State Director, Environment Oregon
On staff: 2006-2009; 2010 to present
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona
As director of Environment Oregon, Celeste develops and runs campaigns to win real results for Oregon’s environment. She has worked on issues ranging from preventing plastic pollution, stopping global warming, defending clean water, and protecting our beautiful places. Celeste’s organizing has helped to reduce kids’ exposure to lead in drinking water at childcare facilities in Oregon, encourage transportation electrification, ban single-use plastic grocery bags, defend our bedrock environmental laws and more. She is also the author of the children’s book, Myrtle the Turtle, empowering kids to prevent plastic pollution. Celeste lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband and two daughters, where they frequently enjoy the bounty of Oregon’s natural beauty.
Posts by Celeste Meiffren-Swango
Release: Oregon latest state to ban plastic foam
The label says ‘widely recyclable.’ Is it true?
If a form of plastic isn't accepted by most community recycling programs, how can the plastics industry still claim it's “widely recyclable”?
Oregon takes step toward cleaning up transportation emissions
Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission just voted for a new rule that would require all vehicle sold after 2035 be zero-emission.
Helping Americans in Western states survive devastating wildfire season
Across the West, Americans are trying to survive record-breaking wildfires. Given the unprecedented scale of the damage, those threatened by the fires are not sure what they should -- or should not -- be doing right now to stay safe, and many people have been turning to Environment America and its state affiliates for answers. Our organizations are working hard to both keep the public apprised and to push our federal and state governments to take action to mitigate climate change to prevent these devastating fires from becoming the new normal.