In the latest episode of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) podcast, GreenState, DEQ Director Leah Feldon discusses her career and her thoughts on the direction of the agency. The episode is structured as a conversation between Feldon, DEQ’s Communications Director Harry Esteve, and GreenState Host Dylan Darling. In the discussion, Feldon notes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, antiracism, and environmental justice are priorities. Additionally, she says she is focused on improving field staff safety and, in the long term, resources to sustain DEQ’s work.
DEQ uses the GreenState podcast as a way to share stories about how DEQ is working every day to protect Oregon’s air, land and water. Previous episodes have covered topics from wildfire smoke and air quality to electric vehicles and the states’ climate efforts.