Climate Action Plan
In October of 2009, the City of Portland and Multnomah County adopted the Climate Action Plan, a three-year plan to put Portland on a path to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. An Executive Summary of the Climate Action Plan can be found here.
The Climate Action Plan commits the City and County to nearly 100 climate actions over the next three years, and establishes 18 measurable goals to achieve by 2030 in the following areas:
- Buildings and Energy
- Urban Form and Mobility
- Consumption and Solid Waste
- Urban Forestry and Natural Systems
- Food and Agriculture
- Community Engagement
- Climate Change Preparation
- Local Government Operations
The Climate Action Plan was developed over two years, and a draft plan was released for public comment in April 2009. Eight town hall meetings were held between April and July, and more than 600 individuals, businesses and organizations provided comments on the draft plan. Comments tended to be supportive of the direction of the plan, while suggesting modifications to nearly every action. In particular, respondents urged the City and County to be more attentive to four areas: social equity, public health, the larger regional context of the proposed actions, and adaptation to the changing climate, especially with respect to the role of natural systems. The final draft plan incorporated significant changes in response to the comments.
What kind of Actions?
Some of the actions called for in the Climate Action Plan, include establishing a tax credit for businesses that install ecoroofs and solar panels together; including the carbon-reduction goals in major City planning processes and transportation investments; support the installation of electric vehicle charging stations; create a curb-side food scrap composting collection program; clarify codes and policies to preserve trees and expand the tree canopy; and develop or facilitate 1,000 new community garden plots.
How will progress be monitored?
The newly formed City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, and the soon-to-be formed Multnomah County Sustainability and Innovation Board, will be tasked with monitoring the progress toward implementing the actions in the Climate Action Plan.