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Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Author: Celeste Meiffren-Swango

State Director, Environment Oregon

(503) 231-1986 ext. 318

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.

This summer, Environment Oregon has been talking to people across the greater Portland area about our “Charge Ahead, TriMet” campaign, calling on TriMet to be courageous and wise, and to accelerate the integration of electric buses into our transit fleets as a key strategy to achieve reductions in pollution from the transportation sector to protect public health and tackle climate change. Specifically, we are asking TriMet to stop purchasing diesel buses by 2020 and transition to an all-electric fleet. We are deeply concerned that TriMet is continuing to purchase diesel buses every year, locking in our continued dependence on polluting fuels for at least 16 additional years.

We have pulled together a “Bus Line Business Coalition for Electric Buses,” which we are excited to report just became 100 businesses strong. Bus line business owners are important stakeholders, and based on the conversations we’ve had, there is a lot of support for electric buses, particularly because they are zero emission and much quieter than a traditional diesel bus.

Below is a letter to TriMet leadership from the Bus Line Business Coalition:

Dear General Manager Kelsey and TriMet leadership,

We, the undersigned bus-line businesses, are 100% supportive of TriMet transitioning to a 100% electric bus fleet. Making the transition away from diesel to zero emission, fully electric buses is good for public health and it's good for our planet.

By making that commitment, you would eliminate 39,990 tons of carbon dioxide pollution every year—the equivalent of taking 7,720 cars off the road.

Electrifying our bus fleet is a key step in moving toward a transportation system powered by 100% renewable energy, which will be necessary to stop the worst impacts of climate change.

Please stop purchasing diesel buses by 2020 and transition to a fully-electric bus fleet. Now is the time to take our bus system into the 21st century.

Sincerely,

Half-pint Leather
Bus Line 4

Thicket Nursery
Bus Line 72

Dave Gonzo Sculpture
Bus Line 72

Por Qué No
Bus Line 4

& Bus Line 14

Amelia
Bus Line 7

Clary Sage Herbarium
Bus Line 72

The Herb Shoppe
Bus Line 4

Rebelle’s
Bus Line 4

Fumerie Parfumerie
Bus Line 4

Pinolo Gelato
Bus Line 4

Maripoll LLC
Bus Line 4

Casa Italia
Bus Line 4

The Bhaktishop Yoga Center
Bus Line 4

Citizen Ruth
Bus Line 4

A Better Cycle
Bus Line 4

La Panza Café
Bus Line 4

Addie C. Ulrich Stylist
Bus Line 14

Papa G’s Vegan Organic Deli
Bus Line 4

Best Friend Juice + Espresso
Bus Line 4

Fancy Salon
Bus Line 4

Frank Creative
Bus Line 4

The Baker’s Mark
Bus Line 4

Whimsy Wandering
Bus Line 4

Dream Cloud Bohemian Market
Bus Line 4

Gone West
Bus Line 4

Vent
Bus Line 4

The Beer Mongers
Bus Line 4 

Townshend’s Tea Company
Bus Line 72

& Bus Line 4

& Bus Line 4

& Bus Line 15

Rain OR Shine Coffee House
Bus Line 4

City State Diner & Bakery
Bus Line 20

Polliwog
Bus Line 20

Moore Custom Goods
Bus Line 20

Vino
Bus Line 20

Crank Bicycles
Bus Line 20

Belmont Inn
Bus Line 15

The Sweet Hereafter
Bus Line 15

Side Street
Bus Line 15 

180 Xurros
Bus Line 77, 70

Optic Nerve Arts
Bus Line 72

Garden Fever!
Bus Line 24, 17

Taco Pedaler
Bus Line 17, 70, 77                                   

Guilder
Bus Line 24                                                                   

Flutter
Bus Line 4                                                                     

Yoga Shala of Portland
Bus Line 44                                                         

PedX Shoes
Bus Line 72                                                                 

Ruby Jewel Scoops
Bus Line 4

 

PdXchange
Bus Line 4

Wanderlust & Wildhearts
Bus Line 4                                                                

Stormbreaker Brewing
Bus Line 4

Sesame Donuts
Bus Line 6, 38, 45, 55, 58, 68, 92 & 96                                                                 

Black Wagon
Bus Line 4                                                                                            

Fettle Botanic Supply & Counsel
Bus Line 14                                                                

Starflower
Bus Line 14                                                               

What’s The Scoop
Bus Line 44

Poplandia
Bus Line 15

Grendel Coffee House
Bus Line 12, 15, 20                                                 

Haunt
Bus Line 12, 15, 20

Oko
Bus Line 12, 15, 20

3 Monkeys SBA Ron Ron Inc.
Bus Line 15

Portland Furniture
Bus Line 15                                                                          

The Fireside
Bus Line 15                 

Margaret O’Leary, Inc.
Bus Line 15

Chop Butchery (City Market)
Bus Line 77

Oh Baby Lingerie, Inc.
Bus Line 15

Moments by Norri
Bus Line 15

Redux
Bus Line 12, 15, 20

Really Good Stuff
Bus Line 14

Nucleus Portland
Bus Line 14

Brick and Mortar Barbershop
Bus Line 14

Recumbent PDX
Bus Line 14

Black Star Bags
Bus Line 14

Amenity Shoes
Bus Line 24

Blackbird Wine
Bus Line 24

Thrive Sauce & Bowls
Bus Line 24

Found on Fremont
Bus Line 24

Americana Frame
Bus Line 24

Denim & Gin
Bus Line 24

Paperjam Press
Bus Line 24

The Barefoot Sage
Bus Line 14

Green Dog Pet Supply
Bus Line 24

Bakeshop
Bus Line 12

Buddha Chocolate
Bus Line 12

Migration Brewing
Bus Line 19

ChickPeaDX
Bus Line 12

MapleXO
Bus Line 19

Pollo Norte 2. LLC
Bus Line 19

The Mill Shop
Bus Line 19

Pie Spot
Bus Line 12

Tails & Trotters
Bus Line 12

Providore Fine Foods
Bus Line 12

Leeward Surf
Bus Line 12

Dream Cakes
Bus Line 12

Project Object
Bus Line 12

Pairings Portland
Bus Line 12

Great Wine Buys
Bus Line 17,  77

Sweet Jayne
Bus Line 77, 17

Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Author: Celeste Meiffren-Swango

State Director, Environment Oregon

(503) 231-1986 ext. 318

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.