On December 20, 2006, Portland's City Council adopted a resolution creating the Sustainable City Government Partnership, a collaborative effort to integrate sustainable practices and resource efficiency into the City’s municipal operations. Read the Sustainable City Government Partnership policy.
From installing solar-powered parking meters to purchasing recycled paper, all bureaus of the City of Portland are engaged in making City government operations more cost and resource efficient.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working with other City bureaus and Multnomah County to identify opportunities for improvement and change our practices.
City Sustainability Policies
The City owns and operates hundreds of buildings, thousands of streetlights and traffic signals and several large-scale industrial plants. As a public entity, the City can invest in capital projects with relatively long payback periods and, like businesses and other organizations, needs to examine every facet of operations for emission reduction opportunities. Existing policies include:
Sustainable City Principles
The City of Portland's definition of sustainability
Climate Action Plan
The overall City/County Goal is an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, with an interim goal of 40 percent emissions reduction by 2030. By 2012, purchase or generate 100 percent of all electricity required for City operations from renewable sources. At least 15 percent is to come from on-site or district renewable energy sources such as solar and biogas.
Green Building Policy
In 2001 and 2005, the City adopted policies for its own facilities to be first LEED Silver, then LEED Gold. Also included are requirements for ecoroof coverage, energy performance and registering and certifying existing buildings to LEED EBOM at the Silver level.
Sustainable Procurement Policy
City employees will procure materials, products or services in a manner that integrates fiscal responsibility, social equity, and community and environmental stewardship.
Sustainable Paper Use Policy
The City of Portland shall incorporate sustainable practices in its procurement, use, and disposal of all paper products.
Electronic Equipment Disposal
As IT hardware becomes obsolete or unserviceable, it shall be disposed of in a socially responsible and environmentally sound manner.
Portland Recycles! Plan
Establishes goals for recycling, composting and waste prevention for City operations.
Sustainable City Principles
Establishes environmental sustainability goals for City government operations.
Idle Reduction Policy
According to Fleet industry analysis, reducing idle time can save about 12% of the fuel we consume. This equates to a potential savings of about 228,000 gallons per year.
Biofuels Requirements for Petroleum-Based Fuels Sold in Portland and City-Owned Vehicles
Sets ethanol and biodiesel use standards for city-owned vehicles.
Sustainable City Government Partnership Program Coordinator