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Portland is on the right path to reducing carbon emissions. What else CAN we do?

The road to reduction
Where do your carbon emissions come from?
It takes energy to make the things we buy and use every day
Portland Climate Action Now offers the tools you need to get started
Together, our simple actions make a big difference
Get involved in your community

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GOOD NEWS!

Portlanders are taking everyday actions to reduce emissions, saving us money, cleaning our air and making our neighborhoods more livable. Together, Portland residents, businesses and local leaders have already helped Portland cut carbon emissions by 21 percent

That means we’re on track to meet our goal for an 80 percent cut by 2050! But there is still a lot more we must do to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Graph showing carbon reductions in Portland.

The road to reduction: Everything we use affects our climate. The energy to power the lights in our home, the gas to get us to the store, the energy to make the things that we buy. The good news is individual actions and better public policy have already put Portland on the right path.


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WHERE DO YOUR CARBON EMISSIONS COME FROM?

While much of our carbon pollution comes from driving and powering our homes, it’s just as important to make thoughtful choices about the food and other stuff we buy.

Pie graph showing sources of carbon emissions 


IT TAKES ENERGY TO MAKE THE THINGS WE BUY AND USE EVERY DAY

And most of that energy comes from carbon polluting sources. From farm or factory to your home, buying something costs more than just money.

Lifecycle carbon emissions of different items

So, what CAN we do? Wash jeans in cold water and line dry. Turn off the computer when not in use and repair it rather than buying a new one. Try eating lower carbon foods, such as vegetables, grains or chicken.


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OFFERS THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO GET STARTED

Your Home iconYour Home

Simple changes, like weatherizing and using LEDs, can save energy and money and increase the comfort of your home.

Your Stuff iconYour Stuff

Consider new ways to get the things you need, like borrowing or renting, to save money and conserve resources.

Your Food iconYour Food

Choose more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to keep your family healthy and reduce your climate impact.

Getting Around iconGetting Around

A mix of walking, biking and transit saves gas (and carbon emissions!) and helps you get daily exercise.

Your Community iconYour Community

Work with your friends and neighbors to take climate action together.


TOGETHER, OUR SIMPLE ACTIONS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

Energy savings from switching to LEDs

Carbon savings from not buying a new ladder

Savings from eliminating wasted food

Savings from eliminating 1 car trip/week


GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

You don’t have to take on climate change by yourself. Get connected with others involved in climate action, get out there and spur some real change.

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Let's do everything we CAN to ensure a healthy and vibrant future for our children.

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