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7.07.030 Definitions.

Unless otherwise defined in this Section, terms that are defined in Portland’s Business License Law, Chapter 7.02 of the Portland City Code, shall have the meanings provided therein.

A.  “City” means the City of Portland.

B.  “Clean renewable energy” means energy that is not produced from fossil fuels or nuclear power and which is produced from sun, wind, water, or other sources of renewable energy as identified by the City of Portland. In-river hydropower projects that harm or have the potential to harm salmonids or other aquatic species, or Native American or other communities that rely on such species shall not be appropriate for support under this Chapter.

C.  “Energy Efficiency” means a measure of how efficiently an appliance, building, organization or country uses energy. Examples of projects designed to increase energy efficiency include, but are not limited to:

1.  heating, lighting water and cooling efficiencies;

2.  repairs to increase the performance of the building envelope;

3.  community initiated energy plans;

4.  energy storage; and

5.  green building design.

D.  “Greenhouse gas reduction projects” means a project implemented within the City of Portland that reduces emissions or the presence of carbon dioxide or other compounds that contribute to climate change.

E.  “Greenhouse gas sequestration” means a project that involves long-term storage of carbon dioxide or other pollutants to mitigate or defer global warming. Examples include but are not limited to:

1.  protections and restoration of urban tree canopy;

2.  protection and restoration of greenspace and wetlands; and

3.  agricultural practices that increase the capacity of the soil to store carbon, also referred to as “regenerative agriculture.”

F.  “Green infrastructure” means a project that uses vegetation, soils, and other elements and practices to restore some of the natural processes required to reduce greenhouse gases while also benefiting water quality and creating healthier urban environments. Examples include but are not limited to:

1.  urban tree canopy;

2.  green roofs;

3.  greenspace protection;

4.  bioswales; and

5.  green streets.

G.  “Program[s]” means an organized effort by a qualified non-profit organization to achieve greenhouse gas reduction outcomes in a framework that delivers the related social justice outcomes identified in this Chapter. The qualified non-profit can apply solely or in partnership with other non-profit entities, government entities or for-profit businesses. These programs will be the primary way funds collected under this Chapter are distributed from the City to achieve the goals of the Chapter.

H.  “Non-profit organization” means any organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) under Sections 501 and 521(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, in addition to other tax-exempt entities recognized by the IRS, such as schools.

I.  “Regenerative agriculture” means farming and land management practices that reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity.