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Got something green to wear on October 28? BPS has updated the draft 2009 Climate Action Plan to address key findings from the public comment process. Portland City Council will vote to adopt the revised Plan at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28 (City Hall, Council Chambers).
The adoption of this plan means that we set in place our community’s ambitious sustainability roadmap to cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. Please show your support for the Climate Action Plan by attending the City Council hearing and wearing green to “greenlight” the Climate Action Plan. Our city’s leaders need to know that Portlanders care about this critical plan to ensure our community’s health and prosperity.
Background: The City of Portland and Multnomah County released the draft Climate Action Plan for public comment in April 2009. More than 400 people participated in the eight public town hall meetings where residents, businesses, and community organizations had an opportunity to discuss the plan and complete a comment form. BPS received an additional 175 sets of comments through a Web-based comment form, by e-mail, or in letters, totaling more than 2,600 comments and suggestions.
Community Comment Summary: Nearly 60 percent of the respondents indicated that the proposed actions were appropriate, while 22 percent felt they were not ambitious enough to address climate change sufficiently. Nearly 60 percent also felt the plan identified the most important actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with "Land Use and Mobility" being the action area that was of the most interest (39 percent), followed by "Food and Agriculture" (14 percent).
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, especially with respect to the role of natural systems. Comments also emphasized the talent, resources, and commitment of neighborhoods, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and residents all can provide in working with the City and County to address climate change.
The Climate Action Plan is fundamentally intended to respond to climate change, reducing emissions and preparing for rapid changes in the climate, but it will only be successful if it does so in ways that create jobs, improve social equity, strengthen natural systems, and enhance quality of life. Comments overwhelmingly expressed confidence that this is achievable.
Download a PDF of actions you can take to reduce carbon emissions.
Keep up with Climate Action Plan updates at www.portlandonline.com/bps/climate.