West Eugene Clean Air Community Meeting 2020

We were so pleased to see the great turnout at our first West Eugene Clean Air Community Meeting this past Saturday at Peterson Barn!

If you missed it, we came together as a community and shared the preliminary results of the Environmental Community Health Survey that many of you have taken. If you have not yet taken this survey, please do so today.

We asked attendees to give us written feedback and, as a result, received a lot of positive feedback. There was especially high praise for presentations by Lisa Arkin and Pablo Alvarez (presented 1/25/20: West Eugene Clean Air and Environmental Health Survey Preliminary Results ) – see some of the comments below….

Pablo Alvarez, Beyond Toxics Environmental Justice Community Oreganizer.

 

All who filled out the survey said they would recommend this kind of event to people they know.

FEEDBACK

David found the presentation highly valuable and “useful and helpful” and said he was “glad I stopped in.”

Another attendee said it was time well spent and they “didn’t know the industries, nor what they were emitting.”

Diane found the presentation highly valuable and said it was “all news to me. I had thought this was a healthy, safe environment.” Comments: “This was useful, but also disturbing.”

Another attendee said the event was highly valuable and thought the organizers “offered compelling information and a good discussion.” They also thought there were “nice ideas for working together in small groups.” They ended with a note of kudos for Beyond Toxics: “Thank you for your AMAZING work!”

Amy said it was time well spent and said she is new to the area and this was a great crash course in environmental health and air quality in the area.” She said the presenters had “high energy, good slides and appeared to be knowledgeable.” In summary she said, “Great job. Thanks for getting boots on the ground to collect this data and present the findings back to the community!”

Another attendee said it was time well spent and said this about what we did well: “Good: well spoken and well rehearsed. Good slides, easy to read.”

Another attendee simply said, “Great meeting!”

Aerial view of the J.H. Baxter creosote factory and grounds. We have received a number of complaints about the smells from this factory in the past few months, as well as expressions of concern about the health effects from exposure to air pollution.

Another attendee said the information given was useful because it “gave direction and an opportunity for involvement.” They said the organizers did a good job of “engaging the audience and explaining well.” Overall, they felt the event was “well done and inspiring.”

Louisa thought the event was time well spent and wanted a copy of the presentation. She said the presenters gave lots of thoughtful information; “dense information, but very important.”

Margaret thought the event was time well spent and found the information presented was helpful because she “lives and has children in this neighborhood.” She expressed hope that the information presented “gets wide dissemination.”

Kimberli said the event was highly valuable and thought the information given was useful because it “explained why my health is so poor.” She also thought staff presented the information well and did a very good job of answering questions.

Dana said the event was highly valuable and thought that the information about LRAPA was very useful. The organizers/presenters “explained the connection between low income areas and the poll.”


RELATED: See the stories we have collected of neighbors who have complaints and concerns about the health effects from exposure to the pollution from the J.H. Baxter factory and nearby air pollution sources. | Do you have stories about living near the factory and breathing the fumes? Please call us (541-465-8860) or use our online form to share them today!

ALSO
Read Lisa Arkin’s latest blog, “A right to clean air.”