Neighbors for Clean Air
Neighbors for Clean Air’s mission is to create a healthier Oregon through the reduction of air pollution. NCA upholds state and federal air regulations and advances broad-based, grassroots change through active community engagement with partner environmental justice organizations, regulators, local municipalities, and the state legislature to reduce sources of air toxics, both from industry and the diffuse sources that adversely affect health and negatively impact quality of life in our urban centers.
Bottom Line for Portland
Despite our green reputation, Portland has some of the worst air quality in the nation. For example, Multnomah County is in the bottom 2% of diesel pollution, with rates exceeding state health benchmarks by 10 times. This skyrockets in BIPOC communities, with rates 20 times the benchmarks. Neighbors for Clean Air has a long record of success in fighting for better air so we live up to our reputation.
“I really believe that pound for pound NCA is one of the most effective environmental organizations in Oregon. We've made substantial progress on air quality in our local community and across the state and Neighbors for Clean Air, because of their relentless advocacy and smart, fact-based approach to policy-making, is responsible for a lot of that success.” Deborah Kafoury, Chair, Multnomah County Commission
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The majority of decisions about air quality are made in rooms that are not accessible to limited English speakers, young people, people in the midst of poverty, or BIPOC community members. In Oregon, these rooms are in local government committees or at our capitol, Salem, either at the state legislature or in commission meetings for Oregon DEQ. While often inaccessible for community members, paid industry representatives are overrepresented. We hope to change, fundamentally, the way that entities like DEQ and local jurisdictions engage with the communities that have been consistently excluded.
Wallace Books, an independent, woman-owned bookstore in Sellwood, will donate 15% of their proceeds from November 25-30 to NCA. https://www.facebook.com/wallacebooks