: Falling Sky Brewpub, 1334 Oak Alley Eugene
HOW: No flyer needed! Just come enjoy a beverage and $1 from each beer, wine, cider, or house soda will be donated.
WHY: To support our beloved bees and precious pollinators!

 


Power Hour: Fumes in Focus with Beyond Toxics

WHAT: The Environmental Center will be hosting a visit from our Executive Director, Lisa Arkin
for their "Power Hour: Fumes in Focus with Beyond Toxics"
WHEN: February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Central Oregon Community College - Boyle Ed Center, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97703
COST: Free

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Beyond Toxics' Fumes in Focus initiative addresses the growing concern of gas stove pollution and its impact on indoor air quality and family health. As environmental and public health risks intensify, the Fumes in Focus project focuses on the pervasive issue of indoor gas stoves and how much they pollute our homes.

Their study, "Fumes In Focus: Visualizing Air Pollution From Gas Stoves" utilizes advanced FLIR technology to capture and visualize the immediate emissions during stove operation.

Meet our speaker
Lisa Arkin, the Executive Director of the Beyond Toxics, has provided innovative policy leadership and grassroots organizing for Beyond Toxics since 2006. See Our Team

For more details, contact:
The Environmental Center
16 NW Kansas Ave. Bend, OR, 97703
541-385-6908 — info@envirocenter.org

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Lisa Arkin, Exec. Director of Beyond Toxics
is the featured speaker


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2024 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)
Panels Beyond Toxics will be participating in

 
A Year in Review: Toxics Legislation in 2023 and Beyond

When: Friday, March 1st 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Description:
This panel will review the outcomes of the historic 2023 Oregon Legislative Long Session, toxics legislative wins, and toxics losses. Toxics and environmental health are often linked to overconsumption of plastics and items with harmful chemicals. This panel hopes to explore that connection in addition to its review of new laws.

Panelists:
Panelist 1: Jennifer Eisele, Ecosystems and Communities Project Manager, Beyond Toxics 
Panelist 2: Jamie Pang, Oregon Environmental Council (OEC)
Panelist 3: Tara Brock, Pacific Counsel, Oceana

 

Landfills: The Good, Bad, Ugly, and What To Do About it

When: Saturday, March 2nd 9:00-10:30 am

Description:
Landfills are a critical, and often overlooked, threat to the climate, water, and surrounding quality of life. Hydrogeologist Joel Geier, PhD and civil engineer Mark Yaeger, PE, CWRE have spent the last several years serving on Benton County Committees related to waste management and advocating for regulatory action through Valley Neighbors for Environmental Quality and Safety. Beyond Toxics has partnered with Valley Neighbors for Environmental Quality and Safety to amplify the voices of impacted communities near landfills and incinerators to advocate for regulatory action against PFAS, heavy metals, and other toxins released during waste management. Their panel offers a brief overview of landfill design, their associated risks, and regulatory gaps identified so far.

Panelists:
Panelist 1: Mason Leavitt, Beyond Toxics GIS and Spatial Data Coordinator
Panelist 2: Joel Geier, PhD, Valley Neighbors for Environmental Quality and Safety
Panelist 3: Mark YaegerRegistered Civil and Environmental Engineer, Valley Neighbors for Environmental Quality and Safety

More about the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

 


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Westmoreland Park Wetlands Enhancement Project

Would you like to help the environment AND learn about native wetland plants? Join the Friendly Area Neighbors for their 2024 Westmoreland Park Wetlands Work Parties in 2024!

This will be the third year of our Westmoreland Park Wetlands Enhancement Project, which began in 2021 in conjunction with the “Willamette Wetlands of the Kalapuya” mural on the east side of the Dr. Edwin Coleman Jr. Center. The wet prairie remnants to the east and west of the Coleman Center have protected status, with significant native plants including two species with the largest populations anywhere in Eugene.

The goal of the work parties is to reduce meadow foxtail and other invasive species, to allow the native plants to flourish. Parks & Open Space coordinates the parties and provides all the tools. The tasks are simple and geared for all ages and physical abilities. P&OS Ecologist Diane Steeck is a fantastic teacher and guide, helping volunteers learn how to identify native plants and how to reduce non-native species. Data from our Citizen Scientist project shows that our work parties are making a difference!

Please put these dates on your calendars and RSVP to fansustainability@gmail.com if you can help out. This allows us to let P&OS know how many tools to bring to the work parties. We meet by the east wetland on Polk St., south of the pickleball courts.

Sat., January 27, 2024 10:00 am - noon Remove weed fabric from plots that were covered at our Aug. work party, and weed where possible.

Sat., March 16 10:00 - 11:30 am Training to become a Citizen Scientist, to “adopt” and monitor a plot with 1-2 other volunteers from March – June. Diane Steeck uses the data from the monitoring to determine next steps in the enhancement process.

Sat., April 13 9:00 am – noon Weeding party to remove meadow foxtail and other invasive species. Maybe add weed fabric to plots without camas or other native plants.

Sat., May 4 9:00 am – noon. Weeding party to remove meadow foxtail and other invasive species. Maybe add weed fabric to plots without camas or other native plants.

For more information about our Westmoreland Park Wetlands Enhancement Project, please contact us at fansustainability@gmail.com or see the Friendly Area Neighbors website: https://www.friendlyareaneighbors.org/westmoreland-park-wetlands-enhancement-project.html

You can learn more about native wetland plants and the “Willamette Wetlands of the Kalapuya" mural on our website.

 

 


2024 Resilient Forestry Tours - Coming in June!

Join us for one of our next resilient forestry tours in 2024:

Saturday, June 8 - Shady Creek Forest, Walton OR
Saturday, July 13 - Shady Creek Forest, Walton OR
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

 

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