Rally at Oregon Capitol

Eric Stachon

One step closer to limiting climate pollution in Oregon

Oregon’s legislature moved one step closer to passing historic climate legislation today. This afternoon, the House and Senate environment committees both approved the Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 4001/SB 1507). The policy to limit and price our state’s climate pollution and invest in clean energy solutions now moves to the Rules Committee in both houses.

On Monday, nearly 500 people from all across Oregon came to the State Capitol and told their legislators that we need urgent action in our state to address the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to clean energy. Thank you to everyone who came, and to everyone who has taken action.

And our legislators listened! Huge thanks to climate champions Senator Michael Dembrow and Representative Ken Helm for shepherding the Clean Energy Jobs bill through their committees over multiple years, several workgroups, and countless meetings with Oregonians. The result is a smart, innovative strategy that can grow Oregon’s economy and support communities most affected by climate change.

Oregon became a state 159 years ago. Today, we are working together to protect the incredible people and places that make Oregon so special. But it’s far from over, and our voices are needed more than ever. Please contact your legislators to thank them for taking this first step and let them know that you want the Clean Energy Jobs bill to pass this session. 

In collaboration with many incredible partners, Climate Solutions has played a key role in developing Clean Energy Jobs. With your help, we’re excited to finally put a hard cap and price on our state’s climate pollution and invest in the clean energy solutions we need. Now is the time for our state to step up to the challenge.

Happy birthday, Oregon!

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Oregon Director

, Climate Solutions

Meredith develops, advocates for and implements clean energy and climate change policies and programs to accelerate Oregon’s transition to a clean energy, low-carbon economy.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In that capacity, she advanced policies for deploying renewable energy, creating clean energy jobs and increasing energy efficiency in the U.S. and internationally. She also implemented programs to protect public health and improve climate resilience to heat waves and air pollution in India’s growing cities. Before NRDC, Meredith practiced law in the private sector.

Meredith serves as a board member on the Portland Utility Board, and is a member of the Oregon and California State Bar Associations. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and French from Santa Clara University.

In her free time, Meredith enjoys exploring her incredible home state of Oregon with her husband and two kids, and rooting loudly as a member of the Portland Timbers Army.