Clean Energy Jobs Bill: A sneak-peek

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 10/17/2017 (All day)

Oregon legislators are leading an effort to refine a Clean Energy Jobs bill for the 2018 legislative session, which will cap and price certain greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill will invest the proceeds statewide to ensure the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy and environment are shared by all, and any burdens are mitigated.  Four work groups have been established, consisting of legislators and interested groups including

Charlottesville: Facing hate with love

Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:30pm

The events this month in Charlottesville felt shocking for many; and for many still, this is all too familiar.

Getting To Know You: The 2017 1000 Friends Summer Interns

Abbie Mann-Wood and Phil Longnecker
Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:30am

Every summer, 1000 Friends of Oregon welcomes college interns to our office to work on special projects. One intern comes to us through Duke University and their DukeEngage program. The other is our Gerhardt intern, selected national pool of applicants to work with us in the loving memory of former 1000 Friends staffer Paul Gerhardt Jr..

Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Bills we successfully supported

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:00pm

The 2017 legislative session was a long and winding road. Early land use threats died easily, while new ones cropped up at the final hour.

Updates From the Circut

Meriel Darzen
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:30pm

Circuit Rider Attorney Meriel Darzen

2017 Transportation Package Prioritizes Transit!

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:10pm

1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the transportation package passed by the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization on Saturday, July 1.  For the first time in history, Oregon is poised to fund statewide transit at a meaningful level. This means many rural Oregonians will have reliable transit for the first time, thereby gaining access to employment oppor

Oregon Ag Heritage Program Lobby Day

Nellie McAdams
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00pm

On Thursday, June 21 several of Oregon’s top agriculture and environmental organizations were joined by 38 Oregonians and advocates to lobby Oregon legislators to pass HB 3249, the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Fund (OAHP) which would would help Oregon farmers and ranchers plan for succession and maintain agricultural land for future generations. It includes funding for permanent working lands easements, temporary covenants, and conservation management plans, as well as succession trainings and a tax study.

Why Housing For All is Part of Oregon's Land Use System

Madeline Kovacs
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:45am

In the Fall, 1980 edition of the 1000 Friends newsletter, then-State Housing Council Chair Betty Niven stressed the importance of fully implementing land use planning Goal 10, Housing. Niven reminded readers that reforms required by the Goal pertain not only to housing supply, but also to "what people can afford to pay for a house - what might be called 'income-sensitive zoning.’

HB 2007: An Introduction

Thu, 06/08/2017 (All day)

House Bill 2007 was introduced by Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, with the goal of bringing more housing to Oregonians. Communities across Oregon are facing challenges in providing housing for all of their residents. HB 2007 takes significant steps towards implementing land use Goal 10, by making abundant, diverse, and more affordable housing available to more people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and backgrounds in every neighborhood.  

HB 2007 does this by:

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