A. There shall be established a “Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Committee (“Committee”) made up of experts and communities members to:
1. make funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council; and
2. evaluate the effectiveness of the Fund in achieving the goals of this Chapter.
B. The Committee shall be made up of nine members who are residents of the City of Portland. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor for staggered 4-year terms, with the exception of the first Committee, which will have five members appointed for 4-year terms and four members appointed for 2-year terms.
C. For the first Committee, each City Council member (including the Mayor) may nominate a committee member who meets the qualifications set forth in Subsection D.3. Those five nominees, once appointed, shall then recommend four additional members to the Mayor for appointment. The Mayor shall appoint members consistent with the recommendations of each City Council member and the Committee, absent good cause. Thereafter, when a member resigns or their term expires, the Committee shall recommend a replacement member.
D. The Mayor shall appoint members of the Committee based on the following background and expertise:
1. The Committee shall reflect the racial, ethnic and economic diversity of the City of Portland. At least two members will be residents living east of 82nd Avenue.
2. Committee members shall have demonstrated commitment to furthering the goals of the City’s Climate Action Plan and empowering historically disadvantaged groups, including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the chronically underemployed.
3. At least one member of the Committee should have significant demonstrated experience in the following fields:
a. Residential renewable energy and energy efficiency projects;
b. Commercial renewable energy and energy efficiency projects;
c. Workforce development, job training and apprenticeship programs that are targeted at reaching historically disadvantaged groups;
d. Experience promoting minority-owned and/or women-owned businesses;
e. Sustainable local food production, green infrastructure and greenhouse gas sequestration; and
f. Financing tools that help make renewable energy and energy efficiency available to a broader spectrum of the public.
4. While Committee members may have experience in multiple fields, members with deep expertise in a single field will be encouraged in order to create a balanced Committee in which no one area of expertise dominates.
E. The Committee shall:
1. Establish and maintain a public website that includes the Committee’s membership, meeting agenda, meeting notes, governance standards and policy statements.
2. Solicit applications for funding from qualified nonprofit organizations registered with the State of Oregon. Requests for proposals as well as applications shall be posted on the Committee’s website.
3. Evaluate applications for funding to determine whether they meet the allocation priorities set forth in Section 7.07.060, and whether the applicant nonprofit organization has the capacity to implement the program and project as described and to ensure fiscal accountability.
4. Make recommendations for funding to the Mayor, consistent with the allocation priorities set out in Section 7.07.060. All applications and final recommendations will be posted on the Committee’s website. If the Mayor or City Council reject a funding recommendation, then their explanation for that decision will be posted on the Committee’s website.
5. Adopt a methodology to measure, track and report to the public, the Mayor, and the City Council the effectiveness of the programs in implementing the City’s Climate Action Plan in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental justice, including developing a diverse and well-trained workforce and contractor pool in the field of energy efficiency, renewables, green energy initiatives generally. All fund recipients shall file a report tracking their success in meeting the stated objectives.
6. Adopt a workforce and contractor equity plan to ensure that the work funded by the Committee is being performed by historically disadvantaged groups, including measurable and ambitious goals for the training and hiring of historically disadvantaged groups, including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the chronically underemployed and measurable goals for contracting with businesses owned or operated by such groups. In developing the plan and goals, the Committee shall consult with workforce and contractor equity stakeholders as well as incorporate appropriate best practices from City procurements. Progress in meeting these goals shall be prominently displayed on the Committee’s homepage and, if goals are not being met, shall be the Committee’s top priority to address.
7. Make recommendations to the City Council on changes to this law as necessary to ensure the effectiveness of this Chapter in achieving the stated goals of implementing the City’s Climate Action plan in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental justice.
F. Staff within the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shall assist the Committee as needed to initiate and begin implementation of the provisions of this Chapter. Once the Committee is appointed and a framework for implementing this Chapter is in place, the Committee may decide to either continue to utilize Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to support its work or hire its own program support staff. Staff costs shall be included the calculation of administrative expenses.