2023 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature

Session Highlights

Climate and Public Health Victories! Together we Win

We continued building on major climate victories from previous sessions by passing the Resilient, Efficient Buildings package to reduce climate pollution from new and existing buildings. We partnered with Oregon Environmental Council and Climate Solutions and environmental justice groups Oregon Just Transition Alliance, Unite Oregon, and the Community Energy Project to pass this game-changing package that will improve indoor air quality, provide life-saving heating and cooling technology, and lower energy bills for Oregonians across the state, all while creating well-paying jobs.

There were a number of significant climate bills that ultimately got wrapped into one large bill package to ensure quick passage if the Senate Republicans returned from their 42-day walkout. That bill package (HB 3409) included the Resilient, Efficient Buildings package, Natural Climate Solutions (to increase carbon sequestration on our natural and working lands), Resilience Hubs (to provide safe places during increasingly extreme weather and wildfires due to climate change), and many more bills. The climate and energy bill packages passed this session created a $90 million Climate Resilience Budget for our state, and will enable Oregon to compete for millions of dollars of federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

We also protected children from toxic chemicals by updating the Toxic Free Kids Act, and better protected everyone from nasty chemicals lurking in their personal care products by passing the Toxic Free Cosmetics Bill. Across the board, we advanced legislation that will help improve public health and our environment.

"Climate change is a public health, environmental justice, transportation, and economic issue — it's the biggest crisis of our time and I'm proud to work with OLCV in making climate change a priority every session.” Rep. Khanh Pham


About OLCV

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan organization with a simple mission: to pass laws that protect Oregon's environmental legacy, elect pro-environment candidates to office, and hold all of our elected officials accountable.

For more information about OLCV, visit our website at olcv.org.

About the Scorecard

For more than 40 years, OLCV has protected Oregon's natural legacy. An essential part of our work is holding our elected officials accountable. The OLCV Environmental Scorecard is not only one of our most important accountability tools, but also a tradition. The first scorecard was published in 1973.

By sharing how each member of the Legislature voted on the most critical conservation bills, we help Oregonians understand whether legislators listened to their constituents, or if they listened to special interest groups instead. It also serves as a summary of environmental bills and includes special recognition of the legislative champions.