All posts by zach baker
Zach works to advance policies that address climate change and accelerate the transition to clean energy in Oregon.
Zach brings to his work over a decade of policy and advocacy experience focused on protecting the environment and promoting public health. His experience spans the local, state, and federal policy levels and he has served in a variety of capacities, including serving as a City Councilor in Corvallis, Oregon. Immediately prior to joining Climate Solutions, Zach worked with the Center for Climate Change and Health to launch a national initiative to engage health professionals in state climate change policy.
Zach holds a law degree from the University of Oregon with a focus in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and a BA from Tufts University in political science and community health.
When he’s not advocating for climate policies, Zach enjoys riding his bike, hiking a trail, and enjoying Oregon’s agricultural bounty.
By: Zach Baker on January 22, 2021
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed exempting the state's fossil gas power plants from their Climate Protection Program. This cannot stand.
Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission chooses industry over communities to develop air pollution regulations
By: Zach Baker on December 23, 2020
The EQC has decided to stack the cap-and-reduce rulemaking advisory committee with fossil fuel and big business interests.
By: Zach Baker on September 1, 2020
One major component of the Oregon Climate Action Plan is a directive for the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to set up a new program to “cap and reduce” climate-harming pollution from Oregon’s large polluters.
By: Zach Baker on July 7, 2020
We can rebuild and recover in a more just, clean, healthy, and smart way—while creating lots of high quality green jobs along the way. One of those climate-smart and equitable solutions to build back better than before is right in front of us, and all around us: our homes and other buildings.
By: Zach Baker on June 24, 2020
Last month, twelve state agencies delivered their plans to carry out the Governor’s Executive Order on climate. Here's what we know so far.
By: Zach Baker on January 31, 2020
As we head into the 2020 session, we’re doing everything we can to ensure the Legislature passes a strong cap and invest policy. We’re also working on a number of other complementary bills to move the ball forward on climate – some of which are also unfinished business from last session.
By: Zach Baker on July 8, 2019
Oregon’s 2019 legislative session will likely go down in history for what did not happen for the climate - and rightly so.