Oregonians and visitors to our state enjoy scenic landscapes, adventurous outdoor activities, and abundant wildlife. All of these features are dependent on the abundance of clean air. For decades, Oregon leaders have focused on maintaining and improving the air quality throughout the state through several programs and initiatives. Oregon’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan is… Read More.
The Justice40 Initiative supports the federal goal that at least 40% of the benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities. The potential investment benefits are wide ranging, including access to clean energy, cleaner transportation, cleaner air, and training for clean energy jobs. For those planning energy and environmental justice projects, identifying communities and… Read More.
That’s exactly what scientists in Kentucky are figuring out. The United States has a goal of zero CO2 emissions by 2040. Kentucky obtains 70% of its energy from coal, and coal processing in power plants emits tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. While it’s been possible for quite some time to extract the… Read More.
Is it possible to power a car just from sunlight? That’s one of the next steps for innovative electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers. Charging a car from the power grid can be much more sustainable than fossil fuels–but getting energy from the sun is renewable and free. With so much exposed area, it seems there should… Read More.
In 2020, Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order for the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) to respond to changing climate conditions within our state. That year, Oregon suffered from unprecedented heat that killed over 100 residents who lacked sufficient home cooling systems. We’ve also seen entire towns lost to wildfires as 75% of our… Read More.