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How are we doing?

Running a city the size of Portland, Oregon, is no small task. During FY10-11, the City spent nearly $25 million on utility and solid waste bills and approximately $500 million on personnel. With such substantial sums involved, small changes in resource efficiency or productivity can have big impacts. 

Here’s how we are looking for each 2030 Environmental Performance Objective as of 2015.

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Carbon

How we're doing in 2015

Carbon emissions from City of Portland operations have fallen 17 percent below FY06–07 levels, while citywide population has grown 13 percent.

Where we're headed by 2030

Reduce carbon emissions from City operations 53 percent below FY06-07 levels.


energy efficiency iconEnergy Efficiency

How we're doing in 2015

Decades of smart design and consistent investment in energy efficiency upgrades have saved the City of Portland $52 million since 1991.

Where we're headed by 2030

Reduce energy use 2 percent annually from FY06-07 levels.


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How we're doing in 2015

Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, micro-hydro and biogas supply 100 percent of the electricity used in City operations.

Where we're headed by 2030

On an annual basis, the City of Portland has committed to generate or purchase 100 percent of all electric ity for City operations from renewable resources.


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How we're doing in 2015

City operations recover 70 percent of waste through recycling and composting.  

Where we're headed by 2030

Recover 90 percent of waste from City operations. 
Reduce total waste from City operations 25 percent below FY09-10 levels.


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Fleet

How we're doing in 2015

Carbon emissions from the City’s fleet have remained flat since 2005.

Where we're headed by 2030

Reduce fleet vehicle carbon emissions 10 percent from FY 06-07 levels. 


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How we're doing in 2015

Water use in City operations has declined over two decades as a result of consistent efforts to install weather-based irrigation controls and low-flow components in buildings.

Where we're headed in 2030

Water use is the same or less than FY06-07 levels.


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How we're doing in 2015

Approximately 65 percent of natural areas managed by the City are currently in “healthy” or “good” condition.  

Where we're headed in 2030

Approximately 80 percent of City-managed natural areas are in "healthy" or "good" condition.

How we're doing in 2015

The Salmon-Safe City project aims to keep Portland's watersheds clean to support thriving populations of native salmon. Salmon-Safe certification is underway with three large infrastructure bureaus.

Where we're headed in 2030

City land and facility management programs receive Salmon-Safe certification by 2020.


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Stormwater

How we're doing in 2015

Approximately 44 percent of City-controlled impervious surfaces are currently managed via sustainable stormwater strategies.

Where we're headed in 2030

Manage 50 percent of stormwater from City-controlled impervious surfaces with sustainable stormwater strategies.


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Harmful Pollutants

How we're doing in 2015

The Sustainable Procurement policy, Healthy Purchasing Initiative, and the Green Building policy provide consistent direction to bureaus to reduce toxics and harmful pollutants in the workplace.

Where we're headed in 2030

Fully eliminate the use of harmful pollutants in the indoor environment.