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ENN-5.04 - Implementation by City Bureaus of Policies and Programs to Keep Portland on a Path to Reduce Local Carbon Emissions 80 Percent from 1990 Levels by 2050

IMPLEMENTATION BY CITY BUREAUS OF POLICIES AND PROGRAMS TO KEEP PORTLAND ON A PATH TO REDUCE LOCAL CARBON EMISSIONS 80 PERCENT FROM 1990 LEVELS BY 2050

Binding City Policy

BCP-ENN-5.04


 

PURPOSE

WHEREAS, the 2015 Climate Action Plan, considered together with this Resolution, establishes objectives for 2030 and actions to be completed by 2020 to keep Portland on a path to reduce community-wide carbon emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050;

 


 

POLICY

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Portland City Council directs City bureaus to implement the five-year actions identified in the 2015 Climate Action Plan and to do so in ways that advance equity; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shall provide annual reports to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on local carbon emission trends, progress in implementing the 2015 Climate Action Plan, the integration of the equity objectives in the implementation of the actions and recommendations to improve implementation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, bureaus shall replace City vehicles with electric vehicles as part of their replacement schedule when such vehicles are available and operationally feasible, with a goal of having 20 percent of City’s sedan class fleet be electrically powered by the end of FY 2015-16; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, bureaus shall: implement renewable energy projects whenever practical, including solar on City facilities and sites; and utilize the remaining biogas at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureau of Transportation shall advocate for expanding state, regional, and local transportation funding to increase low-carbon transportation options; collaborate with TriMet, Oregon Department of Transportation, the Port of Portland, Metro and adjacent jurisdictions to prioritize low-carbon transportation policies and investments; expand transit and freight priority programs; and prioritize transportation investments which expand the number and diversity of people using low-carbon transportation options; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Bureau of Transportation shall work with public- and private-sector partners to update the City’s Electric Vehicle Strategy to support the goal of having 8,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in the community by 2020; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shall develop a proposed policy for energy performance ratings for homes so that owners, tenants and prospective buyers can make informed decisions about energy costs and carbon emissions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shall update the Portland Recycles! Plan to align goals and strategies for waste prevention and recovery with the 2015 Climate Action Plan and to increase the sustainability of the solid waste, composting and recycling system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shall develop a Sustainable Consumption and Production Strategy to identify actions that support residents and local businesses in making a shift to lower-carbon consumption patterns, including assisting local businesses in minimizing the carbon intensity of their supply chains; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shall develop a policy for Council consideration to encourage the purchase of low-carbon, minimally processed foods for public meetings and events; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Mayor’s Office, with staff support from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, shall establish a Green Ribbon Business Roundtable on Climate Action to provide a platform for business leadership in implementing the Climate Action Plan; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureaus of Parks & Recreation, Environmental Services and Transportation shall sequester carbon and reduce the urban heat island effect by continuing to increase green infrastructure and natural areas, reduce impervious surface areas and expand the urban forest canopy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Bureaus of Environmental Services, Parks & Recreation, Planning and Sustainability, Development Services, Transportation, Emergency Management, Water, Fire and Police shall build City and community capacity to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, bureaus will incorporate an equity analysis to inform implementation of actions in order to minimize negative impacts and maximize benefits for low-income populations and communities of color; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shall develop an equity implementation guide and others tools to assist bureaus in applying an equity analysis when implementing the actions;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Portland joins the cities of Milwaukie, Corvallis, Hood River and Eugene in urging the state of Oregon to establish a carbon price, whether in the form of a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade permitting system, that provides a measure of consistency with existing California and British Columbia carbon prices; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City urges the federal government to move quickly to employ the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to no more than 350 parts per million; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this Resolution is binding City policy.

 


HISTORY

Resolution No. 37136, adopted by City Council June 24, 2015.