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Upcoming Forum Announcements

May 18, 2017

5:45 to 6:30 pm - Networking/Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Speaker Forum

The Dirt on Diesel and Opportunities for Oregon from the VW Diesel Settlement

The Paramount Hotel (Mezzanine Level)
808 SW Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97205

  • One block from MAX, Street Car & Smart Park

For additional information, contact:

  • Sara Moore, Speaker Chair at 503-939-1474
  • John Foxwell, President at 503-924-4704

The Dirt on Diesel and Opportunities for Oregon from the VW Diesel Settlement

Please join us for a Forum discussing the “Dirt on Diesel” program and the reasons why diesel particulate emissions are at the top of the list of priorities for Oregon DEQ to address.  The Forum will include a discussion of the current challenges posed by diesel exhaust in Oregon, and the evolution of standards, technology, and public policy to approach a solution to this problem.  Central to this discussion will be a discussion of opportunities from the pending VW Settlement (Oregon DEQ will be receiving $73 million).  The state has begun to formulate how these resources will be spent and what kind of results we can expect.  As a preview of how the VW money could be put to good use, a summary of the grant implementation and results for two successful EPA-funded Clean Diesel projects will be provided by the Columbia Corridor Association, the EPA grant recipient.


Kevin Downing, Oregon DEQ

Kevin has worked for the Department of Environmental Quality since 1992. Kevin is the Clean Diesel Program Coordinator. This program provides financial and technical assistance to reduce health and environmental effects from exposure to diesel exhaust, a problem that presents significant public health and financial costs to Oregon. Using primarily federal grant funds, Kevin has been able to deliver cost-effective projects showing sizeable social returns on investment, including the Clean Diesel Initiative, a statewide effort to reduce emissions from in-use heavy duty diesel engines relying on partnerships and judicious application of financial incentives; a project to “electrify” commercial truck parking spaces to reduce the incidence of long duration idling, leading to over 200 spaces built in the state; and the “Clean Diesel Zones” pilot project to reduce emissions at all major Portland area hospitals.   

Corky Collier, Columbia Corridor Association

Corky Collier has been the Executive Director of the Columbia Corridor Association since 2004, combining his eclectic business, environmental, and political experience. Corky works on a wide variety of issues affecting the economic prosperity of the largest economic corridor in Oregon, including transportation, land use, and natural resources. He helped establish and manages two business education programs: ResourceFull Use and the Groundwater Protection Program. Corky also serves on the Portland Freight Committee, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and Brownfield Redevelopment Coalition. He holds degrees in Biology and Geography from the University of Texas.                                                                 

NEXT EVENT: OAEP Wine Tour – Taste The Terroir of Wine Country Near Newberg

June 3, 2017

This year we will visit Arborbrook Winery, Brickhouse Winery, and Willakenzie Winery.  Registration will be open soon!