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Sustainable City Government Principles and Objectives

2030 Environmental Performance Objectives

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Sustainable City Principles

The City seeks to be a model of sustainable operations — as an example for all Portland residents and businesses. The City adheres to a set of Sustainable City Principles that guide daily management, operations and employee action.To promote a healthy, prosperous and equitable City, Portland elected officials and staff will:

  1. Make decisions and take actions that balance environmental quality, economic prosperity and social equity.
  2. Think beyond first costs and consider long-term, cumulative impacts when making policy and financial decisions.
  3. Purchase renewable energy and make efficient use of electricity, natural gas, oil, propane, transportation fuels and water.
  4. Protect habitat and functioning ecosystems that provide critical services to the urban environment.
  5. Minimize the release of toxins, carbon emissions and other pollutants when purchasing and using products.
  6. Reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. 
  7. Encourage innovation and cross-bureau collaboration. 
  8. Engage Portland residents, businesses and City green teams to promote sustainable practices.
  9. Recruit, hire and retain a diverse workforce and ensure equitable services to communities of color and other underserved communities.
  10. Measure and report progress.