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City of Portland takes a stand for clean energy

Two new City Council resolutions signal local resolve to transition away from fossil fuels

On November 4 and 12, Portland City Council took historic action to move away from fossil fuels. Transitioning to renewable energy is cleaner, safer, better for human and environmental health, and addresses climate change.

City Council passed two resolutions, both co-sponsored by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fritz. The first, passed on November 4, opposes oil trains carrying crude oil from rolling through Portland and Vancouver.

“The City of Portland’s resolution to oppose any increase in the amount of crude oil being transported by rail through the City of Portland and the City of Vancouver, Washington is intended to stand in solidarity with the City of Vancouver’s decision,” said Commissioner Fritz, noting the City of Vancouver’s opposition to the proposal to build the West Coast’s largest oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

The second resolution directs City bureaus to identify how to use the City's authority to restrict the development and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure (other than infrastructure like pipes to serve direct end users.) Resolutions are not legally binding on their own. Any legally binding code changes will come back to City Council for consideration at a later date.

“Earlier this year the City of Portland’s new Climate Action Plan called for City Council to establish a fossil fuel export policy,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Now, with unanimous support, we have acted for future generations: Portland opposes new infrastructure that would expand fossil fuel storage or transport. This new resolution will allow staff to propose city code changes to make sure new fossil fuel projects aren’t built, protecting our planet and our people.”

The new resolutions build on a history of action:

1) Reduce direct use of fossil fuel use: The City has been systematically working to reduce fossil fuel use in Portland for more than 20 years, as detailed in four successive climate action plans. This most recent decision reflects the commitment of Portland’s leadership to stay the course, rather than a radical departure from past practice. 

2) Don't invest City financial resources in fossil fuels: In September 2015 City Council passed a resolution that adds fossil fuel companies to the City’s "do-not-buy" list of corporate securities.

3) Reduce fossil fuels in our electricity supply: The City continues to partner with clean energy advocates and allies to make it easier for renewable energy development to take place in Oregon. BPS has run programs to help residents and businesses go solar, like Solarize Portland, and has piloted new program ideas like crowdfuding for solar on community buildings. BPS has played an active role in supporting state legislative and regulatory proceedings that advance clean energy, like the Renewable Portfolio Standard.

President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline underscores that the world is changing, and it also makes the work of West Coast cities even more important. The oil industry sees Northwest ports as the next best way to transport fossil fuels. Portland alone cannot change the world, but by showing leadership and linking our efforts with other cities from around the world, we absolutely have an impact. Portland is playing its part in the global shift toward clean energy. Mayor Hales will travel to Paris for the Conference of Parties climate talks in early December to share Portland’s story and lessons learned with other cities and leaders from around the globe.

Register to become a certified Master Recycler by December 10

Motivate change in your community, learn from innovative leaders and make a meaningful difference as a Master Recycler


Imagine a day when all Oregonians live well, producing and using materials responsibly, conserving resources, protecting the environment and ensuring that future generations have the same opportunities as we do. Help make this vision a reality by becoming a Master Recycler.

Join 30 sustainability enthusiasts in an eight-week course. Learn from innovative leaders.

This popular course consists of eight weeknight classes and two Saturday field trips. The experience offers a blend of presentations by recycling professionals, peer group discussion and project development. After completing the course, graduates put their skills and knowledge to work and commit to volunteer 30 hours of community outreach.

WHAT: Multnomah County 8-week winter course and 30 hour volunteer program.

WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays (starting January 6, 2016), 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; and two Saturdays (January 16 and February 13, 2016), 8 am – 2 pm.

WHERE: 1900 SW 4th Ave Suite 2500A Portland, OR. 

COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Scholarships are available.

APPLY: Deadline for applications is Dec. 10, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Visit for details and to apply.

The City of Portland will reasonably provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.

The Master Recycler program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling AdvocatesClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

Sign up for free landlord training in December

Portland-area property managers and landlords attending this training will learn ways to keep rental properties safe and free of illegal activity as well as techniques for dealing with illegal activities by tenants

Since 1989, over 18,500 Portland-area property owners and managers have attended this nationally recognized program and learned how to keep illegal activity out of rentals, maintain property in compliance with City maintenance regulations, and partner with City services/programs to both provide habitable housing and protect their residential property investment.

Learn more about this important opportunity

This program is constantly updated to current laws and issues, and has been adopted by over 550 cities and counties across the nation. The content of the course reflects in-depth research with organizations and individuals in police work, housing maintenance, property management, law and public housing.

Sign up for the Fall 2015 training here