Purpose and Background
In November 2018, Portland voters said yes to the Portland Clean Energy 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 nine-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.
“[T]he purpose of this Ordinance is 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.”
- Equity. PCEF prioritizes frontline community and local benefits, promotes equitable outcomes, and institutionalizes equity best practices in the city.
- Economic Opportunity. PCEF prioritizes sustainable job creation, emphasizes job training that promotes career pathways and job security, and advances the development of under-served contractors through business support and technical assistance.
- Climate Action. PCEF promotes climate resilience, supports climate mitigation, and reduces carbon emissions.
- Accountability to Community. PCEF supports inclusive, culturally and linguistically-specific participation and engagement throughout the program, maximizes program transparency and accountability, and creates a new model for City-community partnership.
Number of seats: 9
Contact: Sam Baraso, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-307-2399
Bureau Host: Planning & Sustainability
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