Learn more about the work of the groups on the frontlines of transforming Portland’s toxic harbor into a green working waterfront:

Portland Harbor Community Coalition,
The Braided River Campaign
Portland Audubon
Willamette Riverkeeper
Columbia Riverkeeper
Green Anchors
Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
CedarAction Zenith Work Group
Extinction Rebellion PDX



Riled Up Over the CEI Hub & Zenith Energy

March 4th, 2023, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM (EMU 104)

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference University of Oregon


Dineen O’Rourke – Moderator
Dineen has been 350PDX’s Campaign Manager for the past 3 years. She dedicated her life to fighting for climate justice in her senior year of high school when Superstorm Sandy hit her community on Eastern Long Island and the looming threat of climate change suddenly became very urgent and personal. She’s been organizing in the climate justice movement for the past 9 years, having worked on the local, regional, and international scale. The first campaign she worked on was a successful effort that completely defeated a multi-billion dollar Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline in Massachusetts, which gave her an unwavering belief in the power of grassroots organizing.

Bob Sallinger
Bob Sallinger is the Urban Conservation Director at Willamette Riverkeeper. He works on conservation issues statewide but particularly enjoys fighting corporate polluters, tree whackers and fish killers in the North Reach of the Willamette. Bob lives in a small house in NE Portland with a variety of children, goats, a tailless, blind, feral dog, other assorted critters and his amazing wife, Elisabeth.

Melanie Plaut, M.D.

Melanie Plaut delivered thousands of babies in the Portland Vancouver area, and retired from her practice in 2016. She has worked since then on issues where climate and health intersect.

Elijah Cetas

Elijah Cetas is a second year law student in the Environmental and Indian Law programs at Lewis & Clark law School. Elijah grew up an activist in Portland and since 2019, has served as a grassroots organizer on campaigns to fight new fossil fuel terminals, oil train expansion, drone facilities and industrial pollution in the Portland Harbor. In 2022, he worked as a climate justice fellow with Breach Collective, helping advance new municipal climate laws in Portland and Milwaukie, OR.

Audrey Leonard
Audrey Leonard (she/her) is a staff attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper, with a focus on protecting the Columbia from fracked gas, oil-by-rail, and other fossil fuel infrastructure. A Midwesterner at heart, Audrey grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and strives to use that background to meet the unique challenges faced by people in rural areas.

Nick Caleb
Nick Caleb (he/him) serves as the Climate and Energy Attorney at Breach Collective, providing legal and strategic support to grassroots partners around the country. He has significant experience in climate, energy, and air quality law and policy. He has a unique knowledge of municipal level strategies for restricting the activities of the fossil fuel industry, having been deeply involved in efforts to prohibit fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

More Info: 503-705-1943

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: 

350PDX, Braided River Campaign, Breach Collective, Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association, CedarAction, Columbia Riverkeeper, EcoFaith Recovery, Extinction Rebellion-PDX, Linnton Neighborhood Association, Neighbors for Clean Air, Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Oregon Conservancy Foundation, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, P.E.S.T. Projection, Portland Audubon, Portland Harbor Community Coalition, Portland Jobs with Justice, Portland Youth Climate Council, Portland Youth Climate Strike, Portsmouth Neighborhood Association, St. Johns Neighborhood Association, Sunrise Movement PDX