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Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Grant Committee

Deadline for Applicants: Open until filled, no later than October 14, 2019. First review of applications will be on October 7.

Staff Liaison: Sam Baraso, sam.baraso@portlandoregon.gov, 503-307-2399

Application: https://bit.ly/2oxYBXk (instructions below)

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

In November 2018, Portland voters said yes to the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) to create a city grant program for clean energy and job training projects. The measure was intended to benefit communities on the frontlines of climate change, including low-income people and people of color. Grants will be available starting in 2020, and the program will eventually distribute $54-71 million in grants annually.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund grant program includes a 9-member Grant Committee responsible for:

  • Carefully reading and evaluating applications for grants from the Portland Clean Energy Fund.
  • Making recommendations to Portland City Council on which applications should receive a grant.
  • Ensuring that the Fund is achieving its goals of creating clean energy and living-wage jobs.

Photo:  A group of 11 adults and kids wearing green shirts pose smiling in front of a hill at Cully Park in Northeast Portland. A woman in the front row holds a sign that reads "Vote Yes! Portland Clean Energy Fund. Empower Portland." Two kids are laying on the grass in the foreground and there are several children playing on playground equipment in the background.

Description of Photo 1:  A group of 11 adults and kids wearing green shirts pose smiling in front of a hill at Cully Park in Northeast Portland. A woman in the front row holds a sign that reads "Vote Yes! Portland Clean Energy Fund. Empower Portland." Two kids are laying on the grass in the foreground and there are several children playing on playground equipment in the background.

 It is important for people who are interested in serving on the Grant Committee to understand and support the purpose and objectives of the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund to: provide a consistent long-term funding source and oversight structure to ensure that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan is implemented in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, including the development of a diverse and well-trained workforce and contractor pool in the field of clean energy.

Click here for a PDF of the PCEF/Bureau of Planning & Sustainability recruitment flyer & more information.

We Encourage You to Apply

We want all of Portland's diverse communities to see themselves on the Grant Committee. Do you care about or work on climate change or racial justice or community issues? Please apply! Do you care about or work on solar energy, or energy efficiency, or job training? Please apply! Do you spend time on community gardens or tree planting? Please apply! You can know a lot about one thing, or a little about a lot of things. We want to hear from you. We want people from every part of Portland to share their voice on this Grant Committee, especially people who live east of 82nd Avenue. If you are interested in serving your community by spreading clean energy and living-wage jobs, then we want to see your application.

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cleanenergyfund.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Grant Committee, members must live, work, play, worship or go to school in the city of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats:  9 (nine)

Number of seats available: 4 (four)

We are looking for Grant Committee members who share the values of the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund initiative:

  • Equity. Prioritize frontline community and local benefits, promote equitable outcomes, and institutionalize equity best practices in the city.
  • Economic Opportunity. Prioritize sustainable job creation, emphasize job training that promotes career pathways and job security, and advance the development of underserved contractors through business support and technical assistance.
  • Climate Action. Promote climate resilience, support climate mitigation, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Accountability to Community. Support inclusive (e.g., cultural, language) participation and engagement throughout the program, maximize program transparency and accountability, and create a model for new and collaborative city-community partnership & practice.

What we Look For

We are committed to ensuring that Portland's diverse communities see themselves on the Grant Committee. The first five Committee Members were seated on September 25, 2019 and one of their first tasks will be to nominate four additional members for a full body of nine. The PCEF Committee must be a body comprised of specific areas of experience and expertise. While the city has already received many highly qualified applicants, we are still seeking a community member with expertise and/or experience to promote and represent the needs and/or challenges of minority and women owned contractors. The ideal candidate would have:

  • A professional level understanding of the construction industry, it’s business practices and processes;
  • A professional level understanding of the construction industry workforce training and retention needs;
  • Experience working as part of a minority and/or woman-owned contracting firm; and
  • An understanding of both the challenge and benefit of developing and implementing contractor equity plans for construction projects.
  • If you are interested in serving your community by spreading clean energy and living-wage jobs, then we want to see your application. 

Time Commitment

  • The Committee will meet two times in its first month. Each meeting will be 2 hours and take place at Portland City Hall. After the first month, the Committee will set its own meeting schedule and locations. Committee members should set aside time to correspond and review materials in between meetings.
  • Members under this solicitation will be involved for a duration of two years for their first term. If the member decides they would like to serve a second term, that term will be for four years.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Translation/interpretation and financial support (e.g. for transportation, childcare) will be available as needed to enable the full participation of committee members in meetings and required trainings.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

Click here for a PDF of the PCEF/Bureau of Planning & Sustainability recruitment flyer & more information. You can also email CleanEnergyFund@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-7700.

Photo 2 description: A person wearing a yellow safety vest carrying a photovoltaic solar panel obscuring their face is walking across a rooftop where 9 solar panels are already installed. In the background are blue skies and the rooftops of residential homes.

How to Apply

Applications are open until filled, no later than October 14th, 2019

Application: https://bit.ly/2oxYBXk

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 7th, 2019.

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email AdvisoryBodies@portlandoregon.gov to request a Word version.

Photo 2 description: A person wearing a yellow safety vest carrying a photovoltaic solar panel obscuring their face is walking across a rooftop where 9 solar panels are already installed. In the background are blue skies and the rooftops of residential homes.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate.

Questions? 

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at sam.baraso@portlandoregon.gov or 503-307-2399.