Ashley Miller's Blog Posts

Ashley Miller | March 6, 2013 - 13:14

I think of myself as a pretty lucky gal. I grew up fairly unconventionally (though of course, like all kids, I thought my upbringing was the norm). My parents were always concerned with the health and wellbeing of the family, and on living in a way that gave us more time for experiences. That led to us doing things like building a house in a rural area of Arizona that was completely off the grid.

I remember having to go ‘check the power’ before I could watch TV or play on the computer. I learned how to sew on a treadle machine because it didn’t require electricity. We had energy efficient appliances because it was a necessity. We grew a garden because we wanted healthy food, and it was the frugal thing to do.

Ashley Miller | October 24, 2012 - 13:51

Monday night, Eugene became the third city in Oregon to ban the single use plastic bag. This is great news for Oregon and for our ocean!  This was absolutely a team effort; a huge thanks to the Surfrider Foundation and Environment Oregon for their work on this campaign.

Ashley Miller | July 23, 2012 - 15:47

There is a very heated debate over coal trains in the Northwest.  Currently, there are plans to have several new coal export facilities built in the Northwest.  In Washington, potential sites include Cherry Point, Longview, and Grays Harbor.  In Oregon they are proposing coal exports at Port Westward, Port of Morrow, and Coos Bay.   Coal is a very dirty source of power, and these new sites would increase the amount of coal being shipped out to Asian countries for them to burn for their ever growing energy needs.  And in order for the coal to make it to the shipping facilities, it has to be moved across several states via train.

Ashley Miller | June 26, 2012 - 16:38

Have you heard the good news? The city of Corvallis has just joined Portland in banning single-use plastic bags at the checkout stand! As you may recall, OLCV, as well as Oregon Conservation Network (OCN) partner organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, Environment Oregon and Sierra Club worked hard last year to ban the bag in Portland. Soon after, the race to be the 2nd city in the state to ban the bag began. Newport, Corvallis and Eugene all began looking at bag bans of their own. 

Ashley Miller | December 9, 2011 - 15:52

The holiday season is once again upon us and it is time to start (if you haven’t already) shopping for gifts. Unfortunately, as I’m sure you’re more than aware, the economy has been hit hard. That’s why we all need to do our part to support our local businesses.

Ashley Miller | September 29, 2011 - 14:44

The Lane County chapter of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters is excited to be co-presenting 3 films on conservation issues at the GoodWorks Film Festival in Eugene on October 7th, 8th and 9th.

GoodWorks Film Festival is presenting a series of acclaimed feature-length films with an array of social justice themes.

Ashley Miller | August 18, 2011 - 10:38
At the beginning of this year, I began working with the Lincoln County OLCV steering committee. Right away, I realized that they were a great team to work with, and felt fortunate to work with such great people on Oregon’s beautiful coast.

Ashley Miller | July 26, 2011 - 13:28

Have you heard the great news? Last week Portland became the first city in Oregon to ban single-use plastic bags!   

And on the heels of this bold leadership from Portland, Newport is beginning to discuss how to promote reusable bags and, eventually, phase out these single-use plastic bags.

Ashley Miller | June 30, 2010 - 10:32

Prior to joining the OLCV staff, I volunteered on the steering committee of OLCV’s Lane County chapter. One of the things that really appealed to me as a steering committee member was OLCV’s local environmental scorecard process. It was such a great way to evaluate whether or not the hard work we put into electing local candidates in Lane County had actually translated into protecting the environment.

Ashley Miller | May 6, 2010 - 14:12

As you know, the primary is upon us. We have our ballots and voters pamphlets and are sitting down to decide who to vote for on May 18th. In Lane County, OLCV has been working hard to get voters out for two candidates- Pat Riggs-Henson for Springfield County Commissioner and Jerry Rust for West Lane County Commissioner.

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