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Coal to Clean Energy Forums in Corvallis and Portland
November 10, 2014

Did you know that Oregon still gets one third of its energy from out-of-state coal? 
 
Pacific Power, for example, actually gets two-thirds of its energy from coal plants in Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
 
This is bad news, as you well know. Coal plants are the single biggest air polluter in the country, making coal a leading cause of climate disruption and a major public health threat.
 
Join us at one of two upcoming public forums to learn about the problem of coal use in Oregon, the benefits of clean energy, and about a new, exciting legislative effort that proposes a solution to end coal use in Oregon by 2025, and transition us to clean, renewable energy.

Coal to Clean Energy Forums

PORTLAND:   Wed. Nov 19th at 7 pm at The Portland Building aka Portlandia Building at 1120 SW 5th Ave, 2nd Floor. One block north of City Hall and Terry Shrunk Plaza.  MAP    MAX: Green & Yellow Lines. BUSES: 4, 10, 14, 31, 32, 33, 99.  PARKING: SmartPark at SW 1st and Jefferson, 123 SW Jefferson St., near the base of the Hawthorne Bridge.  Street parking is free after 7 pm.

SPEAKERS - PORTLAND

  • Dr. Andy Harris, M.D., Interim Director for the OHSU Global Health Center; and Advisory Board Member, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Amy Baird, Communications Manager, Renewable Northwest
  • Jeff Bissonnette, Policy Director, Citizens’ Utility Board

~Habrá interprete en español presente para el Foro en Portland.~

CORVALLIS:  6:30 pm Thursday November 13th, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis MAP

SPEAKERS – CORVALLIS: 

  • Dr. Andy Harris, M.D., Interim Director for the OHSU Global Health Center; and Advisory Board Member, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Amy Baird, Communications Manager, Renewable Northwest
  • Amy Hojnowski, Campaign Representative, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign

RSVP:  To Sierra Club organizer Laura Stevens at laura.stevens@sierraclub.org

We’ve made major progress against coal in recent years:  We’ve defeated four coal export proposals in the region, and Oregon’s only coal plant – PGE’s Boardman plant – will stop burning coal in 2020.  Yet coal-powered electricity still makes up about one quarter of Oregon’s total carbon footprint.
 
We can do better.  Instead of buying coal from out-of-state plants, Oregon’s utility companies should invest in clean renewable energy sources— like wind and solar—that create new jobs locally.  
 
Oregonians across the state agree: we want clean energy. It’s time to give Oregonians the energy we want.

Co-sponsors include: Sierra Club, OLCV Education Fund, Oregon Environmental Council, 350 PDX and 350 Corvallis, Citizens Climate Lobby-Portland and Corvallis Chapters, League of Women's Voters-Corvallis, Better World Club, Engineers for a Sustainable Future, Flying Fish Company, Home Performance Guild, International Living Future Institute, and Alliance for Democracy-Portland Chapter.

Just us at these important public forums to learn more about your role in Oregon's transition from coal to clean energy.

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Author Bio

Bobby is former Solutions Stories and Media Manager with Climate Solutions. In that role, he worked to identify and engage new audiences for our programs and campaigns throughout the Northwest, with a focus on the Solutions Stories.

Bobby spent six years as the National Representative at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS), mobilizing support to restore the Columbia-Snake River Basin, a watershed home to some of the world’s best habitat for wild salmon and steelhead in a changing climate.

After receiving his degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2003, he advocated on behalf of working people and the environment. In addition to SOS, Bobby has worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 503) and America Coming Together, and volunteered for the Trout Unlimited, Elders in Action, and UNITE HERE.

Bobby hails from central Pennsylvania and has lived in Oregon since 1998. When he's not working, Bobby can be found with his partner Jenny and their cat Jove, playing music with friends, out and about on his bike, or working in the garden.