A. The City of Portland has adopted a Climate Action Plan, which affirms the importance and value of local initiatives and community-based development to decrease carbon emissions, while also seeking to maximize the economic, social and environmental benefits of transitioning away from fossil fuels. In June 2017, in response to changed national priorities, the City reaffirmed the goals of the Climate Action Plan and established a new goal to meet 100 percent of community-wide electricity needs with clean renewable energy by 2035.
B. To meet the City’s Climate Action Plan and 100 percent clean renewable energy goals there is an urgent need to fund and accelerate greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiencies, especially in underserved communities.
C. Climate change has a disproportionate impact on the health and financial well-being of low income communities and communities of color.
D. To implement the Climate Action Plan and this Chapter, there is a critical need for more skilled workers. Members of historically disadvantaged groups, including women, people of color, and the chronically underemployed are under-represented in the skilled work force, and therefore offer an enormous untapped resource to meet the goals of the Climate Action Plan.
E. Large retail businesses are a significant contributor to carbon emissions. They encourage consumption of heavily packaged and non-recyclable products, have carbon intensive shipping, manufacturing, and supply chain practices, and share responsibility for generating a substantial portion of the City’s overall greenhouse gas emissions when customer traffic and facility operations are considered. These businesses have an inherent responsibility and the financial capacity to support the goals of this Chapter, and an incentive to remain in the City to engage in retail activities here.