Our Work

Beyond Toxics uplifts voices from Oregon communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change. We collaborate with other nonprofits, educators, and tribal organizations to build a movement to demand that state and local policies require fair, inclusive, and equitable access to clean air, clean water, and safe spaces for all to live and work in.

What we are doing

Our community-driven, multiracial movement challenges mainstream decision-makers and advocates to address systemic, historic causes of environmental injustices. Beyond Toxics is fighting for clean air by demanding that the government develop and uphold strong health criteria to protect Oregon’s vulnerable communities.

Projects

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Environmental Justice

We work with communities impacted by the harmful effects of industrial air toxics and off-gassing groundwater plumes, diesel particulate and carbon pollution. Our advocacy for air emission reporting helped lead the state to adopt a new program requiring industries to report their air toxics emissions inventory and make the data available to the public.
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Regenerative Ecosystems

Regenerative Ecosystems restore or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials that support humans, plants, wildlife and our climate. Regenerative products, like timber, can not only be grown for harvest, but also in a way that improves our environment and provides habitat and other ecosystem services throughout its lifetime. Learn more

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Pesticide Reform

Pesticide use is a critical environmental justice issue, especially for farm and forestry workers, rural communities and children who are most impacted by chemicals known to cause a myriad of health problems and learning disabilities.

We support leadership in communities on the front lines of pesticide exposure. We work with community leaders, mostly working class communities and communities of color, to connect them with local and statewide policy advocacy campaigns. Learn more

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Climate Justice

Frontline communities historically and presently bear the brunt of health, economic and ecological impacts that are the consequences of climate change. We are engaging with allies and communities most impacted by the hardships of a changing climate. Together we strive to ensure a regenerative economy with full access to renewable energy, clean air and water, valued jobs and healthy living environments. Learn more

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Green Home Cleaning Campaign

Scientists are finally recognizing that chemicals found in a wide variety of the goods we use every day may be more toxic than previously thought. In part because of the array of chemicals used to manufacture things we use in our daily lives, the National Poison Data System estimates 4 million cases of poisoning in the United States each year [source: American Association of Poison Control Centers]. Learn more

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, we can’t eat money, or drink oil.

~ Chief Water Commissioner Autumn Peltier