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Portland Audubon's Statement on Environmental Debate

Audubon Society of Portland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As such, we do not endorse candidates. However, we do participate in the election process to ensure that environmental issues are well considered and that the public understands how candidates will approach these issues.

Portland Audubon's Statement on Environmental Debate

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Audubon Society of Portland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As such, we do not endorse candidates. However, we do participate in the election process to ensure that environmental issues are well considered and that the public understands how candidates will approach these issues. When we were asked to participate in the March 4 environmental debate, "Regaining Our Green Edge", we viewed this as an opportunity to help accomplish that goal. We participated along with 12 other groups in trying to shape a debate that would be effective and informative. We recognize that there are trade-offs between inviting more candidates to participate and having the opportunity to dig down deeper on issues with a smaller number of candidates. In this case, the consensus among the 13 groups was that a deeper discussion with fewer candidates was a higher priority. We also recognized that there would be multiple other forums and formats where different configurations of candidates would have the opportunity to present. 
 
When some members of the community expressed concern about the limited number of candidates, the debate hosts revisited the issue and decided to move forward with the format that had been advertised. However, we also agree that there is value in providing forums for a broader array of candidates to present their views on the environment. To that end Portland Audubon proposed two things:

  • First, as we did in the 2012 Mayoral Campaign, we will work with other conservation groups to provide all candidates with a written environmental questionnaire. We will publish all candidate responses to these questions online, unedited, in their entirety, up to a specified word limit.
  • Second, we will work with other conservation groups to present a public environmental forum that will be open to all candidates. Details to come shortly.

The proposed forum and questionnaire are cosponsored by Willamette Riverkeeper and Urban Green Spaces.

For more information, contact Bob Sallinger at bsallinger@audubonportland.org.

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