Mary Peveto calls herself an “accidental activist.” In 2010, in response to dangerous levels of industrial pollution in the air at her daughter’s school, she founded Neighbors for Clean Air (NCA). Under her leadership, NCA has become a leader in advocacy for Oregon’s air regulations by building grass-roots coalitions in front-line communities impacted by toxic air pollution.
The NCA recently advanced an unprecedented overhaul of Oregon’s Air Permit program through a bill that created the largest funding increase ever for the Oregon DEQ. Mary’s committee work includes the Cleaner Air Oregon Rule-making Advisory Committee, the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, and the Portland Air Toxics Solutions Advisory Committee.
She also chairs the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation, and its sub-committee on Air Toxins. Mary holds a BA in History from Macalester College and has worked in marketing and communications for both Nike and Adidas.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.