Climate 101 Guide
Global warming happens when we overload the atmosphere with too much carbon by burning fossil fuels for energy. In fact, the everyday choices Portland residents make about food, heating and powering our homes, getting around and buying and disposing of stuff, create more than half of all local carbon emissions.
The Climate 101 Guide is a resource to help Portlanders better understand how our everyday activities create carbon emissions and what can be done to reduce those emissions. More specifically, the Climate 101 Guide contains information on what global warming is, why it is happening and how it will affect our community. Explore where carbon emissions from a typical home today come from – and see how you can take simple actions to reduce your emissions and create a climate-friendly home.
Did you know that Portland was the first local government in the country to adopt a strategy to reduce carbon emissions?
Over 17 years ago Portland began working to combat climate change – and as of 2008, local carbon emissions were 19 percent below 1990 levels on a per person basis. Check out the Climate 101 Guide to learn more about Portland’s climate actions to date, as well as the aggressive actions planned to achieve our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
Wondering how to get more involved with climate action?
The Climate 101 Guide is packed with lots of resources and information to make it easy, including:
Climate Action Plan - Over 100 actions that the City of Portland and Multnomah County will take by 2012 to reduce local carbon emissions. Download a copy of the full Climate Action Plan, the Executive Summary, progress reports and other related information.
Metro's Climate Efforts - Addressing climate change through great communities.
Multnomah County - Links to information about Multnomah County's climate change efforts.
Oregon/Pacific Northwest Resources
Oregon Department of Energy: Climate Change and Oregon
City of Seattle/Seattle City Light
University of Washington Climate Impacts Group
The Climate Group
The Climate Trust
National and International Resources
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
ICLEI-International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives: Cities for Climate Protection